• Caron Butler scored nine points on 2-of-4 shooting with four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and Marco Belinelli (ankle) returned to action and was terrible in 17 minutes with two points on 1-of-6 shooting and no other statistics.

    Belinelli has been one of George Karl’s pets all season despite being a major liability all season long.  It’s just one of a laundry list of reasons why Kings players and people inside the walls at Sleep Train are entirely fed up with Karl still being held on as coach.  Seth Curry saw four minutes, which is nothing new. 

    Rajon Rondo kicked the ball around the yard for five turnovers and many different defensive lapses, but he was bequeathed control of the team yet again on a 10-point, eight-rebound, 13-assist and three-steal night.  He’s walking proof that assists don’t matter.  James Anderson was given 29 minutes because he’s Karl’s second-favorite bad player, and he finished with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, two threes, two boards, one steal and one block — which is a good night for him.  To put a bow on the loss, Caron Butler was given the start in the second half because Willie Cauley-Stein, who was not in the game due to an illness, was blamed by Karl for the team’s woes in the first half.

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