Losing sucks. A lot. And it sucks worse when you have a solid lead late in the fourth quarter and blow it with poor decisions for about the 17th time this season. And according to Sam Amick and Jason Jones, the struggles boiled over after last nights late debacle versus the Jazz:
Kings fall to Utah, then frustration boils over. Evans didn’t talk to media after taking exception to Westphal’s criticism of his late play.
Cousins didn’t talk to media either, but – according to 2 sources – the candid Evans-Westphal discussion was the talk amongst the team.
To be clear of locker room scene, this was no back and forth. Evans mumbled frustrations, then backed off when Westphal engaged him further.
And per Jason Jones:
I haven’t been told why Evans left abruptly. He usually answers for the team’s play, good or bad. He was clearly upset.
Now I hear the Reke/Westy discussion was “no big deal” and that it wasn’t “that bad” so go figure.
So what to make of this? Option one says this is nothing significant and it’s players being frustrated after a pretty horrible loss, enraged by their own awful decision making and poor play late. Option two says the team is in turmoil.
Where am I on this?
As I’ve said before, Tyreke Evans, talented as he is has some just awful decision making. That’s not to say it wont improve with time – chances are, it will, significantly. I actually thought Reke played one of his better games of the season up until about the five minute mark of the fourth where he decided to go MIA and when he did do something, it was extremely questionable. So I’m sure the frustration was as much on himself as it was for Westphal – but I don’t blame Westphal in the slightest for his criticisms. They’re well deserved in my humble but most awesome opinion.
But when push comes to shove, he’s a young kid (as is DeMarcus) and they have the weight of an NBA franchise on their shoulders. Sometimes the pressure becomes too much, especially when you continue to fail in the win/loss column.
Losing stings and causes problems with anybody. Chalk this blowup to frustration.