54 results for month: 11/2010
Open up the Sunday paper and you’ll see another article by Ailene Voisin trying to convince you that Tyreke Evans isn’t a point guard. Luckily, the Sacramento Bee properly labeled this column as “Opinion” and nothing else. Because that’s what it is. It’s her opinion on a player she’s been less than kind too over his brief career. The reasoning in her piece is simple: the Kings are trying to trade for a point guard so the idea that Tyreke IS a point guard has clearly run its course. However, I’m wondering if that’s just a matter of circumstance in the league than it is an indictment on what Tyreke is or can be.... More
- Opening statement: "Well, we were awfully happy at half time. We told the team that the Bulls have come back over and over this year and that we had to play 24 more minutes of very good defense and offense that was together, just like we did the first half. I thought the second half our defense was good enough to win the game, but our offense was something that was out of some horror book. Two turnovers in the first half and sixteen in the second, it's just unbelievable - running the same plays, supposedly, only not executing them. 24 second violations, guys not shooting open shots, guys not moving the ball, guys not running the plays the way they ran them in the first half, guys not running the counters when they overplay. It was the exact opposite of the way we played in the first half. The results speak for themselves. When we move the ball when we're supposed to, we get good shots and we have a good chance of making those shots. When we stop running the offense, when we stop taking the open shots when we do get them, we score nine points in the fourth quarter and let a team come all the way back on us. It's tough because we showed what we can do, but we also showed how far we have to go to put it together for 48 minutes."
- On the fast start followed by the miserable fourth: "If anything, it should show - it should have shown before now, if a player can't see the difference between the decisions they are making early in the game and in the fourth quarter, they are never going to see it after that."
- On Jason Thompson and Omri Casspi: "I thought JT looked really comfortable in that starting role. I thought he gave us a lot of energy and he played very well at both ends. Omri hit a couple of shots off the bench and brought a lot of enthusiasm to the game and it was a good performance for those guys."
- On Jason Thompson sitting most of the fourth quarter after such a strong game: "Luol Deng. I thought Donté did a real good job on Deng and when Gibson went out on fouls, it was a pretty tough match-up for JT so we moved Donté to the four and that's one of the reasons Omri got to play as many minutes as he did."
- On why this team can't stay focused: "There are a lot of reasons, nobody ever knows somebody else's mind. It could be fatigue, it could be selfishness, it could be inexperience, it could be not knowing the offense, it could be not trusting your teammates. It could be any or all of the above or something else I didn't list and you can't read somebody else's mind, all you can do is read the results and the results were painful to watch."
- On how to deal with this lack of focus: "We had various players who were guilty so you can't sit everybody. You have to have a collective mindset to get it done together and that's what I didn't see."
- On how to fix some of these issues: "We're going to show them the film, first of all, show them the difference. We'll have a nice film session tomorrow. Part of it will be nice. Part of it guys will be running for the exits."
- On the change in play of guard Tyreke Evans during the first half and the second half: "He didn't look as quick in the second half, did he."
Starting Line-ups Kings
- Luther Head
- Tyreke Evans
- Donté Greene
- Carl Landry
- Samuel Dalembert