In a game Alvin Gentry called one of the worst he has seen from a team in his 34 years in the NBA, Buddy Hield scored just two points and only attempted three shots in a 25-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
On Tuesday night, Hield flipped the script and put up 21 points off the bench as the Kings snapped a three-game losing streak and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-111 at Golden 1 Center.
"You just got to stick with the grind you know," Hield told Kyle Draper and Kenny Thomas during his on-court postgame interview. "You have games like that, teams play me different, and yeah a team might try to take away my game shows how much of a weapon I am, but me and my teammates got to do a better job.
"I got to do a better job trying to get better looks and keep grinding and having fun doing this man, this is a fun game we love and you come back into that, and it messes with your mental a little bit but me as a shooter and a scorer, no matter what I'm going to keep on coming and being aggressive and don't let that last game affect me and build off of this one."
Hield shot 7-of-14 overall, connecting on three of his seven attempts from behind the 3-point line. Hield also made all four of his free throw attempts and was tied for the second-best plus/minus on the team (13).
It seems to be a pattern over the last 15 games, when Hield's 3-point attempts are around double-digits, the Kings struggle to win. When he is more selective and limits his attempts (outside of Sunday's embarrassing loss), the Kings have found more success.
Tuesday night's win was another example, and the Kings will look to build on that effort going into a big home game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.