Posted by: Kingsguru21 | January 3, 2010

Kings lose to Mavericks 99-91

Box Score. 4 Factors:

Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Dallas 98.0 101.0 50.7% 32.4 12.1 17.3
Sacramento 92.9 43.5% 12.0 28.9 16.3

Well, so much for a great sequel upon returning home. That happens, too. After the Lakers game sucked so much energy and effort, Tyreke Evans returned to the lineup.

Unfortunately, that was about the only thing that really happened that was positive for the Kings. There were positive individual efforts (Omri Casspi mainly), but Dallas was rested and they played with a purpose for the most part when it counted.

Dirk Nowitzki was Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd was superbly awesome, JJ Barea did what he does best, and Jason Terry was Jason Terry.

When the Kings don’t hit their shots (and they are, despite what anybody else says, still very much an offensively geared team), they aren’t capable of beating anybody. Period. Simple. The Kings didn’t lack effort or energy like they did in the game vs Philly, and there certainly was an opportunity for Dallas to turn it up another gear (which they didn’t–either because they couldn’t or wouldn’t last night). Yet, none of that mattered in the final analysis of a game that really showed the difference between a contender and a young rebuilding team. Dallas is built for now; Sacramento for the future.

Moral victories suck, no question, but I suggest settling for the fact that this team has shown serious improvement in many ways from last season to the current one, and settle for that. I’ve said before I had such low expectations Spencer Hawes could jump over the bar, and this is no exception. (I am a bit disappointed with how poorly Spence performed overall though.)

As the (wo)man said: It’s not having what you want; it’s wanting what you’ve got.

See? Life is better already.

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