Kings’ Harrison Barnes vents team frustration, takes blame for recent struggles
The Kings got pummelled by the Brooklyn Nets, 106-119, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena on Friday, marking their fourth defeat in five games.
Barnes opened up about the whirlwind of emotions he was feeling post-game, per James Ham of NBC Sports.
“Frustration is high,” Barnes admitted. “I don’t know if it’s disappointing, but it’s frustrating. Coming into this game, we knew it was more mental than physical. It was meeting force with force. It was being disciplined. It didn’t matter what scheme we had or what game plan we had if we didn’t have any effort,” he explained.
While the rest of his team have also been struggling since the restart, Barnes went on and shouldered the blame for Friday’s loss.
“I’ll be the first to say it’s definitely on us as veteran players — guys like myself. I’ll take responsibility for that because I’ve been to the playoffs, I’ve been to the Finals. I know the energy and effort it takes to win games and if you don’t bring that, you lose,” he added.
“As a group, we have to learn that you can’t just turn it on.”
Harrison Barnes did his part against the Nets, pitching in 16 points and six rebounds in 36 minutes. He drained 50 percent of his field goals, going 5-for-10 on the night. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in his second season in SacTown.
The Kings’ defense, however, had no answer for the Nets’ two-pronged attack from Caris LeVert and Joe Harris, who combined for 43 markers.
The loss dropped Sacramento to 29-40, good for 13th place in the West. The Kings still have three games left, but it it would take a miracle for them to take that 8th and final playoff spot even if they win all those games.