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November 16, 2013
Postgame notes: Cousins needs more help in the frontcourt

If the Kings are going to have any success, finding some consistent production in the frontcourt is a must.

Besides DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have gotten little consistently from their frontcourt.

Knee contusions cost the Kings forwards Patrick Patterson and Travis Outlaw early in the first quarter. Starting forwards John Salmons and Jason Thompson combined to score seven points - one fewer than Detroit's Greg Monroe.

Luc Mbah a Moute had nine points in a season-high 30 minutes.

Meanwhile Josh Smith (21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals, four blocks) and Andre Drummond (15 points, 18 rebounds) had more than enough to combat the 26 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots from Cousins in Detroit's 97-90 win.

"Our (starting) forwards went 3-of-12 (from the field)," said Kings coach Michael Malone. "DeMarcus had a good stat line, but I don't really think any of our guys played too well tonight. If you're not making shots, turning the ball over, and they're getting points in the paint at the rim... it's not good. They were getting run out after run out for a while. It was all deceiving. Detroit had 97 points and shot 45 percent from the field, but I thought the numbers were a lot higher."

*The forwards aren't the only area of concern. Again, the Kings got little from their shooting guards.

Ben McLemore played better Friday night, but he's still not looking completely like himself in two starts.

McLemore is 3 of 14 with nine total points as a starter.

Marcus Thornton had five points and two assists after scoring 24 in his breakout performance on Wednesday. Thornton missed five of his six shots.

*Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Greivis Vasquez accounted for 56 points and 15 assists. They also had 16 of the Kings' 17 turnovers, with Vasquez tallying eight.

*One of the turnovers was especially embarrassing for Vasquez. He was called for standing out of bounds, one of the points of emphasis this season.

If a player goes out of bounds he must return to the court immediately. Players are not allowed to stand out of bounds to create spacing on the court.

*Thomas has scored in double figures in all eight games to start the season, matching Eddie Johnson for second most consecutive games scoring in double figures off the bench to start a season.

It almost seems a certainty Thomas will match Walt Williams' streak of nine Sunday afternoon against Memphis.

*Drummond's effort was another reminder of how the Kings botched last year's draft. Drummond appears on his way to being a rebounding force in the league, the kind of player that would have fit well with Cousins.

The Kings passed on Drummond, Damian Lillard and Harrison Barnes and ended up with Thomas Robinson.



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