I'm reaching into the grabbag of questions that could be pondered after the Kings' loss at Portland on Friday night, and deciding to address the one about the leading scorer who is disappearing from the offense for quarters at a time.
The coach's take, from postgame with Reggie Theus. Consider it a new version of Q&A...
Question: Kevin scores 11 in the first, not much in the second and third. Are you having trouble keeping him involved consistently? (Martin scored three points on 1 of 5 shooting in the second and third quarters and finished with 21 on 7 of 14 shooting)
Answer: "When you are one of the main focal points of the team, you run offense for your guys, but everybody scouts your team. Guys usually score off of secondary stuff. Not very many people score off the first initial, offensive set. I've been trying to get Kevin to understand that sometimes he has to find a way to get an easy basket now and then. And that is, instead of veering off to the side, he has to take it on when he gets in the middle. Those are the kinds of baskets that keep him involved in the game and keep him getting to the free throw line. We run plays, but a play is really just the grounds for running an offense. The players make a play work."
Probably an unfulfilling explanation, but - as Kenny Thomas says - it is what it is. - Sam Amick