March 1, 2017, 10:25 pm
The Sacramento King struggled once again to get their offense going, losing 109-100 to the Brooklyn Nets. This snapped a 16-game losing streak for the Nets, and was just their third road win of the season.
Sacramento changed their starting lineup tonight, and have now managed to use different starting units in all four of their games since the All Star break. The starters failed to get much going, and despite some strong pushes from the bench, the Kings were never able to take a lead.
Brooklyn, whose struggles primarily come from the defensive end of the floor, didn’t have much trouble containing the Kings. The offense looked stagnant, and very few players appeared to be able to create their own opportunities.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Skal Labissiere entered the starting lineup for the first time in his career, and responded well to the opportunity. Labissiere finished with 10 points on 4/5 shooting, and he managed to stay active on the glass as well with five rebounds. The start didn’t translate to more minutes, but the strong performance certainly helps him build his case.
- Arron Afflalo returned from his hamstring injury, playing 26 minutes and scoring 14 points as the team’s starting small forward. With Garrett Temple set to return from injury in the near future, the Kings’ back court could get overcrowded in a hurry. McLemore appeared to be the odd man out tonight, but it’s fair to wonder if Afflalo will continue to see such heavy minutes given the situation.
The Kings, who now have a 1-3 record coming out of the All Star break, will now get three days off before playing taking on the Utah Jazz Sunday afternoon. This team desperately needs to make some adjustments offensively, so the extended break should serve them well.