After beginning the season 3-1, winning their first road opener in a decade, the Kings looked like a new team reinvigorated by the off-season. But have since lost to the Los Angeles, Memphis and Minneapolis.
The things that had worked in their first few games were nowhere to be found in the past few games.
The Kings are usually a pretty good matchup for the Lakers and it was a fairly close game for most of the night.
Memphis has given them fits since last season, as the Kings have struggled against Gasol, Randolph and a plethora of athletic wing players and guards.
Then, there was last night. Michael Beasley showed why he was a second overall draft pick two years ago.
The man simply exploded.
The Kings threw several players at him, but nothing seemed to slow him down.
A few key weaknesses were exploited last night—Beno's defense or lack thereof, the Kings defense at the three position and post play that has been scant and scattered.
The one constant as been Darnell Jackson, who has been very solid in nearly every appearance he's made this season.
Since it's still very early in the season, perhaps the Kings are trying to figure out just what will work?
Either way, there is no reason to panic yet. But, there are some strange things happening in the Westphal game plan that I intend to explore in a Monday Morning Quarterback sort of way.