LOS ANGELES - The rookie so many Kings fans (or maybe they're just Jimmer fans?) has shown some signs the NBA game is slowing down for him.
Jimmer Fredette has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 21-28, when he scored in double figures in four consecutive games.
Since then, Fredette's playing time has decreased as Isaiah Thomas has played more and Marcus Thornton has returned from injury.
Fredette scored 12 points in the Kings' 115-107 loss to the Lakers Friday night after scoring 11 Thursday night against the Clippers.
All of Fredette's points came in the fourth quarter against the Lakers. He scored all 11 of his points in the second quarter against the Clippers.
"It was a great confidence builder for myself but ultimately we wanted to win the game," Fredette said of his role in the Kings comeback from 20 down. "We were coming back and we had a few things that didn't go our way, and a couple shots that didn't go down that could have put us really close."
Fredette has made 8-of-14 shots in his last two games, including 5-of-8 from three point range.
The Clippers were able to rattle Fredette late Thursday when they applied intense pressure led by star Chris Paul. Fredette still has to figure out the best way to deal with teams that will play him that way to take away his shooting.
But when the Kings are in transition, Fredette is starting to take the pull-up jumper that he was known for in college.
Fredette said teammates and coaches have encouraged him to take that shot.
"I'm just trying to be a good player and get out there and give a spark," Fredette said. "That's what we need from our whole second unit."