December 27, 2017, 12:54 am
The Kings headed to Los Angeles looking to turn things around following a tough loss to the Spurs in Sacramento, but the team instead ended up on the wrong end of a 122-95 blowout.
The Kings were able to keep up with the Clippers to start the game, finishing the first quarter tied at 30. The team had no answer for Jamil Wilson, but Sacramento appeared to be getting more comfortable as the quarter went on.
The team completely fell apart in the second quarter, particularly in the defensive end of the floor. The Clippers managed to score 41 points on their way to a 71-53 lead at the half.
The Kings were able to keep the Clippers from adding too much to their lead in the second half, but the team was never able to get any momentum to fuel a comeback.
Sacramento will now switch gears to prepare for a tough game tomorrow night at home against the Cavaliers.
- Willie Cauley-Stein was able to make some big contributions for the team on both ends of the floor scoring points on 8-for-10 shooting while also adding three assists, seven rebounds and four steals. This was easily one of Cauley-Stein’s most productive games of the season despite only playing 25 minutes. Dave Joerger decided to go with some smaller lineups that may have led to fewer minutes for Cauley-Stein, but the team may have been better off with him taking on a bigger role.
- Skal Labissiere failed to see the floor for the second straight game and may be falling out of the rotation. Labissiere has struggled at times this season, but seeing Labissiere stay on the bench at the end of a blowout is surprising.
- Malachi Richardson played a career-high 30 minutes in the loss, and while some of this came late in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach, he saw plenty of time on the floor early on in smaller lineups. Richardson had some nice moments on both ends of the floor and may become a more consistent piece in the rotation going forward.