I am going to start this recap now, but I should mention that Bojan Bogdanovic just hit another open three from the corner.
And it suggests some pretty nasty stuff.
The Nets have the second worst offense in the entire NBA, averaging just 95.6 points per game, and the Kings defense allowed them to hit 128 after four quarters, and just for the sake of being thorough, 103 through three quarters. And again, that is underselling how bad this loss was.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that the Kings are 0-1 on days where George Karl records a podcast with ESPN's Zach Lowe and try’s to sell Rudy Gay as the team’s defensive stopper. Just saying.
Speaking of that podcast, Karl told Lowe that one of the Kings’ biggest issues this season was energy to start the game. Aside from an offensive flurry by Rajon Rondo, Karl’s biggest issue reared it’s ugly head again tonight. I didn’t like the energy level (not to be confused with effort) but in the interest of simplifying what ‘energy level’ is actually implying, the Kings start off games poorly, for whatever reason you want to attribute that to, and they did it again tonight.
Karl lost his defensive stopper for most of the game, and that didn’t help, either. Rudy Gay twisted his ankle early in this one, tried to come back, but never really looked comfortable enough to run up and down the court. He was diagnosed with an ankle sprain. He’ll be ok, but the Kings could have used him in Brooklyn tonight.
The rest of this game sort of played out how most bad Kings losses play out. An opposing guard overachieves (Donald Sloan, 17 points in 31 minutes on 6-10 shooting), shooters get loose (Bojan Bogdanovic, 7-9 from three), veteran looks like his old self (Joe Johnson, 27 points on 11-16 shooting), and that is your ingredients for an ugly Kings loss.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking - "I’ve seen so many of these losses, Tony, you’re missing the ‘former King lights up old team’ ingredient", and you’re right! The Nets dropped 128 points on the Kings, and Thomas Robinson only had one of those! Kings dodged a bullet there.
The Kings’ offense had some moments. I like Rondo’s aggression going to the rim. DeMarcus Cousins had a triple double (whoopty-doo), but for whatever reason he always seems to struggle with Brook Lopez’s length. Cousins was decent, but I don’t think he had his best game despite the triple double.
I mentioned Gay’s absence. He only played four minutes tonight. Darren Collison was probably the best King, and the biggest reason why the Kings got a little frisky late in the fourth. Willie Cauley-Stein was good, but he’s nearly always good. His role in the offense is so limited that it’s kind of hard to judge, but I have nothing bad to say about his performance tonight.
Hold up, Bogdanovic just drained another corner three. Also, I needed to check twitter to see if the Kings imploded while I was writing this recap. Turns out, miniature implosion did, indeed, occur.
I’ll leave you with these.
Bobby Jackson speaking the truth about George Karl pic.twitter.com/M1bIubOgcA— Darth Vader (@WHOSDWAYNEJONES) February 6, 2016
And DeMarcus Cousins -
DeMarcus Couisins after the game: 'Not going to keep blaming the guys in the locker room...we got a bigger issue'.— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) February 6, 2016
Bojan Bogdanovic just hit another corner three.