Quick observations from the Kings' 96-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena.
*Once again, the Kings were beaten up on the court and looked like the dejected, selfish bunch they've been known as in recent years.
Malone has had enough of it, too.
His solution: "Change the lineup."
"I told our guys, 'The media is going to go out there and ask me well you played small a lot tonight, you got kicked on the glass,' and the reality is we got kicked when we were big. At least in the end we were trying to fight, we gave up a lot of threes off offensive rebounds. You don't need great skill to be a guy that rebounds; being a good rebounder is all about effort, determination, physicality - and we lacked all those tonight as a whole."
*Those critiques aren't new to the Kings. Their effort has been spotty for years and without roster changes or a wholesale change in mindset, I don't see how that changes.
*Malone promised changes by time the Kings host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
Those changes could include Luc Mbah a Moute and Jimmer Fredette playing more. Both played Saturday night.
*The Kings were outrebounded 52-33.
*How bad was this game? Damian Lillard was 1 of 15 from the field and the Kings still trailed most of the night. The Kings actually held the Blazers to 43.9 percent shooting, but when you give up that many rebounds, including 19 offensive rebounds, it's hard to overcome.