These are troubling times in the kingdom. Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone has been asking what kind of team his club would like to be all season. Sometimes the roster will respond with an attitude of a winning team. Other times, the Kings look like they would have more fun at a nightclub. The party animal Kings are the ones that showed up Wednesday, and it led to a loss against the Golden State Warriors.
The Kings held Golden State to 32 percent shooting in the second half after the Warriors unloaded on the Kings’ defense for 59 first-half points. Isaiah Thomas had another career game with a myriad of shake-and-bake moves that left fans and Kings announcers slack-jawed. He scored 11 in the third quarter to bring the Kings even heading into the final frame, but the Warriors’ savvy was too much to overcome.
And, really it wasn’t savvy so much as Sacramento shooting themselves in the foot. 14 turnovers through three quarters will not do the trick, especially against a Warriors team that makes teams pay in transition. To the Kings’ credit, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were non-factors most of the game, but countless turnovers and sloppy execution on offense led to a comfortable lead for Golden State.
Recently retired NFL star Tony Gonzalez sat courtside with Kings owners Vivek Ranadive, Mark Mastrov and assistant Chris Mullin in what was surely a bittersweet reunion for the trio. The three executives spent last season with the Warriors before joining the Kings’ front office this year. The Warriors have now won the last two meetings between these two in the battle of Interstate 80.
With Jason Terry and Reggie Evans set to join the team, the veteran presence will go a long way towards the Kings’ future success because at the moment, no one is capable of putting games away. The team still struggles to get stops, which has led to the Kings sitting in the cellar of the Western Conference.