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A Problem No Loser Should Have

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Now isn't that something: the team's best player returns from injury, and instead of joy at the new competitive level the team's able to reach (two near-wins, yeah!), the best interim star ... grouses.

Asked about his declining production since [Kevin] Martin returned four games before, a frustrated [John] Salmons said it's up to the coaching staff to keep him involved.

"They call the plays, so it's up to them," said Salmons, who hit just 1 of 8 shots Monday and has made 18 of 58 since Martin returned from a left ankle injury that kept him out of 22 games. "There shouldn't be no reason why (he and Martin) shouldn't be able to play together … . That's on them, because it's proven (that he can produce)."

Last night seemed an anomaly: Salmons shot cold, and he took only 8 FGAs. In Indiana, he had 12 FGAs. In Martin's first two games, Salmons had 19 FGAs each. So either Martin completely took over the offense by the fourth game, or the coaching staff shifted the deck, content to watch Martin drop 30 every night instead of watching Salmons struggled to 25.

The complaint is foolish: does Salmons not understand hot streaks? Martin wouldn't be taking all these shots if he wasn't getting off to these ridiculously hot starts -- starts which have kept the Kings in the game, mind you. If the coaches are calling these plays, GOOD. The Kings won't win if Martin is relegated to pip status behind John Salmons.

Salmons has played with Martin for 2-1/2 years now. From Day One, Salmons has been behind Martin, first on the two-guard depth chart and now on the totem pole. I fail to see how John could be surprised he is getting fewer shots with Martin back.

That's on them, because it's proven (that he [John] can produce).

Then produce! Three points on eight FGAs? Come on.

(Am I taking crazy pills here? Salmons should not be complaining about Kevin Martin's scoring output, should he?)