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January 27, 2013
The Morning After: More on turnovers

DENVER - The Kings have been a turnover-prone mess and Isaiah Thomas says it's up to him to fix it.

"It's hard but you've just got to take control," Thomas said. "I've got to do a better job, I've got to be more vocal. I've got to be more demanding."

But will take more than Thomas to eradicate the mistakes.

DeMarcus Cousins actually leads the Kings in turnovers (three per game) with Tyreke Evans second (two per game). Thomas is third (1.7 per game).

Cousins has 15 turnovers in his last three games.

Kings coach Keith Smart would like to keep turnovers at 14 or fewer. The Kings are 9-15 when they are at 14 or fewer turnovers.

"Somewhere we've got to get that control," Smart said. "We've got to the turnover bug out of what we're doing."

Perhaps that means changing the DNA of the players. Whenever the Kings go through these stretches they always point to the same thing.

There's not enough passing and players are doing too much one-on-one basketball.

It makes the Kings easier to defend, leading to turnovers.

"It's just seems like we're all out there just playing," Evans said. "No execution, just out there. Everybody out there for themselves. We've got to go do a better job of trying to play together."

Thomas said it would be better to take a bad shot and have a chance at a rebound rather than just give the ball up with a mistake.

Thomas said he'd take the blame for Saturday's loss. But there's plenty of blame to go around.

"I don't know what we've got to do but we've got to fix this fast," Thomas said.



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