The Sacramento Kings have lost seven straight after Thursday's fall-from-ahead 84-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks were without point guard Brandon Jennings, small forwards Corey Maggette and Carlos Delfino and power forward Drew Gooden, all among the Bucks' top eight players. The Bucks were 11-16 coming in. And Milwaukee still handled business.
The Kings had 25 turnovers in a 93-possession game -- just unconscionable. Sacramento also shot 36 percent. In his (weird and completely awkward) post-game presser, Paul Westphal credited his team with fighting to stay in the game despite the offensive woes. And fight they did: Sacramento had 19 offensive rebounds, no small number. But that the Kings fought to rebound their own misses doesn't and shouldn't excuse the repeated and complete lack of focus the team exhibits on either end. Omri Casspi was the only King without a turnover; four Kings had at least four, punctuated by DeMarcus Cousins' five in 13 minutes.
The team looked completely clueless on the court, and that was magnified as the Bucks cranked up the defensive pressure late. Tyreke Evans was aggressive late, but took one terrible pull-up three-pointer at a critical juncture and blew a wide-open lay-up later, with the Kings down four inside a minute to go. He had a couple nifty baskets in there, too, and tried hard on defense. In the press conference, Westphal let loose that Evans has had a personal issue weighing on his mind. But the types of mistakes Evans made in this game weren't particularly new.
More incredible is the post-game firestorm relating from two incidents: a late-breaking story that the Maloofs are ready to can Westphal and Geoff Petrie (one that Joe Maloof denies), and another incident between Westphal and Cousins. This time, according to Jason Jones of The Bee and Sam Amick of FanHouse, Cousins snubbed Westphal's attempt at a high-five as DMC came off the court. Westphal allegedly grabbed Cousins and had some heated words. Cousins sat until Samuel Dalembert fouled out late. With Jason Thompson out and Hassan Whiteside in Reno, Westphal's only non-Cousins big men at that point were power forwards Darnell Jackson and Carl Landry. But Westphal went back to Cousins.
The Kings are an absolute mess. No matter whose fault it is, this franchise is a complete and utter disaster right now.