The Sacramento Kings started the post-All Star break stretch with two wins. However, the Kings followed those up with a pair of losses and remain on the outside looking in of the NBA playoff picture. The Kings are now 24-34, four games back of the Houston Rockets for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and need to start rolling if they're going to make the playoffs. Let's get you you caught up with what happened before at the deadline, what happened in the Kings' win and preview the week ahead with our Kings Weekly Update.
The Week That Was:
The Kings visited the Nuggets Tuesday in the first of three games last week and picked up a 114-110 overtime win. DeMarcus Cousins once again led the Kings with 39 points, although he came up a rebound shy of a double-double. Rajon Rondo has 12 assists, twice the amount of shots he had.
The Kings turned around after the long game in Denver and hosted the San Antonio Spurs the very next game. Cousins had 22 points, but was just 8 of 23 from the field in a 108-92 loss. On the bright side, Rajon Rondo had 18 assists.
A third quarter in which they were outscored 34-16 doomed the Kings to a 117-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night. Cousins and Rudy Gay had 26 and 23 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough. Seth Curry erupted for a career-best 19 points.
Things didn't get any better for Sacramento on Monday, as they fell 131-116 at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was headlined by Cousins nearly punching OKC center Steven Adams, but ultimately restrained himself.
Coming Up Next:
The Kings will now start a four-game road swing this week. Sacramento visits the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, and then take on the Dallas Mavericks the next night. The Kings play their final game of the week at the Spurs, and then will close out the trip next Monday against the Pelicans
The Kings are battling several injuries for their game against the Grizzlies. Point guard Rajon Rondo is listed as probable with a thumb injury, while forward Rudy Gay is questionable with a shoulder injury.
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