Sacramento Kings Are Running Out of Time to Look in the Mirror

December 13th, 2016 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Diagnosing symptoms isn't a problem for the Sacramento Kings.

But curing the disease sure is.

That's a serious issue for a team struggling in the present and facing looming questions about its future, because what good is accurate self-assessment if it doesn't lead to change?

A crummy 3-6 stretch since Nov. 25—marked by inconsistent defensive effort, a lack of ball movement and haphazard rotations—has the Kings slotted ninth in the Western Conference. And with the trio of wins coming against the Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, it's been weeks since Sacramento logged a quality victory.

After each recent defeat, the Kings offered mostly accurate analysis.

"I don't understand these starts to games," DeMarcus Cousins told Bleacher Report after getting blown out in the first quarter of a 117-104 loss to the Houston Rockets. "We have to have multiple efforts in the beginning of the game or we're going to continue to lose these games."

Based on this emblematic clip, Cousins nails it:

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