Quick notes and quotes from Tuesday’s 95-87 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena:
*Perhaps one King had a reason if he looked out of sorts to start the game.
Rudy Gay’s right knee was bothering him and he left the game in the third quarter with right knee stiffness.
Gay had four points on 1-for-6 shooting in 24 minutes.
“He was complaining at halftime about his knee,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “He went out, wanted to give it a shot in the third quarter, gave us some minutes but he wasn’t moving real well out there so we decided to shut him down. I don’t’ think it’s real serious but I don’t want to speculate until I speak with (director of sports medicine) Pete (Youngman).”
Gay said he’s never had knee problems and that he didn’t want to leave the game. But with the Kings still having three more road games on this road trip, including Wednesday night at Atlanta, he didn’t’ want to risk a serious injury.
“I’ll get treatment and shoot for trying to start tomorrow,” Gay said.
*As for the rest of the Kings, the shooting performance was bad, minus DeMarcus Cousins who scored 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting.
The Kings shot 37.5 percent as a team, their second-worst shooing performance this season.
*Ben McLemore’s struggles continued tonight. He shot 2-for-10 and is is 6-for-35 over his last 5 games. He’s averaging 4.4 points and having problems defensively, too. But the Kings will stick with the rookie.
Marcus Thornton didn’t play tonight with the backup guard minutes being split between Gay, Travis Outlaw and Derrick Williams in various lineups. There’s more on that in the story for tomorrow’s newspaper.
*Bobcats coach Steve Clifford on his team’s good start:
“That was an important win for us against a team that’s difficult to play against. Everyone says that the NBA is a fourth quarter league. Statistically it’s a first quarter league. Our readiness,out of the gate, was good. We were able to play from ahead and having that cushion early was the difference.”
The Bobcats led 35-22 after the first quarter.