Close Article Return to stream X
NBA

Marcus Thornton’s Poor Shooting Is Hurting Sacramento Kings

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Thornton has had a good four seasons in  the NBA for the Sacramento Kings, but his poor shooting in recent games illustrates a weak area in his basketball arsenal.

Thornton is averaging 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. It’s especially been his scoring that has helped the Kings throughout the season, but his shooting needs to get better. For the season, Thornton is averaging 43.5 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from the 3-point area. That’s not bad on both counts.

However, Thornton has lost his scoring touch in recent games. He can’t seem to hit the key basket at the most critical times.

Against the Los Angeles Lakers last Saturday, he was 6-of-15 from the floor, 2-of-7 in 3-point range and 4-of-5 from the line. He had a good night with 18 points and seven rebounds, but he should have had more points.

In the previous game with the Phoenix Suns, he was 1-of-4 for three points. The night before that against the Golden State Warriorshe was 6-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-7 from 3-point range  for 13 points. He scored a fair amount of points but with better shooting, it should have been higher.

He had a decent game on March 24 against the Philadelphia 76ers with 9-of-12 shooting for 22 points, but he’s struggled in other games.

For the Kings to be a playoff contenders in the future, players like Thornton need to be more consistent when it comes to shooting. Inconsistency doesn’t result in a good record.

Your Favorites
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Rondo Perfectly Guesses Atlanta's Final Play

Say what you will about Rajon Rondo, but there's no way to deny that he's an incredibly smart basketball player. Last evening against the Atlanta Hawks, the Sacramento Kings were up by three points with 1.9 seconds left, and Atlanta had one final possession to tie things up. Rondo immediately recognized the play the Hawks had drawn up and directed DeMarcus Cousins to an empty space on the floor where the Hawks were planning to send a player to take a three. Rondo's smarts made the Hawks botch the play, and the Kings held serve for the win.

Comment 0 Comments
 
 
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Kings' Rondo Attempt To Trip Mavs' Williams

Last night's game between the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks was one of the most entertaining of the season. It was a back-and-forth contest that ended on a Deron Williams three-pointer as time expired in double-overtime. Unfortunately, Williams almost didn't get to take that shot as Rajon Rondo attempted to trip him from the bench earlier in the game which could have caused serious injury. Rondo should be suspended for his actions.

Comment 0 Comments