With a 108-96 loss last night against the Denver Nuggets, the Sacramento Kings have fallen into the 12th seed in the Western Conference. The Kings have now lost five straight.
However, not all is bad, because guard Darren Collison is consistently trying to get his team out of the hole. Last night he had 17 points and five assists making him the Reno Dodge Power Performer.
Collison has been very consistent on the offensive end, as he shot 6-of-11 from the floor. Just like his teammate Ty Lawson, he has the ability to find open guys when the defense makes a mistake:
In this play, you can see that Collison had his defender beat to the basket. This is where Mason Plumlee, former Portland Trail Blazer, came and attempted to help. As he came over and helped, Collison had two options, go up or pass.
Luckily, Kosta Koufos, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, was open under the basket. Since Plumlee went and helped, that gave Koufos the opportunity to get open.
Spacing is key for the Kings. The more shooters they have on the floor at once, it gives Collison more chances to make plays.
Collison made this huge buzzer beater at the half. Notice how head coach Dave Joerger had three shooters on the floor (Arron Afflalo, Anthony Tolliver, and Buddy Hield). By doing so, Collison could create more offense for himself.
Over the course of the past five games, Collison is averaging 13 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Therefore, he is playing extremely consistent, but the Kings just haven’t found a way to get it done.
On Wednesday, the Kings will be in San Antonio taking on the Spurs before heading back home on Friday.