The Sacramento Kings were blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies 113-81 in an absolutely embarrassing effort. Tyreke Evans returned for his first game since mid-December, meaning that this blowout was clearly his fault.
The Kings actually stuck with Memphis through the first half, demonstrating some nice ball movement and good team basketball. Sacramento trailed by just 6 at the half, and apparently felt pretty good about the accomplishment and decided to take the second half off. Memphis outscored Sacramento 36-20 in the third quarter, and 26-16 in the fourth.
Keith Smart pulled the starters as the game got out of hand, a decision I completely disagree with. This team isn't good enough to warrant resting any starters. At one point in the fourth the Kings line-up was Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Aaron Brooks, Thomas Robinson and James Johnson. There's giving up, and then there's that line-up. It was as disastrous as you'd expect.
Tyreke didn't check in until about five minutes before halftime, and ended up logging just 12 minutes, but I have no problem with that considering he's being worked back into the rotation. Tyreke ended up with five points on three shots, with one rebound and one assist.
The Kings leading scorer was John Salmons, who had a great night shooting the ball. It's ridiculous when you have to lament wasting a nice night by Salmons.
The Grizzlies were led by 26 points from Wayne Ellington. Ellington came off the bench for Memphis, and was able to recieve extended minutes in the blowout.
Akis was at the game, and for that I am truly sorry. He'll have a full recap up later.