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March 2, 2013
The Morning After: The defense rested too long on road trip

SAN ANTONIO -There's a lot to cover from this road trip.

But it's hard to ignore the Kings' defense.

The Kings concluded their five-game road trip by allowing season highs for points in regulation (130), assists (41) and field goal percentage (60.7) in their loss at San Antonio.

The Kings allowed 120.8 points per game on the trip.

Four of five opponents on the trip shot above 50 percent. The only game the Kings didn't give up 50 percent shooting was at Orlando - the only game they won on the trip.

The Kings are now allowing 104.8 points game on the season, worst in the NBA. Opponents are shooting 47.1 percent, 29th in the NBA.

The Kings average 98.1 points and are 20th in the league, shooting 44.1 percent.

The Kings showed they could share the ball and get hot and make shots, but until the defense improves, they're more likely to lose big than win big.

The Kings have a negative 6.7 differential on the season. Only the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats (-9.1) are worse.

So the Kings return home with the worst record in the Western Conference.

*Marcus Thornton averaged 20.2 points on the trip.

Thornton has struggled adjusting to his role as sixth man but looked comfortable most of the road trip.

"It's being more aggressive," Thornton said. "I'm picking my spots where I can be effective."

*After shooting at least 46 percent on three pointers in the first four games of the trip, the Kings shot 33.3 percent (7-of-21) against the Spurs.

*The Kings allowed 20-plus points off turnovers in three of five games.

*The Kings had 12 or more steals in the last three games of the trip.




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