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Sacramento Kings Week 21 Recap: Who Really Cares? Tank! Deandre

  • The Sacramento Kings faced off against three teams this past week: New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets.

    They had one extremely competitive game but didn’t stand a chance in a couple others. They finished with a record of 1-2.

    With March Madness on the horizon, we should focus in on some of the talent that may come our way.

    Hopefully this talent will include a 7-foot tank of a center named Deandre Ayton.

    But, with a couple months until that let’s focus on how the Kings performed this past week.

    They started the week with a home contest against the Pelicans. The Kings got off to slow start and saw themselves trailing by 11 after the 1st quarter.

    The 2nd was not any better and the Pelicans continued to pour on the points and had an 18-point advantage at the half.

    The Kings played much tougher on defense in the 2nd half but they could not find any offense. The Kings found no rhythm and went on to lose 114-101.

    Buddy Hield led the way for Sacramento with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Frank Mason played a nice game with 16 points and 6 assists off the bench.

    The Pelicans came into the game on a 10-game win streak and Anthony Davis is playing at the top of his game.

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    For the Kings to have won this game they needed to play nearly perfect on both ends of the floor and also contain the big man.

    The Kings would right there wrong in the next game against the Magic.

    The Kings came out flying on defense and only gave up 14 points in the opening quarter. The Kings led this low scoring affair, 41-36 at the half.

    Sacramento took full control in the 3rd quarter by putting up 33 points. The Kings slipped in the 4th a bit but were able to come out on top 94-88. The Kings hadn’t allowed only 88 points since January 25.

    Garrett Temple had 23 points lead all Kings scorers. Kosta Koufos had arguably his best game of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

    Mason filled up the stat sheet with 7 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. I considered this game one in which the Kings were supposed to win, and they were able to get the job done.

    The Kings final game of the week came against the Nuggets. Denver came to play as the better team. They started with game with a 32-25 lead after one, and the Kings needed to step up on defense.

    The 2nd quarter only got worse for the Kings as they saw themselves in a 17-point deficit at the break.

    Near the end of the third quarter the Nuggets had a 33-point lead. The Kings could not make the miraculous comeback and fell to Denver 130-104.

    Buddy Hield had 18 points off the bench and Kosta Koufas had himself another nice game with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Denver had 6 players in double figure with Nikola Jokic having a triple double. Denver shot over 56% from the field and made 15 three pointers.

    Overall, what had the potential to be a good week after the Magic win, turned out to be a mildly unsettling week.

    With the Kings getting blown out by Denver, it left a bad taste in my mouth about how this past week went.

    My player of the week goes to Kosta Koufas. I never thought that he would get this award but with an average of nearly 13 points and 11 rebounds, on over 62% from the field.

    The Kings will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and Utah Jazz.

    I still want to see this team finish the season strong and let that momentum help them in the upcoming seasons.

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