Scout's Take

March 15, 2004

On Kings forward Chris Webber, who in his first three games after
returning from left-knee surgery averaged 24.0 points and 9.0
rebounds:

"It's no surprise that Webber has fit right in--everybody knows
how talented he is and how well-rounded his team is. But the
Kings aren't going to go far in the playoffs unless they can stop
teams from doing what they want to do. Last year, with Webber in
the lineup, Sacramento ranked first in opponents' field goal
percentage. This year the Kings rank 25th, which means they have
to spend the rest of this season cracking down on the defensive
end, and it has to start with Webber. He has the height, strength
and athleticism to be a quality defender, and as their best
player he has to lead by example. Now that he's back, I believe
you'll see their defense improve."

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)