With just 10 players suiting up, the Sacramento Kings were outmatched, out-hustled, and outplayed by the Utah Jazz Wednesday night in a 121-101 blowout that was never in question. Sacramento doomed themselves from the start as the team missed its first four shots and let Utah have its way offensively in the paint.
Things unraveled in the second quarter as Sacramento clanked everything they threw up while the team struggled with ball security. Utah put up 38 points in the second quarter while the second half was equally awful as the Kings were outscored 66-54. Utah shot 53 percent from the field and 55 percent from long range which probably explains the frustration that led to technical fouls given to Kings head coach Michael Malone and DeMarcus Cousins in the second half.
Though Cousins and Isaiah Thomas combined for 42 points, the offense was not firing and would have been classified under ‘one of those nights’ except for the fact the Kings refused to body anyone on defense. Meanwhile, Richard Jefferson had his way with Kings defenders en route to 20 points on nine made field goals.
The collective debut of the Kings’ new trio was delayed due to pending physicals, but that’s no excuse for the effort Sacramento put forth. After the game, players and coaches alike were unsure as to why the team came out flat. “122 points, 54 from the field, 55 from three, we didn’t do anything tonight.” Coach Michael Malone lamented post-game. DeMarcus seemed equally shocked at the outcome saying, “We told ourselves tonight just cause we’re short tonight we’re not gonna use that as an excuse.”
Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray‘s availability are in no way liable for this lack of effort on the court. Friday — and a presumed debut of the Kings new players — can’t come soon enough.