Sacramento Kings News
11-28-16: On Sunday, coach Dave Joerger was very impressed with DeMarcus Cousins, who posted game highs in points (37) and rebounds (11) in the 122-105 victory at Brooklyn. Cousins was the game-high scorer for the third straight game. Rudy Gay also scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a game-high eight assists in the victory.
11-21-16: The Kings ended their four-game losing streak with their 102-99 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening. Sacramento received 23 points from Rudy Gay and 15 points and a game-high nine assists from Darren Collison in the victory. The game almost went to overtime, but the referees waived off Terrance Ross’s last-second 3-pointer.
11-7-16: Rudy Gay scored a game-high 23 points in Sunday's 96-91 victory at Toronto. This contest was the third this season in which Gay was the game-high scorer, but this was the first one in which the Kings won. DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds in the victory.
4-12-16: On Saturday, the Kings played their final game at Sleep Train Arena and won, 114-112, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rudy Gay, who grabbed the game-high number of rebounds for the second consecutive contest, won the game with a couple free throws. Then on Monday, Seth Curry scored a team-high 20 points in the Kings’ 105-101 win at Phoenix.
3-29-16: On Friday, DeMarcus Cousins put up game highs in points (29) and rebounds (11) and Rajon Rondo had a game-high 12 assists, as the Kings defeated the visiting Phoenix Suns, 116-94. Then, Willie Cauley-Stein’s game-high 21 points, Cousins’ game-high 12 rebounds and Rondo’s game-high 11 assists led Sacramento’s 133-111 win against the Mavericks on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Kings’ two-game losing streak ended at Portland on Monday.
3-15-16: The Kings suspended DeMarcus Cousins for one game for conduct detrimental to the team, and he missed Friday’s 107-100 loss to the visiting Orlando Magic. Sacramento then finished its three-game homestand on Sunday against the Utah Jazz. Cousins scored a game-high 31 points, but the Kings lost their fifth straight contest.
2-29-16: The Kings’ three-game winning streak ended on Wednesday against the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Then, on Friday, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers were too much for Sacramento, as the Kings lost that contest, 117-107. On Monday, Sacramento will look to avoid moving back to 10 games below .500 against the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.
2-24-16: DeMarcus Cousins scored a game-high 39 points, as the Kings defeated the Denver Nuggets for the second time in five days to extend their winning streak to three games. Cousins was the game-high scorer in both of those contests. In addition, Rajon Rondo has had the game-high total in assists in each of the last seven Sacramento games.
2-16-16: All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who made 12 of his 17 free throw attempts, scored a game-high 28 points at Philadelphia on Wednesday, as the Kings stopped their four-game losing streak. In the 114-110 victory, Darren Collison put up 25 points, Rudy Gay scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo registered a double-double.
2-10-16: Rudy Gay returned to action on Monday night after missing a game due to an ankle injury. He scored 16 points, including four made 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes. However, the Kings lost their fourth consecutive game. With rumors swirling about George Karl’s status as the team’s head coach, he and the Kings look to win against the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
2-3-16: The DeMarcus Cousins-less Kings seem to have the Milwaukee Bucks’ number, as he missed both of their meetings this season, and Sacramento won each of those contests. Just like the earlier meeting this season, Rudy Gay was the game-high scorer. Monday’s win stopped the Kings’ four-game losing streak. The Kings next take on the Chicago Bulls to finish a quick two-game homestand.
1-12-16: Closing in on one of the final playoff positions in the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings have pulled within two games of the Utah Jazz as the season approaches the midway point. The Kings have a road game against the New Orleans Pelicans before hitting the road for two straight against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers.
1-4-16: Seven games below .500, the Sacramento Kings show spurts at competing at the highest level but remain inconsistent. Snapping a three-game skid with a win against the Phoenix Suns, the Kings have four games this week against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
12-28-15: Six games under .500, the Sacramento Kings are becoming one of the more streakiest teams in the NBA. In their last four games they have wins against the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers but losses to the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers. They face the Golden State Warriors next but have easier games against the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns later in the week.
12-21-15: With controversy surrounding point guard Rajon Rondo dying down from last week, the Sacramento Kings won the fourth game out of their last five after this weekend’s road win against the Toronto Raptors. The end of their current four-game road trip comes against the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers.
12-11-15: The Kings have won the first two games of their three-game home stand after dispatching the New York Knicks Thursday night. They’re idle this weekend before hosting the Rockets early next week.
11-20-15: The Kings lost the first two games of their current five game road trip, but have some easier competition coming up with games against the Magic, Hornets and Bucks.
11-13-15: Locker room blowups from their star player, a 2-7 record to open the season—it’s just another season for the Sacramento Kings. Their best chance at a win comes tonight when they face the 1-7 Brooklyn Nets at home.
11-5-15: They won the opener, but that is all that has gone right for the Sacramento Kings. Some people’s surprise pick for the eighth seed in the Western Conference this season, a 1-4 start has the Kings in the bottom three of the West.
10-6-15: The Sacramento Kings got off to a strong start during the NBA’s preseason slate, winning by four points on the road in overtime to the Portland Trail Blazers. This week, the Kings fly to Phoenix, Arizona to play the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 7th and then face the San Antonio Spurs the next night at home. Sacramento plays their third game of the week on Saturday night against the Trail Blazers again, this time at Sleep Train Arena.
3-31-15: The Sacramento Kings still have a mathematical chance at the playoffs this season after posting a 22-45 record but the chances of that happening are slim to none after struggling for much of this season. Rather than gearing up for a playoff push the team is instead working towards the draft and the 2015/2016 NBA season. The Kings started this week by staying at home in Sacramento to play host to the Charlotte Hornets. During the game the Hornets were held to just 40% shooting as a team and never scored more than 24 points in a quarter in an eventual 101-91 loss to the Kings. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who had 33 points for Sacramento while Derrick Williams added 13 points in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile the Hornets scoring attack was led by 20 points from Gerald Henderson while Kemba Walker added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for Charlotte. For the Kings next contest the team made the trip back home to Sacramento to play host to John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the game the Wizards were held to just 57 points in the final three quarters after a strong first quarter and eventually fell to Sacramento by the final score of 109-86. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who had 29 points while DeMarcus Cousins grabbed seven rebounds in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Wizards was led by Bradley Beal who had 19 points and John Wall who had eight assists but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the next Kings game the team stayed at home in Sacramento to play host to Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers seemingly had this game in hand after one half of basketball after posting an impressive 70 points in the first half. The team followed that up with a sluggish second half including 14 points in the third quarter that the Kings took advantage of in a 107-106 victory for Sacramento. The leading scorer in the contest was DeMarcus Cousins who had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the 76ers was led by Robert Covington who had 21 points but it was not enough in the loss for Philadelphia. For the Kings next contest the team traveled out to Phoenix to face off with Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns. During the game the Kings outscored the Suns in three of the four quarters in the contest propelling the team to a 108-99 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was DeMarcus Cousins who had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings while Brad Miller added seven assists for Sacramento in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Suns was led by 24 points and four assists from Markieff Morris while Tucker added 11 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Phoenix. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 26-45. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off with the New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets.
3-24-15: The Sacramento Kings have turned their attention away from the playoffs and now have their sights set on the NBA Draft Lottery and the 2015/2016 season. The team took another step in the wrong direction last week and currently sports a 22-41 record. The Kings started this week by traveling to Philadelphia to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers. During the game the Sixers eliminated the lead the Kings had outscoring Sacramento by 19 in the third quarter leading to an eventual 114-107 victory for Philadelphia. The leading scorer in the contest was DeMarcus Cousins who had 39 points and 24 points for the Kings while Rudy Gay added 24 points in the loss for Sacramento. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the 76ers was led by 24 points from Robert Covington while Nerlens Noel added 16 points in the victory for Philadelphia. The Kings were back out on the court the very next night in Washington when the team faced off with John Wall and the Washington Wizards. During the contest the Wizards scored no less than 21 points in a quarter and held Sacramento to 12 points in the fourth quarter in an eventual 113-97 victory for Washington. The leading scorer in the contest was John Wall who had 31 points and 12 assists for Washington while Paul Pierce added 17 points in the victory for the Wizards. Meanwhile DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points for Sacramento while Derrick Williams added 15 points in the victory for the Kings. For the Kings next contest the team stayed at home in Sacramento to play host to Dennis Schroder and the Atlanta Hawks. During the game the Hawks were able to take down the Kings for the second time in less than a week as Atlanta beat Sacramento by the final score of 110-103. The leading scorer in the contest was Jeff Teague who had 23 points and six assists for the Hawks while Paul Millsap grabbed 10 rebounds in the victory for Atlanta. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Kings was led by DeMarcus Cousins who had 20 points and 13 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Sacramento. For the Kings next contest the team stayed home in Sacramento to play host to Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the game the Clippers scored no less than 23 points in a quarter and finished strong with 36 points in the fourth quarter in a 116-105 victory over Sacramento. The leading scorer in the contest was Chris Paul who had 30 points and 11 assists for the Clippers while DeAndre Jordan added 15 rebounds in the victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Kings was led by Rudy Gay who had 23 points and four assists but it was not enough in the loss for Sacramento. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 22-45. Get your tickets for next week as the team hosts a trio of home games against the Charlotte Hornets, the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers before the team travels to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns.
3-3-15: The Sacramento Kings come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week hoping to turn around one of the worst records in the NBA this season boasting an 18-34 record. The Kings started this week by making the trip back home to Sacramento to play host to the Boston Celtics. During the contest the Kings shot 48% from the field as a team while holding Boston to just 40% shooting in a 109-101 victory for Sacramento. The Kings scoring attack was led by DeMarcus Cousins who led all scorers in the contest with 31 points and 15 rebounds while Rudy Gay added 28 points in the victory for Sacramento. Meanwhile the Celtics offense was run through Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller for much of the night as the Boston duo combined for 50 points but it was not enough in the loss to the Kings. The Kings hoped for better results in their next contest when the team made the trip out to the Staples Center to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers held the Kings to just 34% shooting from the field and 25% shooting from beyond the arc in a 126-99 victory for Los Angeles. The scoring attack for the Kings was led by DeMarcus Cousins who finished the game with 21 points while Rudy Gay added 15 points in the loss for Sacramento. Meanwhile the Clippers were propelled to victory by 28 points from Austin Rivers, 24 points from JJ Redick and 23 points from Jamal Crawford in the victory for Los Angeles. For the Kings next contest the team stayed at home in Sacramento to play host to Mike Conley and the rest of the Memphis Grizzlies. During the game Sacramento shot an impressive 49% from the field as a team while the defense held the Grizzlies to just 41% in a 102-90 victory for the Kings. The leading scorer in the contest was Rudy Gay who scored 28 points for Sacramento while DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore added 16 points each in the victory for the Kings. Meanwhile Zach Randolph led a struggling Memphis offense with 20 points while Marc Gasol added 14 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Grizzlies. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 20-35. Get your tickets for next week as the team plays host to the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers before finishing their week off with a pair of road games against the New York Knicks and the San Antonio Spurs.
2-20-15: The Sacramento Kings enters the NBA’s All Star Weekend with no much to cheer about as the team has
posted one of the worst records in the NBA this season with an 18-34 record. The Kings started this
week by watching one of their own in DeMarcus Cousins watch NBA All Star Saturday Night before
participating in the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game pit the best of the Eastern
Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that defense was thrown out the
window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in the offensive department as
these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison Square Garden. Leading the
way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points winning the MVP Award
while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the hometown hero Carmelo
Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the way with 30 points. It was
not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference once again showed its
dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All Star Game. When the
week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 18-34.
2-9-15: The Sacramento Kings came into the week still sitting as one of the cellar dwellers in the Western
Conference this season posting a 16-28 record. The Kings started this week by making the trip to
Cleveland to take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest the Cavaliers
remained hot since the return of LeBron James with a 101-90 victory over the Kings. James had 19
points for Cleveland on the night while Kevin Love led the Cavaliers in scoring and rebounds with 23
points and 10 rebounds in the victory. In the loss the Kings were led by 21 points and 13 rebounds from
newly named All Star DeMarcus Cousins but it was not enough for Sacramento. The Kings were back out
on the road the very next night in Indiana when the team faced off with the Indiana Pacers. During the
contest the Kings outshot Indiana 43% to 40% and won the game by the final score of 99-94. Rudy Gay
led the Kings scoring attack with 31 points from DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points and 19 rebounds in
the victory for Sacramento. Indiana’s attack was led by 17 points each from David West and CJ Miles but
it was not enough in the loss for the Pacers. For the Kings next contest the team stayed at home in
Sacramento to play host to Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Warriors
came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as Golden State easily took down the Kings by the final score
of 121-96. Stephen Curry had 23 points and nine assists for the Warriors in the win while Speights added
eight rebounds. Meanwhile DeMarcus Cousins narrowly missed a triple-double for Sacramento dropping
26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists but it was not enough in the loss for the Kings. The Kings
finished their week off by staying home in Sacramento to play host to Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the
Dallas Mavericks. During the game the Mavericks blew out the Kings in their final game of the week 101-
78. Sacramento scored no more than 23 points in a quarter and only 35 points in the second half despite
DeMarcus Cousins 23 point and 11 rebound night. The Mavericks attack was led by 21 points from
Monta Ellis and 16 rebounds from Tyson Chandler in the victory for Dallas. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 17-31. Get your tickets for next week as the team
travels to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz before returning home to Sacramento to play host to the Phoenix Suns. The Kings will then finish their week out on the road with a pair of games against the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks.
1-29-15: The Sacramento Kings struggled once again last week dropping games and dropping their overall record to 16-22 on the 2014/2015 NBA season. The Kings started this week by staying home in Sacramento to
play host to Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat. During the contest Sacramento
only managed 43% shooting from the field as a team as the Kings fell to the Miami Heat by the final
score of 95-83. Miami’s offensive attack was led by 30 points and 7 rebounds from Chris Bosh while Luol
Deng added 25 points in the victory for the Heat. The Kings attack was led by 17 points from DeMarcus
Cousins but it was not nearly enough in the loss for Sacramento. The Kings were back out on the court
the very next night when the team stayed home in Sacramento to play host to Blake Griffin and the Los
Angeles Clippers. During the contest the Clippers used 48% shooting as a team and another huge night
from Blake Griffin to take down the Kings by the final score of 117-108. Griffin scored 30 points while
Matt Barnes scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the big victory for Los Angeles. Meanwhile
the Kings attack was led by 23 points from Jason Thompson and 22 points from Rudy Gay but it was not
enough in the loss for Sacramento. For the Kings next contest the team packed their bags and traveled
to Portland to take on the Western Conference’s best team in the Portland Trail Blazers. During the
contest Portland may have lost LeMarcus Aldridge to a hand injury but ended up winning the game and
snapping their mini losing streak with a narrow 98-94 victory. During the contest Damian Lillard picked
up the scoring slack in Aldridge’s absence with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Trail Blazers
dispatched the Kings. Sacramento’s leading scorer was Rudy Gay who finished with 19 points while
DeMarcus Cousins snagged 19 rebounds but it was not enough in the Kings loss to Portland. For the
Kings next contest the team stayed home inside Sacramento to play host to Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack
and the rest of the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest Brooklyn used a 36 point scoring output in the first
quarter to edge and survive the Kings by the final score of 103-100. During the contest Brook Lopez
scored 22 points while Joe Johnson and Jarrett Jack each added 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively in
the victory for Brooklyn. Meanwhile the Kings offensive attack was led by DeMarcus Cousins who had 28
points and 14 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Sacramento. When the week was all said
and done the team finished with an overall record of 16-26. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off with the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors.
1-12-15: The Sacramento Kings came into the week reeling off another bad week that left their overall record on the season at 14-19. The Kings started this week by traveling to Detroit to take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. During the contest the Kings had no answer for Detroit’s Brandon Jennings who finished the night leading all scorers with 35 points and 7 assists. Sacramento’s attack was led by DeMarcus Cousins who led his team with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. In the end Cousins’ effort was not enough as the Pistons held on to beat the Kings by the final score of 114-95. The Kings stayed home in Sacramento for their next contest when the team welcomed Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder to town. During the contest the Thunder suffered from an off night of shooting from Russell Westbrook in a 104-83 loss to the Kings. Kevin Durant led the way for Oklahoma City with 24 points but it was not nearly enough in a loss that saw the team score just 16 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the third. Rudy Gay led all scorers for the Kings with 28 points in the easy victory for Sacramento. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-20. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home all week inside Sacramento to play host to the Denver Nuggets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Dallas Mavericks.
1-2-15: The Sacramento Kings have traded wins and losses for much of the first two months of the 2014/2015 season which is evident by their 12-16 record to start the campaign. The Kings started this week by staying home in Sacramento to play host to Isaiah Thomas, Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns. During the game Phoenix shot 49% from the field as a team while being led by Marcus Morris’ 20 point outburst off the bench. Sacramento countered with 44% shooting and 19 points from Darren Collison but it was not enough in a 115-106 loss to the Suns. The Kings were back at it again the very next night once again in Sacramento when the team played host to Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. During the contest 48 minutes could not decide a victor and an extra five minute overtime period was needed to decide the winner. The Knicks attack was led by none other than Carmelo Anthony who had 36 points and 11 rebounds but once again it was not enough for New York. The Kings shot 55% as a team from the field and squeaked out a victory in overtime behind 39 points and 11 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins. When all was said and done the Kings had taken down the Knicks by the final score of 135-129. Sacramento looked to start a winning streak during their next contest when the team traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest Sacramento shot for a higher shooting percentage as a team, grabbed more rebounds, dished out more assists and still found a way to lose to the Nets. Brooklyn took advantage of 19 more free throw attempts and 11 more successful shots from the charity stripe to win the game 107-99. Brooklyn’s attack was led by 22 points from Mason Plumlee which was too much to handle for Sacramento and Rudy Gay on the night. The Kings looked to stay on the winning side of things during their next contest when the team traveled to Boston to take on the Boston Celtics. During the contest the Celtics used a new rotation and lineup of starters and the players seemingly responded in a blowout of the Kings. Boston shot 47% from the field while holding Sacramento to just 37% shooting in a 106-84 victory over the Kings. Boston’s attack was led by 20 points from Jared Sullinger in the victory for the Celtics. The Kings finished their week off on the road when the team traveled to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Kings shot an impressive 54% from the field en route to a 110-107 victory over the Timberwolves. The Kings also used nine more free throws and 21 points each from Rudy Gay and Darren Collison in their narrow victory over Minnesota. The Timberwolves attack was led by 27 points from Andrew Wiggins but it was not enough in the loss to Sacramento. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 14-19. Get your tickets for next week as the team starts their week out on the road facing off with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Detroit Pistons before returning home to Phoenix to finish their week off against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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.