Michael Malone called it “awful” and he was right on point.
Malone stormed after official Marc Davis, who made the call of a jump ball with Rudy Gay and Tayshaun Prince instead of a foul on Prince with 1.9 seconds left in what became a 91-90 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Friday night at FedExForum.
Davis made a face as if to say “I have no idea why you’re mad” when approached by a furious Malone.
Malone said in a close game every point counts, but Sacramento didn’t lose because of Davis’ call.
Players didn’t speak on what happened publicly, but they were obviously upset over the call. I still haven’t found anyone that watched the play that thinks it was a jump ball.
The Kings could very well be the subject of an email from the league on Saturday, stating a foul should have been called. It won’t matter because the game is over.
What the Kings can fix from tonight’s game is their execution on offense going forward.
Memphis closed the game on a 10-2 run, aided by the Kings’ offense which featured too much dribbling and not enough player or ball movement. Memphis was on a 10-0 run and the Kings missed seven consecutive shots as the Grizzlies took a 91-88 lead with 54 seconds to play.
The Kings made themselves easy to defend, something you can’t do against a good defensive team like Memphis. A putback dunk by Rudy Gay with 38.9 seconds to play was the only basket over the final four minutes for the Kings.
If the Kings could have managed some offense late, they probably win this game. But the Kings shot 6-for-23 from the field in the fourth, scoring two points over the final 4:01.
*The Kings came into the game averaging 102 points. They’ve been held under 100 points twice in the last three games.
*The Kings shot 40.7 percent while the Grizzlies shot 46.2 percent. The Kings are 1-21 when outshot by their opponents.
*The Grizzlies blocked 13 shots, their most since Jan. 8, 2010 against Utah. It was also the Grizzlies’ first one-point win of the season.