January 21, 2017, 9:03 pm
The Sacramento Kings suffered yet another tough loss Saturday night, losing 102-99 against the Bulls in Chicago. Sacramento was able to keep it close all game, but were unable to execute late.
The game was fairly back and forth, with 17 ties and 15 lead changes, and Sacramento appeared to take control early in the fourth, but a good comeback from Chicago held swing the momentum in their favor.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Malachi Richardson came in in the first half tonight, an odd change after only getting in during blowouts. He showed off many of the skills that got him noticed in Reno, grabbing two rebounds and getting to the line in his limited action. His athleticism is a great addition to the second unit, and he appeared to handle the opportunity well. Considering how early Dave Joerger put him in, he may be looking at more minutes in the future.
- Willie Cauley-Stein looked good in limited action, playing aggressive defense and making a point to be active on the glass. Cauley-Stein was expected to be a much bigger contributor this season, so it would be great to see him turn things around in the second half.
- DeMarcus Cousins had a great night, leading both teams with 42 points and 14 rebounds. Cousins will need to be more aggressive offensively with Rudy Gay out for the season, so it was great to see him score so efficiently at such a high volume. Despite the loss, the Kings should be expected to win more often than not when Cousins plays like this.
Following the loss, the team will turn their attention towards the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons were the last team that Sacramento was able to beat, so their game Monday night may be a good opportunity to turn things around.