Posted by: Kingsguru21 | January 6, 2010

Kings lose to the Phoenix Nash’s 113-109

Box Score. 4 Factors:

Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Phoenix 102.0 110.8 49.4% 39.0 25.0 17.6
Sacramento 106.9 46.8% 22.3 34.8 13.7

Sometimes the game of NBA basketball is as simple as a great player making great plays. That player last night was Steve Nash. No question Amare Stoudemire was helpful early on scoring 16 of his 24 points before the first half buzzer sounded, and Jason Richardson was useful on the boards while dropping 20 points in the meantime. But, yet, this game was the essence of how good Steve Nash really is. Really, that’s all there is to say on such matters.

Tyreke Evans is a beast. 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists (2 TO’s–NaPG!!!), 2 steals and a blocked shot. Yep, Evans was a mistake.

Yet, as good as Evans numbers were, he was not the only reason the Kings stayed in the game. Tyreke Evans did not keep the Kings in the game single handedly. Steve Nash won the game for Phoenix, but that’s hardly a surprise. That’s why Nash is a something time All-Star (maybe Hall of Famer).

Again, I get the feeling the Kings lost because other teams have figured out that the Kings lack weapon’s to scare you for 48 minutes. You know, those times where Kevin Martin could be on the court? Those times?

I thought the Kings simply lost this game against the Suns because they could never quite get over the hump. In various times in the 2nd half (the Kings never led during this game), the Kings tied the score at 88 (9 mins to go in the 4th), at 97 (with 4 1/2 mins to go in the 4th), and at 103 all with a Minute 49 seconds left remaining in the game. This group will get there. I believe that. If not, I’ve wasted a lot of time, energy, and emotion believing that they have a future.

The Suns with the victory are now 22-13. The Kings are now 14-20. Yet, the Kings are still right there. I suggest reading this incredible recap from Aykis if you haven’t done so. (It’s serving as the official recap of StR. Well done kid.)

Which brings me to Paul Westphal and the job he’s done. Terrific job, terrific attitude, and simply does what he feels is necessary for the Kings to win each & every game.

What isn’t clear is whether his positive, consistent approach will work. I think it will; to be honest I have no real quarrel with how Westphal has coached this team up to this point. Too many things have gone wrong, too many weapons not had, too many ways how this situation for our beloved Baby Royals could go wrong.

So I’ll leave with this thought. The Kings, right now, are at 14-20. Last season, the Kings didn’t win 14 games until early March with their victory vs Denver on March 8th. So, if you want to complain this team isn’t good enough to win games now you were in for a bit of surprise. If you were seduced by the comebacks in Milwaukee and Chicago that the Kings could do that consistently, SURPRISE!

Young teams have to learn how to compete, and then they have to learn how to win. Usually the 2nd step is a bit tougher.


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