Toney Douglas Needs To Snap Out Of Current Slump For Sacramento Kings

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The playoff-hungry Los Angeles Lakers, when they play the Sacramento Kings Saturday night, will have to be very careful with a team that’s found itself late in the NBA season.

The Kings will finish the season below .500 and out of the playoffs but have played good basketball lately and plan on staying that way for the rest of the season.

Part of the reason for the Kings’ recent outstanding play was the performance of fourth-year pro Toney Douglas, who is averaging 7.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Douglas came over to the Kings after 49 games with the Houston Rockets where he had averaged 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 18.6 minutes per game and was shooting 39.5 percent from the floor. He got off to a bit of a slow start with the Kings, had a strong streak in mid-March, but in recent games has fallen off, especially in his scoring.

It’s the time of year when a team not making the playoffs will take a long, hard look at its roster at the end of the season. Douglas has the potential, as he showed with the Rockets, to be a solid player. Now he’s with the Kings, who have been struggling off and on. He had a 19-point performance against the Los Angeles Clippers in Mid-March. Those are the type of efforts that will give Douglas a good share of playing time.

But time is running out, and he has to snap out of his current slump in a hurry.

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