Postgame notes from Kings’ 116-107 loss to the Phoenix Suns Friday night as US Airways Center.
*The Kings scored 107 points, but as a team had only four more assists (12) than Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (eight).
Here’s the breakdown:
First quarter, eight assists.
Second quarter, three assists.
Third quarter, one assist.
Fourth quarter, no assists.
“I’m not so much worried about that,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “It’s a little concerning but that will get better as guys get used to playing (together).”
DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with five assists, all in the first half. Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton had two assists each.
“I think we got the shots we wanted,” Thomas said. “Guys had open shots, guys didn’t make shots, especially from the outside. ... It’s not all about what stat sheet says. We got the shots we wanted, I feel like we didn’t make shots which made it look as bad as it did.”
*The biggest concern was the defense. The Suns shot 49.4 percent overall and 50 percent from three-point range. The guards will get most of the blame for the defense and allowing Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to combine for 57 points.
But there were breakdowns all over the court, including the kind that led to lob dunks by Phoenix center Miles Plumlee.
The Kings’ defense continues to be their biggest problem. They managed to lead 61-58 at halftime even though the Suns shot 63.6 percent. But the Kings had 22 points off turnovers. The Suns only gave up four points off turnovers the rest of the game.
*DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 16 rebounds but shot just 5-of-16 from the field. The Kings shot 43.7 percent as a team.
*Rudy Gay was efficient in his debut with 24 points, shooting 8-for-12, but Malone wants more rebounds. Gay had one rebound. Derrick Williams had 14 points in his first game off the bench for the Kings.