SACRAMENTO – Clean up at courtside.
The Sacramento Kings (18-36) made a mess of the ball hosting the Golden State Warriors (32-22) in a 101-92 defeat that was arm’s length in the fourth quarter. An exasperated coach Michael Malone sang the same old tune following a familiar performance.
“To me, the story of the game was our turnovers and our inability to take care of the basketball. The flip side of that is our inability or unwillingness to share the basketball.”
“If you don’t have a shot, or a pass, or a play immediately, get off the ball. Move it without any hesistation. We tend to dribble it too much. We dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, get ourselves into trouble.”
The Kings recorded 21 turnovers to merely 13 assists, while floor leader Isaiah Thomas finished with a 1:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. No Sacramento player dished more assists than turnovers. In comparison, the Warriors produced a dazzling 26 assists to 7 turnovers and scored 22 points off the Kings’ mistakes.
Both teams were short-handed with DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut out to injuries and Marcus Thornton, MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore unavailable due to pending trades, but it was the Kings who wore out as the Warriors pounded their hoop for 52 points in the paint. Sacramento was knifed by interior passes and couldn’t take advantage of glass dominance (49 total and 15 offensive rebounds to Golden State’s 35 and 6).
Thomas led the Kings with 26 points, and Travis Outlaw hit a season-high 3 3s on his way to 18 points off the bench. Rudy Gay struggled on offense going 6-of-21 from the floor but contributed 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks.
The Kings fell to 0-3 in their regular season series versus the Warriors and will have the chance to avoid a sweep April 4 at Oracle Arena. Sacramento will play the Boston Celtics (19-36) on Saturday, and Malone’s theme in Thursday and Friday’s practice should be clear.
“We’ll address it, we’ll talk about it, we’ll watch film…just move that ball side to side, move that ball because when you move the ball you become a lot harder to guard.”
“We have to get back to making plays for teammates, and right now we’re making plays for ourselves.”
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