Although it’s half a season too late, it looks like Tyreke Evans has finally decided to show up. Sure, the Kings have won one of their last three games, but take a deeper look-we actually won a game and for that we have Tyreke Evans to thank.
On Tuesday the Kings faced the Atlanta Hawks and although they put up a good fight, they couldn’t rally back which ended with a 108-102 loss. Evans led the Kings with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals. Impressed would be an understatement. DeMarcus Cousins also did work, adding 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and one block.
After the loss to Atlanta, the Kings looked to face Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets. Once again Evans stepped up with a double-double with 27 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. The Kings blew the roof off at Arco Arena, beating the Nuggets 122-102.
With Evans on a hot streak, it would only be the luck of the Kings that he had to sit out today’s game with a sprained ankle. And of course, with the ROY and superstar out, the Kings couldn’t keep their win streak alive coming up with their 10th straight road loss, losing 118-112. The Kings did however keep up with the Raptors as both Cousins and Jason Thompson had double-doubles and Beno Udrih led the team with a game-high 25 points.
The Kings continue their sixth game road trip with back-to-back games Tuesday against Washington and Wednesday against Boston. It’s unclear how long Evans will be out for, but it’s pretty obvious that the Kings need them in their lineup. Evans, who has struggled this season, is finally starting to play like the true ROY he is and leave it to injury to shut him down. In his past two games, Evans has averaged 28 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, 3.5 steals and 1 block, which is almost double his current season stats. Case in point-we need Tyreke to get well and we need him to get well soon.
The bad news is the Kings are still losing, but the good news is we aren’t losing by much. When Evans gets back on his feet there’s no telling what the second half of the season will bring, but I can only hope for more wins and a top draft pick.<!--EndFragment-->