The Portland Trail Blazers are already eager to be back at home after a disappointing trip. Facing a winless road opponent is even more ideal.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds, and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 91-82 on Friday night.
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It’s also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren’t always listed in order of importance. That’s for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : SportsNet . Holly MacKenzie tells us that the Toronto Raptors should probably have absatively had enough, and that it’s time for Andrea Bargnani to go. Rest of NBA: “Not it.”
PF : Detroit Free Press . Patrick Hayes points out that Tayshaun Prince has actually had a renaissance year of sorts thus far.
SF : SB Nation . Tom Ziller notices that, for a variety of reasons, nobody is dropping 50 anymore.
SG : A Wolf Among Wolves . You’ll recall the ‘ Kobe Assist ,’ yes? Meet the ‘Jose Juan Barea Assist.’
PG : Pro Basketball Talk . Our man Adrian Wojnarowski talks all things orange and leathery with Kurt Helin.
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings needed a late change in defensive assignments to control Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and pull out a win Wednesday night.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the struggling Toronto Raptors 107-100 on Wednesday night.
It is commonly accepted by reasonable people that Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins is not the easiest player to deal with. In addition to getting questionable suspensions for confronting announcers , Cousins is an emotional, volatile personality. At times, his emotions get the better of him on the court.
It’s usually worth it, though, because Cousins is one of the most talented young players in the NBA. Last season, he played like a star , averaging 21.4 points and 13.0 rebounds per game while displaying a varied set of skills. The thinking was that, if Cousins worked on his maturity and progressed at a similar rate, he’d find himself in the thick of All-Star discussions despite playing for a fairly bad team.
Things have not worked out as planned. Without context, his averages still look good: 19.5 points and 11.3 rebounds. But those marks still represent a regression, and Cousins’s shooting has dipped to a paltry 41.7 percent from the field. It’s gotten so bad that he claims he’s lost all his confidence. From Ailene Voisin for The Sacramento Bee (via PBT ):
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — David West had 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers edge the Sacramento Kings 97-92 on Friday night.
The mayor of Virginia Beach, Va., laid out plans for a new sports arena Tuesday in the city’s continuing bid to attract a top-level team.
SACRAMENTO — The Minnesota Timberwolves badly needed a victory Tuesday, and Kevin Love made sure they got one.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Love had 23 points and an NBA season-high 24 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves stop a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 97-89 on Tuesday night.