Yikes. That was not the way to start the season. It wasn’t even 9 minutes into the game and the Kings were gasping for life, down a good 15 points. And where do we even start with the players?
Newly crowned starting Power Forward Sean May had as many rebounds in the game last night as I did. Spencer Hawes looks like a shell of his former self (which wasn’t all that amazing to begin with) coming off the bench. Kevin Martin did a great job at getting to the line but shot a horrible percentage and did little else on the court, per the norm. Tyreke Evans had a pretty poor game all around and looked nothing like the player he showed he was in the pre-season as he not only struggled on the offensive end but was abused by second year Point Guard Russell Westbrook on the defensive end on many poessions. All hope wasn’t lost though, as rookie Omri Casspi came in and played a very good game after a slow start, finishing 7-9 from the floor and showed what a sweet jumper he has.
In reality, it was pretty much the same story as last year. No rebounding and zero defense. Combine that with an off night on the offense end and it’s a recipe for disaster.
The Thunder were by far the easiest squad on this road trip and we were constantly down 20 points all night until the game was well decided, did we make a small comeback to make the score somewhat respectable.
So – was it just a bad night? First game gitters? Or was it a small sample of what’s to come?
Guess we’ll see in a few games assuming we haven’t jammed a pencil in our eyes by that time.
Kings are off today and resume their three game road trip tomorrow evening.