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The Kings have had some ups and downs so far this season, and their consistent inconsistency is a huge concern for Coach Keith Smart and his staff.
Sacramento is 2-3 to start the year. They lost their first three contests on the road (verses Chicago, Minnesota and Indiana) before following up with two wins at home (against Golden State and Detroit).
There are good signs for Sacramento early, particularly on the defensive end. Last season, the Kings were 30th in the league in points allowed, giving up 104.4 points a contest. Through five games this year, they’ve held opponents to 97.2 points.
The offense was absent in the first three games as they shot below 40.5 percent in each contest. Since their return to Sacramento, it has rebounded—they shot about 45 percent in both wins—but above all else, Sacramento needs to show consistency in their play.
Much like Detroit, Sacramento is a very young team brimming with talent. With DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas, the Kings have the makings of an excellent squad when the pieces fit together. The key is showing that this season's squad is truly better than last year's.
The defense is clicking, but the offense still needs work. Until the Kings prove some consistency, Smart’s job will always be in question.