Sacramento Kings: Team Identity Emerges In Blowout Win
Head Coach Michael Malone has asked his players repeatedly what kind of team they want to be. The Sacramento Kings have found themselves on the losing end of some brutal blowouts this season leading Malone to ask this question over and over again, what kind of team do you want to be? Guess this team wants to be the type that blows opponents out of the water.
The unlucky recipients were the Cleveland Cavaliers who went down in flames in the second half en route to a 124-80 loss. The margin of victory was the Kings’ largest this season and the third-straight win for the streaking — yes, streaking — Kings.
Good team win tonight, on 2 the Nxt! We Got alil momentum going into this road trip
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas2) January 13, 2014
That road trip Isaiah speaks of heads to some tough arenas this week with a brutal lineup. Sacramento gets the Indiana Pacers first, the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans who beat the Kings back in December. But those teams will be looking at a team with a new identity. Sacramento responded well to its player-only meeting by posting two dominant wins brought about with sound defense, something that players say was lacking all season.
DeMarcus Cousins and others were definitely fed up with the lack of trust and communication on defense, something Cousins elaborated on just a few days ago. “Some players were hitting their boiling points, and we just needed to clear the air and talk amongst each other and not with the coaches,” Cousins told the Sacramento Bee. “It was actually a real good meeting, and we got a lot out of it.” he added. Well, they definitely got a lot out of it; the Kings have held their last three opponents to under 90 points per game.
At 13-22, the Kings are still in the cellar of the Western Conference but are quickly emerging as a exciting team to watch this season. Isaiah Thomas continues to shine in the starting role while the Kings also seem to be benefiting from having Rudy Gay in more practices as he’s been a consistent force since the trade. Speaking of consistent there’s been no better example than Cousins who if not for the team’s sluggish start would probably be an NBA All-Star selection.
This team is turning it around and has a chance to finish strong. We all knew that the Kings transformation wouldn’t happen overnight, but it’s definitely well ahead of schedule. Winning fixes everything. For this young team, that is everything.