The Kings’ season-long losing streak reached eight games with a 101-90 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Kings’ struggled largely due to an offense that was ineffective and easy to decipher and DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t like what he sees, echoing Darren Collison's and Rudy Gay’s call for better offense to help end the Kings’ issues during their losing streak.
The frustration grows with every loss as the Kings’ offense is plagued by turnovers, a lack of passing and too many players standing and watching the ball.
“I feel like we’ve got to hold guys accountable and redefine roles,” Cousins said. “I think a lot of guys are lost out there right now, just getting caught up in this whole pace thing and it’s making guys wacko when it comes to offense. Just getting back to knowing your role, finding a way to move the ball and getting everyone involved. That’s probably the biggest thing.”
On too many possessions on one or two players touched the ball before a shot was taken.
Sometimes that meant whoever brought the ball across midcourt was the designated shooter.
Other times whoever received the first pass immediately took a shot.
It’s great when the shots go in but on most nights, the Kings aren’t a hot-shooting bunch so using ball and player movement would seem to make sense.
That didn’t happen against the Cavaliers. Because the offense is so stagnant, the Kings’ find themselves taking contested or hurried shots.
“We didn’t move the ball well,” Cousins said. “I think it’s easy for teams to guard us. We’re too predictable as a team. We’ve got to learn how to make adjustments.”
This isn’t the first time Cousins has said the Kings inability to make adjustments has hurt them.
Cousins said the Kings need to give teams different looks on offense if they are to figure out how to win games.
Cousins said playing at a faster pace does not have to mean losing games.
“We can play with pace but we’ve got to play smart as well,” Cousins said. “If we’re going to play with the pace we’ve got to use it to our advantage. And I think the biggest thing is we’ve got to learn to make adjustments.”
The Kings shot just 35.7 percent, had only 15 assists and committed 16 turnovers.
Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said the team “just didn’t trust the offense.”
“We got impatient … We were down and trying to make it happen ourselves and not trust the pass and the offense to get a better shot,” Corbin said.
“We’ve got to watch and understand,” Corbin said. “One pass and shot is not a turnover but if you’re missing those shots it’s giving them more opportunities to get out in transition.”
Gay’s message is similar.
“We’re all professionals in here,” Gay said. “Go to the tape, see what we do wrong and fix it.”
The Kings (16-29) have now lost 16 of their last 21 games. A team that had visions of making the playoffs is only four games ahead of the woeful Los Angeles Lakers.
Gay said it’s up to the players to make sure the rest of the season has meaning and start winning games again.
“We have to, we have to if we want salvage anything about this season, we have to,” Gay said. “It’s been a tough stretch for us … We want to be a good team at some point and good teams figure out a way to get out of it and we need to do that in the very near future.”