So the undefeated streak is over, that sucks!! but I blame it on unforseen circumstances. Agreed to go wine tasting with some friends but wifey forgot to ask exactly where... it ended up being in Napa so I was stressing all day about making it back on time for the game. I was back in Davis by 5.45 so even with some crazy driving I missed the first few minutes of the first. I think I deserve a pass... my head just wasn't in the game all day and my powers suffered. Please DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, take away my green card. That shit costed me a lot of money.
To me it's simple. The Kings want to beat quality oponnents? They need to not let them shoot over 58% from the floor and they need to make their FTs. Under 63% from the line does not cut it. I'm looking at you Spencer, Donte, and Omri!! Look at those two factors and add the fact that the other team had a bonafide superstar who was able to get buckets when they needed them and just add one up to the L column.
I don't really have much to write about individual players but let's see what I can come up with.
Reke was great. Without even looking at his line you could tell he filled it. He was very important in this game to even keep the Kings within reach; there's no game without him. One important note of something I noticed is that he had trouble when Dorell Wright was guarding him (I believe it was him). Wright is long, athletic, and has a long wingspan that seemed to bother Reke a lot. I think it's a good thing to look at going forward as maybe other teams will use the same kinds of defenders on him.
The froncourt (Noce, JT, and Hawes) had a game to forget. Again, haven' looked at the boxscore but it can't be good. At some point during the second at looked up to see the scoring and only Reke and Donte were over 10 pts and with a quality team like the Heat you can't have those types of performances.
The Show had a good game and was very instrumental in keeping us in the game as well. I thought he did a great job at attacking the basket and getting to the line, even finishing a couple times. He missed way too many FTs so he needs to fix that because with his athleticism and the continuous development of his game he's going to get a good number of attempts from the line.
Omri had a rought start to the game. I saw at least 3-4 rookie mistakes but he compensated those with the 3s. Sometimes his energy is enough to get the rest of the team to step on the gas but he can deflate the effort as well with the silly mistakes he stil makes. Add him to the missing FTs brigade. I insist he needs to calm down a bit, sometimes he''s too hyper for his own good. He's going to be a hell of a player once he gets it under control.
Sergio and Beno both had up and down games I thought. Sergio had a lowest low and had costly TOs, especially the one at the end of the 3rd. Beno did a good job at hitting shots when we needed them (couple 3s in the 2nd) but also had a couple TOs in the second half that costed us a bit.
Brockman had a really short stint and K-9 was in a bit of foul trouble. He did get one nice running lay up to go down.
It was a bit of a weird game. You felt like the Heat were playing a bit more under control and you knew D Wade was getting buckets to stop the Kings' runs, I guess that's what a superstar does. No shame in that. It seemed like everytime we closed the gap they would hit another 3 and that would suck the energy out of Arco (looked nice tonight, not sure what attendance was). I actually didn't agree with playing zone most of the 4th, I didn't mind for a bit but they kept going inside to their big guys making open 15 footers. I would've liked to see them switch a bit more from zone to man-to-man and viceversa. They were hitting shots and the D was not up to par so it wouldn't hurt to give them different looks.
All in all, it was an ok game but the Kings had some pronounced problems. I actually think this is a good example of what needs to be worked in practice and how much this team is still long ways from being a good team. Nothing wrong with that, just the growing pains of a young team.
One last thing, I know his jacket was ugly, but we need Speed back helping this team. When they were making their big run in the 2ns we had no one to stop it. Kevin could've at least gotten to the line or something, anything really because nothing was going our way.
Yes, I think we have a deep team, but we still need more weapons who are going to show up consistently. Tonight, Reke and Donte (and to a degree Omri in the second half) held it down to stay close, but we needed more than that. Get well soon Kevin.