Following an 0-5 start, Luke Walton and company have turned things around quickly, winning four out of their last five.
The Kings, sitting now at 4-6, have played well on both sides of the ball since October turned into November. Even with the news of De’Aaron Fox’s injury, a sprightly Kings team held it together and defeated a good Portland team.
|First 5 Games||98.6||41||33.1||74.5||41.6||20.2||7.4||18|
|Last 5 Games||112.6||47.9||41.1||74.8||42.6||22.8||7.8||14.8|
Comparing their stats from their first five games and their last five games, it’s easy to see why the Kings have started winning.
Every statistical category is up and turnovers are being committed less.
The play of Bogdan Bogdanovic has helped this team turn things around as well, displaying energy, basketball IQ, and play-making ability.
Bogie, just like the rest of the team, had a slow start to the season and struggled when on the court. His first five games were anything but pretty but he picked up the slack during these past 5 games.
|First 5 Games||24||27.8||26.7||66.7||2.4||3.6||9.2|
|Last 5 Games||27.2||48.3||50||80||2.8||4.4||17.4|
After a glance at Bogdanovic’s stats, it seems that the Kings succeed when he plays well.
Bogdanovic has played a vital part during the Kings’ run as he has been the go-to scorer during this span, scoring twenty plus in his last three games and at a clip of 50%.
Now, with Sacramento at the Staples Center tonight facing off against their rivals and the best team in the West, can Bogdanovic and the Kings keep up their lively play against the Lakers?
It will be no easy task. Los Angeles has a deep team with two superstars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Expect the Kings to come out swinging against their nemesis. The team will have to play nearly perfect basketball if they want to get a win.
With the absence of Fox, Bogdanovic will have to continue his high-level play in his elevated role.
Sacramento has a tough matchup tonight, but a win wouldn’t be surprising coming off this span of good play — and that’s all you can ask for from a team: competitiveness.