January 20, 2017, 7:48 pm
The Sacramento Kings started an eight game road trip Friday night in Memphis losing 107-91 against the Grizzlies. Sacramento struggled to score all night, and were unable to hold off the Grizzlies in the second half.
Sacramento started the first quarter strong, scoring nine unanswered points to start the game, and ended up leading by eight at the end of the quarter. Memphis was held to just 15 points, and the Kings appeared to be firmly in control.
Memphis regained the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. Back-to-back 34 point quarters for Memphis put the game essentially out of reach for the Kings , and a strong start to the fourth finished the job.
Here are some notes from the matchup:
- Sacramento sent in some of their younger players when the lead became too large, and they responded well. Skal Labissiere was particularly aggressive, recording three points and three rebounds in just over five minutes. Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein were the most impressive of the bunch and both appeared to be ready for their opportunity.
- Sacramento’s struggles on both ends continued, and the trend should be getting concerning. With the team now 10 games under .500, the team may want to look to their younger players to see what they can do. The season certainly isn’t over for the Kings, but it has become clear that the current rotations need adjusting. Some fresh faces may be best for the team moving forward.
This game marks the fourth straight loss for the Kings, and moves them to 16-26 on the season. The road trip isn’t going to get any easier, so the team will need to make adjustments fast to stay in the playoff hunt. The Kings now prepare for to face a struggling Bulls team tomorrow night in Chicago.