Brothers are going to fight. It’s nothing new in the NBA, but it appears the Kings had a bit of drama on the sidelines in their 129-110 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Everybody on the team, honestly, is starting to hold guys accountable,” Fox told reporters in Cleveland following the game. “We do like confrontation, which we had a little bit today. I think it’s good for the team. I think you’ve got to be able to get through that stuff.”
Kings players confronted each other when the game was close, but De'Aaron Fox says holding each other accountable has been good for the team. pic.twitter.com/KGn5nRpoSF— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) December 8, 2018
“Guys were arguing, but after that, we buckled down and kind of started blowing the game open,” Fox said.
Fox refused to get into specifics, but acknowledged that there was some yelling between teammates.
“We felt like in the first half, we didn’t play to the best of our abilities,” Fox said. “The second half, we came out, fixed it quickly and we did what we needed to do.”
After a fast start in the first quarter, the Kings allowed the Cavs to get back into the game. Jordan Clarkson drilled a 26-footer at the buzzer to send the game into the break tied at 66-66.
Somewhere in the second quarter, it appears there were words on the Kings sidelines, although guard Buddy Hield seemed to not have any idea what his teammate was talking about.
Buddy had no idea what De'Aaron was talking about regarding players confronting each other tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/OgibtzWs7v— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) December 8, 2018
The Kings rebounded in the third quarter and took a 96-89 lead into the final frame. They blew the Cavs out in the fourth quarter to come away with the 19-point victory.
Accountability is a good thing. Getting frustrations out in the open can also be helpful. But, the Kings have very little time to rehash the incident with a game Saturday evening in Indiana against the Pacers.