The Kings don’t need an excuse to fire coach Luke Walton, but if they’re looking for a way to justify making a move before the NBA All-Star break, they might just replay the last minute of their game. Sunday home loss for the hornets.
Sacramento led Charlotte by eight points with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. From that point on, the Kings missed five free throws, allowed two three-pointers, fouled three times and gave up a 3-point game, the latter of Malik Monk with 1.4 seconds left. which gave the Hornets an eventual 127. -126 victory.
“NBA games are never over and we have to know that. We did something similar in Minnesota last year. But at the end of a game we have to step up and take out the teams, the opponents when we have our chances and we didn’t. ” Don’t do it, ”a stoic Walton told reporters.
The Kings have lost 10 of their last 11 games to drop to 13-21 for the season. They were looking for back-to-back wins on Sunday after breaking a nine-game losing streak on Friday. They are 13th in the Western Conference and four games behind the Grizzlies in 10th.
As Walton spoke about his team learning of the loss and moving on, many Twitter were ready to move on from Walton, who is 44-62 in a season and up as a Kings coach:
Kings with one of the biggest meltdowns I’ve seen in a long time.
This could be the end of Luke Walton
– Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) March 1, 2021
How does Luke Walton have a job?
– Jonn Mathews (@SnackmanJones) March 1, 2021
After this loss of the Kings, Luke Walton can hand over his keys to the gym. These are over.
– Swiff D ™ (@SwiffD) March 1, 2021
Luke Walton to become assistant coach soon
– Lupine Arsène .. (@_Beezo__) March 1, 2021
Anyone know the Luke Walton dismissal betting odds? I try to make money easy
– Niko (@nikodaboin) March 1, 2021
The verdict was not unanimous; some blamed the players.
Is it really Luke Walton’s fault that the kings lost? I mean they missed 6 of their last 7 freethrows lol
– t (@ terranceseki19) March 1, 2021
Luke Walton is not the problem at this point …..
– Jalen Manning (@SlowMoManning) March 1, 2021
But going 1-10 in the bottom 11 and not being in the top 10 in the conference near the middle of the season is the type of practice calculation that adds to a change.