November 18, 2016, 10:55 pm
The Sacramento Kings dropped their fourth straight game Saturday night, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 121-115 at the Golden 1 Center. Sacramento dug a big hole for themselves early, getting outscored 40-24 in the first quarter. The team was far more competitive the rest of the way through, even outscoring the Clippers 30-17 in the fourth quarter, but were ultimately brought down by their early deficit.
The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, so the loss isn’t necessarily very surprising, although that doesn’t soften the blow of having a 4-9 record. Sacramento’s struggles this season have been mostly on offense, but tonight the team seemed to have no ability to stop the Clippers from scoring.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Darren Collison came off the bench once again, which is relatively surprising given his strong play to this point. Ty Lawson doesn’t appear to be a good fit with the starting lineup, and it seems that Collison would be a significant boost. Considering the circumstances, it’s tough to say when Collison will be moved into a starting role or if the team plans to do that at all.
- DeMarcus Cousins had another great game, scoring 38 points to go along with 14 rebounds and seven assists. Sacramento will need to try and find ways to help Cousins, and at this point it appears that the team may need to look outside of the organization to fill this need.
The loss puts Sacramento in a pretty deep early season hole, and puts a lot of pressure on them to turn things around. The team still doesn’t seem to have much of an identity offensively beyond DeMarcus Cousins, and will need to figure that out sooner rather than later if they plan to make a serious run at a postseason spot.