March 13, 2017, 11:23 pm
Darren Collison finished with 19 points, 13 assists and three steals while Willie Cauley-Stein goes for 18 points and seven boards in Monday’s 120-115 win over the Magic.
It’s hard to take away any stat lines from tonight’s game that mean anything. The Kings benched Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson, Tyreke Evans and Aaron Afflalo, whose absences boosted that lines for Collison and Garrett Temple. Cauley-Stein, Collison and Buddy Hield remain the main holds from this unit. Tyreke is ownable if you can stomach the DNP’s and Kosta has had value as a rebound specialist of late. Skal Labissiere is still a nice stash and played well in the starting role (11 points, seven boards and four blocks) albeit in only 20 minutes of play. The rest of the backcourt is a crapshoot and with Malachi Richardson returning soon, it will only get worse. The most likely to come out of the backcourt mess is Garrett Temple, whose defense will keep him on the floor. Despite his defensive capabilities and potential, they will likely keep his minutes low due to a recent hamstring injury- plus the Kings have nothing to play for. At best Temple could be a steals specialist for the stretch run.