I went to the game at Verizon Center tonight albeit with a loyal Laker fan. Let's get a list of what looked good and what didn't look so good.
1. Tyreke Evans' strength and speed. The guy is such a bully and watching him live, all you can say is WOW!
2. The Casspi fans: Many Isreal flags in the crowd made it a festive atmosphere of Kings fans.
3. Forcing a Laker fan to cheer on the Kings.
4. Meeting up with a Bobby Jackson super fan at Green Turtle from Sacramento.
Oh where does one begin?
1. Honestly: This game was snoozer. The Kings seem like they were lacking intensity all game. There is no excuses for that. I took an actual nap during halftime of the game. The Kings offense was stagnant. The shots missed weren't the in and out types but more of the way off type.
2. Spencer Hawes+Jason Thompson and Kenny Thomas <<<< Brendan Haywood, Javale McGee and Andray Blatche: I did not know what to say but Brendan Haywood and Javale McGee just completely intimidated the entire Kings team at the rim. Everything that the Kings did inside was soft and the Kings players were left feeling something was always lurking because the Wizards had an interior presence that the Kings can only dream of.
3. People Not Named Kevin Martin and Tyreke Evans: No one played to their capabilities tonight except Evans and Martin.
Here's a breakdown of what I saw:
Omri looks tired,
Nocioni wants summer vacation to begin right now and didn't seem committed,
Greene has regressed,
Thompson looks like he's hit the sophomore slump,
Hawes is NOT A BIG MAN,
K9 (woof!) was an NBA player only in uniform.
Brockman tried to hustle but just didn't seem very effective
Beno is cooling off.
Just a very disappointing performance. I thought the Kings would catch a break with a Wizards team mired in a legal cloud and coming off a 2OT loss. The Wizards just seemed like they were always in control of this ballgame and nothing the Kings could've done would allow the Kings to take control.
This probably the 2nd worst of the ones I've been to, the worst being the 114-108 loss in 2004 when the Kings got manhandled by Kwame Brown.