I was just thinking to myself that I hadn’t made a Willie Cauley-Stein highlight video in a while, and I was getting a little bit worried about him, but all is right with the world now that he scored nineteen points with five lame assists and several less-lame whamjams. Perusing the game logs, it appears that the inconsistency which has plagued WCS for his entire career has returned in full force. I mean, when you play for the Kings and you have the combination of athleticism/skill that WCS has, there’s no reason you should ever score fewer than ten points.
That inconsistency was evident even within the microcosm of this game; Cauley-Stein had 17 points in the first half, but only scored two points in the second half. It’s not like the Pacers defenders suddenly got taller and more capable of handling Cauley-Stein. Maybe they made some adjustments but the only adjustment you should be able to make to force WCS to score two or fewer points in a half is locking him in a cage and chucking him into the nearest body of water.
Maybe this game will be the impetus for WCS averaging 18/10 the rest of the season and splashing hella midrange jumpers and catching hella lobs.