Friday, December 07, 2007

2007 Kings versus Clippers

Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Los Angeles Clippers Basketball game.

Over the last several weeks, the Kings had settled into a starting rotation (Udrih, Martin, Artest, Moore and Miller) and a substitution pattern (Gracia, Salmons and Hawes) that was starting to become more effective. The injury to Martin essentially resets the team back to the beginning of the season with less talent. The Kings have to start all over trying to figure out a starting five and an effective substitution pattern. The injury to Martin is very discouraging.

Facing a Clippers team that had lost seven games in a row, the Kings actually took a 52 to 41 half-time lead. The Kings passed the ball and moved without the ball pretty well in the first half.

The bottom fell out in the second half. The Kings players started standing around and watching the player with the ball. There was no motion in the offense. The Kings were outscored 30 to 18 in the third quarter and 26 to 17 in the fourth quarter. The Kings lost the game by a score of 97 to 87.

Chris Kaman continues to a King killer. He scored 26 points on 9 of 12 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. Kaman also had 12 rebounds.

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