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Marcus Thornton does it again

Mar 27, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Kings have very little left to play for. The season has been a disaster from the get-go, with Tyreke Evans struggling through injury all season, the team chafing at DeMarcus Cousins’ immaturity, and the coaching staff looking lost at time. But perhaps the brightest spot outside of Cousins’ play has been the emergence of Marcus Thornton since being acquired from New Orleans for Carl Landry the week of the deadline.

Thornton is averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 46% shooting since joining the Kings, finally getting the minutes he’s shown worthy of for two seasons. The result is a deadly combination of inside-outside play and a real finisher for the Kings while Evans has been out. Evans is back now, but Thornton is still the man for the Kings, as he was Sunday, scoring 28 points in the second half for the Kings to knock off the Sixers in Philadelphia, including a ridiculous long bomb to help push the Kings to a near-win in regulation (saved only by a desperation Lou Williams three).

Thornton has a natural scoring ability, he’s just one of those guys. His defense and work ethic is solid, but the question will be in regards to how he’ll perform when the book is out on him. Fortunately for him, he’ll have Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins to create a dynamic, explosive three-headed unit. The Kings may not be in Sacramento much longer, but wherever they wind up, they’ll have a possible star in the making with Thornton if he can keep up this ridiculous pace.

For the Sixers, they’ve now lost their last two and six of their last ten. They blew a huge opportunity Sunday to put some distance between themselves and the Knicks who are plummeting. Have we mentioned Andre Iguodala, their “star,” missed a key free throw late? No one beneath Chicago in the East is finishing the season well.

  1. theeway444 - Mar 27, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    As much as I like Carl Landry I love it even more when teams shed guys like this and they flourish right away. Anthony Randolph is another story I love. I know it was just a game or two but look what happens when a guy gets some minutes. He put up something like 31 and 11, yet he’s not even good enough to see the floor in D’antoni’s brilliant system, that Carmel will never fit into btw. But hey they did get good value for him I like Corey Brewer when healthy. Oh wait they cut him because they are so deep, but who will replace Eddy Curry??? Meanwhile sure looks like the Hornets could use a little more scoring punch. The question is, is it coaching or management that is more to blame?

    • musilly - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:55 AM

      I’ve seen Randolph do some bone-headed things on- and off-court (very immature) so I can at least kind of understand why coaches have shut him down…but Thornton’s been great every time that I’ve seen him. And in interviews he seems to be an all-around good guy and team-player. I never understood why he didn’t get more burn in NO.

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