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February 12, 2012
The Morning After: Kings seeing too many shots blocked lately

The Kings have had 28 shots blocked in their last two games.

Seventeen of those blocks came against Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA at 7.63 blocks per game entering Saturday's games.

But it's surprising when the Phoenix Suns, who are in the middle of the league at five blocks a game, block 11 as they did in beating the Kings 98-84 Saturday night.

The Kings weren't dealing with the likes of Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, so the number of blocks had to catch the attention of the coaching staff.

But it's not a new problem.

The Kings entered Saturday with 6.31 shots blocked per game, second most in the NBA.

The Kings post players have seen a lot of shots blocked lately. It's something the Kings need to try to fix before beginning their six-game road trip in Chicago.

The Kings will have to deal with long, athletic bigs such as Chicago's Joakim Noah, New York's Tyson Chandler and Washington's JaVale Mcee.

They are the kind of post players that give the Kings problems.

The problem players with length give the Kings was highlighted again by Phoenix center Marcin Gortat's blocked four shots Saturday.

What's the problem?

"We're exposing the ball too much," said Kings coach Keith Smart. "We're going up with the ball already exposed up high and once you go up in that fashion all they've got to do is stick their hand up."

Smart would like to see his bigs get rid of the ball and run the offense rather than force a shot against a defender that is in position to alter or block a shot.

"I think when they get it in there sometimes they think I've got to get up because it's my opportunity to score," Smart said.

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