Sacramento, CA – Finger pointing is definitely a sign that your headed in the wrong direction. What seemed to be another great start slipped away in the fourth quarter by the exact same problems of the past. Turnovers and no defense helped the Kings to their fourth straight loss.
Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls ended their road trip with a win over the Kings 95-86. The Bulls trailed by as many as 16 points before tightening up on defense to force Sacramento’s unraveling in the final period. Six second half turnovers led to the Kings losing their lead.
“In the fist half there was a lot of double team with two turnovers,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It was a tough match up, in the second half our pressure got a lot better and Derrick was tremendous.” “We were searching for energy and guys stepped up!”
For the first time this season the Kings led at the half but failed in securing the win. They got outscored 27-9 in the fourth while looking bewildered on what to do once they fell behind. The frustration of losing has gotten so bad players are trying to blame each other instead of taking responsibility for their own actions.
Tyreke Evans got off to a hot start facing his former college teammate Rose with 13 point and six assists to end the first half. But he was then held to just four points in the second half due to the Bulls defense. Jason Thompson started in place of Carl Landry who got benched for missing practice due to over sleeping. Thompson led all scores with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
In other news, Rose who missed last night’s game due to a sore neck dropped a game-high 30 points and had 7 assists. Chicago came from behind to win another game behind their star point guard. Hitting two back-to-back entertaining drives to the basket Rose put the Bulls up ahead 87-83. Joakim Noah followed with two free throws and a fastbreak layup for a 91-83 lead with 2:41 remaining.
“I felt a little pain but not too much because I took a pain pill before the game,” Rose said. “We’re a type of team that will fight throughout the game and play defense.” “We can’t dig ourselves in a hole like in the beginning because it takes too much energy out of us.” “Against a good team, they’re not going to let us comeback, not taking anything away from them.”
The Kings made only 3 for 21 shots, committed eight turnovers and began yelling at each other in frustration. Evans felt he had to take over and attack the basket but the double team from the Bulls prevented any success with that plan. The baffling thought is that this is the same team who starts the game off well but ends horribly.
“We ran the same plays in the second half as we did in the first half,” coach Paul Westphal said. “We didn’t execute, move the ball, players didn’t pass out of double teams and the turnovers piled up.” This game looked like something out of a horror book!”
The only horror the Kings face is their record of 4-11. It’s clearly not the start anyone imagined when the season began. Maybe it’s time for a team only meeting to address unresolved issues or simply “find the monkey on their back’s” and escort he/she out of the room. Drastic changes seem to be the only option in controlling the downward spiral this team is headed.
“We can’t do it this way,” said Luther Head. “You’ve got to pull people to the side and talk to them like a man.” “They’ve got to listen and not come back with a question.”
Written by: Malaika Bobino