How much longer do Kings fans have to put up with performances like this? Pure garbage. Using youth as an excuse doesn’t fly when you’re playing at home against below average teams like Golden State last night and Detroit tonight. And there is certainly no excuse for building up a 16-point lead and then totally letting your guard down and allowing a 40-point quarter. Wednesday’s 124-112 loss was a debacle and there’s no sugar coating it.
Sacramento jumped all over the Pistons early, and it was terrific to watch. The ball was moving, Jason Thompson was a monster on both ends and Tyreke Evans was even hitting some perimeter shots. Ah, an easy night was on the horizon. The expected bounce back from the pathetic loss to the Warriors was underway.
Then the roof caved in. The collapse started at the end of the first half. The reserves, after starting well in their stint, got complacent, apparently feeling relaxed enough to try tougher shots, force impossible passes and slack off on defense. Detroit closed the gap to one point by halftime.
The Pistons continued flipping the script in the third quarter. Detroit shot an astrounding 75% from the floor in the period, including 5-of-5 from downtown. The Kings uninspired play drew boos from the Sacramento crowd, and it was completely warranted. Fans should not have to put up with that type of effort.
DeMarcus Cousins was pouting all game long. Marcus Thornton never got it going. Some Kings, like Francisco Garcia and Thompson, played solid games, but nobody stepped up to stop the bleeding when Detroit was flying high. The Kings just dropped their heads, nobody lit into anybody, nobody demanded the ball…it was just an acceptance of crap.
So what’s the answer? It would be an absolute shock to see a big move before tomorrow’s trade deadline, meaning no serious help is coming before the end of the season. The Kings will have to plow ahead with the current roster (maybe minus J.J. Hickson?) and hope things get better. It’s all we can do at this point. But damn, the losing is getting so old.