Keith Smart’s Sacramento Kings have been playing extremely well in recent games.
But like any coach, Smart has to take a hard look at some key statistics that should draw his attention while preparing for the next NBA game.
The Kings slipped past the Minnesota Timberwolves 101-98 on Thursday. Despite the win, the Kings finished with zero second-chance points and were out-rebounded on the offensive end 17-4.
It’s amazing with those statistics in mind that the Kings even won. They certainly won’t win against higher caliber opponents in upcoming games. Minnesota could have won that game with slightly better shooting. The Kings,with their defensive rebounding woes, left themselves wide open against a team with a better shooting attack.
Smart has the team playing good basketball right now, but the Kings can keep winning if they can take care of their glaring weaknesses including offensive rebounding.
Smart can usually rely on DeMarcus Cousins to put in a strong rebounding performance. Against the Timberwolves, he was solid with 12 defensive and two offensive boards. He was tough for the Timberwolves to contain as he is for most teams.
Smart also needs to keep an eye on his team’s turnovers. The Kings committed 16 against the Timberwolves, which is too many in a tight game.
But Smart does have Sacramento clicking offensively, considering the Kings were 40-of-75 from the floor for 53.3 percent and 15-of-18 in free throws for 83.8 percent. A stronger effort on the offensive boards will make the Kings a dangerous team for the rest of the season.