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Kevin Can't Let Go

This seemingly innocuous game turned into one of the most seminal for the Kings Franchise in quite some time, as the new pecking order was being established. In the fourth quarter we saw an epic power struggle... but it wasn't between the Kings and the Hornets. It was between the two most talented players on the Kings, Evans and Martin.... But before we get to the fourth, and the battle between Kevin and Evans, first there was a good competitive three quarters from the Kings...     Running offense produces points early for the Kings. Guys hit shoots (practically all jumpers though), and N.O was off their game offensively. The Kings were able to build up an early lead. Martin deferred to Evans for the first part of the game, as it is obvious to all that Evans is playing with a huge amount of confidence (he nails his first two jump shoots). We see Evan in the post often, and it seems like N.O can't handle it. Evans gets into foul trouble, but the Kings mange without him (Beno plays well), and the game is tied at the half. Evan's dominates the third. He drives, gets the ball in the post, the rest of the players clearly deferring to him, and Evans is playing with the confidence of a truly dominate player. Evans goes to the bench, the Kings struggle a bit. Their 7? point dwindles to 3 going into the fourth. Evans comes out aggressive in the fourth, playing with complete confidence--he is putting the ball on the ground, facing up, and getting pass his man at will, but he picks up a foul, and is forced to the bench. Evans reenters the game in the 6th minute with the game tied. Over the next two minutes or so, Evans dominates the ball making a number of sloppy plays (bad shoots and passes) and producing only a couple points on a ball out call from the refs. Martin goes several possessions without touching the ball. N.O flounders as well, the Kings are down 2 with a little over three minutes left when Evans hits a pull up three and then a pull up two, giving the Kings a one point lead with a little over two minutes left. Kings get a stop, call timeout, and go iso Martin. He hits a runner/layup. Kings up by 3. Now, Evans has been playing like an absolute stud most of the game. His offensive play has clearly been the force behind the King's success during the game, and Martin has been struggling (he went 9-29), but he hit the last shot, giving the Kings a three point lead late in the fourth. It is here where the power struggle begins... Martin decides to try to be the man even though Evans has gotten the Kings to this point. Martin ego gets the best of him again. He waves off Evans (who has just made two epic shoots to give the Kings the lead), pounds the ball into the ground for the entire shoot clock, and he manically tries to get his own shoot again. The shot is bad, real bad, classic Kevin Martin ugliness--resulting in a shoot clock violation. Paul drives on the next possession, gets fouled, three point play, tied game. Kings take a timeout. Thompson misses the inside they drew up for him in the time out. Paul misses a layup on the other end, but Okafor dunks it back. Hornets up 2. Evans takes a quick three. Martin rebounds the miss. Then he takes another bad, forced shoot. Brockman rebounds, gets fouled. Makes one, misses the second. Kings rebound the miss. Down one. Timeout... Coach Paul draws up a play... Who does he pick to shoot? Martin or Evans? Evans drives, gets stripped, game over. Kings are 0 and 2. This drama is sure to continue in San Antonio tomorrow. Lets see who can wrestle control of this team, Martin or Evans?

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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