The “Cory Joseph Revenge Game” went according to plan, to the chagrin of the Sacramento Kings, who extended their losing streak to five games with an embarrassing 113-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons now have 16 wins on the season.
The Kings’ decision to trade Joseph and the $25.2 million left on his contract to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Delon Wright was widely-viewed as a savvy move because, well, it was. Wright is a year younger than Joseph and makes roughly $3 million less annually. He’s also a better with the Kings’ core pieces than Joseph was.
That being said, if the Kings knew that Joseph was going to go off against them in the thick of their play-in run, they likely would have held onto him because now, Sacramento are 2.5 games back of the No. 10 seed with the Utah Jazz up next on their schedule. That doesn’t mean the Kings are out of the play-in race — after all, this is a team that went 9-5 in March — but sooner rather than later, these losses against teams they should beat are going to catch up to them.
The Kings will try and bounce back against the Jazz on Saturday.