Sacramento Kings Weekly: Can You Say Defense? The Kings Can’t

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On Friday, Rudy Gay was finally able to make his Sacramento Kings debut against the Phoenix Suns. Gay scored 24 points in his first game and was extremely efficient going 8-for-12 from the field, including 8-for-9 from the free throw line. The Kings offense, with Gay in the lineup scored 107 and 106 in their first two games, up from the 99 points they had been averaging thus far this season. However, the main problem with the Kings slow start has been the defense, just as it has been for many seasons. The Kings allow more than 101 points per game, which has them tied for 23rd in the league. Furthermore, opponents shot 46 percent from the field against them, even worse is that they allow 39 percent from downtown, only the Brooklyn Nets allow a higher percentage. The funny part is that they actually improved a little bit compared to last year’s defense. In 2012-13 the Kings gave up an NBA-worst 105 points per game, almost three points more than any other team. Furthermore, they allowed teams to shoot 47 percent from the field and were in the bottom five in rebounding. Again the Kings have plenty of scoring, with DeMarcus Cousins leading all centers at 22.4 points, Isaiah Thomas averaging just less than 19 points, seventh among point guards, and Rudy Gay, who has a 18-point average for his career. However, if the Kings want to change their playoff prospects they have to play defense and start doing it now. Coach Malone has to hold them accountable somehow and someway if they want to change the way they currently play on the defensive end.

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