The Pelican Blog

Postgame report: From the Kings locker room

Kings Head Coach Mike Malone
On Rudy Gay’s game
“He put on a show tonight, coming off of a game in Oklahoma City where he didn’t play well and got thrown out. I think he wanted to bounce back and show everybody what he is capable of. His line was 41 points, 16 of 25 (from the field), 8 boards, 5 assists, and 5 of 8 from the 3 point line. Every time he does that I get a smile because these so-called analytic experts called him one of the most inefficient players in the NBA, and every game he’s been with us, he’s one of the most efficient players I’ve been around. Obviously we needed all of those 41 points to win tonight.”

On if this is the type performance the Kings should display every night
“The first quarter, I think we held them to around 38% (shooting). The second half we held them to 42%; those are great defensive numbers. In the second quarter it was the Jeff Withey show. They shot 78%, they were 11 of 14 from the field, and I got on our guys at half time. The word I keep on challenging my guys with is to be consistent, and everything we did in that first quarter to get that lead, we went away from. I learned a long time ago to never get bored with success. We got off to a great start because we defended at a high level, we shared the ball, we moved the ball, and we ran out and got easy baskets. In the second quarter we stopped defending, we were selfish with guys trying to make plays by themselves, and we let them back in the game. I’m really proud of how we responded in the third quarter. In the first 14 possessions they only scored twice, and we got back to our identity of who we need to be: that being a team who is able to win on a consistent basis.”

Kings guard Isaiah Thomas
On recent team success
“I think we are (getting in a groove), but at the same time I think we are still very inconsistent. We have to get sharper in a few areas and try to play a full game in the right way, 48 minutes. I think if we become more consistent and keep playing the same way we’ll get better”

On Rudy Gay’s big performance
“He was (hot). He’s a hell of a player and when in doubt, go to Rudy (Gay) and you’ll get an assist. He really carried us tonight.”

On Kings’ future
“Like I’ve always said, I think we’ve got the talent to compete with anybody in the NBA, it’s just a matter of playing the same way each and every night in order to become more mature and learning how to win games.”