The mood around the Kings' practice facility was notably better today following Wednesday night's win over Brooklyn to end a five-game losing streak.
But there has to be perspective heading into Friday's game against the Detroit Pistons.
"I think everybody can kind of take a deep breath and say OK we still have three games left on our homestand," said Kings coach Michael Malone. "The most important thing is we can't get relaxed, we can't get bored with success after one game. We have to remind ourselves we won last night because we were disciplined in all facets of the game."
Added Jason Thompson:
"It's just one win. It's not like it's a 10-game winning streak."
The Pistons won't be easy to deal with. Like the Kings, they are 2-5, but have one of the best young frontcourt trios in the NBA (Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond) and can hurt the Kings off the dribble with point guard Brandon Jennings.
Containing Jennings will be key to what has been an improvement defensively over the last couple of games.
After allowing four teams in a row to shoot at least 48 percent, the Kings held Portland and Brooklyn below 44 percent.
"I think we're being more of a multiple-effort team the last couple of games where it can't just be one help or two helps," Malone said. "We have to be ready to shrink, tag, contest and rebound every possession. We're just doing a better job playing more complete defense for longer stretches of the game."