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Sacramento Kings Week 16 Recap: The Stars are Beginning to Alig

  • Pardon my tardiness. Being a Patriots fan, the Super Bowl loss has not quite set in yet, but we do have some Sacramento Kings basketball to get into.

    This past week, the Kings finished off their 6-game road trip against the New Orleans Pelicans before heading home to take on the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.

    They finished with a record of 1-2, but the scores were not a great representation of how the Kings performed. Let’s take a closer look at these games.

    The Kings finished off their 12-day road trip against the Pelicans.

    This was an encouraging game for Sacramento because it showed what they are capable of on the offensive side of the ball.

    The Kings scored 61 points in the 1st half but trailed by one heading into the break.

    They came out firing in the 2nd half as well, scoring 29 in the 3rd, and had a 5 point lead going into the 4th quarter.

    The Kings put together a solid defensive effort in the final period and were able to hold off the Pelicans 114-103.

    Zach Randolph led the way for Sacramento with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Kosta Koufos came to play by scoring 17 points and adding a career-high 17 rebounds, including 7 offensive boards.

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    De’Aaron Fox had himself a nice performance as well with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The defense does need continued improvement because the Pelicans did shoot over 50% for the game.

    Otherwise, this was just what the Kings needed to end an extremely vigorous and successful road trip.

    The Kings would then face off against the league’s best team, the Warriors. The Kings did exactly what you could have asked for in the first half.

    They were scoring the basketball, competing hard on defense, playing extremely physical, and were within 6 points at the half.

    They again played a tight 3rd quarter but were outscored by 3 points.

    The final period was going to be key for the Kings if they wanted to pull off this great upset.

    The Kings were able to pull the game to within a single point with eight minutes remaining, but that is when the Warrior's all-time great offense came to play and they would outscore the Kings 30-16 in those final eight minutes.

    The final score was 119-104. The King's young core of Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovich, Fox, Cauley-Stein, and Justin Jackson combined to score 74 points.

    If I did not watch this game and saw the score after, I would have assumed the Kings played poorly and were beaten handily.

    That was absolutely not the case. This was one of those games that excites me for the future of this franchise.

    Let’s not forget, the Kings have a number of players under the age of 25 that are in the starting rotation.

    The Warriors have four all-stars and three of the greatest shooters in NBA history. If you watched this game and did not feel encouraged by their performance, you have lost all hope in this franchise and I kindly ask you to leave the room.

    The following night, the Kings took on the Mavericks, who had a similar record to Sacramento but came into the game as a road favorite.

    The first half was a back-and-forth offensive battle, with no team gaining much separation.

    The 3rd quarter was more of the same, but the Kings were able to gain some momentum going into the final period and had a four-point lead.

    The 4th quarter was where the Kings came out with a stomach ache from their juice boxes and orange slices.

    The Mavericks began the quarter on a 16-0 run and the Kings did not score until the 6:08 minute mark.

    By that time, the Kings were down 10 and they were not able to fight back into the game, and they went on to lose 106-99.

    As for stats, both Fox and Garrett Temple led the way with 15 points apiece, with Cauley-Stein adding 14, 8 rebounds and 2 steals.

    This game changed from happiness to dreadfulness in the blink of an eye.

    After a difficult battle with the Warriors the night before, they lose to a team with a similar record to their own. This was definitely not what I was hoping for, but I still am very confident in the future of this team.

    Overall, it was a learning lesson for the Kings this past week.

    They got a big win to end their road trip which is not something the Kings are used to achieving, they played tough nails against the best team in the league, and they showed us why you cannot take any team lightly or you will get beat.

    My player of the week goes to the veteran, Zach Randolph, who averaged 19.3 points and 8 rebounds per game.

    He showed why he brings so much value to this team, and not just by being a leader off the court, but on it as well.

    For the upcoming week, the Kings will face off against the Bulls, Trailblazers, and Timberwolves.

    I am seeing signs of improvement and it is starting to excite me as this team becomes better and better.

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