I can't believe what I saw. A complete embarrassment. An absolute slap-in-the-face to thousands of good, hard-working folks everywhere. A horror show.
Clippers fans ... got a WAVE going ... in the second quarter.
I am as shocked as you are.
Despite the piss-poor performance by the Kings, there are no real individual scapegoats. No one completely dogged it. Bad decisions, bad shots ... sure. But no one really dogged it out there, save a few first-half minutes of Rashad McCants. Francisco Garcia got down early and pulled a Hawes, Spencer Hawes continued to rebound but basically gave up on defense once the margin grew to 30. Andres Nocioni's whistle complaints weren't too vociferous.
I think the greatest crime (besides that awful wave) was the possession to end the first quarter. If I'm remembering correctly, the Kings had 20 seconds to get the right shot. It ended with Nocioni passing it to Beno from the right corner to the right wing, and Beno having two ticks to get off a contested three. There was no ball movement, no attempt of creating a mismatch or advantage, no ... anything. It was awful.
How did the coaching staff respond? Randy Brown got off the bench and waved his arms in that motion that indicates the request for moving the ball and moving off the ball. Coach Brown seemed pretty perturbed. Kenny Natt? He did that exasperated look he does a dozen a times a game. Like he's personally affronted the team had such a bad possession. I would be too! But the team, of course, either didn't understand the reason for the exasperation, or it didn't care. Because the ball movement never got better. No one moved off the ball. Nothing happened.
All this business about playing to the level of the opponent, getting up for better teams ... it's really absurd. You suck because you can't beat anyone. You have a talent deficit. If you don't play your best you will lose against even the worst teams. The team renounced all its recent success by refusing to even try to mimic that. And everyone's at fault for that, even if no one explicitly dogged it.
This team needs a strong leader somewhere, whether on the bench or the floor. This crap can't happen next season.