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December 20, 2012
The Morning After: What about the defense?

Wednesday's 131-127 win over the Golden State is how the Kings want to play on offense.

But what about the defense?

The Kings allowed a season high in points and allowed the Warriors to shoot 50 percent. In the last six games, the Warriors are the third team to shoot 50 percent or better.

Two more opponents over that span shot at least 48 percent.

Until the Kings prove they can score like this consistently, the defense better change this trend.

The Kings have allowed 100-plus points in five of the last six games (They gave up 98 in the other game).

The Kings, however, have not proven they can score at a consistent rate. Wednesday was just the seventh time the Kings have scored 100 points or more.

The Kings have shot 50 percent or better just four times this season.

Here's coach Keith Smart on the defense and how the Kings want to play:

"I still believe we can still be a good defensive team and still push the pace. We've shown we can. How many teams will have this many shooters on the floor that can make shots from that range? We still want to push the envelope because we have perimeter players who can move and get up and down the floor. We have some bigs who can run the floor. We want the pace up, we want to have an exciting style of basketball but if the games to a halt we can do good things in pick-and-roll coverage and we can post up."

Wednesday was fun to watch. But if there aren't more frequent stops on defense, the Kings could find themselves losing more of the shootouts than they win.

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