• The Sacramento Kings lost a tough matchup Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 102-94.  This was the first loss of the season for Sacramento, and was also the first game ever played in the Golden 1 Center.

    The Kings led for most of the first half, and carried that lead through the first part of the third quarter.  While the team ended up losing their lead late, the energy level stayed high through the end of the game.  The final result was disappointing, but there were many positive takeaways in the game.   Here were some notes from the action:

    • The defense came out aggressively for the second night in a row, and appears to be much improved over last season.  Given their struggles last year on that end of the floor, the renewed effort is a welcome sight.
    • DeMarcus Cousins lead all scorers for the second night in a row, scoring 37 points on just 22 shots.  Cousins has been incredibly efficient this season, and appears to be fairly comfortable under head coach Dave Joerger early.
    • Omri Casspi seems to be out of the rotation early in the season, failing to register any minutes against the Spurs after playing less than 10 minutes in the King’s previous game against the Suns.  Casspi was one of the few bright spots on last year’s team, so it’s interesting to see him play so little to this point.

    A strong push in the middle of the fourth quarter appeared to put Sacramento right back into the game, but San Antonio quickly pulled away and ended any thoughts of a comeback.

    The Kings will look to bounce back in their next game Saturday night against an up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves team.  Many expect Minnesota to take a big leap under new head coach Tom Thibodeau, so the Kings will need to be ready for another challenging opponent.

     

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