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December 17, 2012
The Morning After: Can another embarrassing loss spur a winning streak

What will come of the latest Kings' blowout?

The last time the Kings were beaten as thoroughly as the Denver Nuggets beat them on Sunday, it was Dec. 1 at the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Kings won three in a row after that loss. But since the winning streak, they're back to being beaten by double digits, the Nuggets 122-97 romp being the latest.

Chuck Hayes called the Nuggets game an "embarrassment" but one the Kings cannot dwell on.

If the Kings do, this four-game losing streak could easily become a five-game losing streak tonight in Phoenix.

As has been the case when the Kings struggle, they can't seem to get out of their own way.

"We're very inconsistent in our play," Hayes said. "When things are going good we're acting like we're on top of the world. When things are going bad, we act like we're at the bottom of the pile. You're not as good as you think you are, you're not as bad as you think you are. We have yet to accept that concept."

The Kings are certainly not on top of the world with a 7-16 record. They're much closer to the bottom of the pile, with only New Orleans (5-18) below the Kings in the Western Conference.

It won't be as easy to start a streak this time around. The Suns are playing better lately, and the Kings are just 1-9 on the road.

And the Kings don't have their entire team. Tyreke Evans' sore left knee makes him a question mark every night.

Marcus Thornton's return from time away with his ill mother is also uncertain.

Then there's the schedule with four of six games against teams with records above .500. The other two games are against Portland (11-12).

December could get uglier fast.



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