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Understanding the root cause of the Kings' collapse against Dallas

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We've solved the mystery

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The Sacramento Kings let a 24-point lead slip away against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.  It was a sad reminder that the Kings' early success may not be sustainable.  But fear not, the Kings are actually just fine.  I've done some investigating, and I've discovered the cause of the Kings collapse.

The following is a text message I received from a high school friend on Tuesday night, in the middle of the second quarter.  His name is Justin.  I've known him a long time.  And he's a big enough sports fan that he should have known better.

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As you can clearly see, the Kings loss to the Mavericks was my friend's fault.

Some might point to DeMarcus Cousins getting into foul trouble, limiting his minutes.  Some might point to Ramon Sessions and Ben McLemore, the two starting guard, registering a combined zero assists.  Some might point simply to the absence of Darren Collison, who missed the game with injury.  Anyone who points to those issues is wrong.  This is all Justin's fault.

The Kings are just fine.  The Kings are the team that absolutely crushed the Mavericks in the first quarter, before the jinx.  The Kings are going to be great the rest of the season, as long as Justin keeps himself in check.  Fear not, I've already addressed the importance of this with him.

No more jinxes causing a complete lack of execution or effort.  No more deviation from the successful style of play in favor of overdribbling and attempting to play hero ball.  Nothing to worry about.  It was all Justin's fault.  The Kings are going to be just fine.

It's all Justin's fault.