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November 8, 2013
Postgame notes: Kings fail to defend well again

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some quick thoughts on the fourth loss in a row by the Kings. This time, it was a 104-91 defeat courtesy of the Portland Trail Blazers.

*It's safe to say the Kings have played good defense in a game once this season - the only game they won. Sacramento held Denver to 43 percent shooting and 88 points in the season opener. Since the Kings haven't held a team under 98 points or under 48 percent from the field.

*There are just too many times where it's too easy to score on the Kings. They give up easy looks out of timeouts and continue to look confused on defense, leaving shooters open.

*The Kings got little offensive production from their shooting guards. Marcus Thornton shot 2 of 11for five points. Ben McLemore played 7:01, didn't attempt a field goal and had four fouls while going scoreless.

*Subtract DeMarcus Cousins shooting 13 of 25, the Kings shot 23 of 61 (37.7 percent).

*The Kings had 11 steals, which sounds great. But coach Michael Malone does not want to depend on steals and gambling for good defense. The Blazers still held the Kings to 41.9 percent from the field and had only four steals.

*Luc Mbah a Moute, brought to the Kings to play defense, did not play against the Blazers. He's healthy but out of the rotation after missing much of the preseason with a sore right knee.

*The Kings have trailed by at least 14 points in each of their four losses. This game was largest margin of the defeat during the losing streak, but the Warriors loss felt much worse than an 11-point loss. The Kings trailed by 27 in that game.

*Thomas Robinson had 10 points and four rebounds off the bench for Portland. The Kings' first-round pick a year ago always gets up to play Sacramento. Eight of Robinson's points came in his first 5:53 on the court.

*The Kings were outrebounded 47-31. Cousins had nine rebounds and Thornton had six. No other King had more than four. Four of the five starters for Portland had at least seven rebounds.

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