I decided to ask Kings coach Michael Malone if Marcus Thornton playing only 17 minutes had anything to do with Memphis using Mike Miller in the backcourt.
It sounds as if it didnt matter who was in the backcourt as Malone was not happy with Thorntons defense or any of the Kings defense in Sacramentos 99-89 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Thornton played only six minutes in the second half and was replaced by rookie Ben McLemore.
Thornton had scored well in Rudy Gays absence, but only attempted two shots against the Grizzlies.
He has to be able to adapt to the situation, Malone said of Thornton. With Rudy being out he got more touches, tonight he didnt get more touches. But every player can find a way to impact the game in some shape or form if you dont get touches.
Malone, however, made it clear he was not singling out Thornton. He said hed been a hypocrite by playing players that havent played defense this season.
This isnt about Marcus Thornton, Malone said. This isnt about Isaiah (Thomas), this isnt about Rudy (Gay), this isnt about DeMarcus (Cousins). As a team we have to start defending at a higher level and be much more committed to it.
*Thomas said the defensive problems are not the fault of the coaching staff:
Nothing the coaches can do. We work on it every day. We start practice with defensive drills since August, since September weve been doing the same things everyday. I dont know what its going to take for us to understand weve got to be a better defensive team for us to win any games.
*The loss was the fifth in a row for the Kings. The Kings streak of games scoring at least 100 points at home ended at 13 with the loss. The Kings have lost 15 consecutive games when failing to score at least 100 points.
*Malone hopes Cousins (ankle) will be available for Fridays game at Dallas. Cousins has missed the last four games.
*Gay (Achilles) said he tweaked his left foot but said he wont miss any time.