December 28, 2016, 9:55 pm
The Sacramento Kings had their four game winning streak snapped tonight in Portland, losing the Trailblazers 102-89. The Kings had a good shot tonight with Damian Lillard sitting, but they were unable to get going offensively.
Portland was able to get out to an early lead after the Kings struggled to hit their shots, leading by 16 points at halftime. Sacramento was able to go on a nice run in the third quarter, but they were unable to stop the Blazers late in the game.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- The Kings were without Rudy Gay again tonight, and they really could have used his offense. Gay is currently listed as day-to-day, and after re-aggravating the injury in the last game, the team may look to be more careful this time around. This team doesn’t have many players that can create their own offense, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see them struggle at times without him.
- DeMarcus Cousins played a great game, scoring 28 points on 19 shots while also adding eight rebounds and six assists. Cousins was able to get his job done offensively, but most of the other players on the roster failed to execute when given an opportunity. Sacramento should do fairly well when Cousins has this type of night, but he will need more help from the rest of the team to get the win.
- Garret Temple was fairly aggressive on offense, scoring 14 points and taking 13 shots. Losing Rudy Gay and Arron Afflalo may have opened up more opportunities for Temple on offense, but he also appeared to be trying to create his own shot more than usual. Temple has stepped up for the team in recent weeks, so it may be time to see what he could do in a larger role.
The loss moves Sacramento to 14-18 on the season, and puts the team in a tie with Denver for the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Following the loss, the Sacramento Kings will head home and prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday at the Golden 1 Center.