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December 2, 2012
The Morning After: A bad night at Staples Center

LOS ANGELES - There really isn't much else that can be said about Saturday night's game.

Perhaps Jason Thompson summed it up best.

"When you have games like this, you just have to go back to the drawing board," Thompson said.

*The 116-81 loss was the biggest defeat to the Clippers in franchise history. The Clippers beat the Kings, 109-78, April 10, 2009.

*DeMarcus Cousins' shooting is trending downward. He's shooting 41.7 percent, which is bad for any player, especially a center. It will be hard to run a lot of the offense through him if the return rate on his shots is this low.

*The Kings had excelled forcing turnovers this season but that wasn't the case against the Clippers, who had just five the entire game. That's the fewest by an opponent this season. Last Friday's opponent, Indiana, had the previous low with nine.

*Tyreke Evans (bruised left knee) hopes to play Wednesday against Toronto.

*Smart said the decision to go with Isaiah Thomas off the bench ahead of Jimmer Fredette was about the match ups with the Clippers.

I'll get more into that for tomorrow's newspaper.

*Smart on the Clippers:

"They played a level that was very, very high. They have a group of players that play together and they have a bigger purpose with what they are doing and how they are playing, and they show it. Early in the game we had nine turnovers from which they got 13 points off of, and that hurt us. We just didn't have what was necessary to play against a team like this. When you play a team that plays at a high level you need to match that and we didn't match that."



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