What’s left to talk about when it comes to the Sacramento Kings?
Their star center was suspended, their coach just had a cancer-related procedure on Thursday, and the team keeps on losing. Barring any injuries, the team can’t reach any new lows.
A logical mind would think this team has officially hit rock bottom. But, George Karl views things differently. After the game, Karl continued to baffle everyone present at the podium.
“I don’t think it’s doomsday,” Karl said. “I think we are still a team that can play complete basketball.”
The fact that doomsday and complete basketball are even mentioned in the same sentence should tell you enough about the season.
Last night it was a game against the Orlando Magic. A hungry team looking to cash in their Visa Gold Card and claim the “free win” earnings that are given when playing Sacramento.
A limited time offer that comes with playing the Kings. 39 other teams have cashed in thus far and there are still 18 games remaining.
Right off the bat, the Kings were held to just 11 percent from the field for a total of six points in the first eight minutes of action. A 17-6 run was allowed to start the game.
“I was hoping to have that start from our guys knowing we would have to play with tremendous energy to win the game,” Karl said. “They are a young and athletic team and I thought they play aggressive early. We on the other hand needed that 3-ball going but we couldn’t get it going.”
Once again without the services of Ben McLemore, Marco Belinelli and Seth Curry provided a big push to end the first. Combining for eight quick points toward the end of the quarter, the Kings were able to cut the deficit to six.
The Kings found some rhythm offensively in the second quarter, but in very isolated sets. The team struggled to move the ball and create space, especially without Cousins.
At the end of the first half, only two players for the Kings had assists but were somehow only down by one.
To start the second half, Kosta Koufos who provided valuable minutes throughout the game replaced Willie Cauley-Stein. Struggling to find his offense throughout the season, “2K” had 19 points on an impressive 8-of-10 from the field.
One of his best performances offensively as a King.
But, it didn’t matter, as the Kings could not stop the Magic offensively in the fourth. Orlando started the quarter on a 15-6 run and never looked back. Both the Kings offense and defense was so dull that the wave broke out amongst the fans and was the showcase talent of the night.
It was so mesmerizing that no one realized the Kings let Aaron Gordon score 20, Victor Oladipo 18, and the ‘GOAT’ Jason Smith his usual 16. Smith’s career average is six points per game.
The Kings gave up another very winnable game and fell to Orlando, 107-100. Another lethargic looking performance from Sacramento in what is a skid that seems to never end.
The skid continues as the Kings take on the Jazz this Sunday and aim to break mental fatigue as much as their record.