Tyreke Evans Has Ups and Downs vs Timberwolves

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento Kings in action against the Los Angeles Lakers at Power Balance Pavilion on December 26, 2011 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Tyreke Evans had an interesting and impressive first half in the Kings' Monday night road game in Minnesota. He had only three points, but he had six rebounds and six assists. More importantly, he was being aggressive by driving to the hoop.

Other times, he used his size to post up against the smaller Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour. He was able to get the ball to his teammates when they were in position to score. Francisco Garcia, Jason Thompson and Jimmer Fredette were the beneficiaries on several of Evans sweet plays. Best yet, the Kings led 46-42.

In the third quarter, the Kings would go cold once again, leading to a 99-86 loss to the home Timberwolves. As is becoming the usual for the Kings, they went cold in the second half. Tyreke Evans had a deceptively good looking stat line.

On paper, he just missed a triple-double, with nine points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. In reality, he also went 3-11 from the field and couldn't score himself and couldn't get to the rim against the Wolves zone defense in the second half.

Further complicating things for the Kings was the return of Marcus Thornton, who had missed three games with an injury but shot 4-12 himself. The Kings spent far too much time standing around watching one person go one-on-one and when they went cold they couldn't keep up.

Kevin Love was impressive for the Wolves, going 33 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Luke Ridnour played beside Ricky Rubio and scored 25 points, benefiting from some of Rubio's passes.