'We can outscore anybody, but we can't stop anybody' – Kings' defensive issues exposed in Timberwolves loss
Trey Lyles gave a damning judgement of the Sacramento Kings' issues as he pointed out the team "can't stop anybody" in the wake of Saturday's defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Sacramento lost 134-138 to see their winning streak snapped at five games.
They sit third in the Western Conference, though they are seven-and-a-half games back from the Denver Nuggets.
The Kings have the best points per game (121.1) in the NBA this season, yet when it comes to defense, they are one of the league's poorest performers.
Only the San Antonio Spurs (122.0) and the Detroit Pistons (119.1) have conceded more points per game on average than the Kings (118.5).
For Lyles, the issues are clear.
"At the end of the day, no matter how tired we were, we were terrible defensively," he said.
"We can outscore anybody, but we can't stop anybody."
Lyles grabbed 15 points and eight rebounds from the bench, as Kevin Huerter led Sacramento with 29 points while Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Anthony Edwards came to the fore for the Timberwolves with 27 points, four rebounds and eight assists.
However, the key to their victory – at least from Edwards' perspective – was keeping De'Aaron Fox, who had scored 30 or more points in nine of his last 11 games, below that threshold.
"De'Aaron Fox has been playing out of his mind," Edwards said, with Fox having managed 25 points.
"We were happy to hold him under 30 tonight. He still played great though in the fourth."
Minnesota coach Chris Finch reserved special praise for Edwards
He said: "I thought we played great all night long. Especially when they tightened it up at the end, we play a lot in flow.
"A lot of it was Anthony stepping up at the right time."