Kings Lose a Couple of Close Games

By Rob Small, SacMidtown.com

It’s been a tough stretch of games for the Sacramento Kings after a feel good win against the Los Angeles Clippers last week. Since then, they’ve lost three straight games and five of their last six.

The last three games were winnable, too.

The Kings tied the game at 95 with three minutes left in the game, but the Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Kings by five points to win 112-107. Kings guard Marcus Thornton nailed the game-tying three to force the Utah Jazz into overtime, but the Jazz outscored the Kings 14-7 in the extra period to win 109-102.

On Monday night, the Houston Rockets’ top two scorers in Kevin Martin and Luis Scola suffered setbacks through the whole game. Trailing by only five points at halftime, the Kings trailed by as much as 30 points and were blown out by 22 points.

“You gotta guard somebody,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said after the loss to Houston. “You can’t just give up 30-point quarters every quarter and expect to win games. Our defense was not good enough – really – ever to give us a chance to hang around in the game because if you have the inevitable lulls offensively, all of a sudden it’s (a) double-digit deficit.”

Although the Kings’ last three games have been bad news, the team received some good news on the court and took one step toward a healthy team. After missing nearly seven weeks, Francisco Garcia scored 18 points off the bench in his return against the Jazz. He started against the Rockets on Monday.

The next player due back is Tyreke Evans after he finishes shock-wave treatments for plantar fasciitiis on his left foot.

Player of the Week

DeMarcus Cousins is continuing to put up strong numbers late in his rookie season. In the last three games, he has averaged 21.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game and all three games resulted in double doubles. Against the Jazz, Cousins had 18 points, season-highs of 18 rebounds and seven assists, two steals and three blocks.

Rookie Performance

See player of the week.

Play of the Week

Thornton comes through in the clutch, nailing a three-pointer to force overtime in Utah.

What’s Next?

The Kings host the revamped Orlando Magic tonight before going on the road to play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Their will be a couple of reunions when the Kings play in New Orleans against the Hornets. Thornton will play against his former team as the Kings reunite with Carl Landry, who was traded for Thornton.

The Kings will come back home to host  the division-rival Golden State Warriors this Monday.

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