After dropping two games in China to the Brooklyn Nets, the Sacramento Kings sport a 1-3 exhibition season record.
Kings coach Michael Malone isn’t necessarily concerned with the results.
As an assistant in New Orleans in 2010-11, one win in the preseason belied 46 wins in the regular season.
However, Malone is concerned about the process, specifically allowing 107.8 points per game. “I told our guys you have this attitude that it’s just the preseason … and that attitude is gonna get you hurt … If you have the best offense in the world and you can’t get a stop, it doesn’t mean anything," Malone said.
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"Our schedule is no joke.”
Seven of the first ten Sacramento opponents were playoff participants last season. After trying many different combinations thus far in the exhibition season, Malone will tighten the rotation over the remaining three preseason games.
What will he be looking for?
“A much truer picture of who we’re going to become opening night so we can get used to playing together. We have to fine tune it, so we can get it right for October 29th (Opening night versus the Golden State Warriors).”
The Kings host Maccabi Haifa tonight at 7:30 pm, and DeMarcus Cousins -- who sat out the second game versus the Nets in China -- will play. Malone says “He (Cousins) was very busy this summer with Team USA…Achilles tendinitis has been bothering him, but he’ll play. We’ll monitor his minutes."
Versus the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles (Lakers) the final two exhibition opponents, minutes will get upped according to Malone for main guys, e.g., Cousins, Rudy Gay so that playing "32-34 minutes- it’s not foreign territory for them."
The Kings had better hope the “truer picture” is not allowing 107.8 points per night when it counts.