Jodie Meeks- Jodie and Co. gave up an 19-8 in the 3rd quarter to seal the deal on their chances for the game. And not only did they lose the game, Kobe Bryant left on crutches as he’s dealing with, among many other ailments, a bone spur in his foot. While he’s been hobbled, Meeks has been taking up huge chunks of minutes, even starting when Kobe couldn’t. Last night, however, in his team high 39 minutes of action, he was 4-12 and 2-2 for 11 points to go along with 2 rebounds and an assist.
DeMarcus Cousins- After notching another double-double and his sixth 30+ point – 10+ rebound game, he continues to solidify himself as the best Center in the game. At one point in the first half last night, he scored 17 straight points. That’s just ridiculous. He finished wiht 34 points (12-16, 9-9), 14 rebounds, 2 assists and NO technicals. He has the Kings on pace to win 30 games for the first time in a long time. If they decide to trade him, whoever gets him will be a contendor.
Patrick Patterson- Since coming over from Houston, Patrick has grown more acclimated to the system and style of play employed by Head Coach Keith Smart and is playing much better than starting PF Jason Thompson. In 29 minutes of action last night, he went for 10 points on 5-10 while grabbing 10 rebounds for another double-double. At some point, expect him to crack the starting line up. He’s just too good.
Chuck Hayes- Poor Chuck. Chuck’s poor. No he’s not financially poor but hardwood poor. Basketball minutes poor. As a greatly undersized PF/C, his minutes only decrease when Boogie and Patterson are playing like they are. To Hayes’ credit, he never complains and does his job. He only played 11 minutes last night but he finished with 4 points on 4-4 to go along with 4 rebounds.