With three different coaches, a revamped offense, and new players coming and going through the roster, it seems that change is the theme for the Sacramento Kings.
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Despite that, one thing seems to never change with these Kings is giving games away. Despite having a comfortable lead throughout the game, the Kings could not withstand a late rally by the Miami Heat in a 109-114 overtime loss.
The Kings started the game off hot as they scored 30 points in the first quarter and racked up 61 by halftime. For Kings fans, it was very entertaining to watch, as it seemed that the Kings were able to shake off a disappointing loss in Orlando just the night before.
Unfortunately for the Kings, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra found a solution to disrupting the Kings fluid offense by having his team play zone defense rather than man-to-man. This adjustment caused the Kings offense to be stagnant, as Sacramento could only muster 35 points in the entire second half.
I can only imagine the frustration that was befalling on Sacramento fans everywhere as the Kings once precious 17 point lead gradually deteriorated to a tie at the end of regulation.
The Kings still had a chance at the end of the fourth, but Rudy Gay somehow missed a “bunny” of a layup just as time expired. After that, you just knew that the Kings chances were slim as the Heat entered overtime with all of the momentum.
Final Thoughts: Disappointment is the best word to describe these last two games from the Kings. Two losses against a young Magic team, and an undermanned Heat squad that only had 9 players dressed to play, which didn’t include four of their starters.
Plus, both of these teams have records of playing poorly on their home court. These were suppose be games that the Kings not only should win, but should win with comfort. With all the changes that have been going on within the organization, the results in the win-loss column remains the same.
Although I understand that Kings fans like myself need to be patient with the team under George Karl, but these last two contests were games that the Kings honestly let get away.
The Kings are now 1-3 on their road trip, with the only victory coming from a tanking Knicks team which originally wasn’t even part of the road trip to start with. The next opponent Sacramento will face are the Atlanta Hawks, a team that earned their 21st win (same as the Kings currently) over two months ago.
If the Kings want to upset the actually “King” of the Eastern Conference, they need to play a lot more alert and efficient than they have in their previous games.