Kings Have a Rough Week

By Rob Small,

The first week of the Sacramento Kings’ home stand hasn’t been the smoothest. The Kings finished the week with a 1-2 record, beating the Toronto Raptors and losing to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

The team’s overall record is 3-3.

The Kings continued the trend of trailing their opponents by double digits. They were down by as much as 17 points against the Raptors in the first quarter and still grabbed a win, but there was no comeback  in the next two games.

Kings guard Beno Udrih knows that the trend needs to stop. “We just have to stay focused,” he said. “We got to start playing from the beginning like that.

“When we come in the first quarter and we kind of get down 10 to 15 points and then in the second half, we got to really dig through and play hard and always try to come back into the game. Now, a lot of times we’re going to wear down and we’re not going to be able to do that.”

One reason the Kings lost against the Grizzlies was because of turnovers. The Kings have one of the lowest turnover rates in the league but 21 turnovers led to 22 points for Memphis.

Assistant coach Pete Carill was not to fond of the turnovers. “Give your heart away, give pearls away, give rubies,” he said. “But don’t throw the ball away.”

Head coach Paul Westphal ran a practice today to help the team execute plays better. “We tried to work on our focus, concentration and execution,” he said. “Right now that’s the thing that’s hurting us the most. Either unforced turnovers or lapses of focus where we need a play and we don’t make it happen.”

Rookie Performance

DeMarcus Cousins didn’t light up the stat sheet and lost his starting job to defensive specialist Samuel Dalembert in the last game. Cousins averaged 10.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the last three games.

He did have a nice spin move to get a dunk against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol, a player Cousins says he steals moves from.

What’s Next?

The Kings are home for the next five out of six games. Tomorrow’s home game will be a rematch of the season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Kings will go on the road to play the Phoenix Suns on Friday and come back home to play the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

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1 Comment for “Kings Have a Rough Week”

  1. DavWy

    Kings are moving up. Nice piece, Small.

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