Well, that's a lie.
The back-breaking four-point play from Paul George was one of the most egregious whistles blown against Sacramento since Mike Bibby's nose fouled Kobe Bryant's elbow. Anyone who has a worse call please post below, I'm curious to see what others think.
As a team, a true fan can't be upset with how the Kings stepped up against the Indiana Pacers, considered by many the best defensive team in the league.
Arriving at the game last night I assumed Sacramento would lose. That thought was strongly reassured when DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay appeared on the big screen as scratches.
Managing to go toe-to-toe against the Pacers while the Kings were without both their first and second offensive options last night was a feat in and of itself.
I didn't expect to see a game were Marcus Thornton would go absolutely berzerk in the first quarter. I also didn't see a game that would come down to the wire, igniting the whole lower bowl to stand for the closing minutes of the game.
It had been a long time since I'd been that excited to be at a Kings game. I must admit that the two IPA's I had may have influenced my demeanor, but being at a game like was very reminiscent.
I felt like a kid again, cliches aside, the last time I remember being that amped at a Kings game was probably when I was in junior high. It was like being 12-years-old all over again, minus the awkwardness.
Since the Kings traded for Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, this team has become more than watchable again, they are downright entertaining and fun. The loses don't sting like they used to, and the wins are that much sweeter now.
For once that faint light at the end of the tunnel doesn't seem so dim anymore. That flicker began with Tyreke Evans for me, and almost five years later the Kings appear to be pulling themselves closer to what was once a distant beacon.
While the stench of the Maloofs still lingers in some facets, it looks like this team is beginning to wash away that funk that those piles of (no word(s) can describe how awful they were as it would be insulting to that descriptor) left behind.
I raise a glass to the Kings future as for many reasons, as it appears bright. Also, I'll take a side of aspirin with that. I may have raised a few too many drink last night.