John Salmons has picked up his game significantly the past two appearances for the Sacramento Kings, and that’s a very good sign for the ball club, which has been playing excellent basketball recently.
The 10-year NBA veteran had been on a streak of lackluster offensive performances.
He reached a low point of only scoring three points in 30 minutes of action against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. In a 116-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Salmons played a very smart 36 minutes. He took four shots, all from 3-point range, and hit two. He was 5-of-6 from the line and wound up with four rebounds and two assists plus 11 points.
Thursday night, coming of that emotional victory from Thursday, the Kings got everything they could want in a game from the Minnesota Timberwolves but held them off 101-98. Salmons was on the court for one of the longest stints all season when he put in 43 minutes. He made very good use of his time with 5-of-11 shooting from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line for 13 points. He also had five rebounds and three assists.
Salmon is at 9.1 points and 2.7 rebounds a game. He’s shooting 40.4 percent, which is so-so for a guard. But he’ll be valuable for the Kings if he can play as he did the last two games.
With a 25-44 mark, the Kings aren’t going to the playoffs and won’t have a winning record. But they are trying to get to 30 wins before they get to 50 losses. With Salmon’s help, they just might do it.