The Sacramento Kings were destroyed by the Golden State Warriors, losing 120-101. The Kings started the game with great energy and team play, and held the lead for most of the first quarter. From that point forward, it was a systematic destruction by the defending champs.
The Kings were once again without DeMarcus Cousins, who is still recovering from a lower back injury. Without Cousins, Rudy Gay shouldered the bulk of the offensive load. To the chagrin of Kings fans, Rudy drove to the rim again and again, often while being guarded by Defensive Player of the Year candidate Draymond Green. It went about as well as you'd expect. But while we may be frustrated by Rudy Gay Iso plays, many of the plays appeared to be called plays rather than Rudy improvising. Rajon Rondo would often direct the offense to clear out space for Rudy to operate. Why this was the gameplan is anybody's guess, but it seems that the coaching staff can share some of the blame.
My current pet peeve with the offense is shot selection. Beyond Rudy's penchant for ill-advised drives, the team has a habit of passing up good looks in favor of more difficult shots. Marco Belinelli is a lead culprit, and I desperately wish someone would show him how much better he shoots spot-ups as opposed to double-teamed fallaways.
Quincy Acy saw extended time in Cousins' absence. As usual, Acy made the most of his minutes. Acy was an underrated addition to the team this summer. The guy is simply ready to play whenever he's called upon.
With Cousins out and Kosta Koufos running into foul trouble, Willie Cauley-Stein got to play over 10 minutes! During the game I realized I never find myself thinking "man, they need to get Willie off the floor".
Moment of the Game:
Hey Rondo, whatcha think of them Warriors?
RONDO'S FACE I CANNOT. pic.twitter.com/EZxc8piB9H— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) November 29, 2015
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