The Sacramento Kings seem to think that the tip off is an arbitrary time in which they can choose to start a game if they please. After trailing by more than 20 points in the first quarter, the Kings looked dead in the water from the get go. It was quite similar to many other games.. The Kings took two-and-a-half quarters off from basketball, the defensive schemes made no sense, Omri Casspi hustled, DeMarcus Cousins got his numbers, and the Kings lost the game 108-99.
The game started, for the 17th time this season, with a double digit deficit in the first quarter. The team looked lost on both ends, and unable to perform even basic tasks on either end. After a miniature run in the second quarter, the Kings cut into the lead, only to get it back to where it started before making one final push for victory. I swear to you, I did not copy and paste this summary from any other games. This is the summary of the game.
DeMarcus Cousins, fresh off his suspension, came in where he left off. He was the only King to get into any sort of rhythm during the first quarter. Rudy Gay was absolutely dreadful for most of the night, finishing with six points . Rajon Rondo wan't much better, as his decision making . Omri Casspi was the Casspi we all know and love, with 20 points off the bench, and a hustle play where he was able to grab a loose ball while hunched on the ground in agony after taking an elbow to the face. Darren Collison had a solid night finishing with 14. Despite a couple of rookie mistakes, Willie Cauley-Stein had a solid 10 and 7. Seth Curry once again found some time, and his energy was definitely felt, even if it doesn't all show up on the stat sheet. For the Jazz, they had a pretty well-balanced effort, with Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors doing a majority of the damage.
This game was yet another game in a stretch where the entire team looked lost. The players looked like they didn't want to play for the coach, the coach acted like he didn't want to be coaching the players, the boo-birds were out on multiple occasions, and then the game started. This stretch is just as frustrating as any stretch I can remember, including the Tyrone Corbin era. I am not sure if it is effort, environment, frustration, ineptitude, or all of the above, but these last 18 games, like so many seasons before, do not appear to have much meaning.
-Two important birthdays in Kings land today: Slamson and Bobby Jackson. Slamson had his friends from around the league come visit him for his birthday festivities. Happy birthday to them both!
-We are reaching that point at Sleep Train Arena where it is getting surreal knowing that my remaining visits there, if any, can be counted on two hands.
-After the game, the fun times continued as DeMarcus Cousins stated that he was not suspended by the organization, but by the coach. Also said that Karl had not talked to him since the outburst (according to Jason Jones).
-The Kings are only 7 1/2 games out of the playoffs.
-The Kings head down to Los Angeles to face the Kobe Bryant one last time before he's sent to the glue factory.