Kings’ frustrating level running high after loss to lowly Pistons

SACRAMENTO — We have reached the “anger and bargaining” portion of the 2020-21 Sacramento Kings season. It’s the third stage of grief. It comes after “shock and denial” and “pain and guilt.”

Eventually the Kings will cycle through all seven stages of grief as they watch their season slip away. Five losses in a row this late in the year is frustrating. Losing back-to-back games to the two worst teams in the league is something much more. 

“That’s absolutely unacceptable the way we came out and played the game of basketball tonight,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s not OK. It’s disappointing — with all of us, we’re in this together. I’m not putting blame on anyone but the group as a whole.”

After an embarrassing 10-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, the Kings had two days off to prepare for a Detroit Pistons team that came into the night at 15-36. Once again, the Kings allowed a team to come in and push them all over the court, falling by a final of 113-103.

“I have to be better at the beginning of games, but us as a team, we can’t let guys push us off our spot,” De’Aaron Fox said. “Even the first play, we ran a dribble handoff and they pushed us out to like the Golden 1 logo.”

When the Kings are at their best, they are a fun group that gets out and runs up…

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