Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Kings lost their second straight game to open the season in disappointing fashion.
The Sacramento Kings are off to an 0-2 start to the season after losing 92-80 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Sacramento clawed back in the 3rd quarter to take the lead after being down 18, but the momentum shifted Minnesota's way from then on. J.J. Barea was the difference maker for the Timberwolves, finishing with a game-high 21 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. Sacramento didn't have an answer for him all night. The Wolves as a team were incredibly well-rounded in terms of scoring, with everyone except Alexey Shved scoring at least 7 points.
Sacramento in turn was led by their undersized Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, who had a team-high 20 points in 26 minutes. Thomas got off to a bad start like the rest of the Kings but was a big factor in the 3rd quarter comeback, as he hit all three of his triples in the third. Marcus Thornton added 15 points off the bench for Sacramento.
DeMarcus Cousins continues to have a rough start to his season, playing just 25 minutes because of 5 fouls, and contributing just 11 points and 4 rebounds. Tyreke Evans also failed to have an encore to his spectacular performance in Chicago, scoring just 6 points on 3-14 shooting. He did managed to have 7 rebounds and 4 assists though.
Both teams shot incredibly poorly, with Sacramento at 36.0% and Minnesota at 36.8%. Both teams made 32 field goals and the difference was really at the stripe. Sacramento went there just 16 times to 36 for Minnesota. The Kings as a team had double the personal fouls (34 - 17) of the Timberwolves.
Sacramento will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow in Indiana. A longer recap will be up later, feel free to use this as the Post-Game Depression Thread.
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