For an eighth consecutive season, the Sacramento Kings are not in the playoffs. However, there is one series this postseason that features two teams with deep ties to the Kings. Four of the five Kings’ opening night starters are playing significant roles in the first round match-up out east between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. James Herbert, who writes about the NBA and the Raptors for SB Nation as well as TrueHoop, joins us this week to discuss how the former Kings are performing in this Eastern Conference playoff series. We also hear James’ thoughts on Rudy Gay and why things didn’t work out for him in Toronto on this week’s edition of the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast presented by The Problematic.
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2 Replies to "Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 142: James Herbert talks Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings and Rudy Gay"
April 25, 2014 (11:15 am)
James and Jonathan-
I love this site and appreciate your insights but I think you guys are way off base in your analysis of the Kings biggest problem and solution. It is not about who’s shooting or how to delegate shots or role players vs starters getting touches. It is about defense.
Our number one problem we have is that we give up 103.4 point per game on 46.1% shooting and 38% from beyond the arc. That’s it. That is where our focus must be. And I believe coach Malone would agree with me.
Isaiah Thomas does not play good defense. Ben McLemore does not play good defense. Rudy Gay does not play good defense. DeMarcus Cousins does not play good defense.
Every team in the league knows how to beat the Kings. Just drive to the basket. Nobody is going to stop you. If the Kings sink into the key (to double team help) just kick it out for a 38% 3 pointer.
What the Kings need is a different starting point guard who can play some semblance of defense. And for Ben McLemore to step up his D and get some tenacity (because he has the athletic ability).
I know you guys love IT and if you want to keep him a sixth man scoring spark that’s great. But we will not win as long as he’s in there allowing opposing point guards to do whatever they want.
The recipe to turn this team around is to get a shot blocking PF/C to team up with DMC and a defense/passing oriented PG. Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins can handle the bulk of the scoring. They are never going to be dominant defenders but the other 3 guys on the court damn well better be.
When you watch the playoffs you see the good teams have 2 or 3 key scorers and the rest of the guys scrap like hell. Gritty defending, swiping at the ball, hands in the passing lanes, rebounding, shot blocking, etc.
If the Kings could get their points allowed down to about 98-ish, we will be right there in the bottom of the payoff mix. The solution is get some defenders on the roster. Defense Defense Defense.
April 25, 2014 (6:18 pm)
The Kings have a good interior defense and by the advanced stats Cousins and IT are good defenders. The problem is the Kings let teams kill them from deep and a huge part of the blame for that is that our SGs all just watched players shoot 3s. McLemore was absolutely horrible on defense. Gay was horrible on defense and our PFs and bench were all bad on D. Kings need to draft Aaron Gordon and sign Thabo. That will improve our defense along with improvement on D from Cousins and Isaiah.