Last night's loss against the Jazz was very disheartening. A Utah team coming in without their top scorer and rebounder, their hardest hard-nosed player and possible 6th man of the year and in the end some questionable coaching decisions possibly blow the game for the Kings. My gripes:
1. Brad Miller? Really? Brad Miller is the last of the starters to come off the floor in the first half and the FIRST to come back on the floor!?!?! Spencer was taken out before Brad and then Brad came back before Spencer came back on the floor in the second quarter, Brad played four minutes more than Spencer. It should have been the other way around.
2. Quincy Douby? Really? In crunch time?!?! He had had 2 game winning shots last week and missed them. Then he had an 0-9 FG game. So why would anybody put in Quincy Douby!?!! He's done.
3. No Francisco Garcia? Really? Who would MOST Kings fans (and Kings players I bet) say is the best clutch player on the roster? Answer: Cisco. Was he in the game at crunch time? No. Supposedly, the team doctors said his minutes were to be capped at 30. So why the hell did Theus use up his minutes at the 4:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter. Also, would it really hurt for him to play ONE more minute. Put him in for the final minute and have your clutch guy there. I realize that his outside shot is still not 100% back from the injury but I would have felt WAY better with Cisco taking those last minute threes than Douby.
4. Darren Williams not denied? Really? The Jazz were without Boozer and AK47. Therefore the main weapon for Utah is going to be Williams. As soon as he gets the ball over half court in that final minute he needs to be double teamed. You can't let Darren beat you. Theus opted for man-to-man defense and Williams burned the Kings with two straight buckets. Just like they did by denying Brandon Roy the ball and making others beat them, the same needed to be done with Darren Williams. Instead he was allowed to go one-on-one and use screens to get free for open baskets. You have to make another Jazz player beat you.
Theus blew that game IMO. I am not saying that the Kings would have won if he had made different decisions. Spencer with 4 more minutes could have fouled out. Douby COULD have made the shots and maybe Cisco would have missed the threes also. Still, I shake my head in amazement at the rotations and substitutions last night.
Seven losses in a row at home? Really????