What?! Kings Beat Thunder, 116-104

Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 01-04-2016

(Image from the Sacramento Bee. Click here to view more images from the game.)

What a win. It was a wild one, especially in the first half. We [Sacramento Kings] were down by 17 in the first quarter. In frustration, I was about to turn off the TV, but the teaml called a timeout. I wanted to see if they would respond. They did, going on a 17-0 run to tie the score and eventually was up by two at halftime. Crazy. Crazy Kings.

I had marked this one down as a loss when I saw the schedule over the weekend. But shortly before the game started, I thought we had a chance after learning that Kevin Durant would be out because of a toe injury. Then I found out that Omri Casspi, one of our most consistent players, won’t be playing because of a sore back, and my optimism dimmed a bit.

Even with no Durant, I didn’t think we could win though. Sacramento Kings always had trouble with Oklahoma City Thunder. Demarcus Cousins have struggled against shot-blocking extraordinaire Serge Ibaka and whichever big men he teams up with to stop Cousins. Plus, for some reason, the Kings would always leave Ibaka with wide-open jumpers, and he doesn’t miss many of those. And then there are Durant and Russell Westbrook. We didn’t have to deal with Durant this time, but his team is still pretty good without him, at least good enough to beat non-elite teams like the Kings.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because the Kings are just so unpredictable. They’ll beat teams that they have no business beating, and lose to teams that they should beat.

One thing I’ve noticed with this team this year is that they’re an explosive offensive team. They can easily go on a 17-0 run. The only problem is another team can also easily make that kind of run against them. So you just never know.

At least this year, they’re responding. After every losing streakr, they’ve responded with a winning streak.

As a fan, it’s frustrating to see them play hard and beat the good teams, but play lazy and lose to the bad teams. Why can’t they play scrappy all the time. Hell, they don’t even have to be scrappy, they just have to show more effort. In games they’ve lost, they don’t go after loose balls or chase rebounds. It’s just frustrating to see three or four players just standing and waiting for a missed shot to land on their hands instead of going after it; in most of those cases, an opposing player would jump in between them and grab the ball.

But let’s not go there now. That’s in the past. In the last two wins, they’ve played hard. And they’ve won.

Let’s hope they can do it again tonight, playing against another good team in the Dallas Mavericks. It’s gonna be tough. It’s a back-to-back on the road. The Mavericks have lost their last two games and have lost a previous game against the Kings; they’re ready for revenge and ready to get back on the win column.

Sections:  note from the editor   
Topics:  nba   sacramento kings   
SENH'S LATEST BLOG ENTRIES
  • "Ip Man 3" Has New Release Date in China and Posters to Prove It
    Over at MoviesWithButter.com, I’ve written two articles regarding “Ip Man 3,” the film that’s holding its own in Asian territories against “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” If you’re not familiar with Asian cinema,”Ip Man” one of the most popular franchises in that area of the world. More
  • Live-Blogged The Golden Globes at MWB
    Yesterday, I live-blogged The Golden Globes -- for various reasons. First, it gets traffic. Second, I might as well do something useful while watching TV. Lastly, I was looking forward to seeing Ricky Gervais host the event again. Nothing against Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, but he’s my favorite. A google search revealed that the last time I did this for this award show was More
  • Kings vs. Mavs: Ominous Stats, News for Sacramento Before Game
    The preview on NBA.com and the injury report from SactownRoyalty.com don’t look good for the Sacramento Kings going into tonight’s game against the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks. More
  • Oy, Time to Get Back to Work
    For the past three years (especially 2015), I’ve been neglecting my two websites: Wopular.com and MoviesWithButter.com. During that peroid, I worked in spurts: there were months when I was very active and others when I just disappeared. I’ll get into the why in the future. More
  • MWB Repost: Ed Skrein is solid in "The Transporter Refueled," but the film gets too silly towards the end
    Here's my latest review on MoviesWithButter.com of "The Transporter Refueled," the reboot of the Jason Statham franchise without the star (and it's not bad): I wasn’t expecting much from “The Transporter Refueled.” What’s a “Transporter” movie without Jason Statham? Not much, I thought. More
SENH'S RELATED BLOG ENTRIES
  • Kings vs. Mavs: Ominous Stats, News for Sacramento Before Game
    The preview on NBA.com and the injury report from SactownRoyalty.com don’t look good for the Sacramento Kings going into tonight’s game against the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks. More
  • NBA Finals: OKC, You Let Me Down
    Between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder, I was rooting for the team in a small town. I was also rooting against Lebron James. More
  • NBA Finals: I Was Rooting for Old Fart vs. Old Fart
    I know it would probably be the most boring NBA Finals ever, but I was kinda rooting for the old farts - San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. I wouldn’t mind if either wins another title, especially the Boston Celtics. More
  • NBA Playoffs: It's Over for San Antonio Spurs
    I agree with Charles Barkley, it's over for the San Antonio Spurs. They haven't shown that they could win a game in Oklahoma City. The two games they played there, they lost convincingly - one of which was a blowout. The Thunder and their fans will be fired up and ready to go for Game 6. The Thunder seemed to the Spurs all figured out. More
  • Ibaka's Game 4 Performance Was A Fluke, According to Hoopdata.com
    From Foxsports: “According to hoopdata.com, Ibaka was a bitter 25 percent this season on shots taken within 10-15 feet of the rim. In Game 4, he was 6 for 6. Perkins made 21 percent of his attempts from that range during the season, but made 2 of the 3 he unleashed Saturday night.” More

 

Comment On This Story