Following a 15-point loss to the Nets in which the Kings only had 11 assists, coach Mike Malone said this team is becoming "selfish."
"Right now, what I see on both ends of the floor is the disease of 'me,'" Malone said. DeMarcus Cousins agreed after the game, saying the Kings are "playing for ourselves," while starting PG Isaiah Thomas feels that "guys are trying to do it on their own." Sacramento is tied with Phoenix for the worst assist ratio in the NBA, so the numbers back up the sentiment.
Bobcats coach Steve Clifford recently praised Chris Douglas-Roberts, who has scored at least 12 points in four straight games while filling in for Gerald Henderson (calf).
"It's about guys quickly getting to their spots [offensively] in case you don't score out of the first option. [Douglas-Roberts] is good at all of that stuff," Clifford said. "And defensively he knows all the coverages and gives a good effort all of the time." The Bobcats haven't provided much information about Henderson's injury and he's due to be re-evaluated this week, so CDR's shelf-life hasn't expired quite yet.
Kyle Lowry is shooting 27.1 percent from the field over his past five games, but after posting a triple-double on Sunday he vowed to "find [his] way out of it."
"Lately my shot has been off," said Lowry. "I've been in a crazy slump for me." It's telling that he was critical of himself after dropping 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a road victory, and beat writer Josh Lewenberg notes that Lowry's "passion, like his tenacity, has been contagious." He'll have plenty of opportunities to get his shot back on track, as the Raptors and Heat are the only teams with 16 games over the next four weeks.