March 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) attempts a free throw in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
So as it turns out, there is a reason the Charlotte Bobcats have just 7 wins on the year and are in danger of setting the worst win-percentage mark in NBA history. This is an awful, awful team by design. We are just two years removed from the Bobcats reaching the playoffs for the first time, and now the team has been stripped bare. The Bobcats are adhering strongly to the principle that you have to get worse to get better, and they're doing so by getting reaaally worse.
Make no mistake, I'm not poking fun at the Bobcats. The Kings are not a good team either, but they're several steps ahead of Charlotte in this process. The Kings looked like they were playing a completely different level of basketball against the Bobcats today, leading to the largest margin of victory for the Kings this year. You knew it was going to be a bad game for Charlotte when Travis Outlaw was outscoring them 6 to 4 early on. This is the same Travis Outlaw who has scored a combined 3 points in his other two starts.
Everyone who played for the Kings today had a good game. DeMarcus Cousins got off to a slow start, but ended up just dominating the second half on his way to 29 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. He did pick up a technical foul early in the game as part of double technical, and unfortunately, that was his 13th technical foul of the season. That's the limit the NBA has set before players start to get suspended for each technical over the limit, so unless the technical is rescinded by the league, DeMarcus will miss Tuesday's game against the Thunder.
The rest of the Kings roster also had a bevy of ridiculous statlines: Tyreke Evans scored 22 points in 23 minutes on 10-11 shooting from the field, basically getting to the rim at will. Jason Thompson nearly had a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Isaiah Thomas had 10 points, Jimmer Fredette had 11, and Donté Greene had 8. Everyone who played for Sacramento scored. The Kings had 23 assists to just 8 turnovers (really 7 if you discount the silly traveling call on Cisco when the game was over) and shot 55.2% from the field.
The Bobcats had four players in double-digit scoring, with Kemba Walker, Byron Mullens and Derrick Brown each with 13. Walker had a double-double by equaling his career high in assists at 11. Crazily enough, the Bobcats had 28 assists on their 38 field goals, but they also had 21 turnovers.
There's not much to say or analyze about this game because the talent disparity between these two teams was just so great. The Bobcats made a bit of a run to start the 2nd half, but a quick timeout and the Kings regrouped and stepped on the throats as Tyreke Evans just took over. It was ridiculous how easily Evans got into the lane and right to the hoop, and he was vintage TyRoY Evans today.
It wasn't just Evans who got into the paint at will though, it was everyone on the Kings. Sacramento had a whopping 78 points in the paint, which I believe is a season-high. They also had 38 fastbreak points, mostly thanks to the sloppiness of the Bobcats. Charlotte also took forever to get their offense set up, having to force shots as the shotclock ran out numerous times.
Jimmer Fredette didn't have the best shooting night, going 5 of 13 and just 1 of 5 from three (he was robbed of one three thanks to a missed goaltending call), but I saw some things from Jimmer tonight that I really liked. He had an absolutely beautiful fastbreak layup where he headfaked a pass back to Donté Greene to get the defender off of him and then took it to the basket. He also had a couple layups where he used his left hand and protected the ball with his body, a la Beno. The floater came into play as well, and it's nice to see him using it more often. As was mentioned on the telecast, Jimmer has shown a lot of improvement over the course of this year, and I said this a few weeks back, but I think he could be a Most Improved Player candidate next year.
Tyler Honeycutt got some extended run tonight thanks to the blowout, and I liked his activity on the court. He's still very raw, but he seems to have a good feel for the game and his athleticism is incredible. It will be interesting to see how he develops. He could be very useful as a versatile off the bench energy wing.
All in all, the Kings couldn't have played any better this game, and I hope you enjoy it Kings fans, because it might be the last win of the season. Sacramento has just two games remaining, against the Thunder and Lakers, both teams fighting for playoff positioning.
- I don't want to speak for Jerry, but was that a zing at the Maloofs when Jerry and Grant were talking about the new Charlotte arena, and Jerry said "Gee, you got to spend money to make money"? Sorry if I'm misinterpreting you Jerry, I have had my "Maloofs can do no right" glasses on for the past couple weeks.
- Someone needs to get a GIF of the dancing kid they showed late in the 4th quarter. He had some moves.
- DeMarcus came out at halftime to talk to the official about his technical, and it looked like he was doing so in a very respectful way. He even tried to give the ref a hug, it was pretty funny. I liked that DeMarcus went and did that though.
- I really like these black jerseys and I hope they become a permanent alternate uniform, or at least for a few more seasons.
- That DeMarcus Cousins flying tip-in was something else.
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