How Marcus Thornton adjusted to last night’s role off the Sacramento Kings’ bench

Marcus Thornton at the free throw line (Photo: Steven Chea)

It’s been a while since Marcus Thornton played off the bench.  Last year’s starting shooting guard worked as a reserve and thrived for the Kings, scoring 23 points on eight of 11 shooting and four of five 3-pointers.

Thornton saw time on the court when it counted most yesterday evening.  The 25-year-old guard played 23 of his 29 total minutes in the second and fourth quarters.  He also scored 21 of 23 points in those two periods.

Following the Kings’ 117-100 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Thornton discussed how he adjusted to last night’s reserve role.

“I haven’t come off the bench in a long time,” the Kings guard told a scrum of reporters. “I had to keep myself in the game by standing up, cheering, getting my bones warmed up.

“It kind of didn’t work,” he continued.  “Because when I got in, I kind of fumbled the ball.  But I knew as time went on, I was going to catch on and get my rhythm back, so you know it was all good.”

The last time Thornton came off the bench was a year-and-a-half ago, ironically against the Trail Blazers in a 107-100 loss.   Playing in his fourth game with the Kings following a trade from the New Orleans Hornets, Thornton scored 26 points in 33 minutes.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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