January 8, 2017, 8:55 pm
Despite a strong start to the game, the Sacramento Kings dropped their third straight game, 117-106 against the Golden State Warriors. Rudy Gay led Sacramento with 23 points in his second game back from injury.
The Kings rode a strong offensive performance to a 16 point lead, and the defense also managed to keep the Warriors relatively quiet. A strong run from Golden State to end the second that carried over to the third quarter gave the full control of the game.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Garrett Temple led the team in minutes, playing over 42 in the loss. Temple also contributed an efficient 14 points on nine shots, and played spectacular defense as usual. Dave Joerger clearly wanted Temple on the floor every minutes that he could play, and considering his strong play this season certainly warrants it.
- Sacramento struggled continues to struggle with rebounds, grabbing just one offensive board while giving up 13 to the Warriors. Considering how close the game ended up being, it is easy to wonder what better rebounding could’ve done for the team tonight. Considering how consistent this issue has been, a lineup change may be the only way to resolve it.
- Willie Cauley-Stein, Ben McLemore, Omri Casspi and Malachi Richardson all were on the bench for the entire game, and trend that seems to have developed following Gay’s return from injury. Those two events aren’t likely to be directly related, but coach Joerger seems to be tightening up his rotation now that the team is fully healthy. Playing time has been fairly difficult to predict with this group, so this may not be too permanent.
Sacramento now turns their attention towards the Detroit Pistons, who have struggled with expectations and consistency throughout the season. After three straight losses to start the home stand, the Kings could really use the victory.