Greivis Vasquez has shown in his brief time with the Kings he can be extremely positive and a team leader.

Vasquez is also a realist. He knows the Kings need more from him.

Vasquez was only cleared for contact Oct. 1 after sitting out five months following offseason ankle surgery. His play has been inconsistent to start the season.

Following a solid showing in the season opener with 17 points and four assists in 36 minutes, Vasquez hasn't played more than 24 minutes in a game.

He has 19 points on 5-of-17 shooting in the past three games, along with 11 assists, as the Kings take a three-game losing streak into tonight's clash in Portland.

"I need to produce more. I need to be who I am, but it takes a little bit of time," Vasquez said. "It's not going to be overnight. I believe in myself; I believe in what I can do. The only game that we won I think is because I had a solid game and I was able to close the game out with Isaiah (Thomas).

"It's a long season, and I don't really want to panic. I just want to be healthy, and I want to help the team win."

Having Vasquez healthy and on the floor is important for any success the Kings hope to have. He adds size, court vision and savvy that the Kings have lacked at point guard, but he can't show that if he's not feeling right physically and playing well.

Vasquez's upbeat outlook is needed on a team that's prone to lapsing into a doom-and-gloom funk with every mistake.