Find out how D.C. native Thomas Robinson has worked diligently to improve his output. Plus, Wizards guard John Wall dishes on facing his former college teammate and matching up with No. 22.
Despite growing up in Washington, D.C., Kings rookie Thomas Robinson says facing the Wizards is no different than any other NBA opponent on the schedule.
“I’m going to give my all – no matter if it’s them or the Lakers,” said No. 0 after Tuesday’s practice. “Whoever we play, (I’m going to) just treat it as another day, another team.”
The Kansas product – who’s averaging 8.0 points and 9.8 rebounds in 22 minutes over the last four games – says the uptick in his production stems from letting the game come to him rather than forcing the action.
“I think a lot of my shots are missed around the paint area because they’re rushed,” he acknowledged. “So, lately, I’ve just been trying to take my time on them – really, really, trying to emphasize the fact that I (should) take my time or not just take my first shot when I come into the game.”
Kings Head Coach Keith Smart has been pleased with the extra work Robinson has put in with the coaching staff both on the floor and in the film room in order to further develop his skill set.
“He’s his own (greatest) critic,” said Smart. “He gets a little down when he doesn’t play well (or) when he makes a mistake, but slowly, he’s been paying attention to the details of the game, paying attention to what he needs to do to be more effective on the floor. And obviously, I think he has a good formula right now with the way that he’s played.”
According to NBA.com/stats, over the last six games, Robinson has converted 51.5 percent of his shots from within eight feet of the basket and 60 percent from 8-16 feet.
“You start to see the game is slowing down for him,” said Smart. “Now, when the game slows down for him, he becomes faster.”
Tasked with facing a premier Wizards frontline led by veterans Nene and Emeka Okafor, Robinson explains he’ll need to continue playing the same way.
“(I need to) keep crashing the boards hard and try to make those guys work,” he said.
– Washington guard John Wall, who’ll play at Sleep Train Arena for the first time in his NBA career, says he’s looking forward to battling against one of his close friends and former Kentucky teammates.
“It’ll be very exciting to go up against DeMarcus (Cousins),” said Wall, adding he and the Kings center planned to spend time together on Tuesday evening.
“He’s playing well every night and helping his team out.”
The Wizards star also has longstanding ties to Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, and hasn’t been surprised to see the sophomore standout thrive.
“I’ve known Isaiah since I first became known when I was in 11th grade, so he’s always been a very talented player to me,” said Wall. “It’s just great he’s doing a good job, and I hope he keeps doing well.”
– Smart explains Washington, which enters Wednesday’s matchup on a three-game winning streak, has found its rhythm and built chemistry – especially following Wall’s return to the floor.
“(Wall brings) speed and quickness – (when we) score, he’s up the floor already,” said the Kings leader. “They’re going to outlet the ball to him, put it in his hands, and also, because he’s back, it settles down their team.”
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