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April 8, 2013
The Morning After: The slow game stalls Kings again

When the game slows down, the Kings are usually in trouble.

The Kings are 7-34 when failing to score 100 points this season after Sunday's 89-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Kings are 20-16 when scoring at 100 points.

"It didn't fall our way but I thought we beat ourselves with some stuff we did," said guard Toney Douglas. "We'll watch film and look over it, see how that happens in the next game."

When games slow down to a grind-it-out style, the Kings really struggle. The Kings are 0-14 when failing to score at least 90 points.

It's not as if the Kings don't have the personnel to win games like Sunday's. It's the kind of game the Kings need to rely on DeMarcus Cousins because in a slow game, having a quality big man is a luxury.

Cousins always wants more touches (like every other player in the NBA) and said his early foul trouble wasn't a reason the Kings lost a close game.

"I don't see anything that they did to make the switch," Cousins said. "I just felt like we didn't go to what was working and that's on us."

Cousins was 9 of 15 from the field in scoring 22 points, but didn't get the love from the officials. He only attempted four free throws.

*The Kings attempted 81 shots Sunday, 25 being three pointers. The Grizzlies attempted 73 shots with only seven being threes.

With Cousins having a good game, Sunday wasn't the time to keep launching three pointers.

The Kings made just seven threes.

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