But Sacramento's problems go beyond the coaching, and it's hard to believe that firing Westphal would result in a miraculous turnaround. Trading an underachieving player likely wouldn't generage a worthwhile overahaul and not serve as more than just a temporary stopgap. While Westphal's lineups could be a factor, the Kings rank last in the NBA in three-point accuracy (31%); second to last in offensive rating, third to last in team field goal percentage (43%), 27th in free throw percentage (70,8%), and 23rd in defensive rating. There's no magic anecdote or overnight cure-all for this team.
At this point, it's time to reevaluate our expectations, hope Sacramento's building blocks find a way to gel, and highlight the sporadic bright spots—Cousins has averaged 15.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in the four games since getting kicked out of practice, and Casspi recorded season highs in points (21), rebounds (10) on Monday—while looking toward next season.
Perhaps Evans will regain his first-year form after resting his injured foot, Cousins won't finish the year as the league leader in personal fouls as he gets more accustomed to the NBA game, or underutilized rookie Pooh Jeter will be the kind of spark plug the team needs.
Maybe unlike years past, the 2010-11 Kings will come together in the second half of the season and rally to finish with a respectable record while gaining some much-needed confidence and momentum.
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