Sacramento Kings News
12-22-14: The Sacramento Kings have been trading wins and losses to start the 2014/2015 NBA season and currently sit in the middle of the pack with an 11-12 record. The Kings started this week by traveling home to Sacramento to play host to the Detroit Pistons. During the contest the Pistons held Sacramento just 36% shooting from the field which makes games hard to win. The Kings did out-rebound the Pistons by 12 but the team was not knocking down its shots and taking advantage of the extra opportunities. Sacramento was led by 20 points from Rudy Gray but it was not enough as Greg Monroe and the Pistons won the game by the score of 95-90. The Kings hoped for better results in their next contest when the team stayed home in Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings. During the contest the Kings retired former player Peja Stojakovic’s jersey before the game and were obviously drained by the pre-game ceremony. Sacramento came out of the locker room flat shooting just 43% from the field behind Rudy Gay’s 22 point effort. Russell Westbrook once again led the way for Oklahoma City leading all scorers with 32 points while Kevin Durant added 26 points in a big 104-92 victory for the Thunder. Stojakovic was known for his three point shooting ability in his career and neither team showcased much from beyond the arc in the contest. The Kings hoped to finish their week off on a high note when the team stayed home in Sacramento to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest the Kings shooting was hot as the team finished with a 57% shooting percentage while Milwaukee managed just 49% from the court. The Kings had to feel good about what the offense was doing when they took good shots but Sacramento turned the ball over 21 times during the contest leading to eight more shooting opportunities for the Bucks. In a close game Milwaukee and Brandon Knight took advantage as the Bucks went on to beat the Kings in a close game by the score of 108-107. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-15. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels home to host the Los Angeles Lakers before setting out on the road to face off with the Golden State Warriors in a short Christmas week for the team.
12-15-14: The Sacramento Kings beginning to the 2014/2015 campaign has not exactly gone as planned as the team has started the season hovering right around the .500 mark with a 9-9 record. The Kings started this week by traveling back home to Sacramento to play host to the Indiana Pacers. During the contest the Pacers only shot 38% from the field but the team used 10 steals and great defense to take 96 shots, good for 13 more than the Kings in the game. David West led the Pacers with just 16 points but it was good enough to force an overtime period. In the overtime Rudy Gay and his 27 point night took over as the Kings held on to beat the Pacers by the final score of 102-101. The Kings were back at home in Sacramento the very next night this time playing host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Magic came out of the gates with the hot hand posting 52 points in the first half behind strong performances from Tobias Harris and Victor Oladio. Harris finished with 27 points leading all scorers while the Magic finished shooting 51% from the field. Sacramento was led by 22 points from Darren Collison but it was not enough as the Kings 44% shooting percentage fell just short in a 105-96 loss to the Magic. The Kings looked to rebound in their next contest when the team stayed home to play host to the Utah Jazz. During the contest the Kings alternated struggling and dominating in a quarter but the team dominated when it counted posting strong second and fourth quarters. Sacramento was led by 29 points from Rudy Gay while Utah’s leader Gordon Hayward managed just 19 points on the night. The superiority shooting from the field and from beyond the arc led to a Kings victory over the Jazz by the score of 101-92. The Kings looked to stay in the win column during their next contest when the team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. During the contest the Kings shot for a higher shooting percentage but the Lakers forced 16 turnovers leading to 26 more shooting opportunities. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 32 points on 27 shot attempts while Carlos Boozer added 15 points and nine rebounds for Los Angeles. The Kings were led by 26 points from Darren Collison but the Lakers held Sacramento to just 14 points in the fourth quarter which was ultimately their downfall. Bryant led the Lakers to a fourth quarter comeback and a victory over the Kings by the score of 98-95. The Kings finished their week off back at home looking to end on a high note hosting the Houston Rockets in Sacramento. During the contest James Harden absolutely went off for the Rockets lead all scorers with 44 points while his team finished shooting 40% from the field. Houston needed every point they could get from Harden as the team made up a late deficit to force an overtime period. Sacramento was led by 24 points from Darren Collison but it was not enough as the Rockets won the game in come from behind fashion and in overtime 113-109. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 11-12. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team stays home in Sacramento this week to host the Detroit Pistons, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks.
12-5-14: The Sacramento Kings have been one of the better teams in the Western Conference in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has started the season posting an impressive 9-6 record. The Kings started this week by packing their bags and heading out on the road to San Antonio to take on the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Spurs started hot with a big first half as the team put up 61 points to take a 10 point lead with them into the locker room at half time. San Antonio then grinded away with Sacramento matching them point for point for much of the second half of the contest. The Kings could not stop Tony Parker who finished with 27 points and could not do much against the San Antonio defense as the Spurs went on to win the contest by the score of 112-104. The Kings looked for better results as the team returned back home to Sacramento in their next contest to play host to the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest the Kings went ice cold from beyond the arc knocking down just one of their eleven three point shots which really killed any runs the team went on. Luckily for Sacramento the Grizzlies were equally as cold from beyond the arc going just 3-13 from three point land. In fact each team had comparable stats across the board with exception of two key stats, turnovers and shot attempts. The Kings turned the ball over 10 more times in the contest which led to nine more shot attempts for the Grizzlies which propelled Memphis to a 97-85 victory over Sacramento. The Kings hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled back home to Sacramento to play host to the Toronto Raptors. During the contest the Raptors took full advantage of their free throw attempts knocking down 19-21 attempts from the charity stripe. The Kings also took full advantage of the free throw line and 29 Raptors fouls in the contest as the team was able to knock down 28-37 from the charity stripe to keep things close for Sacramento. The difference in the contest came down to the three point shooting from both teams as the Raptors and Terrence Ross knocked down 10 three point shots while the Kings managed to make just three of their own in a 117-109 loss to Toronto. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-9. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team travels home to Sacramento to play host to the Indiana Pacers, the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz before setting out on the road to face off with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Kings will finish their week back at home in front of the home crowd as the team takes on the Houston Rockets.
11-28-14: The Sacramento Kings have had a strong start to their 2014/2015 season as the team has posted an impressive 7-5 start to establish themselves as one of the better teams in the Western Conference. The Kings started this week by traveling to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Western Conference road game. In the contest DeMarcus Cousins had an offensive outburst scoring 31 points and snagging 18 rebounds while Ben McLemore added 22 points in a 113-101 rout of the Timberwolves. Minnesota’s offensive attack was led by 29 points from Andrew Wiggins and a double-double from Mo Williams but it was not enough in the loss to the Kings. The Kings looked to turn things around in their next contest as the team traveled to New Orleans to take on the New Orleans Pelicans on the road. The Pelicans had a tough night shooting as a team as the team shot 42% shooting from the field, 18% from the three point line and just 69% from the free throw line. New Orleans was led by 22 points from Tyreke Evans as the Pelicans fell to the Kings by the score of 99-89. The Kings played just nine players in the contest that shot 48% from the field and 36% from three point land in the victory for Sacramento. The Kings finished their week by traveling to Houston to take on the red hot Houston Rockets in a Western Conference road contest. During the game the Rockets offensive attack was led by 26 points from James Harden while three other Houston players picked up the slack with Dwight Howard out scoring in double figures in a Rockets 102-89 victory. The Kings DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers in the game with 29 points while collecting 17 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss to Houston. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-6. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team travels to San Antonio to take on the defending NBA Champions before coming back home to Sacramento to take on the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors.
11-21-14: The Sacramento Kings have had a mediocre start to their 2014/2015 season as the team has barely
broke even posting a 5-4 record to start the campaign. The Kings started this week by traveling back
home to take on the San Antonio Spurs in Sacramento in a home game. In the contest the Spurs were
led by the trio of Manu Ginobli, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan who combined for 47 points and 14
rebounds. The Kings were led by 25 points from DeMarcus Cousins, 19 points from Darren Collison and
18 points from Rudy Gay in a 94-91 victory for Sacramento. The Kings took the weekend off to rest up
and prepare for their next contest as the team faced off with the New Orleans Pelicans at home in
Sacramento. In the contest the Kings offensive attack was led by 24 points and 17 rebounds from
DeMarcus Cousins but a cold night of shooting from guard Ben McLemore resulted in Sacramento falling
to the Pelicans by the score of 106-100. In the victory New Orleans forward Anthony Davis had 28 points
while Ryan Anderson added 22 points in the win for the Pelicans. The Kings finished their week up by
playing a Thursday night game at home in Sacramento against the Chicago Bulls.
In the contest the Bulls had five players that scored in double figures including Chicago’s top scorer
Jimmy Butler who finished with 23 points. The Bulls had issues shooting from behind the three point line
knocking down just 26% of their shots while Sacramento was hot from beyond the arc shooting 67%
from three point land. The Kings offensive attack was led by 22 points from DeMarcus Cousins as the
Kings went on to beat the Bulls by the score of 103-88. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 7-5. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team travels out on the
road to play the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets to finish
11-14-14: The Sacramento Kings started their 2014/2015 season just the way they wanted as the team posted a strong 4-1 record in the first full week of the campaign. The Kings started this week by traveling to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns in a road game. In the contest five Suns players scored in double digits including Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic as this game went down to the final buzzer and into two overtime periods. Sacramento doubled up the Suns in the fourth quarter to force the overtime before narrowly winning in the second overtime by a 114-112 final score. The Kings scoring output was led by 25 points from DeMarcus Cousins in the Sacramento victory. Two nights later the Kings were in Oklahoma City taking on the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. In the game Reggie Jackson scored 22 points while Jeremy Lamb added 17 points in a Thunder 101-93 victory. The Kings forward Rudy Gay scored 23 points while both DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore added 16 points each in the loss. Sacramento looked to bounce back in their next contest as the Kings traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks in a Western Conference road game. In the showdown the Kings were led by 26 points from Rudy Gay but the team had no answer for Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki in this contest. Dirk scored 23 to lead the Mavericks in scoring while Parsons added 19 points in a 106-98 victory for the Mavericks. The Kings finished their week off by traveling to Memphis to take on the red hot Memphis Grizzlies. This game went down to the final seconds as the contest was won on a buzzer beating shot as the fourth quarter expired. Rudy Gay led the Kings scoring attack with 25 points while DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points for Sacramento as the team went into the fourth quarter with a 15 point lead. Memphis came roaring back in the final quarter behind 22 points from Mike Conley and 20 points from Marc Gasol setting up the final shot. That final shot came from the hand of Memphis’ Courtney Lee as the Grizzlies went on to win the game by the score of 111-110. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 5-4. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team hosts the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Chicago Bulls all at home.
11-7-14: The Sacramento Kings started their 2014/2015 season off last week by losing in their home opener
against the Golden State Warriors to start their season 0-1. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first
full week the Kings stayed home to host the Portland Trail Blazers at home as the team searched for
their first win of the young season. In the game Sacramento’s Rudy Gay had his way with the Portland
defense as the forward torched the Trail Blazers for 40 points and 8 rebounds on 13-19 shooting.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points for Portland while Damian Lillard added 20 points but it was not
enough as the Kings went on to win the contest by the score of 103-94. Sacramento headed out on the
road with their first victory under their belt and traveled to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles
Clippers. In the contest Blake Griffin was held to just 17 points while Chris Paul could only muster 16
points on the night. Sacramento shot 50% from the field in the contest behind 34 points from DeMarcus
Cousins and 25 points from Rudy Gay in a 98-92 victory for the Kings handing the Clippers their first loss
of the season. The next night the Kings were in Denver taking on the Denver Nuggets on the road as
Sacramento looked to extend their winning streak to three straight games. In the game seven Nuggets
players scored in double figures led by 16 points each from Arron Afflalo and JaVale McGee in a game
that was decided on the free throw line. The Kings went to the line 47 times and nailed a whopping 40
free throws in the game while Denver only went to the line 33 times knocking down 28 free throw
attempts. The final score was 110-105 in favor of the Kings in a close game that went down to the wire.
Sacramento had five players that scored in double figures and were led by 21 points from Darren
Collinson in the victory. The Kings finished their week back at home as they were facing these same
Denver Nuggets. These two teams matched up in their last game and the Kings came out on top and
Sacramento got the best of Denver once again in this contest. DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the
Kings with 30 points and 11 rebounds while Rudy Gay chipped in 29 points in the victory for Sacramento.
The Nuggets scoring attack was led by 19 points from Randy Foye in a game where Denver used every
player on their active roster but J. Hickson in the loss. The Kings went on to beat the Nuggets for the
second straight game, this time by the score of 131-109. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 4-1. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team spends the week
out on the road as they face off with the Phoenix Suns, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas
Mavericks, and the Memphis Grizzlies.
10-31-14: The Sacramento Kings tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry after posting a 3-4 record in the preseason. The Kings cut Trey Johnson late in the preseason leaving an open roster spot that has not been filled as of the beginning of the season. Sacramento also drew trade interest for big man Jason Thompson thanks to the rising salary cap over the next few seasons. Thompson is owed $15.199 million through the 2016/2017 season in guaranteed salary. Thompson only managed two points in the game with the Golden State Warriors on three attempts while DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings in points with 20. Stephen Curry and the Warriors were too much for the Kings as Golden State went on to win the game by the score of 95-77. Get your Kings tickets for next week as the team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers at home before traveling out on the road to play the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland will finish the week off by playing a home and home series with the Denver Nuggets.
10-29-14: The Kings have failed to post a winning record since 2006, but home ticket prices on the secondary market have seen a significant boost since last season. The average secondary price for Kings tickets this season is $114.29, 46% higher than last season’s average of $78.27 at the Sleep Train Arena. The team will play its most expensive game against the Cavs on January 11, with an average secondary price of $272.26 and get-in price of $97.
10-24-14: The Sacramento Kings have failed to post a winning record since 2006 and likely won’t break that streak this season. The team has gone 28-54 in each of its last two seasons as youth and inexperience have played vital roles in the team’s inability to produce wins. They are 2-4 in preseason play this season and will rely heavily on DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay when the regular season begins next week.
10-15-14: The Sacramento Kings have gotten off to the best start to their preseason losing three of the four games they played so far, including an opening 99-94 preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Oct 5, as the Kings are coming off an 129-117 OT loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier today. Sacramento will now get ready to play Maccabi Haifa this Saturday at the Sleep Train Arena, followed by two more remaining preseason games with the Spurs and Lakers, before the Kings kick off their regular season on Oct 29 against the Golden State Warriors.
10-8-14: The Sacramento Kings started off their preseason splitting their first two games with the Toronto Raptors. This Sunday, Sacramento will get ready for the first of two meetings with the Nets this preseason, followed by remaining preseason games against the likes of Maccabi Haifa, Spurs, and Lakers to finish out their preseason schedule. The Kings have gone eight straight seasons without making the playoffs and coming into this season it’s expected to be nine straight seasons without a playoff berth.
9-22-14: The Sacramento Kings lost Isiah Thomas to the Phoenix Sun this offseason and signed point guard Darren Collison. Collison previously backed up Chris Paul for the Los Angeles Clippers but hasn’t found much success as a starter losing that job with stints in Indiana and Dallas. With only second year player Ray McCallum as the other point guard one would expect a signing or a trade coming soon to better sure up that position.
8-13-14: The Sacramento Kings have had a busy offseason with the addition of a new point guard Darren Collinson, drafting Nik Stauskas as the eight overall pick who has had a strong showing Las Vegas Summer League, adding Tyrone Corbin to the coaching staff, and signing Eric Moreland as the Franchise as had a overall good offseason with the hopes of making a run in the wild Western Conference.
Sacramento Kings 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 8, Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
4-7-14: The Isaiah Thomas-less Kings had a three-game road trip this past week and then returned to Sleep Train Arena to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Behind a game-high 31 points from Rudy Gay, Sacramento won that contest by five points. The Kings also beat the Pelicans by five points in New Orleans on Monday. DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 35 points at Smoothie King Arena that night. Gay also had a strong performance on Saturday at Dallas, but that was not enough as the Mavericks won, 103-100. On Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Kings by double digits.
4-1-14: The Kings finished their four-game homestand this past week. DeMarcus Cousins was the rebounder of the week for Sacramento. He grabbed game-highs in rebounds in each of their three games, as he had a combined 40 boards. Cousins also led all scorers in Sunday’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks. His 32 points led the Kings to the 124-107 victory that night at Sleep Train Arena. Isaiah Thomas also was a game-high scorer, but that came in a loss on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. Additionally, the Kings lost Wednesday’s game to the New York Knicks, 107-99.
3-24-14: The Kings were swept in a road back-to-back set, but bounced back to defeat the Washington Wizards at home. On Saturday at the United Center, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 26 points and DeMarcus Cousins chipped in a game-high 14 rebounds, but Sacramento lost to the Chicago Bulls, 94-87. Mike Malone then gave Cousins the night off on Sunday in Minnesota. Without their leading scorer, the Kings missed a victory by just two points that night. On Tuesday, Cousins returned after missing one game. He helped Thomas get his first career triple-double as the Kings beat the Wizards in overtime.
3-17-14: This past week, the Kings were in the midst of their seven-game road trip with the first six contests being against opponents from the Eastern Conference. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 24 points, but that performance was not enough as Sacramento fell by 12 points to the Toronto Raptors. During the Kings’ off day, the organization announced that Carl Landry would be out for the rest of season due to a medial meniscus tear in his knee. Then on Sunday, DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, but the Kings lost again. Although Sacramento’s losing streak went to three games on Tuesday, the Kings beat the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
3-10-14: On Friday, the Kings had a strong offensive night, but allowed the Los Angeles Lakers to make a franchise-record 19 shots from 3-point distance and Sacramento lost, 126-122. Gay scored a game-high 32 points, and Derrick Williams put up 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Kings made it three straight losses on Saturday. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 17 rebounds, but the Minnesota Timberwolves won, 108-97. However, the Kings bounced back with wins over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The Kings also signed forward Royce White to a 10-day contract.
3-3-14: A poor showing in the 3rd cost the Kings Saturday's game vs Minnesota. In what was essentially a 3-on-3, the Wolves core (Love, Pekovic, and Martin) outscore the King's trio (Gay, Cousin, and Thomas) 68-67. The Kings' recently waived guard Jimmer Fredette was picked up by the Chicago Bulls and made his debut with the team in Sunday's game vs the Knicks.
3-2-14: The Kings played well this past week and finished with a 2-1 record. They hosted the Boston Celtics on Saturday, and DeMarcus Cousins returned from a one-game absence to play. He got into foul trouble, but his teammates helped him out to get the seven-point victory. Then, the Kings made it two wins in a row: Sacramento traveled to Denver for the second night of the back-to-back set and defeated the Nuggets by 14 points. However, the rest of the week did not go so well. In Tuesday’s 129-103 loss to the Houston Rockets, Cousins punched Patrick Beverley and abused a referee. He was suspended one game and fined $20,000. The Kings also bought out Jimmer Fredette.
2-28-14: DeMarcus Cousins will miss tonight's game due to a one-game suspension handed out by the league for his involvement in an altercation with Houston Rockets player Patrick Beverly during the Kings 129-103 loss on Tuesday night. Cousins has also been fined $20,000. Cousins currently leads the league in technical fouls at 15 and faces another one-game suspension upon his inevitable 16th.
2-27-14: Tomorrow night at the Lakers is the cheapest Kings/Lakers matchup at Staples Center of the past 4 seasons. Current cheapest ticket is $16. Despite both teams struggles over recent years, the Kings and Lakers had one of the Western Conference's most fierce rivalries during the early part of the 2000's.
2-26-14: The Kings suffered a blow out loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets last night. Things were off to a rough start as the score was 42-17 at the end of the first, 22 of which came from James Harden. Harden would go on to score 43 and rest for the entire fourth quarter during extended garbage time.
2-25-14: The end is near for “Jimmer Time” in Sacramento. Multiple reports confirm that the team is negotiating a buyout with former BYU standout Jimmer Fredette. The 10th overall pick has struggled to get off the bench during his tenure in Sacramento. He's currently averaging 5.9 points per game in just over 11 minutes this season.
2-24-14: On Saturday, Ben McLemore included Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal in his battle-round dunk. He made it a spectacle by having O’Neal sit in a king’s throne underneath the hoop. While McLemore was the only Sacramento participant in All-Star weekend, the rest of the Kings got to rest. However, having a week between games was not enough to be able to defeat the Golden State Warriors. DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday’s nine-point loss with a hip injury. The Kings also made a trade this past week. They sent Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.
2-18-14: The Kings had some bright spots in the middle of the season, but as expected, they will be going into the lottery as they are tied for the worst record in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins went for 31 points and 16 rebounds, but the absences of Rudy Gay and Marcus Thornton prevented the Kings from defeating the Boston Celtics. Then, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 30 points in Sunday’s loss at Washington. After the Kings fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers by double digits on Tuesday, Jimmer Fredette put up a career-high 24 points in the Kings’ victory over the New York Knicks in the second night of the back-to-back. However, Cousins left that game with a left hip flexor injury.
2-10-14: After losing in both Dallas and San Antonio, the Kings finally ended their losing streak on Monday. Heading into that game against the Bulls, Sacramento had lost its last seven contests, but the Kings defeated Chicago by a whopping 29 points. What a way to end the team’s season-worst losing streak with such a large margin of victory. Then on Wednesday, Rudy Gay got revenge on his former team. He scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Kings’ 109-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. While Sacramento will most likely not make the playoffs this season, the squad looks ready to make an impact on the league within the next few years.
2-4-14: Just as Carl Landry got back to playing consistent minutes, the rest of the Kings could not stay on the court. DeMarcus Cousins remains out and Rudy Gay missed most of this past week, as the Kings’ losing streak moved to five games. In Friday’s overtime loss to the Pacers, Marcus Thornton had 42 points, which matched his career-high. After the Kings fell to the Nuggets by eight points on Sunday, Derrick Williams went off the next day at Utah. He scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the loss to the Jazz. Then, Rudy Gay returned on Wednesday to face Memphis, but his 23 points were not enough to get the victory.
1-27-14: The Kings just finished their first road trip of 2014. None of the opponents were easy, including the four that they faced this past week. On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds, but Sacramento fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-90. Then, two days later, Isaiah Thomas matched his career-high with 38 points, but it was not enough as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Kings. On Tuesday, Rudy Gay helped Sacramento stop its short losing streak as he scored his most points in a Kings uniform in the team’s 114-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. However, injuries to Gay and Cousins on Wednesday in Houston prevented the Kings from having a chance of winning that game against the Rockets.
1-20-14: Hello, winning streak: Rudy Gay and the Kings took advantage of the lengthy homestand at the beginning of 2014 and won a season-best three straight games. The first was an impressive 123-119 victory over one of the best teams in the league in the Portland Trail Blazers. Then after blowing out the Orlando Magic, the Kings destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers by the score of 124-80. The 44-point victory was the largest margin of any game this NBA season. DeMarcus Cousins, who was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds en route to leading Sacramento to a 3-0 record over that stretch.
1-7-14: When the Heat went to Sacramento on Friday, they were somewhat hobbled. However, the Kings defeated Miami in overtime with LeBron on the court. DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 17 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas led all players with 11 assists. Then, the Kings traveled to Texas to face the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets. They lost by just eight points at the AT&T Center on Sunday, and then Cousins put up 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Kings upset the Rockets, 110-106, on Tuesday. It was frustrating that Sacramento dropped Thursday’s home contest to the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Kings still had a solid week with those two wins over title contenders.
12-30-13: It was a typical week for the Kings, who went 1-2. They lost to two better opponents, but got a solid victory on the road in Orlando. After the Heat defeated Sacramento by 19 points in Miami on Friday, the Kings made the quick trip to face the Magic. They got 23 points and three 3-pointers from both Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay en route to the their third consecutive win in Orlando. Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson also scored double-digits in the 105-100 Kings victory. They then traveled home for a game on Monday, but lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 113-100.
12-22-13: The lottery-bound Kings had another difficult week on the road, as they were winless in their three games away from home. However, they did get an impressive 15-point victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday in Sacramento. In that game, Rudy Gay led all scorers with 26 points. DeMarcus Cousins also posted his 12th double-double of the season. Although the Kings lost two days later in Charlotte, Cousins had a monster game. His game-high 30 points and 17 rebounds went along with six assists and three steals. He became the first player to reach those plateaus in the same contest in almost two years.
12-13-13: It was a very interesting week for the Kings: it involved four games and a big trade. They sent the four-man package of John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. The acquisition of Rudy Gay might not get the Kings into the playoffs this season, but it could provide them some more scoring in their starting lineup. After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the Kings traveled to Utah the next night and won in overtime. Then, they made their home crowd happy with a big upset over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. However, the Jazz then got revenge in Sacramento on Wednesday.
12-7-13: It is not looking good for Mike Malone in his first year with the Kings, a team that has lost five consecutive games after Tuesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Kings’ game with the Clippers on the previous Friday was the end of three consecutive contests against the Los Angeles teams, but the Kings did not win any of those games. Then on Sunday, the Kings lost to the Golden State Warriors. Most of Sacramento’s losses recently have been by only a few points, but scoring has been an issue for the Kings. Only DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas have been putting up consistent scoring for this team in 2013-14.
11-28-13: The Sacramento Kings continued their longstanding tradition of stockpiling players who play the same position, when they traded Luc Mbah a Moute for former number two overall pick Derrick Williams this week. Williams, a tweener PF who never had a chance to blossom in Minnesota, will look to find meaningful minutes in Sacramento and prove his long-term worth in the league. The Kings lost back-to-back at the Staples Center last Saturday/Sunday to the Clippers and Lakers and have had no game action all week until facing off at home on Friday against the Clippers. The Kings are sitting at 4-9 on the year and in desperate need for a spark.
11-22-13: After struggling through a tough early season schedule and sitting at a record of 2-7, it looked like the same old Sacramento Kings would be running the court this season. However, the Kings have turned things around the last two games with back-to-back victories over the Phoenix Suns for a record of 4-7. DeMarcus Cousins is doing his best to earn his max-contract extension and is averaging a career best 21.5 ppg. Rookie Ben McLemore has been moved into the starting lineup over the last five games, but has scored in double figures just once (19 points on 11/19). Over his five starts he has averaged just 8.2 ppg in 20.4 mpg.
11-15-13: The Kings talked about change after sitting at just 1-5 in week three, and head coach Mike Malone enforced that change and it paid off. Malone moved shooting guard Marcus Thornton from the starting lineup to a reserve role and it paid off, as Thornton was a major spark off the bench and helped the Kings to their second win on the year on Wednesday night. Sacramento is still struggling at just 2-5, but the new change offers optimism for the second unit and the team overall moving forward.
11-8-13: Sacramento has a new head coach, a new GM and a new starting point guard. Unfortunately, it’s the same old result. The Kings got off to a nice start with a narrow win in their first game of the season, but poor defense reared it’s ugly head again as they dropped their next three. With just a 1-3 record through the first four games, the Kings have yet to show that they are a more disciplined team than they were a year ago.
11-1-13: Mike Malone is the new head coach in Sacramento for a team that hopes to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Kings selected Ben McLemore in the 2013 draft in addition to acquiring Greivis Vasquez and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during the offseason. It is unfortunate that Carl Landry, who they signed in July, is out for the first three to four months of the season because he would have been an important asset in the frontcourt. DeMarcus Cousins, who had a stellar preseason, will have to take on more of a responsibility without Landry. Kings fans hope that he is up to the challenge.
10-18-13: The Sacramento Kings have a 3-1 record through four preseason games. DeMarcus Cousins is killing it in the preseason, averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, .8 blocks and 2.8 steals, all team highs. Cousins had a 29 point, nine rebound game in a 107-90 win over the Phoenix Suns. Cousins also had a 31 point game in a 99-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Kings have won three games in a row, 104-86 against the Lakers, 99-88 against the Clippers and 107-90 against the Phoenix Suns. Here are Sacramento’s three remaining preseason games:
- Oct 20 at Portland
- Oct 23 vs Golden State
- Oct 25 at LA Clippers
9-27-13: The Kings have signed DeMarcus Cousins to a four-year, $62 million max extension. He will not have an early termination option in the contract.
9-5-13: The Kings will bring on former NBA player Chris Mullin to join their front office in a role beyond his previous advising position.
8-23-13: The greatest news for all Sacramento Kings fans is that they are still Sacramento Kings fans. In what was very nearly a summer filled with moves to Seattle, a late save by new owner Vivek Randive kept the Kings in Cowbell Kingdom. With Tyreke Evans moved on to New Orleans, the team is now built around the enigmatic DeMarcus Cousins. Greivis Vasquez is now running the point for the Kings and with the 7th overall pick in the draft, Sacramento selected the athletic SG out of the University of Kansas, Ben McLemore.
Sacramento opens their home season schedule on Friday, November 1st against Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Tyreke Evans and his new New Orleans Pelicans squad returns to Sacramento for the first time on Monday, December 23rd and for a second time on Monday, March 3rd. The Oklahoma City Thunder will visit on Tuesday, December 3rd and again on Tuesday, April 8th. The Miami Heat will make just a single appearance in Sacramento with LeBron and crew coming to town on Friday, December 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Los Angeles Clippers
- December 6th – Los Angeles Lakers
- December 15th – Houston Rockets
- December 27th – Miami Heat
- March 21st – San Antonio Spurs
7-1-13: The Sacramento Kings selected Ben Mclemore, the prolific scoring guard from Kansas. The kings are in rebuilding mode and used their lottery pick wisely. McLemore is a 6-5 shooting guard with slasher skills and a great shot from long range. Looking to move Tyreke Evans McLemore should immediately get a chance to be a part of the rotation for the Kings. The Kings only won 28 games last season. Ben averaged 16 points per game in college last year along with 5 rebounds per game. He decided to leave school after only his freshman year however there is little doubt his game is NBA ready. Last year the Kings average ticket prices were $77. As they continue to try and bring back the magic they once had in the early 2000’s, ticket prices and fan attendance would surely rise if the Kings can rise up the standings.
Kings 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 7: SG Ben McLemore, Kansas.
Round 2, Pick 6: PG Ray McCallum, Detroit.
6-12-13: It is looking like there will be more basketball to be played in Sacramento for the following years and more. After being rumored for months to be a sure shot to Seattle all deals fell through and the Kings remain. What hasn’t changed at all is the success of this franchise since the early 2000’s. it was another subpar campaign this year winning only 28 games and posting a horrid 8-33 record on the road. Frequent mental lapses in behavior from DeMarcus Cousins hindered him from really turning a corner and reaching his full potential. New head coach Michael Malone will now get his turn as the Kings will select 7th overall in the draft this year.
11-26-12: An early season five game losing streak has the Sacramento Kings sitting in last place at 4-9. Even a big win against the Lakers whom they beat twice in the preseason wasn’t enough for Tyreke Evans and his mates to turn the corner. With games against Minnesota and Indiana this week, we’ll see if the Kings can improve their record and by getting some wins.