LOS ANGELES - Kings coach Keith Smart said Tyreke Evans has the "green light" to be aggressive on offense.
But watching the Kings play it would be hard to believe that.
On a night when DeMarcus Cousins was suspended, Evans took only nine shots. That's the same number of shots attempted by Travis Outlaw, John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette.
And it's also fewer shots than Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton (10 shots apiece) and Isaiah Thomas (11 shots).
If Evans isn't going to be more assertive without the team leader in scoring in the lineup, it's hard to imagine when Evans will be assertive.
"I think probably should have been more aggressive," Evans said. "I think I only shot nine times, something like that. But I've got to be more aggressive out there if we're going to win."
No long having the ball as much is as a shooting guard is affecting Evans "a little bit" in being aggressive.
"But I'm working on it every game, to be aggressive and still play my game," Evans said. "I've just got do a better job of just making shots and running our offense."
Evans is shooting 36.9 percent this season. After working on his three-point shooting in the offseason, Evans has attempted nine, making one three.
Before the season the talk was the Kings would only go as far as Evans and Cousins took them.
If Evans is passive and Cousins is not in the lineup, the Kings won't go very far.