Houston game 2
Not much more to say about Houston than what I said a week ago. They are a better shooting team than we are and it showed in the last game. We were the better team inside but didn’t take full advantage of our strengths.
JT, Carl, and DeMarcus took 35 shots and only made 7 baskets at the rim on 8 attempts for an 87.5% shooting percentage at the rim. Inside 10ft they were 5-9 for 55.6%, and a total shooting percentage between the two of 12-17 or 70.6%. For the game they were 19 of 35 for 48.6%, so away from them paint they were, 7-18 for 38.9%. Houston’s big three, Scola, Hill and Hayes, were 12-22 inside 10 ft for 54.5%. And, were 19-33 for the game for 57.6%, and 7-11 outside 10ft for 63.6%.
Eighteen jumpers outside of 10ft is way too many attempts from our 3 best low post scorers especially when your hitting 39% of them and your shooting 87.5% at the basket. Houston’s big only took 11 and they were shooting 64%. Tyreke didn’t play so there was no need to spread the floor or clear the lane.
But, this time we’re at home and Tyreke looks to be playing, although he seems to fade in the 2nd half possibly due to his injury or conditioning. So, maybe the bigs should take over the 2nd half an take the game into the post. I’ll take 70% shooting in the paint over long 2’s. I believed that the Kings had a chance to win this game before the road trip and after watching the New Orleans and OKC games, I feel even stronger that this is our game. Unfortunately, as soon as are big guys start figuring how to play without fouling, they end up getting hurt and now no one knows which team will show up. With JT out with stitches in his hand and DeMarcus questionable, well I’m glad I didn’t put any money on the game. Go Kings!