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December 31, 2012
The Morning After: Isaiah Thomas energizes the Kings again

So ... do you think Isaiah Thomas is comfortable back in the starting lineup?

"If you want to say that," Thomas said. "I'm just out there playing basketball, trying to make plays and trying to be aggressive."

Thomas was a point off his career high with 27 points in Sunday's 118-96 win over the Boston Celtics. It was his second consecutive start after losing the job after nine games this season.

With Aaron Brooks dealing with a sore left ankle, Thomas might not be giving up the starting point guard job anytime soon.

"That guy has an infectious personality," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "He has that magnetism that brings players and people around to him. He brought that energy to start the game off right with him in the starting lineup. All of our guards do a great job, but what he has been able to do is to kind of give us a little injection of the steam that we need. He's done that, plus he's making his shots."

Thomas' play as a rookie earned him two Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards and helped the Kings move Tyreke Evans from point guard.

Maybe Thomas will be key in keeping the Kings from floundering at the bottom of the standings the rest of the season.

*James Johnson had another productive game off the bench (10 points, six rebounds, three assists). Jimmer Fredette had 10 points and five assists off the bench. This could be a trend to watch with the Kings without as many as three guards going into Tuesday's game at Detroit.

Tyreke Evans won't play while the status of Brooks and Marcus Thornton's status is in question.

*The Kings have had leads of as many as 26 points in back-to-back games.

*After a miserable start at home in November, the Kings were 6-1 at home in December.

*The normally woeful-shooting Kings are 25-for-50 on three pointers in their last two games. They also shot 53.7 percent against Boston. The Kings are 5-1 when they shoot 50 percent or better.

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