Posted by: Kingsguru21 | November 14, 2009

Kings beat Rockets

Here is the Kings box score. Here is the 4 Factors:


Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Houston 95.0 105.3 46.1% 20.2 19.1 10.5
Sacramento 114.7 53.1% 28.4 38.1 18.9


In case you want to read real recap’s, read TZ’s at StR or Zach Harper’s at Cowbell Kingdom.

* Jason Thompson had a great offensive game. He had 27 points on 9-15 shooting, 9-10 line (can’t say I didn’t tell you so), and grabbed 9 offensive boards. Plus, he had 2 assists.

Defensively? I thought he formed a part of a coherent group with the same game plan. But as TZ noted, the balance on the glass defensively kept the Rockets off the offensive rebounds, while Jason Thompson matched the Rockets total for the game by his lonesome.

Even if this team doesn’t have a top 10 individual rebounder right now, it’s very clear that gang rebounding will rue the day. Given that only Jason Thompson is a top 5 in any rebounding category (offensive rebounding) in the NBA, it’s not that surprising.

At the same time, you have Spencer Hawes leading the Kings with 7 defensive rebounds. Ime Udoka, Tyreke Evans, Andres Nocioni, and Kenny Thomas all had 6 defensive rebounds. Beno Udrih, Jason Thompson and Jon Brockman each had 2 defensive rebounds a piece, and Omri Casspi had 1. B-A-L-A-N-C-E.

* Look at the point distribution for this game. You have 81 points for the top 4 Houston scorers (Ariza-28, Battier-23, Scola-20, and Brooks-10), and the Kings had 84 points for their top 4 scorers (Thompson with his career high 27, Udrih-22, Evans-20, and Nocioni-15). The bench for the Rockets had 19 points overall; The Kings had 25 points off their bench.

* The Kings had 18 turnovers, and none in the last 7 mins. One of those TO’s was a 24 shot clock violation with 7 mins remaining in regulation.

* Kenny Thomas is an official part of the rotation until otherwise notified; ditto with Ime Udoka (but I think we knew that)

* Omri Casspi went out with a sprained ankle, and Paul Westphal said in his post-game presser that the team wouldn’t find out until today. At some point today, we’ll find out.

* I wonder if Donte Greene’s performance earned him back into the doghouse. Hopefully not, but it was not very good minus a drive to the basket that earned him a pair of FT’s (that he made).

* If I had to sum it up in one word with regards to WaBeno, not too bad in the grand scheme of things. (In fact damn good.)

* Thanks Heavens for Tyreke Evans

I think that’s about it. You’ve already of the Okafor rumors. I’ll have to get my head together to say something more coherent than what TZ already has said. (Probably a lobotomy too, but whose counting?)


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