The Sacramento Kings showed little fight as they were crushed by the defending champion Miami Heat. Sacramento came out and tried to run with the Heat, and payed the price as they encountered a very determined Miami team.
The Heat came to Sleep Train Arena tonight having lost two straight road games. Miami started the game with an obvious determination to turn their recent road woes around. The Kings were never able to match Miami’s intensity.
Isaiah Thomas was perhaps the only bright side for the Kings, as he scored 34 points and had five assists. Thomas however was essentially a black whole for most of the game as he was reluctant to share the ball. Thomas is more than capable than having big offensive nights, but has yet to learn who to combine his ability to score with his ability to pass the ball.
Thomas and the Kings lost the game in the first quarter, as they turned the ball over and allowed the Heat to get easy baskets in the open court. Isaiah Thomas had no assists in the first quarter, and only 1 assist before halftime, and was unable to get his teammates involved early in the game. Isaiah also had 3 turnovers. Isaiah Thomas is one of the Kings best offensive weapons, but his midseason grade cannot be any higher than a D+. Thomas is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 1.7 turnovers per game and only 2.7 assists per game.
DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans and shot a combined 6-20 from the field and each committed three turnovers. The lack of production from the Kings top players, put them in a bad position with their backs against the wall.
Mario Chalmers made 10-13 three point shots, and shot 12-16 overall from the field for 34 points. The Kings had no answer for Chalmers for most of the night. Chalmers seemed to make almost every three pointer he attempted this evening.
Sacramento has two more home games before the leave for a three game road trip. The Kings will need to take advantage of their next two home games, as they look to get back on track against a depleted Cleveland Cavaliers team.