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The Kings are terrible at taking advantage of other team's misfortunes

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Last night's loss to Chicago marked yet another game in which the opponent was missing at least one key player and still managed to beat Sacramento.  Out of some morbid curiosity, I have gone through all of Sacramento's losses to identify similar games and outcomes.  Players highlighted in bold either had a career-high or season-high against the Kings.

1. Nov. 16, 2015

Rockets 116, Kings 110

Key Player missing: Dwight Howard

Rockets surprises: Clint Capela, 13 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists.  Marcus Thornton, 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists.

2. Nov. 27, 2015

Timberwolves 101, Kings 91

Key Player missing: Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves surprises: Shabazz Muhammad, 15 points.  Zach LaVine 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.

3. Dec. 21, 2015

Wizards 113, Kings 99

Key Player missing: Bradley Beal

Wizards surprise: Marcin Gortat, 27 points, 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists.  Garrett Temple, 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.  Kris Humphries, 15 points.  Ramon Sessions 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.

4. Dec. 27, 2015

Trail Blazers 98, Kings 94

Key Player missing: Damian Lillard

Blazers surprises: C.J. McCollum 35 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists.  Meyers Leonard, 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists.

5. Jan. 25, 2016

Hornets 129, Kings 128

Key Players missing: Al Jefferson, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Jeremy Lamb, Cody Zeller

Hornets surprises: Jeremy Lin, 20 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds. Marvin Williams, 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.  Spencer Hawes, 18 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals.  Troy Daniels, 28 points, 7 rebounds.

6. Jan. 28, 2016

Pelicans 114, Kings 105

Key Players missing: Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans

Hornets surprises: Ryan Anderson, 36 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists.  Norris Cole, 17 points, 10 assists. Bryce Dejean-Jones, 14 points.

7. Feb. 3, 2016

Bulls 107, Kings 102

Key Players missing: Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Nikola Mirotic

Bulls surprise: E'Twaun Moore, 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists.


That's 7 games that the Kings have dropped when they should have had the advantage on the other team.  For a team that is trying to reach the playoffs to continue to let these kind of games slip away from them is inexcusable.  Yes, there have been a couple games where Sacramento has been able to take advantage and win (against Oklahoma City without Durant and the Clippers without Griffin) but the overwhelming majority of such games have been losses.  Almost half of these losses are to sub-.500 teams!

This has been a disturbing trend this season, and one that hopefully won't continue.  Unfortunately, the evidence suggests otherwise.