Sacramento Kings Need Steadier Contributions From Marcus Thornton

By John Raffel
Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thornton had an off night on what would be the biggest win of the NBA season for the Sacramento Kings.

But he figures on having a few more big games before the season comes to an end.

When the Kings whipped the Chicago Bulls 121-79, Thornton, who has battled various injuries this season, saw 12 minutes of play and was 3-of-8 from the floor along with 1-of-2 in 3-pointers for seven points. The Kings netted production from other sources, notably Tyreke Evans, and were able to pick up the win with Thornton playing a minor role.

He’s usually been playing a major role. Against the Phoenix Suns in a 121-112 win last week, he was 9-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-7 in 3-pointers for 23 points and also had three rebounds.

For the season, Thornton has been impressive for the Kings. He has seen action in 56 games and started seven with an average of 24.3 minutes per outing. He’s averaging 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He’s shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 38 percent from the 3-point area and 87 percent in free-throw shooting.

He’s averaging 10 minutes per game less and nearly six points per game less than he did a year ago, but he’s still be a dangerous weapon for the Kings.

The Kings have been trying to put on a late-season surge and have been giving a lot of NBA teams problems. If Thornton stays healthy and picks up his game a few notches, Sacramento is likely to be a solid force for the rest of the season.

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