Jason Thompson Needs To Be Tougher inside For Sacramento Kings

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When he’s on the court for the Sacramento Kings, Jason Thompson needs to perform every single game like he’s a man possessed with getting the rebound. His aggressiveness, intensity and focus all need to improve.

He kind of needs to play like, well, like he played Sunday night in a 119-83 NBA victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. He can’t play like he did in previous games when his rebounding totals were down.

Every day, especially game day, Thompson needs to watch the video of his performance against Charlotte when he didn’t want anybody on the court but himself to get his hands on the ball. He needs to forget who the opponents are. He needs to focus on that fact that it’s his ball and  no one  else’s.

He did it Sunday, couldn’t he do it again? In 28 minutes of action against Charlotte, Thompson was 6-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line for 18 points, and also had two steals. He doubled his rebounding average for the season with 14, coming into the game at 10.9 points and 6.9  rebounds per outing.

That defensive aggressiveness which Thompson displayed transferred over to the offensive side. He was shooting 51 percent from the floor, but just about couldn’t miss a shot against the Bobcats. His tenacity on defense had something to do with it.

Thompson was extremely impressive with the ball on Sunday. He needs to be impressive with it every day. If that happens, the Kings are going to win several more games and could, in the near future, become a playoff contender.

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