[Introduction] Sports Net News: The Kings failed in both games in the China game. As the coach of the Kings, Mike Malone is very
Disappointed, especially with the team’s defense.
Ma Long hopes that the players will not blindly vent their emotions on the referee. He thinks the referee’s penalty is okay.
Kings coach Mike Malone
“I’m very disappointed with our team’s defense. We didn’t defend at all and allowed our opponent to score 129 points. Although some of our players did not play due to injuries in this game, this is not an excuse. In the West where there are many strong opponents, we
If you don’t defend well, you have no chance (into the playoffs)!” the Kings coach said in an interview after the game.
In this game, the Nets defeated the Kings in overtime 129-117. The Kings’ defense was very flawed.
However, the absence of the Kings’ core players DeMarcus Cousins and Reggie Evans was also one of the factors in the loss of the game.
Due to Cousins’ Achilles tendon injury, the Kings had to rest him temporarily for consideration of future games.
“He didn’t play today because he was injured. He played a lot of games this summer. The Achilles tendon has been bothering him for the past few days, so the coaching staff decided to let him rest. After we return to the United States, there are three preseason games.
I also want to play the Golden State Warriors, so I want to give him a rest.” The Kings coach said.
Cousins has been criticized for his emotional problems. He often quarrels with players and even referees on the court. The Kings coach has warned him about this issue many times. In an interview today, Kings coach Malone emphasized this issue again.
“I can’t comment on the referee, otherwise the NBA will fine me. I think the referee played well today. Some of our players are never satisfied with the referee. Anyway, I think the referee performed well today.” He said.