Let's look at some of the worsts the Kings displayed this season...
How about the worst offensive performances?
#3 Nov. 3, at Chicago. Kings actually win this one 89-88 on a career high 30 from Kevin Martin. Martin hit the game-winner, which was overshadowed by two bonehead turnovers by Chris Duhon. 89 points in 104 possessions, for an offensive rating of 85.6. U-G-L-Y.
#2 March 18, at Atlanta. I think we all remember this one. Kings lose 99-76... to the Hawks. Sort-of a nail-in-the-coffin game. Corliss Williamson is your leading scorer with 14. 76 points on 92 possessions, for an offensive rating of 82.6.
#1 Jan. 20, at Detroit. Artest's first game back in Detroit, a Webber reunion... and a disaster on wheels. Kings lose 91-74. Those 74 points come in 92 possessions, for an offensive rating of 80.4. Again, Big Nasty is your leading scorer. I sense a pattern.
Now, the team's worst defensive performances:
#3 Dec. 5, at Phoenix. The Suns ran the Kings out the gym, 127-102. Not much else to say.
#2 April 16, vs New Orleans. Did this game even count? It was actually a fun match, considering the Kings were playing for ping pong balls. Hornets score 125 points in just 97 possessions, for an offensive rating of 128.9.
#1 We have a tie: Dec 12, at Golden State; and April 1, at Los Angeles. Golden State beat the Kings 126-113, scoring those big points in 97 possessions. The Lakers also put up 126 points in 97 possessions in bludgeoning the Kings 126-103. That big offensive rating? 129.9.
And now some quick hit worsts:
- Worst shooting night: Opening night, Nov. 1, at Minnesota. Kings shoot an eFG of 36.5%. Shockingly, they lose.
- Worst ballhandling night: Nov. 3, at Chicago. Not a good month, November. A whopping 26 turnovers for those rocking Kings.
- Worst defensive rebounding night: Jan. 2, vs New York. Knicks tug down a full 41.5% of their offensive rebounding opportunities. Kings still win 112-100 behind Ron-Ron's 39.
- Worst offensive rebounding night: Feb. 5, vs New Orleans. Kings manage two offensive boards in 30 attempts, or 6.7%. Kings still win, proving rebounding doesn't matter as much as we think it does.
- Worst loss: Based on (offensive rating - defensive rating), it's a tie. Dec. 5 at Phoenix, March 19 at Atlanta. Given opponent strength, I'd say the Hawks loss was most egregious.