After a thorough dismantling of the same Dallas squad a little over a week ago, the Kings got a taste of their own medicine in a blowout loss to the Mavericks.
With Rudy Gay still out with injury and Omri Casspi unable to make a go of it due to illness, Sacramento started a three guard lineup consisting of Darren Collison, Ben McLemore, Garrett Temple, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kosta Koufos. Starting one point guard, two shooting guards, and two centers went about as well as expected. Collison and Temple both had their worst games of the year as they combined for 7 points on 2/18 shooting and 1/11 from three point range.
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings in scoring with 33 on 24 shots, but most of that production came in the first half when he scored 23 of the Kings 44 points. Outside of Boogie, Ty Lawson was the only other player in double figures scoring 10 points (4/9 FG).
The Mavericks won the game using a balanced effort as six different players scored in double figures. Unlike the Kings starting duo, Deron Williams and Wes Matthews had solid games as they led their team with a combined 30 points on 11/24 shooting. Former Sacramento fan-crush Seth Curry had a nice game with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
- Garrett Temple’s offensive struggles may have derived from his recent increased minutes. Every single one of his shots fell well short tonight. Eight three point attempts was probably a little excessive and he should have sought to drive the ball more frequently.
- The Kings were down 16 points and showing no glimpse of a comeback when Dave Joerger decided to insert DeMarcus Cousins back into the game with six minutes left. Boogie played all the way until 2:11 remaining and Sacramento down by 20. I don’t understand the need to rest Cousins for entire games if you’re going to force him to play unnecessary minutes just a few days late.
- Matt Barnes is shooting 29% from three point range (Marco Belinelli shot 31% last year for perspective) and yet he’s brazenly taking four attempts per game. Barnes’ shot attempts and minutes need to dramatically decrease once Rudy and Omri return to the lineup.
- Although Ben McLemore and Garrett Temple played horrifically, Arron Afflalo continued his seemingly permanent residence in the doghouse. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a trade request along shortly.
- There was literally nothing positive to take away from tonight.