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Re: - Here We Build - Kings remained active at the deadline

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:07 am

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A busy Sacramento FO showed no signs of slowing down at the trade deadline

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New faces seeking another chance are finding themselves in Sactown

Tyreke Evans. John Salmons. Patrick Patterson. Chuck Hayes. All rotational players for the Kings last season, now shipped out of Sacramento. Greivis Vasquez. Luc Mbah a Moute. Additions that the new Kings management had made to the roster that have already been moved out. They had wasted no time at the start of the season in trading Tyreke Evans away. Midway through the season, they swing for the fences by acquiring oft-criticized Rudy Gay relatively cheaply. While nobody knows who will be traded next, one thing that is known is this: the Kings are not sitting idly by.

Add Marcus Thornton to the list of former core Kings now with a new area code. The Kings got involved in the Rockets-Pelicans deal that sent Omer Asik to the Pelicans' frontcourt next to Anthony Davis. Thornton goes to the Rockets to bolster the bench of the title hopefuls in Houston. The playoff-hopeful Pelicans added Asik to a talented core with Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, and Tyreke Evans. But the Kings gave up one of the better players in the deal and only got former King Omri Casspi and the rights to Pierre Jackson in return. Casspi is probably not going to set the league on fire in his return to Sacramento, and reports suggest the Kings will leave Jackson in the D-League until next season and avoid wasting a contract year.

The Kings also waived Austin Daye and signed Dequan Jones after the Thornton deal. Daye got his chances to revive his career and find a niche in Sacramento, but struggled too severely with his shooting. Jones comes from the Kings' D-League affiliate, hungry for another chance to make his way onto an NBA roster. In a somewhat cold-hearted way, waiving Daye shows that the Kings are going to give young players a chance but can't wait around forever. Jones may take Daye's spot as a young player on the fringe of joining Quincy Acy and Derrick Williams as worthy of a spot on the pine.

Moving Thornton puts even more pressure on Ben McLemore immediately, and hurts the Kings' bench production. But it has been made clear that this season is not about wins and losses. It is a year of transition, of reshaping the roster and changing the culture. With the dust settling after a busy transaction year, what has emerged is a Kings' team with a direction. A Big 3 with a bruising bigman, an explosive point guard, and a versatile wing. A young core with a respected veteran leader. Cousins, Thomas, and Gay give Sacramento hope for the future, a framework for a roster, and talking points for media attention. Young prospects such as Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy, and even Pierre Jackson line their bench. Veteran leadership in Gay and Carl Landry seem to provide players who can help hold Demarcus Cousins accountable. No longer are the Kings the poor small market team, with a salary-floor payroll and a sub 30-win roster. Pieces are still needed, but the aggressiveness of the Kings in the trade market has brought Sacramento more than talent. Leadership and hope is arriving at last.
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings' Big 3 keep rolling after ASW

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:52 pm

Kings keep rolling after ASW
The All-Star break might have come at a bad time for the Kings, who had won 4 of their last 5 games prior to the weekend. Rudy Gay has been integrated into the team very effectively and a trio of Gay, Cousins, and Thomas have thrived together as of late. Their outstanding play and chemistry showed no signs of rust as the Kings welcomed the Warriors to Sacramento on Wednesday. Each of the Kings' 3 leaders scored at least 17 in the contest, and also had 5 other players contribute at least 8 points. The home Kings crushed the Warriors in the opening quarter by 16 points and never let them back up. The first quarter also saw Rudy Gay complete an emphatic dunk on Marreese Speights, who started in the place of David Lee (jaw). A huge disparity in focus and energy led to the big Kings win. Stephen Curry scored 18 for his Warriors but received little help. A combined 6/21 shooting performance from Barnes and Thompson buried the Warrior's chances to overcome the Kings' strong play in Sacramento.

This game saw the team debuts of Jordan Crawford (14 PTS, 23 MIN) and Marshon Brooks (2 PTS, 3 REB , 9 MIN) for the Warriors, and Omri Casspi (3 REB, 9 MIN) and Dequan Jones (2 PTS, 2 REB, 11 MIN) for the Kings.

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Kings: 116
Warriors: 86

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 21 PTS - 8 REB - 9/20 FG
Demarcus Cousins: 17 PTS - 11 REB - 4 AST - 7/11 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 8 AST - 3 STL - 7/17 FG
Derrick Williams: 13 PTS - 5 REB - 5/7 FG - 3/4 FT


Golden State Warriors Top Performers
Stephen Curry: 16 PTS - 10 REB - 6/18 FG
Jordan Crawford: 14 PTS - 5/11 FG - 4/7 3PT FG - 23 MIN
Harrison Barnes: 9 PTS - 4 REB - 3/13 FG
Andre Igoudala: 8 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 3/7 FG


Cs end Kings' run
After winning against the Warriors at home, the Kings hoped to win the second half of their 2-game homestand following All-Star Weekend. Led by their new All-Star Jeff Green, the Celtics came to Sacramento looking for revenge after losing in Boston by 14 to the Kings earlier this month. But tonight's game started well for the home Kings due to Jeff Green's shooting struggles. Green missed his first 7 shots and finished the game only 3/15 from the field. Sacramento led by 9 after the first quarter, but their lead didn't last. A healthy Rajon Rondo led the Celtics to a 12-2 run in the second quarter to regain the advantage. Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger had 33 points and 18 rebounds between them to help Boston hold on in the end. Demarcus Cousins' 30 points went to waste for the Kings who only mustered 15 points off their bench.
Celtics: 105
Kings: 98

Boston Celtics Top Performers
Rajon Rondo: 19 PTS - 5 AST - 7/14 FG
Brandon Bass: 18 PTS - 8 REB - 8/14 FG
Jared Sullinger: 15 PTS - 10 REB - 7/12 FG
Richard Hamilton: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 4/6 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 30 PTS - 7 REB - 10/16 FG - 10/11 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 19 PTS - 6 REB - 10 AST - 8/15 FG - 1/6 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 4/12 FG
Ben McLemore: 12 PTS - 2 REB - 5/10 FG - 2/3 3PT FG




Nuggets outrun Kings in Denver
The home court advantage of the notoriously wearisome Pepsi Center and its thin air hasn't had the same effect for the Nuggets as it had last season. They are only 14-12 so far in games played in Denver, a far cry from their 38-3 mark last season. The Kings came to Denver after a home loss to the Celtics, but have plenty of firepower offensively to give them hope in any game they play. The Kings received 10 first quarter points from Jason Thompson en route to 35 in the opening period. Getting that kind of early scoring from someone besides Cousins, Gay, and Thomas is a bonus for Sacramento and usually sets them up for victories. But, as is the primary struggle for Malone's Kings this season, their defense is far less effective than their offense. No matter much many points the Kings' Big 3 put up, Sacramento's lack of defense is the reason their record is as poor as it is.

The Nuggets took advantage of the Kings in the open floor, and especially the center matchup between Cousins and J.J. Hickson. Cousins often fails to rotate back quickly enough and Hickson's effort paid off tonight. 7 of Hickson's 11 baskets were in transition when he beat Cousins to the other end. Denver accumulated 33 fast break points and coasted in the 4th quarter to an 10-point lead. Gallinari added 19 points of his own to the Nuggets' victorious home efforts in Denver.
Nuggets: 118
Kings: 108

Denver Nuggets Top Performers
J.J Hickson: 23 PTS - 13 REB - 11/15 FG
Danilo Gallinari: 19 PTS - 6 REB - 8/11 FG - 3/6 3PT FG
Wilson Chandler: 14 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 5/9 FG
Kenneth Faried: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 6/9 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Jason Thompson: 20 PTS - 6 REB - 8/9 FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 18 PTS - 8 AST - 6/13 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 6/11 FG - 3/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 2 REB - 2 AST - 5/9 FG - 5/6 FT



Kings' trio efficient in home win
A Kings team coming off of two disappointing losses settled into Sacramento for a quick stop at home before another roadtrip. The contending Rockets brought their duo of Harden and Howard to town, with former King Marcus Thornton in tow. The trade deadline saw Houston ship out the redundant Omer Asik in favor of Thornton and a 1st rounder from the Pelicans. Howard entered Sleep Train Arena looking to outplay fellow Western All-Star Demarcus Cousins from the opening tip. Howard went 5/5 from the floor in the first quarter en route to 12 points and 7 rebounds. Houston led after the first period, but it was all Kings after that.

Sacramento's trio of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas have dominated for their team since Gay's arrival from Toronto. A notorious lottery-dweller like Sacramento are hardly in a position to boast a so-called Big 3, but trailing only Miami's 3 in terms of combined PPG bodes well for the Kings' future. The trio didn't disappoint against the Rockets, as they posted a combined 71 points on efficient shooting. Cousins scored 30 points and only missed one shot in the contest. Thanks to his efforts and Coach Malone's Hack-A-Howard strategy (6-10 FT), Sacramento won the final three quarters by 11 and claimed the home victory. Sacramento is now 7-6 since the trade for Rudy Gay.

Marcus Thornton struggled offensively in his return to Sacramento, needing 16 shots to muster 10 points. However, his addition to the Rockets allowed them to keep James Harden rested and efficient. Thornton's shooting woes will likely improve with practice time with his new teammates.

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Marcus Thornton got a warm welcome from the fans, but not from his former team

Kings: 121
Rockets: 112

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 30 PTS - 12 REB - 12/13 FG - 6/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 23 PTS - 7 AST - 9/16 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 6 AST - 5/11 FG - 7/7 FT
Jason Thompson: 8 PTS - 11 REB - 3/5 FG - 2/3 FT


Houston Rockets Top Performers
Dwight Howard: 24 PTS - 19 REB - 9/13 FG - 6/10 FT
James Harden: 23 PTS - 4 REB - 6 AST - 10/22 FG
Chandler Parsons: 16 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 3 STL - 8/17 FG
Terrence Jones: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 3 AST - 6/11 FG - 2/3 3PT FG



Kings rout Lakers behind rebounding
Heading to L.A. to face the Lakers, the Kings were confident after a strong win against the Rockets back on Tuesday. But they would probably have to admit that they weren't expecting the kind of dominance they put on in Hollywood. When you out-rebound your opponent by 23 and have 7 players with at least 5 boards, odds are going to weigh in your favor. Sacramento smashed the Lakers in the paint behind the rebounding and 23 point performances from Cousins and Thomas. They cruised to the 34-point blowout and leave the struggling Lakers to scrap with the Jazz to stay out of last in the West.
Kings: 121
Lakers: 112

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 23 PTS - 10 REB - 7/15 FG - 9/10 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 8/12 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 4/5 FT
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 6 REB - 3 AST - 3/8 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 8/8 FT
Derrick Williams: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 4/5 FG - 5/6 FT


Los Angeles Lakers Top Performers
Kobe Bryant: 23 PTS - 4 REB - 7/18 FG - 7/8 FT
Pau Gasol: 12 PTS - 8 REB - 5 AST - 4/9 FG
Wesley Johnson: 11 PTS - 3 REB - 3/7 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Terrence Jones: 9 PTS - 9 REB - 4/9 FG




NBA Notes:
Hawks lose 13th straight, now 17-41 overall.
Lakers lose 5th straight, now 19-40 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Bulls G Derrick Rose out 4-6 weeks with Broken Hand.
Bobcats G Kemba Walker out for season with Torn MCL.

NBA Transactions:
Philadelphia 76ers fire Brett Brown, hire Howie Peterson as Head Coach.
Orlando Magic fire Jacque Vaughn, hire Dillon Knox as Head Coach.
Celtics sign G Richard Hamilton to 1yr/$1.43M deal.
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Re: - Here We Build - February Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:10 pm

February Summary

Cs, Raptors sneaking up

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Heading into the home stretch of the season, we all know who the legitimate contenders are in the league. OKC, Memphis, and the San Antonio Spurs lead the playoff pack in the West. The Heat, Bulls, and Pacers still ride high in the East, but the weaker conference features a few of the more surprising playoff hopefuls. The 'tanking' Celtics traded away Garnett and Paul Pierce to stockpile draft picks and young players like Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. But the team has overperformed under new coach Brad Stephens. Sullinger is taking another step forward this season, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds, up from a 6 and 6 rookie season. Despite Sullinger's help though, Jeff Green has taken the majority of the production load for Boston. Green is scoring 18 a game and has helped Boston to a 6th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The Raptors traded away Rudy Gay to the Kings for expiring contracts and were, like the Celtics, expected to play for the draft. But Gay's departure created floor time for Demar Derozan and Terrence Ross, and the duo have not disappointed. Their numbers are up when compared to last season and are even better if you look at their production since the trade. Derozan is averaging 19 points a game as the primary option for Toronto. Lithuanian bigman Jonas Valanciunas joined Derozan and Ross as building blocks for the future, and is controlling the paint in Toronto with 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to go with 13 points. As bright as the future looks, their young players are already performing well enough to hang on to the 8th seed in the East.
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Constructing the framework

The big news for the Kings this season has been the reshaping of the roster, headlined by the trade for Rudy Gay. Last month we had only seen 2 games with Gay on the roster, but now we have a clearer idea of how he fits with Demarcus Cousins and the rest of the team. We have previously mentioned how absurd the notion of a Big 3 is for a non-playoff team like Sacramento, but the stats don't lie. Gay is posting efficiency numbers that are reminiscent of Memphis Rudy instead of Toronto Rudy. As of today, the Kings' Big 3 of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas are averaging 53.3 PPG since the trade. They are the 2nd highest scoring trio of teammates, behind only Miami's Big 3 of James, Bosh, and Wade who currently sit at 56.9 PPG this season. The trio provide a basis for the Kings' roster, who will have young players like Derrick Williams, Quincy Acy, Pierre Jackson, and maybe even Dequan Jones next to them. Jones has impressed Kings Coach Mike Malone with his defensive abilities and size to defend larger 2s or the small forward position. The Miami product has a chance to place himself next to the likes of Acy as a hard-working role player, especially due to the Kings' lack of depth at the shooting guard position with Marcus Thornton's departure.

The Kings remained active at the deadline when they got involved to help facilitate the Omer Asik trade to the Pelicans. Marcus Thornton was shipped out in exchange for Omri Casspi, the rights to Pierre Jackson, and the expiring contract of Greg Stiemsma. The deal was marked as one that was a win-win-win for the Pelicans, Rockets, and Kings. Thornton was regrettably an unlikely piece to the Kings' future, considering the drafting of Ben McLemore in the offseason. His trade value could easily be considered lower than it was at the start of the season due to the LSU product's relative shooting struggles. His value would likely rise next season as an $8M expiring contract. But it was now, when his trade value might have been at the lowest point, that the Kings traded him. The reason for the rush was a dreaded phrase that Kings fans had grown wary of under the Maloofs: financial flexibility. The former owners of the franchise had used the phrase as an excuse to remain at the salary floor and try to limit their own financial losses while they sought to relocate the team.

But now the phrase doesn't bring the same anxiety as it used to. The trade for the $18M contract of Rudy Gay shows that the new Kings ownership will not shy away from spending to improve the team. With that trade however, they lost all their expiring contracts and took on Gay's large salary. Ideally, a lottery team shouldn't be going into the luxury tax on a non-playoff roster, which is what the Kings might have needed to do in order to deal with Isaiah Thomas' restricted free agency this offseason if Gay opts in for $19M. Thomas is a fan-favorite and has stepped up to form the Big 3 along with Cousins and Gay. His numbers as a starter since the Gay trade are impressive (15.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 8.4 APG), and the Kings have no intentions of letting him be pried away from them after the season. The Kings have no other options at the point after giving up Greivis Vasquez in the Gay deal, and Thomas is at least the point guard of the present in Sacramento, if not the future. The trade of Thornton's $8M contract allowed them to keep their Big 3 intact without handcuffing themselves financially.

If Rudy Gay accepts his $19M option for next season, the Kings will be in a position to make moves in 2014-15. Gay's expiring can be combined with Derrick Williams' $6.7M and Travis Outlaw's $3M to give them almost $30M in cap space. Whether next season will determine that retaining Gay is beneficial or not, if Derrick Williams will make steps towards reaching his potential, or if the Kings want to swing for a different star in FA, Pete D'Allesandro the Capologist has made moves that improve the team and still keep their books looking good.

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Re: - Here We Build - Kings put together 5-game streak

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:22 pm

Big 3 coast down the stretch to home win
In a game where the final score was deceptively close, the Kings cruised past the shorthanded Timberwolves in Sacramento. The Kings rode 66 points from Cousins, Gay, and Thomas to a 18-point lead after three quarters. Thomas had 30 for the game, and was getting to the rim at will with the absence of Nikola Pekovic (Achillies - Season). Thomas and Cousins sat down in the 4th quarter, with the game all but over. Yet Chase Budinger caught fire in garbage time. He came in during the 4th quarter and shot a perfect 7/7 from the floor to make a game of it late. He dropped 16 in 16 minutes, and helped the Wolves narrow the 18-point lead down to 6 at one point before Thomas returned and stabilized the Kings' ship. The Kings have now won 3 straight and an impressive 6 of their last 8.
Kings: 106
Timberwolves: 97

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 30 PTS - 7 AST - 11/20 FG - 6/7 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 10 REB - 6/12 FG - 7/9 FT
Rudy Gay: 17 PTS - 4 REB - 5/12 FG - 7/9 FT
Derrick Williams: 13 PTS - 8 REB - 5/8 FG - 3/5 3PT FG


Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Kevin Love: 18 PTS - 10 REB - 7/14 FG
Chase Budinger: 16 PTS - 7/7 FG - 2/2 3PT FG - 16 MIN
Jrue Holiday: 16 PTS - 3 REB - 2 AST - 6/14 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Ricky Rubio: 12 PTS - 7 REB - 12 AST - 5/7 FG - 6 TO


Kings claim 4th straight behind Isaiah's efficiency
Rudy Gay had one of his worst performances with the Kings, shooting below 33%. Demarcus Cousins was outplayed by recent Pelican acquisition Omer Asik. Two of Sacramento's top reserves in Williams and Landry shot a combined 2/9. But those concerning stats didn't hurt the home team tonight, thanks to the third part of the Kings' Big 3: Isaiah Thomas. Thomas had 24 on 14 shots and,along with a career night off the bench for Dequan Jones, was enough for the Kings to hold on for their best win streak of the season. DQJ dropped 17 points and showed outstanding aggressiveness in getting to the rim. The Kings never blew the game open against the new-look Pelicans despite winning every quarter. Offensive woes from Holiday and Gordon (combined 4/19 3PT) didn't provide enough support for the strong interior presence of Asik and Davis. Led by that duo, the Pelicans outrebounded the Kings by 11.

Thomas' shooting percentage has skyrocketed since the team acquired Rudy Gay. His season numbers are approaching a more acceptable percentage after floating around or below 40% while being forced to carry all the scoring load for the Kings' reserves when he backed up Greivis Vasquez.

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Despite his new team's loss, Omer Asik won the matchup with Demarcus Cousins tonight

Kings: 106
Pelicans: 98

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 24 PTS - 13 AST - 9/14 FG - 4/4 FT
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 3 STL - 6/19 FG - 1/7 3PT FG - 5/7 FT
Dequan Jones: 17 PTS (Career-High) - 4 REB - 7/11 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 14 PTS - 8 REB - 6/11 FG - 2/3 FT


New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Eric Gordon: 21 PTS - 5 REB - 9/22 FG - 2/11 3PT FG
Omer Asik: 17 PTS - 13 REB - 7/13 FG - 40 MIN
Jrue Holiday: 14 PTS - 6 AST - 5/18 FG - 2/8 3PT FG
Anthony Davis: 8 PTS - 15 REB - 3/6 FG


Struggling Bucks fall quietly at home
The Kings are taking advantage of some sub-.500 teams in their schedule and have put together 4 straight wins entering a contest in Milwaukee. Conversely, the deer are grazing at the bottom of the East and will be contenders for the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Their struggle to maintain a respectable team over the past decade seems to have reached a breaking point this year after jettisoning Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis in the offseason. Their young players have had the expected speed bumps in their development, and were unprepared for a hot Sacramento squad.

Despite a Kings' defense that is mediocre at best, the Bucks only shot 35% from the floor led by O.J. Mayo's 5/19. Demarcus Cousins's 20-10 night and a strong bench performance from Carl Landry helped the Kings put up 103 in a rout for their 5th consecutive victory.
Kings: 103
Bucks: 78

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 21 PTS - 12 REB - 8/11 FG - 5/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 18 PTS - 4 AST - 6/16 FG - 0/6 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Carl Landry: 13 PTS - 8 REB - 5/8 FG - 3/4 FT - 20 MIN
Rudy Gay: 8 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 3/8 FG


Milwaukee Bucks Top Performers
Larry Sanders: 17 PTS - 11 REB - 6/9 FG - 5/6 FT
O. J. Mayo: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 5/19 FG
Brandon Knight: 10 PTS - 6 AST - 4/10 FG
Ersan Illyasova: 9 PTS - 11 REB - 4/10 FG


Raptors claim revenge, end Kings' streak at 5
Familiar faces once again faced off as the Kings and Raptors met for the second and last time this season. Both teams have played relatively well since they agreed to the Rudy Gay deal, which gave the Kings a potent trio and gave Demar Derozan and Terrence Ross green lights up in Canada. In their first meeting since the trade the Kings beat the Raptors in Sacramento. Tonight's contest saw the Kings head to Toronto as the Raps sought revenge.

Sacramento's Big 3 fell apart in the face of a strong defensive effort from the Raptors, led by Amir Johnson. The athletic forward dominated the game on both ends and outhustled Jason Thompson, who only shot 2/9. But the main victim of Toronto's defense was Isaiah Thomas. His streak of efficient shooting numbers since the trade had to die sometime, and perhaps it was fate that it ended against Gay's former squad, who is largely responsible for the increased efficiency from Thomas and Cousins. Thomas was met with resistance at the rim en route to a 1/13 shooting performance and had 4 shots blocked, all by Johnson.

Johnson played like a monster and came away with a monster double-double and a side of 6 rejections. He led the Raptors to a +9 rebound advantage and a defense that held the Kings to 33% from the floor. Derozan and Valanciunas added 17 points as they crushed the Kings in Toronto to end their win streak at 5. The Kings won the first game of their current 7-game roadtrip in Milwaukee, but will face more stout road tests like tonight's game and future contests against Brooklyn and Chicago.
Raptors: 104
Kings: 87

Toronto Raptors Top Performers
Amir Johnson: 19 PTS - 16 REB - 6 BLK - 9/18 FG
Jonas Valanciunas: 17 PTS - 7 REB - 5/11 FG - 7/9 FT
Demar Derozan: 17 PTS - 7 REB - 5/9 FG - 6/8 FT
John Salmons: 13 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 4/10 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 3/4 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 11 REB - 8/18 FG - 4/5 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 11 PTS - 7 REB - 4/7 FG - 3/3 FT
Derrick Williams: 11 PTS - 5 REB - 3/9 FG - 5/6 FT - 19 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 7 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 1/13 FG - 5/5 FT


Cousins alone in Brooklyn
One could determine the outcome of the Kings' visit to the Barclays Center by looking at the Sacramento box score. Demarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas were the only Kings to show up in Brooklyn, with only one other player reaching double-figure scoring. Even Thomas' 17 points aren't that impressive when you consider that he only handed out one assist. Conversely, the Nets had 6 players with 12 or more points, led by Johnson's 23. A +9 turnover differential coupled with their balanced scoring gave the hometown Nets the 25-point blowout.
Nets: 110
Kings: 85

Brooklyn Nets Top Performers
Joe Johnson: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 8/14 FG - 4/7 3PT FG
Brook Lopez: 18 PTS - 12 REB - 6/11 FG - 6/8 FT
Paul Pierce: 17 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 5/6 FG - 6/8 FT
Kevin Garnett: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 5/11 FG 4/4 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 25 PTS - 12 REB - 9/16 FG - 7/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 1 AST - 7/12 FG - 2/2 FT
Carl Landry: 10 PTS - 4 REB - 4/8 FG - 21 MIN
Rudy Gay: 7 PTS - 3 AST - 2/9 FG - 2/2 FT


NBA Notes:
Kings win 5th straight, now 26-37 overall.
Heat win 7th straight, now 47-13 overall.
Nuggets lose 5th straight, now 31-31 overall
Hawks beat Trailblazers 97-93, end 14-game losing streak.

NBA Injury Updates:
Thunder F Kevin Durant out 6-8 weeks with Torn Hand Ligament.
Blazers F Lamarcus Aldridge out 2-4 weeks with Strained Achillies.

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Re: - Here We Build - Kings put together 5-game streak

Postby Martti. on Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:00 am

Nice little winning streak you have here. 1% team chemistry though? :lol:
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings crushed by Spurs, sign Aldrich

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The Sacramento Kings have signed free agent C Cole Aldrich for the remained of the season. Aldrich, 25, was drafted 11th overall in 2010 and has
played with the Thunder, Rockets, and Kings, as well as the Warriors this season. He was traded from the Knicks to Golden State in the Jermaine
O'Neal deal, and appeared in 9 games for the Warriors. He was released by the Warriors in February to create roster space for their deadline
acquisition of Marshon Brooks and Jordan Crawford.

Aldrich came to the Kings last season from Houston in the Thomas Robinson trade. He played 15 games in 2012-13 in Sacramento and posted career
highs of 3.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and .9 BPG in 11.7 MPG during that span. The Kings' only true center after Demarcus Cousins is Aaron Gray, who has
recently lost the backup minutes to the undersized Quincy Acy. Aldrich is expected to provide insurance in the frontcourt and the Kings can evaluate
their needs in the offseason as Aldrich and Gray will both be expiring contracts.


Drummond big in Detroit against Kings
After stringing together 5-straight, the Kings have cooled off on their lengthy 7-game trip with losses in Toronto and Brooklyn. Detroit has had their own share of struggles this season after adding Josh Smith to their frontcourt. They currently sit in the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference and every game counts for their seeding. The Pistons turned to their frontcourt trio of Drummond, Monroe, and Smith to carry them tonight. They combined for 57 points and anchored a defense that held the Kings to 91 points. Not known for his defense, Demarcus Cousins struggled against Andre Drummond in the game. Coach Malone even resorted to Hack-an-Andre to slow him down, and limited Drummond's impact to a 16-11 double-double. But it was enough for Detroit. The Kings often struggle to win when Demarcus Cousins gets outplayed by his matchup, which was the case tonight. Jennings and Monroe scored 21 and 20 respectively to provide the offense for the Pistons' home win.
Pistons: 115
Kings: 91

Detroit Pistons Top Performers
Brandon Jennings: 21 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 6/15 FG - 8/9 FT
Greg Monroe: 20 PTS - 4 REB - 5/10 FG - 10/12 FT
Andre Drummond: 16 PTS - 11 REB - 4 BLK - 5/7 FG - 6/14 FT
Josh Smith: 14 PTS - 13 REB - 5/8 FG - 4/5 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 4 REB - 5/14 FG - 5/7 FT
Ben McLemore: 16 PTS - 5/14 FG - 2/8 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 9 REB - 5/15 FG - 5/9 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 9 PTS - 8 AST - 4/6 FG


Kings coast past tanking Sixers
Tonight's game between the Kings and Sixers wasn't much of a contest with all things considered. The Kings have been aggressive in reshaping their roster and attempting to improve quickly, including taking on salary in order to add talent like Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams. On the other hand, the Sixers are playing for the offseason with a high draft pick and young talent like Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel in tow. Sacramento jumped on the home team early, taking a 16-point lead in the first quarter. Demarcus Cousins only needed to play 24 minutes in the game as his Kings rolled by the Sixers.
Kings: 115
Sixers: 102

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 25 PTS - 11 AST - 9/20 FG - 4/8 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 21 PTS - 8 REB - 3 AST - 8/13 FG - 3/4 FT
Quincy Acy: 11 PTS - 11 REB - 3/7 FG - 5/6 FT - 29 MIN
Demarcus Cousins: 10 PTS - 6 REB - 4/5 FG - 24 MIN


Philadelphia 76ers Top Performers
Evan Turner: 23 PTS - 9/18 FG - 3/4 FT
Jason Richardson: 16 PTS - 2 REB - 3 AST - 6/17 FG - 3/8 3PT FG
Thaddeus Young: 13 PTS - 8 REB - 6/11 FG
Michael Carter-Williams: 6 PTS - 8 AST - 2 STL - 4 BLK - 2/7 FG


Bulls D smothers Kings
Fatigue seems to have set in as the Kings went to Chicago for the 6th game of their 7-game trip. Going 2-3 through the first 5 isn't a bad mark for a lottery team like Sacramento, but the odds weren't with them to improve that mark against the tough Bulls' D. Chicago crushed the visiting Kings in the first half, outscoring them by 13 and holding them below 40%. Despite their improved 2nd half play, the game was mostly out of reach for the Kings in the 3rd. Only a garbage time rally in a +8 4th quarter narrowed the Kings' final deficit to a more respectable number. The Bulls had 6 players score in double-figures, which contrasted to the Kings' one man Demarcus Cousins show.
Bulls: 99
Kings: 94

Chicago Bulls Top Performers
Kirk Henrich: 18 PTS - 5 AST - 4/9 FG - 8/10 FT
Carlos Boozer: 16 PTS - 9 REB - 5/10 FG - 6/10 FT
Joakim Noah: 15 PTS - 10 REB - 5 BLK - 6/12 FG
Josh Smith: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 5 STL - 6/15 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 26 PTS - 7 REB - 11/21 FG - 3/4 FT
Ben McLemore: 16 PTS - 6/16 FG - 2/7 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 13 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 2 STL - 4 BLK - 5/10 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 9 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 4/7 FG


Thomas, Acy crush Wolves
The Kings have experienced very few competitive games since the Rudy Gay deal and have been on either end of blowouts. Unless they face an elite defense, their offensive trio can usually jump on their opponents early and stay on the accelerator for 48 minutes. A Timberwolves squad without Nikola Pekovic shouldn't be considered a defensive force, so the outcome is easily predicted when the Kings came to the Target Center to finish their lengthy roadtrip. Isaiah Thomas burned Ricky Rubio on a consistent basis, penetrating the lane at will. His shooting efficiency was a positive 58% en route to a career-best 35 points. Even when Isaiah wasn't scoring or was on the bench, the Kings found contribution from other places. Rudy Gay struggled offensively but compensated with a career-best 10 assists and sniffed what would have been his first triple-double. The most surprising contributor was Quincy Acy however. The Baylor product has had some impressive performances here in his second season in increased minutes with the Kings. He mustered a 20-10 double-double with impressive effectiveness.
Kings: 111
Timberwolves: 95

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 35 PTS (Career-High)- 8 AST - 3 STL - 14/24 FG - 4/6 3PT FG
Quincy Acy: 21 PTS - 11 REB - 3 BLK - 9/13 FG - 28 MIN
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 8 REB - 5/10 FG - 5/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 9 PTS - 8 REB - 10 AST (Career-High) - 4/12 FG - 1/6 FT


Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Kevin Love: 21 PTS - 17 REB - 6/13 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Corey Brewer: 16 PTS -5 AST - 7/18 FG - 1/6 3PT FG
J.J. Barea: 14 PTS - 5 AST - 5/18 FG
Ricky Rubio: 2 PTS - 4 REB - 2 AST - 4 STL - 1/6 FG


Kings crushed at home in humiliating loss
Burn the gametape. Now. The worst performance of the Kings' season took place last night. Even more embarrassing than the manner of the loss was the fact that is occurred on their home floor. The veteran Spurs put on a dominant display of team ball, riding 7 double-figure scorers to an NBA season-largest victory margin of 40 points. The Kings committed 17 turnovers to a mere 3 from San Antonio. Kings coach Mike Malone has no words better than the stat sheet to show how poorly his charges played.
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Spurs: 128
Kings: 88

San Antonio Spurs Top Performers
Tony Parker: 30 PTS - 6 REB - 5 AST - 11/18 FG - 7/9 FT
Tim Duncan: 17 PTS - 8 REB - 7/14 FG
Danny Green: 17 PTS - 5/8 FG - 4/5 3PT FG
Kawhi Leonard: 13 PTS - 10 REB - 3/9 FG - 6/9 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 4 REB - 3/6 FG - 9/12 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 14 PTS - 9 REB - 2/9 FG - 10/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 5 REB - 1 AST - 3/5 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Ben McLemore: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 4/15 FG


Slipping Kings porous at home to Bucks
If you asked any Kings fan, player, or coach what the team's biggest weakness is, you'd get only one answer: defense. Their trio of Gay, Cousins, and Thomas provide the offense necessary to rout their opponents as evidenced by blowout wins this month against Minnesota and Milwaukee. The Bucks came to Sacramento tonight seeking revenge for that loss earlier in the month. The Kings' defense was non-existent in Friday's devastating 40-point loss to the Spurs and showed little improvement tonight. Behind 41 bench points and 15 offensive rebounds, the Bucks gained a rare road win. Larry Sanders had 8 of their offensive boards to go with 17 points. Caron Butler had a rollback performance with 19 points.
Bucks: 110
Kings: 95

Milwaukee Bucks Top Performers
Caron Butler: 19 PTS - 4 REB - 9/13 FG
Larry Sanders: 17 PTS - 14 REB - 7/11 FG - 8 OFF REB
O.J. Mayo: 16 PTS - 7 AST - 5/18 FG - 4/4 FT
Josh Smith: 9 PTS - 9 REB - 5 AST - 4/10 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 21 PTS - 13 AST - 7/12 FG - 6/7 FT - 7 TO
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 12 REB - 9/12 FG - 2/5 FT
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 3 AST - 7/14 FG
Jason Thompson: 9 PTS - 8 REB - 3/5 FG - 3/4 FT


NBA Notes:
Heat win 13th straight, now 54-14 overall.
Wizards win 5th straight, now 36-34 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Magic F Glen Davis out for Season with Torn MCL.
Warriors C Festus Ezeli out 4-6 weeks with Torn Hamstring.

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Re: - Here We Build - Kings struggle with a banged-up Isaiah

Postby Vespasian92 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:49 pm

Kings salvage homestand with win
Even after returning home from their lengthy 7-game roadtrip, the Kings have struggled to regain traction at home, losing their first 3 of their 4 game homestand. Those losses included falls to the Wizards and Bucks, which bookend a 40-point blowout loss to San Antonio. As a result, desperation showed in the efforts of the Kings' Big 3 tonight. Their defense held the Knicks to 17 in the opening quarter and took a 12-point advantage. Gay and Cousins were efficient offensively to secure the Sacramento lead for 48 minutes. Thomas and McLemore also scored in double-figures in the contest. Carmelo only shot 8/25 and was unable to rally his Knicks.
Kings: 115
Knicks: 95

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 22 PTS - 7 AST - 6/16 FG - 9/9 FT
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS - 3 REB - 2 AST - 8/12 FG
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 12 REB - 7/13 FG
Ben McLemore: 15 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 6/7 FG - 2/3 3PT FG


New York Knicks Top Performers
Carmelo Anthony: 21 PTS - 2 REB - 2 AST - 8/25 FG
J.R. Smith: 20 PTS - 3 REB - 5 AST - 7/17 FG - 3/10 3PT FG
Tyson Chandler: 14 PTS - 9 REB - 4 BLK - 7/11 FG
Raymond Felton: 13 PTS - 4 REB - 8 AST - 4/12 FG - 1/7 3PT FG


Lamb, Sefolosha carry Durant-less Thunder
After Kevin Durant's recent hand injury that will sideline him until the playoffs begin, the Thunder are looking to just stay afloat until then. The need for other players to step up is obvious, which was fulfilled by Jeremy Lamb tonight when the Kings came to Oklahoma City. Lamb and Sefolosha started on the wings together and were dynamic in the contest. Lamb was aggressive looking for his shot, putting up 26 attempts. Despite mediocre efficiency on those attempts the U-Conn product mustered a career-high 25 points against Sacramento. Sefolosha added a well-rounded 19 points. Cousins and Thomas didn't get enough support from their Kings teammates to prevent the road loss.

Isaiah Thomas sprained his left ankle in the third quarter of the contest, but remained in the game. He is listed as probable for tomorrow's game in Dallas and is not expected to miss any time due to the injury.
Thunder: 102
Kings: 93

Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Jeremy Lamb: 25 PTS (Career-High) - 6 AST - 9/26 FG - 2/8 3PT FG
Thabo Sefolosha: 19 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 5 STL - 5/12 FG - 3/5 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Russell Westbrook: 14 PTS - 7 REB - 6 AST - 6/13 FG - 2/7 3PT FG
Serge Ibaka: 6 PTS - 11 REB - 1 BLK - 3/10 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 23 PTS - 10 AST - 9/23 FG - 1/8 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 13 REB - 6/13 FG - 8/10 FT
Derrick Williams: 9 PTS - 2 REB - 3 BLK - 4/6 FG
Rudy Gay: 7 PTS - 5 REB - 3/7 FG


Banged-up Thomas fails in the clutch
The lottery-bound Kings have been struggling here in the tail end of the season, with a focus on player development giving more floor time to young players like Ray McCallum, Quincy Acy, and Derrick Williams. Compounded with Isaiah Thomas being slowed by an ankle injury suffered yesterday, Sacramento wasn't the favorite in Dallas against a Mavericks team still hopeful for the postseason. An efficient year from offseason acquisition Monta Ellis has helped the Mavs stay afloat, only 4 games back of the 8th place Nuggets.

Ellis continued his aggressive play in tonight's game and shouldered the offensive load. His consistent offensive production resulted in 37 points and 9 assists for Dallas, which was enough to give them a lead for the majority of the contest. It was only a combined 30 bench points from Derrick Williams and Carl Landry that kept the Kings within range at the end. A missed Jose Calderon triple in the final minute gave the Kings a chance to tie the game with a two. Isaiah Thomas put up a stepback jumper from the free throw line and got a quality look, but help defense by Monta Ellis and a lack of lift off his sore ankle forced the miss. A Marion rebound and free throws put the game away that helps keep the Mavericks playoff hopes alive.
Mavericks: 118
Kings: 114

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Isaiah Thomas was unable to connect on his crunch-time attempt in Dallas

Despite the loss, Rudy Gay did pull off a highlight play with a self-alley off the glass in the 2nd quarter.
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Dallas Mavericks Top Performers
Monta Ellis: 37 PTS - 5 REB - 9 AST - 15/29 FG - 4/11 3PT FG
Jose Calderon: 24 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 6/17 FG - 9/9 FT
Dirk Nowitzki: 23 PTS - 7 REB - 11/14 FG
Samuel Dalembert: 6 PTS - 10 REB - 2 BLK - 3/6 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 5 REB - 8/10 FG - 4/7 FT
Derrick Williams: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 6/12 FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 14 PTS - 11 AST - 4/15 FG - 6/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 13 PTS - 6 REB - 6/10 FG


Gay, defense lets down Kings against soaring Pelicans
The Pelicans had won 6 straight heading into tonight's welcome of the Kings. Yes, those same Pelicans who gave up a future first round pick for bigman Omer Asik to pair with Anthony Davis. The trade was obviously a risky one for New Orleans, yet has definitely paid off for a team hoping to push into playoff contention sooner rather than later. The Pelicans frontcourt duo played well against the Kings in their last meeting but was unable to lead their team to the W. The red-hot squad settled into the Big Easy as they looked for revenge before their home fans.

Another notable point from the last meeting of these teams is the offensive inefficiency from Rudy Gay. Unfortunately for the Kings, Rudy's performance was even worse tonight. He only shot 2/14 from the field with 4 turnovers and 5 fouls. Isaiah Thomas was little better, and his outstanding quickness was noticeably hindered by his ankle injury. Needless to say, the Kings struggled without their typical strong numbers. That, and former Kings star ROY Tyreke Evans had a field day against the mediocre Sacramento defense. His inconsistent at best and non-existent at worst 3PT shooting came to life against a defense that allowed him to shoot from downtown, connecting on 3 attempts from behind the arc. Combined with his usual acrobatic slashes 'Reke mustered a season-best 32 points as the Pelicans kept their win streak and playoff hopes very much alive, as they are now tied with the Nuggets for the 8th and final spot in the postseason.
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Demarcus Cousins' offensive versatility seems to have no limits, as displayed by this corner 3 at the end of the shot clock
Pelicans: 115
Kings: 100

New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Tyreke Evans: 32 PTS (Season-High) - 6 REB - 12/23 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 5/8 FT
Jrue Holiday: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 7/18 FG - 2/8 3PT FG - 7/7 FT
Omer Asik: 11 PTS - 15 REB - 2/2 FG - 7/10 FT
Anthony Davis: 9 PTS - 9 REB - 2 BLK - 2/3 FG - 5/6 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 21 PTS - 15 REB - 3 BLK - 8/16 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 3 REB - 5 AST - 5/15 FG - 1/6 3PT FG - 2/4 FT
Ray McCallum: 10 PTS - 2 REB - 4 AST - 4/6 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 20 MIN
Rudy Gay: 7 PTS - 3 REB - 2/14 FG - 2/2 FT


NBA Notes:
Pelicans win 7th straight, now 36-38 overall.
Heat win 5th straight, now 59-14 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Pistons G Rodney Stuckey out 6-8 weeks with Broken Foot.

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Re: - Here We Build - Kings struggle with a banged-up Isaiah

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:53 pm

Tough stretch of games, allowing career highs all over the place.

Is 32 really Tyreke's career high, he averaged 20 his rookie year, I'd have imagined he topped that at least once. I hate the new NBA.com player pages, can't find shit on there, old layout was nice and simple..
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings struggle with a banged-up Isaiah

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:22 am

Martti. wrote:Tough stretch of games, allowing career highs all over the place.

Is 32 really Tyreke's career high, he averaged 20 his rookie year, I'd have imagined he topped that at least once. I hate the new NBA.com player pages, can't find shit on there, old layout was nice and simple..

Reke's was supposed to be season, not career. My fault :)
He had 35 in 2011 with the Kings. It's disappointing how in this season IRL as well he hasn't been able to find a rhythm in NO.

Rudy's the first star-level wing I've really ever used in 2k and offense is a breeze if he, DMC, and Isaiah are all healthy. But I have just about zero defensive players on my team, especially inside. I probably have to consider moving around some frontcourt pieces in the offseason, with so many guys able to play the 4.
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Re: - Here We Build - March Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:29 pm

March Summary

Playoff chase heats up down the stretch

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Even with just 3 weeks left in the NBA season, multiple playoff seeds are still up for grabs in both conferences. The typical trend continued of surprising squads with low expectations overtaking the slumping ones burdened with pressure. The biggest surprise in the west is the Timberwolves who are securely in the 6th seed and seem unlikely of dropping their 4 game lead over 8th. A healthy duo of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio have lifted them into the postseason for the first time in Love's career at a excellent time for the Wolves, who must deal with their star forward's ever-approaching free agency decision next year. The Nuggets and Pelicans are tied at 36-38 for the 8th seed, and whichever team is hot down the stretch may determine who gets in.

The top spot in the East was determined months ago, as the defending champion Miami Heat are coasting with a 10-game lead over the Bulls. Even after the Heat's huge lead, seeds 2-5 are also pretty safe. But at 6 and back the playoff chase is wide open. Detroit is only 1.5 games ahead of the Raptors who would miss the postseason at the moment. Detroit, Boston, Washington, and Toronto are all fighting for playoff seeding. Yes, there are 3 open spots to be had, but someone is going to end up disappointed in the worst spot in the NBA: missing the playoffs but not high in the lottery.

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Many options, few solutions

With only 8 games remaining in the first season under a new Sacramento regime, Kings roster has experienced significant turnover. The active front office looked to add more talent to the roster via multiple trades and most notably ended up with a legitimate answer at the 3. The sucking chest wound on the team at the small forward position since Ron Artest in 2008 was the subject of both jokes and headaches for Kings fans. But the trade for Rudy Gay showed the Sacramento faithful two things they hadn't seen in almost a decade: increased payroll and a starting-caliber small forward. The previous owners consistently gave up talent just to dump salary, and overpaid for their own players like Marcus Thornton and Jason Thompson just to reach the salary floor. Acquiring Gay was more than just a band-aid on the wing, it was a very real step in an attempt to be competitive again at the cost of higher salary. Old needs have been solved, making the less important ones a little more noticeable.

Headlining the other needs is a frontcourt partner for Demarcus Cousins to compliment his skillset. Jason Thompson has been the starter at the power forward position for the majority of the Kings' games since DMC's drafting in 2010, and has been consistent enough to not attract the bulk of the criticism about the team. Aside from his consistency, a lack of other frontcourt options since 2010 have let Thompson remain in the starting role. Carl Landry came and went and came again, J.J. Hickson was acquired for a 1st rounder but then waived in the same season, and Samuel Dalembert was let go to give Cousins his natural position at the 5. But now with an established player at three positions and a super-ceiling rookie at another, with a new regime seeming intent on aggressively reshaping the roster, and being the only player aside from Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, and Travis Outlaw left from the old era (who was not re-acquired by the new FO like Landry and Casspi), Thompson's name was aggressively thrown about at the trade deadline. It was fellow old-regime player Marcus Thornton who was moved instead, but there is no secret about it now: JT's starting position with the Kings might be in jeopardy.

There are more options than ever for the Kings at the 4 this season. Aside from Cousins himself, there are a full 7 players on the Sacramento roster who have played the power forward position at some point in their careers. The minutes for the 4 are stretched thin, forcing many players to slide up or down to get their floor time, most notably Derrick Williams and Quincy Acy. Many believe Williams' best position is the power forward where his athleticism and shooting ability create mismatches. Coach Malone has been giving Quincy Acy the backup minutes at center just to get him on the floor. But at 6'7" and a generous 230, Quincy's hustle and determination aren't always enough to make up for his size disadvantage at the 5. Even with all of the options for the power forward minutes, none of them seem to be the answer that the Kings are seeking next to their franchise bigman. It would be foolish to assume the Kings FO won't at least consider their options in clarifying their frontcourt rotation when the offseason begins.

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Re: - Here We Build - Meaningless April closes Kings' season

Postby Vespasian92 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:46 am

Kings aid rival Lakers' lottery hopes with win
Kings: 106
Lakers: 105

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 4 REB - 6/15 FG - 7/9 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 5 AST - 5/15 FG - 5/6 FT
Ben McLemore: 15 PTS - 7 REB - 5/11 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 5/11 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 8 PTS - 10 REB - 3/7 FG - 2/3 FT


Los Angeles Lakers Top Performers
Kobe Bryant: 19 PTS - 4 REB - 6/16 FG - 1/5 3PT FG
Chris Kaman: 18 PTS - 11 REB - 4/16 FG - 10/12 FT
Pau Gasol: 14 PTS - 15 REB - 4/10 FG - 6/9 FT
Steve Nash: 10 PTS - 3/8 FG - 4/4 FT


Warriors securing playoff seeding with wins
Warriors: 122
Kings: 100

Golden State Warriors Top Performers
Stephen Curry: 21 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 6/14 FG - 4/8 3PT FG - 5/5 FT
Klay Thompson: 18 PTS - 3 REB - 3 AST - 7/19 FG - 4/7 3PT FG
Andrew Bogut: 16 PTS - 12 REB - 6/12 FG - 4/5 FT
Andre Igoudala: 11 PTS - 6 REB - 7 AST - 4/8 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 20 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 7/11 FG - 4/6 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 8/14 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 3 AST - 4/15 FG - 7/9 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 13 PTS - 10 REB - 5 AST - 4/9 FG - 5/8 FT


Mavs win in Sacramento despite Ellis' struggles
Mavericks: 122
Kings: 100

Dallas Mavericks Top Performers
Dirk Nowitzki: 17 PTS - 8 REB - 6/15 FG - 4/5 FT
Samuel Dalembert: 16 PTS - 14 REB - 7/14 FG
Monta Ellis: 13 PTS - 3 REB - 3/16 FG - 1/4 3PT FG - 6/10 FT
Jose Calderon: 11 PTS - 5 REB - 4/9 FG - 3/4 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 22 PTS - 3 REB - 4/14 FG - 12/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 7 AST - 5/12 FG - 4/6 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 10 PTS - 18 REB - 2/10 FG - 6/7 FT
Rudy Gay: 6 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 1/6 FG - 4/6 FT


Kings upset Thunder without a rehabbing Durant
Kings: 107
Thunder: 101

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 26 PTS - 5 AST - 9/13 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 5/5 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 8 REB - 6/12 FG - 8/9 FT
Ben McLemore: 13 PTS - 4 REB - 3/6 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 9 PTS - 8 REB - 8 AST - 2/7 FG - 4/4 FT


Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Russell Westbrook: 31 PTS - 6 REB - 3 AST - 9/20 FG - 4/7 3PT FG - 9/9 FT
Serge Ibaka: 15 PTS - 3 REB - 6/9 FG - 3/4 FT
Kendrick Perkins: 11 PTS - 8 REB - 3 BLK - 4/4 FG - 3/4 FT
Jeremy Lamb: 9 PTS - 2 REB - 5 AST - 2/13 FG - 1/7 3PT FG - 4/7 FT


Krypto-Nate leads Blazers past Sacramento
Trailblazers: 114
Kings: 92

Portland Trailblazers Top Performers
Nate Robinson: 19 PTS - 8/12 FG - 3/3 3PT FG - 22 MIN
Nicolas Batum: 18 PTS - 7 REB - 5/9 FG - 6/10 FT
Damian Lillard: 16 PTS - 9 AST - 4/13 FG - 7/9 FT
Lamarcus Aldridge: 13 PTS - 11 REB - 4/11 FG - 5/7 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 25 PTS - 10 REB - 11/15 FG
Derrick Williams: 13 PTS - 5/9 FG - 2/2 FT - 18 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 8 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 2/11 FG
Rudy Gay: 8 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 2/9 FG


Clips jump on Kings early, cruise
Clippers: 124
Kings: 99

Los Angeles Clippers Top Performers
Chris Paul: 27 PTS - 10 AST - 10/19 FG - 5/5 FT
Jamal Crawford: 19 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 6/10 FG - 6/7 FT
Blake Griffin: 18 PTS - 11 REB - 6/11 FG - 5/8 FT
Lamarcus Aldridge: 17 PTS - 7 REB - 3 BLK - 7/12 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 23 PTS - 9/20 FG - 5/8 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 8 REB - 6/18 FG
Derrick Williams: 11 PTS - 4/6 FG - 3/4 FT - 18 MIN
Rudy Gay: 11 PTS - 8 REB - 4 AST - 3/8 FG - 5/6 FT


Cousins beats Wolves without Pekovic
Kings: 94
Timberwolves: 85

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 23 PTS - 10 REB - 9/20 FG - 5/6 FT
Ben McLemore: 14 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 5/10 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 6 REB - 7 AST - 5/10 FG
Rudy Gay: 7 PTS - 5 REB - 3/7 FG - 1/2 FT


Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Kevin Martin: 20 PTS - 6 REB - 8/15 FG
J.J. Barea: 18 PTS - 7 AST - 11/15 FG
Kevin Love: 11 PTS - 8 REB - 5/12 FG
Chase Budinger: 8 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 3/10 FG


Big 3 dominates as roller-coaster season ends with home win
Kings: 112
Suns: 107

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 30 PTS - 15 REB - 13/25 FG - 4/6 FT - 39 MIN
Rudy Gay: 25 PTS - 7 REB - 7/19 FG - 9/12 FT - 40 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 6/11 FG - 4/6 FT
Jason Thompson: 6 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST - 2/4 FG


Phoenix Suns Top Performers
Gerald Green: 32 PTS - 5 REB - 12/26 FG - 6/15 3PT FG
Goran Dragic: 16 PTS - 8 AST - 6/20 FG - 2/7 3PT FG
Emeka Okafor: 13 PTS - 16 REB - 5/8 FG
Markieff Morris: 11 PTS - 5 REB - 5/10 FG


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Re: - Here We Build - Meaningless April closes Kings' season

Postby Martti. on Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:12 pm

At least you ended the season with 2 wins, though maybe those weren't the best if you want a high lottery pick. :lol:
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Re: - Here We Build - 2013-14 Season Awards and Playoff Prev

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:48 am

2013-14 NBA Season Awards & Playoff Preview

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Western Conference Playoffs

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(1) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (8) New Orleans Pelicans

K. Durant: 29.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 5.2 APG vs A. Davis: 15.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 BPG

The 1-8 matchup out West may actually be a close series with Kevin Durant just returning from a Torn Hand Ligament. Durant is coming off his first MVP award win and a scoring title in the regular season and his Thunder seem focused on making it back to the Finals after falling short last season with Westbrook's injury. Even with a healthy squad, the upstart Pelicans might put up a decent fight.

The Pelicans are a young team in win-now mode and made aggressive moves to hasten their rebuild. They acquired Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans last offseason and traded future assets for Omer Asik at the deadline. They can boast a quality 7-man rotation led by their 3-guard rotation and a frontcourt duo of Anthony Davis and Omer Asik. Ryan Anderson and Al-Farouq Aminu provide specialty skills that will be valuable against a team like Oklahoma City.


(2) San Antonio Spurs vs (7) Minnesota Timberwolves

T. Parker: 17.7 PPG, 6.1 APG vs K. Love:19.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG

Nobody should be surprised any more by the Spurs, who are always a legitimate title threat in the West. Duncan and Ginobili seem to still have plenty in the tank while Tony Parker put together another quality season. The emergence of Kawhi Leonard with a 16.1 PPG and 7.6 RPG season gave the veteran Spurs an additional boost.

Health was the key factor in the Wolves' playoff berth as Love played all 82 games and Rubio mustered 62. But their luck with health ran out when Nikola Pekovic went down with a Torn Achillies. He will be unable to return for the Wolves in the playoffs, and without him most assume Minnesota will bow out quietly to the veteran Spurs.


(3) Houston Rockets vs (6) Golden State Warriors

D. Howard: 18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 1.6 BPG vs S. Curry: 21.2 PPG, 5.7 APG

A revitalized Dwight Howard has turned the run-and-gun Rockets into a legitimate contender this season. After a difficult season in L.A. Dwight has come back healthy and put up the kinds of numbers we are used to. Howard claimed another DPOY award after the season and, paired with James Harden, are a force to be reckoned with.

After a successful season last year, the Warriors are back in the playoffs but failed to make the jump that they were hoping for. Despite their balanced team play they find themselves in the 6th seed and the Rockets won't be a pushover. They may need a string of lights-out performances from somebody to make it to the second round.


(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5) Memphis Grizzlies

C. Paul: 18.1 PPG, 7.0 APG vs M. Conley: 16.0 PPG, 5.9 APG

Here comes round 3. With a more developed Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffin, the Clippers return to the postseason with Doc Rivers at the helm. Paul and Griffin both had efficient years offensively this season, but the ease of their shots might decrease against the Grizzlies defense.

Clippers-Grizzlies always offers a physical, grind-it-out series, much to Memphis' delight. The Grit-and-Grind Grizzlies frontline will still go right at the leading shotblocker Deandre Jordan, and Jordan's ability to defend without getting in foul trouble will be a key for the Clippers.


Eastern Conference Playoffs

(1) Miami Heat vs (8) Boston Celtics

L. James: 22.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 5.8 APG vs J. Green: 18.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG

The Heat ran away with the conference and seem to be on cruise control towards the Finals and their 3rd straight title. They likely won't face much trouble until they find Indiana or Chicago waiting for them in the Eastern Finals.

The Celtics gave up Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett last year and seemed to be starting over. With young bigs like Olynyk and Sullinger on board and 1st round picks from Brooklyn in tow, the rebuild was in full effect. Except that didn't exactly happen. Outstanding play from Jeff Green carried the Celtics into the postseason but likely won't advance past the defending champs. The bad news is that both of their 1st round picks this year will be in the back half of the round.


(2) Chicago Bulls vs (7)Washington Wizards

D. Rose: 29.3 PPG, 5.3 APG vs J. Wall:17.4 PPG, 7.2 APG

A relatively healthy Derrick Rose was a blessing for the Bulls who find themselves back where they left off two years ago. Rose played 50 games this season, up from 39 games last year. Aside from Rose's gradual return, a strong season from Jimmy Butler is a reliable crutch for Chicago's quality seeding. Butler played 36.8 MPG this season and grabbed 1.7 SPG to support the Bulls' strong defense.

The rebuilding Wizards have finally made the jump into the postseason, which in itself is a successful season. Their good mix of youth and veterans with the young backcourt of Wall and Beal and experienced leadership of Nene and Gortat up front are positive for the future. Their future is bright, but they are undeniably an underdog against the Bulls.


(3) Indiana Pacers vs (6) Detroit Pistons

P. George: 17.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG vs Greg Monroe: 16.2 PPG, 8.9 RPG

The Pacers slipped to the 3rd seed as the Bulls chased them down in the latter half of the season but are still a legitimate threat to the Heat for the Eastern crown. All-around production and a much-improved defense are quality pillars to build a title contender around, and the Pacers have both. Indiana had 4 players who averaged at least 15 PPG this season and can depend on a multitude of players in the postseason.

The Pistons were aggressive last season by adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to their roster, but had their speed bumps along the way. Many consider them lucky to have achieved a 6th seed and believe their roster doesn't fit together well. Josh Smith's inefficiency failed to improve much in Detroit. He was asked to be a small forward and as a result continued to hoist the perimeter shots that make fans groan. But strong play from Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe were the bright spots in the season, and will need to play well against Roy Hibbert inside for them to upset Indiana.


(4) Brooklyn Nets vs (5) New York Knicks

D. Williams: 17.1 PPG, 5.5 APG vs C. Anthony: 20.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG

Just as it is out West, the 4-5 matchup promises physicality, rivalry, and maybe a little bad blood. The New York rivalry dominated the headlines as Dolan and Prokhorov worked to outspend each other. Prokhorov seems to have acquired more star power, with a starting 5 boasting Williams, Johnson, Pierce, Garnett, and Lopez. That lineup might have claimed a higher seed, but they still have home-court in their first-round matchup with the Knicks and might give Miami some trouble in the second round.

The Knicks seem to be on the decline, as 'Melo can opt out this offseason. If Anthony leaves, it is unlikely that J.R. Smith and an aging Amare Stoudemire will keep them in the playoff hunt. They are in salary cap trouble and are lacking 1st round picks in the next 2 drafts, so they will need to at least get out of the first round to try and convince 'Melo to stay.
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Re: - Here We Build - Season in Review 2013-14

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:48 am

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Even the most ardent Isaiah Thomas supporters probably couldn't have imagined how far he has come


Season Stats
W-L: 33-49 (28-54 in 2012-13)
PPG: 101.4
PPG Allowed: 105.2
RPG: 47.0
APG: 22.7

Best Performances:
Points: D. Cousins - 37 vs WAS
Rebounds: D. Cousins - 17 vs HOU, Q. Acy - 17 vs CHA
Assists: I. Thomas - 14 vs TOR
Blocks: Q. Acy - 6 vs DAL

D. Cousins - 32 PTS, 16 REB, 5 STL vs LAC, 30 PTS, 17 REB vs HOU, 20 PTS, 17 REB vs ORL, 16 PTS, 15 REB, 7 AST vs BOS
R. Gay - 27 PTS vs CHI
I. Thomas - 35 PTS, 8 AST vs MIN, 31 PTS, 10 AST vs NYK, 30 PTS, 12 AST vs NO
B. McLemore - 30 PTS vs CHI
Q. Acy - 21 PTS, 17 REB vs CHA
D. Williams - 22 PTS, 5 REB, GW vs NO

This season in Sacramento was ultimately a honeymoon period, a massive party where all those who bled purple can celebrate a fresh start for their team. The previous regime had certainly had some positives, especially while putting together a perennial playoff team in the early 2000s. Clever drafting of players like Peja Stojakovic and Kevin Martin, as well as smart trades like the high-reward deal for Chris Webber or the controversial but benifical deal of Jason Williams for Mike Bibby marked the positive era in Kings basketball. But those memories quickly became just that, as the previous owners constantly slashed their payroll and hovered at the salary floor while attempting to relocate the team. The past 4 or 5 years were especially bad for the Kings fans as the relocation rumors came to a head with Anaheim and finally Seattle. We all know the story by now, about how the hard-working entrepreneur from India gave up his minority stake in the Warriors for the chance to own his own team. Vivek Ranadive's emergence and the hires of desired commodities Pete D'Allesandro and Michael Malone in the FO and on the sidelines gave new hope for a team that was in desperate need of it. On the court, roster pieces came and went as the new regime determined who was part of the future and who deserved a chance elsewhere. Most notable of the future pieces is Demarcus Cousins.

Demarcus Cousins: Cousins received a massive vote of confidence from Vivek in the form of a 4yr/$62M contract extension before the season even began. Likely first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and the personality who infamously declared the "Sacramento Queens", Shaquille O'Neal, was accepted into a minority ownership position and as an unofficial mentor to Cousins. With a ringing endorsement from the new regime and a legendary bigman available for advice, Demarcus was given a situation to thrive in and responded very well. Cousins posted a career year in points, rebounds, field goal percentages, free throw percentage, blocks, and minutes. He led the NBA in rebounds per game this season, and made enough positive strides to be named to his first All-Star appearance. Many fans and media alike fear for a return of the old Demarcus in terms of attitude and on-court demeanor, but Cousins' season was exactly what the Kings were hoping for when they offered him his max extension.

Isaiah Thomas: It is quite a journey to traverse the path from Mr. Irrelevant to being labeled part of a budding Big 3 in the NBA. The former 60th overall selection has beaten out a multitude of challengers to prove that he is a starting-caliber point guard. The list of players he displaced has been regurgitated before, one that includes Jimmer Fredette, Aaron Brooks, and now Greivis Vasquez. Tyreke Evans, who was coming off a successful ROY campaign and considered the face of the franchise, was gradually moved off the ball more and more with Thomas' emergence. Greivis Vasquez came to Sacramento as the presumed starter in the eventual sign-and-trade of Evans last offseason, but was jettisoned to Toronto as part of the Rudy Gay deal after half a season. Once again, Thomas was challenged by another lead guard that began the season with the starting job. But even despite starting for only half the year, Isaiah still posted career-best numbers in the scoring and assist categories. His numbers were even better as a starter after the trade, providing a three-headed monster with Cousins and Rudy Gay.

Rudy Gay: Gay was acquired for relatively little midway through the season from Toronto, who wanted to offload his hefty contract and start fresh with their own young talent. Rudy struggled offensively in Toronto as the primary option, leaving many people criticizing the Kings for taking on an $18M bricklayer. They questioned how Cousins' productive season as the offensive focus would be affected by Rudy's presence. But they needn't worry about that. Cousins, Gay, and Thomas meshed well, with Rudy and Isaiah adjusting their roles somewhat. Rudy seemed to revert back to Memphis Rudy for most of the season in Sacramento, posting efficient scoring numbers as a #2 option to dominant interior play. Thomas keeps showing improvement as a playmaker, posting a career-best 6.0 APG this season. Rudy's PPG are down from the 18-20 PPG seasons that he posted in the last 6 years after an inefficient stay in Toronto and an adjustment period here, but many believe that the Kings can look for another 20 PPG season next year as he grows comfortable with a training camp with his new squad. But no matter how many points Rudy scores, he is a legitimate and versatile scoring option on the wing to compliment Cousins.

Ben McLemore: McLemore fell into the Kings' lap on draft day at 7th overall, and is widely regarded as the future at the 2 for the Kings. With incredible athleticism and a quality shooting form, he was hyped as a potential all-around star, someone who could drive, shoot, and develop into a quality defender. Like most rookies, he had his struggles that surrounded flashes of brilliance in his first NBA season. His ball-handling proved somewhat mediocre and his shooting form inconsistent for most of the year. A string of quality performances near the end of the season brought his shooting percentages up to better levels, but he still needs to develop some of his skills. But McLemore is still just 21 and finds himself in a good situation, with three established scorers beside him to take defensive pressure off of the rookie. Considering his physical tools, his ceiling is very high and a developed McLemore would be a scary 4th option for a defense to deal with.

Jason Thompson: His position as one of the few players from the old regime not named Demarcus or Isaiah has left JT in an uneasy position. He is about as consistent as they come in the frontcourt, and the versatility to play the 4 or 5 is an attractive package to a playoff team as the first big off the bench. Thompson has been moved between the starting role and a backup role periodically in now his 6th season, which is actually the longest tenure on the team right now. With the franchise committed to Cousins, they will likely seek a better fit next to him at the power forward position than Thompson. But even at about $6M a year for two more seasons (the 3rd season has unguaranteed money) Thompson brings a package that a playoff-like shortened rotation craves.

Derrick Williams: The former #2 overall pick was traded to the Kings from Minnesota in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute, and had some strong games as a starter before the Rudy Gay trade. The vast majority of his minutes since then have come as the backup small forward considering the glut at the power forward, but many feel the 4 is Derrick's better position. The forward rotation in Sacramento will need to be determined in the offseason, and while somebody will end up being left out of the minutes, it is unlikely to be Williams. He is entering the last year of his still hefty rookie deal ($6.7M) and the Kings will need to decide next season what his possibly still untapped potential is worth.

Quincy Acy: Acy was the prime target of the first trade made by the new FO, and the first of two deals with Toronto. Jimmer Fredette was sent north in exchange for Acy and Austin Daye. Acy has quickly become a fan favorite, as well as a favorite of Coach Malone. The former 2nd round pick averaged over 15 minutes per game in his second NBA season, posting decent numbers with his energy and a budding perimeter game, to go with an unflappable personality and team-first attitude.

Carl Landry: Landry was the first major free-agent signing of the new regime, getting a 4-year deal. He struggled with a Torn Hip Flexor early in the year and was never able to gain a lot of traction this season. He appeared in only 39 games and could use an offseason and training camp to get back to 100%.

Travis Outlaw: Outlaw's minutes fluctuated considerably this season, including a stint as the starter during Mbah a Moute's injury to accumulating DNPs at the end of the year. But he still averaged more games and minutes than he did in the previous two seasons with the Kings after being amnestied by the Nets. He will certainly be affected by the resolution of the forward quandry facing the Kings, and his $3M deal expires next season.

Omri Casspi: Part of the Marcus Thornton deal, Casspi came from Houston where he was without a major role. His minutes didn't increase too much behind Gay or Williams in his return to Sacramento where he was drafted in 2009, and something may have to give with Gay, Williams, Casspi, and Travis Outlaw looking for playing time at the 3.

Aaron Gray: Brought over as part of the Rudy Gay trade, Gray is a big bodied backup center. Outstanding lockerroom presence and reliable veteran, but won't be considered a starter, especially now as he approaches 30.

Cole Aldrich: Signed for the last 2 months of the season, Aldrich was brought in by the team both as insurance up front and as a way to test their options for their bench going forward. By the numbers game, there will likely only be room for at most just one of Aldrich or Aaron Gray next season on the Kings' roster.

Ray McCallum: The Kings' 2nd round selection last year, McCallum found some consistent playing time after the Rudy Gay trade thinned Sacramento's PG situation. He opened some eyes with his impressive play late in the season and might cause a PG rotation quandry when the Kings sign Pierre Jackson after acquiring Jackson's rights from NO.

Dequan Jones: Signed to fill some of the minutes left after Marcus Thornton's departure, Jones played 29 games with the Kings at 11 MPG. His decent defensive abilities and athleticism on the wing can be worth keeping, even if the Kings address their backup shooting guard position after McLemore in the offseason.

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Re: - Here We Build - 2013 Season Review

Postby Martti. on Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:29 pm

Pretty low scoring numbers from Gay and Thomas, but I'm glad McLemore averaged double-digits. (Y)
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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 NBA Finals, Draft Lottery

Postby Vespasian92 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:04 am

Thunder beat Heat in 6 games to claim title

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The Oklahoma City Thunder finally got their revenge for the 2011-12 Finals loss to the Heat with a 6-game Finals victory. Friends and MVP competitors Kevin Durant and Lebron James went back and forth at each other through the series that culminated with a game 6 win for the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The Heat struggled in the first two games of the series as Dwayne Wade didn't perform like his old self. He mustered only 24 points in games 1 and 2 combined in Oklahoma City. The Thunder moved to the brink of sweeping the Heat after Russell Westbrook scored 33 en route to the Thunder stealing game 3 in Miami. Lebron came alive after that, including a triple-double in game 4 and 39 points in game 5 to keep Miami's three-peat hopes afloat. At that point, the Heat fans had done all they could as they watched their team go back to OKC for games 6 and 7, down 3-2. Durant came back with 28 and 11 in game 6 as his team finally closed out the Heat on their home floor.

The first championship for the Western powerhouse Thunder provides justification for that title that they have held since their Finals appearance in 2012. It also silenced the doubters who questioned the value of Russell Westbrook on the Thunder and especially on Durant. Westbrook was injured against the Rockets during the playoffs last season, and could only sit by and watch his team quietly bow out in the next round. But a healthy Westbrook and a still-improving Serge Ibaka provided the help for Durant, who can now avoid the scrutiny of being a ringless superstar that chased Lebron out of Cleveland.

For Miami, this Finals loss might start to close the book on the Big 3 era, especially if they fall short again next year. Lebron, Wade, and Bosh can all opt out and leave Miami after next season. But they will even lose some of their core players this offseason. Michael Beasley was brought in for his second go-round with the Heat and contributed well off the bench, but he is likely to leave in free agency seeking a larger role. Shane Battier is an unrestricted free agent this year, and the Heat will likely commit most of their resources and effort to bringing him back. Chris Andersen and Greg Oden also will hit the free agent market, and it will be interesting to see who decides to leave Miami before giving it one more year. But most notable is Ray Allen's retirement from the NBA.


NBA Retirements and HOF inductees

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As mentioned, Ray Allen decided to hang it up after falling short of a 3rd championship ring this year. He headlines the retiring
players this season, and will take his place in the Hall of Fame after 18 NBA seasons. He left the Celtics to join the Heat in 2012
and won the title with Miami the following season. Allen began his career in Milwaukee with stops in Seattle, Boston, and finally
Miami. Allen leaves the game with 10 All-Star appearances and 2 championship rings in tow, one with Boston in 2008 and Miami
in 2013.

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Steve Nash was the other retiree that will receive his induction into the Hall of Fame shortly. Nash spent a total of 10 seasons
with the Suns in two separate stints, and also spent time with the Mavericks. He joined the Lakers in 2012, hoping to gain his
first title alongside Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Unfortunately for Nash, injuries took their toll on him and on the Lakers
since then. Howard left the Lakers after just one season, and Kobe Bryant has spent time off the court this season with injury.
Nash, approaching 40, decided to walk away from the game after another difficult season in Los Angeles. He did enjoy great
success during a 12-year span in his later seasons in Dallas and his 8-year stay in Phoenix. He claimed 5 assist titles en route
to 8 All-Star game appearances and back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 with the Suns.

Andre Miller, Derek Fisher, and Marcus Camby are the other notable retiring players this season.
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NBA Draft Lottery

Bucks win big, Jazz improve pick
A difficult year with abundant losses in Milwaukee wasn't entirely fruitless as the Bucks have won the draft lottery and will get the first overall selection in the upcoming NBA draft. Despite having only the 7th best odds, they landed the top spot in the draft and a potential star will help their rebuild. Ownership and arena rumors, along with a painful fall from a playoff squad to a 30-win team, marked the season in Milwaukee on and off the floor. But a Bucks team looking to start over with young talent like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight has a chance to find their star with the #1 pick.

The rebuild in Utah has been a gradual process, and as a result might not last for too many more seasons. Derrick Favors was acquired back in 2010 as part of the Deron Williams trade, and the Jazz have developed more young talent next to him in Enes Kanter, Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, and Trey Burke. Adding a 2nd overall pick in this year's draft and keeping Hayward in restricted free agency could make them a team fighting for an 8th seed next season.

The difference in the odds between picks 3 and 8 was significant, but wasn't determined until the last few games of the season. Phoenix, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee all finished with just 30 victories on the season, with Utah winning 29 and the Orlando Magic with 27. The Bucks' odds were lowered to 7th due to losing tiebreakers with the Cavaliers and Suns, but were the lucky ones among the group. The Cavs have experienced far less success that a team with so many top 4 picks would hope, and once again must sell future hope to their fans. The historic Lakers have fallen hard this season thanks to Dwight Howard's departure and injury woes for Kobe Bryant. This is a pivotal season that might be the beginning of a new era in Lakerland, with Steve Nash's retirement, Kobe's impending free agency, their first 1st round selection since 2009 and their highest since Andrew Bynum at 10th overall in 2005.

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Free Agency Contract Options

Melo stays in NY, hopeful for Knicks turnaround
Despite salary cap woes and a lack of draft picks, the Knicks have convinced Camelo Anthony to
stay with the team. Anthony had a $23.5M player option for next season which he accepted.
The Knicks will have another season to try and add pieces around their star scorer and hope to
have a deeper playoff run than the 1st round exit they experienced this year.

Other notable players who opted into contract years with their current teams are Tim Duncan (SA),
Rudy Gay (SAC), Darren Collison (LAC), and Nate Robinson (POR).
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The Sacramento Kings announced that F Rudy Gay accepted his $19.3M contract option and will
remain with the team next season. Gay was acquired from the Toronto Raptors midway through
the season and appeared in 37 games with the Kings, averaging 14.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 3.0 APG.
He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

The Kings have also accepted the team options on F Omri Casspi and F Quincy Acy.
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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 NBA Finals, Draft Lottery

Postby Oskar on Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:25 am

Nice stuff you've got going on here. Looking forward to how you do next season, I've always liked the Kings a bit, but I dislike their recent additions in Rudy Gay, Derrick Williams etcetera. Also glad to see OKC winning the title and Durant winning the FMVP.

Good luck!
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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 NBA Finals, Draft Lottery

Postby Martti. on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:21 pm

Yeah, Rudy picking up that option was inevitable, 20M for 15 ppg is not good. Hopefully someone will slip in the draft to you at #9 or maybe trade up, pairing Embiid with Cousins should be real nice for example.
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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 NBA Draft

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:33 am

2014 NBA Draft

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Every spring, the NBA draft offers new hope for the struggling teams who missed the playoffs as they seek a franchise-changer in the lottery. Playoff squads can add a valuable role-player in the end of the first round to help support their establish core of players. But history shows that future stars can be found like gems deep into the second round. Busts and steals always exist in every draft, and teams must depend on their scouts' information to make the correct selections. Stay tuned for analysis of all 14 lottery selections, information on all 60 draft selections, and which teams won and lost in the draft this year.

1: Milwaukee Bucks - Alex Ejiofor - PF/SF, England
Ejiofor shot up draft boards in the latter half of the NBA season thanks to increased efficiency and the emergence of leadership intangibles. The native from Great Britain brings a dominant all-around game that gives him the biggest upside in the draft. His defense and passing abilities are outstanding enough to bring up Lebron as a comparison to Ejiofor. His perimeter shooting still leaves something to be desired and some GMs were wary of his 'tweener' risk at a relatively lean 6'9", but the superstar potential is undeniable.


2: Utah Jazz - TaJuan Conway - SG, Connecticut
Conway spent the majority of his time in college playing off the ball at Connecticut next to backcourt mate Lionel Webber. That being said, his intelligence in spacing the floor and finding areas to spot up for perimeter shots should translate well to the NBA. His shooting ability is phenomenal and is rarely bothered by a defense when he gets his feet set. He doesn't bring a superstar ceiling to Utah, but his skills are NBA ready and should fit in as the starting 2 perfectly. He can space the floor for Favors inside or Trey Burke to penetrate, and lets the Jazz utilize Alec Burks as a 6th man.


3: Philadelphia 76ers - Tyrus Shelton - PF, Wake Forest
An NBA ready talent that fits with what the Sixers already have. The Sixers traded Jrue Holiday last offseason for rookie Nerlens Noel, and have Noel to go with Rookie of the Year winner Michael Carter-Williams as the basis for their rebuilding. Shelton is a quality low-post scorer, bringing an array of post moves that compliment Noel's athleticism and defense. Compared to players like David West and a young Carlos Boozer, a quality career as a reliable offensive option is clearly within reach for Shelton.


4: Atlanta Hawks - Peja Toroman - SG, Serbia
Unlike most high lottery teams, the Hawks' woeful season was a result of long-term injuries to Al Horford and Jeff Teague, instead of a lack of talent. Toroman brings a similar skillet to Kyle Korver and 2012 first round pick John Jenkins. Getting floor spacing for players like Horford and Teague is undeniably a huge benefit, but the need for a legitimate small forward might have been worth the selection more than another one-dimensional shooting guard.


5: Orlando Magic - Carlton Pearson - SG, Duke
The rush for sharpshooting 2s continued with the Magic who took Carlton Pearson from Duke. Pearson can bring the same scouting report as Conway, as a quality floor spacer who can find his spots off the ball. Just like Conway and Toroman, he is a safe selection as an NBA contributer without risk of a bust. The Magic will likely continue their search for a good trade return on Aaron Afflalo, as last year's 2nd overall pick Victor Oladipo will start at shooting guard next season.


6: Phoenix Suns - Deshawn Overton - SF, Syracuse
Overton was declared as "Melo 2.0" by scouts thanks to the many similarities to the fellow Syracuse alum. Overton has a scoring mentality and finds ways to generate points from anywhere on the floor. He sometimes gets lost in tunnel vision offensively and forces the issue, turning into a volume shooter. The star potential offensively is obvious though, and fills a need for the Suns at the 3 with a natural scorer. A star duo of Bledsoe and Overton gives Phoenix fans hope for plenty of postseason success.


7: Cleveland Cavaliers - Will Thurmond - PG, UCLA
With Overton off the board, the Cavaliers select the BPA and choose Will Thurmond from UCLA. The scoring guard is redundant with Kyrie Irving already established, but the Cavs were reluctant to reach for a small forward or center. Thurmond will likely take minutes away from Jarrett Jack and will find himself playing alongside of Irving frequently.


8: Los Angeles Lakers - Jeffrey Graham - SG, Florida
Graham is a defensive monster on the wing, with quality athleticism to match. He is a safe pick while also having the potential to be an All-Star level player. His perimeter shooting is his biggest weakness, but is still more consistent than NBA comparisons Tony Allen and Thabo Sefolosha were when they entered the league. Defense, rebounding, athleticism, and a strong work ethic guarantee that he will enjoy a lengthy career.


Trade Update:

Kings acquire Henson for #9 overall
Sacramento Kings trade: 2014 1st Round Draft Selection (9th Overall), Pierre Jackson (68)
Milwaukee Bucks trade: John Henson (74), 2014 2nd Round Draft Selection (38th overall), 2015 2nd Round Draft Selection

The Milwaukee Bucks sent John Henson and two 2nd round picks to the Kings in exchange for the rights to Pierre Jackson and the 9th overall selection in the draft. Henson started just 9 games and played 13.1 MPG in his rookie season and did not receive a larger role with the Bucks this season, averaging just 12.5 minutes and played behind Ersan Illyasova at the power forward position. With the Bucks' selection of Ejiofor 1st overall and Illyasova still under contract, Henson seemed to no longer be a part of the Bucks' future plans. Turning him into a lottery selection and another relatively unknown young commodity in Pierre Jackson is certainly a positive for Milwaukee.

Sacramento adds Henson to a crowded power forward position, but based on the price the Kings paid to acquire him, is seen at the future next to Demarcus Cousins. Henson's ability to block shots might compensate for Cousins' deficiencies on that end of the floor. The Kings were reportedly in search of defensive players to compliment Cousins, Rudy Gay, and Isaiah Thomas, and Henson seems to fit that description.



9: Milwaukee Bucks - Nate Bell - PG, Syracuse
The Bucks acquired the 9th pick from the Kings, who were known to have been targeting Graham as their desired selection. After taking Ejiofor 1st overall, Milwaukee took undersized guard Nate Bell. After playing with Overton at Syracuse, Bell learned how to create offense for himself without relying on ball movement and floor spacing. With smaller, score-first point guards like Nate Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, and J.J. Barea paving the way, Bell can find a productive career in the league. He will likely compete for starting jobs at the point, including with Brandon Knight in Milwaukee. But his most likely role in the league is as a change-of-pace guard off the bench.


10: Charlotte Bobcats - Terrence Askew - PG, Kansas
Charlotte settled on Terrence Askew at 10, whose defensive ability is fits in with that Steve Clifford is trying to instill. Askew is NBA-ready at the defensive end of the floor, and brings enough to the table offensively to contribute. He has strong ball-handling skills and passable range on his jumpshot. He has potential as a two-way contributor, while his current skills are good enough to carve out a niche defensively.


11: Portland Trailblazers - Harvey Stansbury - SG, Baylor
A playoff-hopeful Portland team fell short of the postseason this season. Yet their core of Aldridge, Lillard, Batum, and Matthews are still all under the age of 30 and under contract, and experienced veterans in FA are more likely to help the Blazers reach the postseason than untested rookies. That being said, Stansbury is a gamble on impressive athleticism and high potential in the backcourt. His outside shooting is non-existent, but an off-the-charts vertical and a good basis on defense are worth investing in the Baylor product.


12: Dallas Mavericks - Tracy Jones - PF, Kansas
Dallas succeeded in getting Dirk his championship ring in 2011, but since then they have struggled to make much noise in the postseason. Adding any kind of young talent is a plus for the aging Mavericks, and Jones, who was slated at 9th or 10th overall is a good pick at 12. Jones brings a unique skillset offensively in a 6'9" frame as a forward who can shoot from the perimeter or off the dribble. Scouts believe his best case senario is a player akin to Lamarcus Aldridge or Nowitzki himself, but a strong work ethic and consistent development are essential to see how good Jones can become.


13: Denver Nuggets - Al Galloway - PG, Illinois
With a quality starter at all positions and the consensus lottery picks off the board, the Nuggets selected the best available with Al Galloway from Illinois. He brings quickness to the lead guard position, and can take it coast to coast with ease. His court vision and defense need improvement and he will struggle to make a significant impact in the league unless he can improve those areas.


14: Toronto Raptors - Ben Slaughter - PG, Seton Hall
A pinpoint passer with incredible court vision, Slaughter slipped to the end of the lottery with concerns over shooting woes and mediocre competition in college at Seton Hall. His playmaking skills promise a potential to be an assist leader in the NBA if he gets an opportunity. With both Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez being free agents for the Raptors, Slaughter might get some playing time to develop in his rookie season if either of the two leave Toronto.


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Draft-Day Trade Updates


Mavericks obtain addition selection from Boston
Dallas Mavericks trade: Gal Mekel, 2014 2nd Round Draft Selection (41st overall)
Boston Celtics trade: 2014 1st Round Draft Selection (16th Overall)

The Celtics trade one of their two selections in the first round for the lead guard from Dallas. Mekel was left out of the rotation with the Mavericks behind Calderon and fellow rookie Shane Larkin. Boston's unhappiness with the production from Phil Pressey prompted them to seek a backup for Rajon Rondo. Mekel brings overseas experience to Boston, and is only the second Israeli-born player to appear in the NBA after Omri Casspi.


Wizards swing big to get Wright
Washington Wizards trade: 2014 1st Round Draft Selection (20th Overall), 2015 2nd Round Draft Selection
Milwaukee Bucks trade: Dorell Wright

The aggressive Bucks add yet a third pick in the first round for a bargain price. Wright was not in their regular rotation in Milwaukee over young players like Antetokounmpo on the wing, and so turning him into more young talent is an obvious move. The Wizards just made the postseason after their rebuilding years, and acquiring Wright gives them an adequate squadron of floor spacers on the wing including Wright, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, and Trevor Ariza. A first rounder is a hefty price tag for Wright, but the win-now Wizards likely wouldn't find a rookie to contribute more than Wright will.


Hawks trade for unutilized prospect
Los Angeles Lakers trade: Elias Harris
Atlanta Hawks trade: 2014 2nd Round Draft Selection (32th Overall), 2015 2nd Round Draft Selection

The Hawks seem firm in their belief for a quick rebound from their tough season, and traded a pair of 2nd rounders for the young forward from the Lakers. Rumors suggest Atlanta saw something positive enough in Harris to be worth the picks. Despite being a minor deal, it is a bit of a headscratcher from Atlanta's perspective.


Portland gets wing depth from Sacramento
Sacramento Kings trade: Omri Casspi (70), 2014 2nd Round Draft Selection (39th overall)
Portland Trailblazers trade: Allen Crabbe (68)

Along with fellow Israeli native Gal Mekel, Omri Casspi was traded to a new team on draft day. The Kings packaged him with a 2nd round pick in exchange for Trailblazers' guard Allen Crabbe. Sacramento acquired the Bucks' 2nd round pick in the Henson deal, and so had the 38th and 39th overall selections. The Blazers had a need for depth at the small forward position behind Nic Batum, as they had no other primary small forwards on the roster after waiving Victor Claver. Reportedly the Kings had offered Travis Outlaw to Portland along with the pick, which is where Outlaw enjoyed the best years of his career. But the Blazers insisted on Casspi instead of Outlaw to complete the deal, which is what the teams agreed upon. Casspi is a quality perimeter shooter from either the 3 or 4 position and is experienced enough to contribute for the Blazers in a playoff run they are hoping to make next season. The 39th pick turned into 4-year collegiate Elton Barlow, who was considered one of the most NBA-ready players in the 2nd round.

Crabbe had a difficult rookie season in Portland after being selected 31st overall in last year's draft. He appeared in just 27 games for Portland and averaged 6.4 MPG in those appearances. He is a smart floor spacer who can enjoy a low-pressure situation similar to Ben McLemore by playing with offensive forces like Cousins, Gay, and Thomas. Crabbe will likely receive the backup shooting guard minutes, and can spend spot minutes at the 3.



Draft Winners and Losers

Winners:
Milwaukee Bucks - Alex Ejiofor (#1 Overall), Nate Bell (#9 Overall), Lindsey Grimes (#20 Overall)

The Bucks aren't winners because of their luck in winning the lottery, but for acquiring two additional picks in the first round in exchange for John Henson and Dorell Wright. Combining their three rookies with Giannis Antetokounmpo gives Milwaukee an exciting core to build around. They also have Larry Sanders, Brandon Knight, and Pierre Jackson who may prove themselves and stick around with the Bucks' new foursome.


Los Angeles Lakers - Jeffrey Graham (#8 Overall), C.J. Cooper (#32 Overall), James Franklin (#36 Overall)

The Lakers did well in adding the BPA during their selections. They have only two players (Nick Young, Robert Sacre) under contract, so position of their rookies did not matter to them. Graham is NBA ready and can step in right away if Kobe leaves in free agency, or is in an excellent position to learn from Bryant in his last few NBA seasons. Acquiring the 32nd pick for very little to select C.J. Cooper also makes Los Angeles deserving of a positive draft grade.


Los Angeles Clippers - Mel Goodson (#22 Overall), Dwayne Henry (#52 Overall)

Not to be outdone by the Lakers, the Clippers might have landed the steal of the draft with Mel Goodson late in the first round. Goodson was expected to be a lottery pick and likely to go in the top-10. Concerns about his weight and a back issue he dealt with at Georgetown made him a risky selection early on and made his stock slip, but Goodson is worth the selection at 22. If he can maintain good health and conditioning, Goodson can become a dominant bigman and make 21 teams look very foolish.





Losers:
Atlanta Hawks: - Peja Toroman (#4 Overall)

The Hawks drafted very scared at 4th overall with their selection of Toroman, who likely won't become a stronger player that Kyle Korver. Jenkins is still on the Hawks roster and yet to get a significant opportunity. Korver, Jenkins, and Toroman all bring the same skillset and playstyle, and there won't be enough minutes at the 2 for all three of them. Atlanta could have selected Overton who would have brought far more potential and filled a roster need, or traded down and sought a center in the 20s.

Boston Celtics: - Malcolm Simmons (#26 Overall), Stephen Hall (#41 Overall), Marvin Jeffries (#46 Overall)

Second guesses head towards Boston primarily due to their underwhelming return on their trade of the 16th overall pick to Dallas. Gal Mekel needs to have a breakout season in Boston to make the deal more palpable to be worth giving up the highest of the Cs two 1st rounders. Many wanted them to roll the dice with boom potential prospects like Jermaine Lee or Mel Goodson. The other three picks failed to bring an overwhelming return, leaving Boston fans disappointed with their offseason haul.

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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 NBA Finals, Draft Lottery

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:50 am

Martti. wrote:Yeah, Rudy picking up that option was inevitable, 20M for 15 ppg is not good. Hopefully someone will slip in the draft to you at #9 or maybe trade up, pairing Embiid with Cousins should be real nice for example.

Unfortunately I didn't get the draft class at the beginning, so I'm using the fictional ones with the cyberfaces. At 9 I would have probably tried to get Aaron Gordon next to Demarcus. I'm happy with what I did though.

Oskar wrote:Nice stuff you've got going on here. Looking forward to how you do next season, I've always liked the Kings a bit, but I dislike their recent additions in Rudy Gay, Derrick Williams etcetera. Also glad to see OKC winning the title and Durant winning the FMVP.

Good luck!

Yeah, I'm still unsure of if and how Rudy and Derrick fit, but getting more talent in inexpensive trades has to help in the long run. It's actually not the worst thing to have Rudy opt in as both he and Derrick expire after the upcoming season, giving me the cap room to potentially resign Rudy or go another direction. I get the season to evaluate how many wins I can muster with everybody together for the whole year.
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Re: - Here We Build - Making sense of the Henson trade

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Henson's price tag was high, but the trade was the right choice for the Kings

In a somewhat surprising draft-day trade, the Kings acquired F John Henson from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for the 9th overall pick. The Kings were reportedly very interested in Henson at the trade deadline but were unable to offer Milwaukee the value they desired for the 2nd year forward. Rumors suggest Sacramento's interest cooled after the deadline passed and tried to abandon the idea due to Milwaukee's asking price. But the Kings front office couldn't pretend that Henson wasn't at the top of their wishlist.

Fastforwarding to the offseason, the Kings had the 9th pick in the recent draft and were targeting defensive players to put around their Big 3, namely Florida product Jeffrey Graham. Graham was selected by the Lakers at 8th overall, leaving the Kings unsure of what to do with the 9th pick. 10 of the next 13 selections after Graham were either point guard or small forward prospects, positions that were in no need of an upgrade. Aside from Askew, none of the next six selections were on the Kings' board to be even worth considering at 9. With Askew still somewhat of a reach by the team, as well as being redundant with McCallum, Jackson, and a surely resigned Isaiah Thomas on the team, exploring trade options for the pick and one of the guards was the smart thing to do. With the large trade chip of the draft pick back in play, the Kings' desire to acquire Henson couldn't be forgotten. Trading lottery picks is always a decision that raises questions among fans and media, but for Henson, the decision was the correct one for Sacramento for a few reasons.

Rudy Gay's upcoming free agency:
Rudy opted in for $19M this offseason, but even at that price tag, the smooth-scoring forward will remain in Sacramento for just one more season before hitting free agency. Gay will be unrestricted in the summer of 2015, and the Kings will need to come up with a large payday and a quality sales pitch if they want to retain him. Both of those will be helped by a Kings' season that at least threatens for an 8th seed. Gay enjoyed playoff success in Memphis and would be a quality addition for a playoff team with cap space in 2015 looking to get over the hump. If the Kings can offer Rudy a chance for the postseason in Sacramento, he might be convinced to resign for a smaller contract than the $80M he received from Memphis in 2010. Henson fills the biggest need for the Kings team as it is currently constructed, and already has two seasons of NBA experience and can contribute more to a postseason push than most rookies would.

Henson's custom fit with the roster:
As mentioned, Henson possesses the skillsets that the team wanted next to Demarcus Cousins up front. The North Carolina product is known as an athletic shot blocker, who can help cover up for the defensive shortcomings of Cousins and the rest of the roster. He posted impressive rebound and block per minute numbers in Milwaukee despite only playing less than 14 minutes per game in both of his first two seasons. With Cousins' interior strength and impressive hands to go with Henson's athleticism and length to secure boards, it is easy to imagine the Kings' rebounding being a major anchor for the team going forward. Henson had potential in his perimeter shooting coming out of college, and showed some improvement in that area despite not attempting a large amount of jumpshots.

Henson's age and potential:
But in the excitement of finding a player to help the Kings' defensive struggles, Henson's youth and potential is being forgotten. Henson is only entering his third NBA season at 23 years of age. To compare, Cousins, Williams, Acy, McCallum, and Kings rookie Lionel Webber are all just 23. He still has room to improve his skills and his body going forward. His biggest weaknesses are an inconsistent midrange shot and his relatively thin frame, which can certainly be improved. The Kings have Chris Jent (who was a major force behind developing Lebron's jumpshot in Cleveland) as an assistant coach to help develop Henson's perimeter shot. Henson has already started to fill out his frame in his first few seasons, and time spent in the weight room during training camp would further that process.

Henson's current talent floor is good enough to contribute:
But even if neither of those improve, Henson will still be a larger contributor than an untested rookie would have been. With the 4 position in the NBA moving away from low-post scorers in favor of mobility and perimeter shooting, Henson's strength disadvantages won't be a hindrance against most teams. Athletic shot-blockers can find a role in an NBA frontcourt without dominant strength. Henson weighs in at 220 pounds. Former Bucks teammate Larry Sanders is a full-time center, but still weighs in at just 235. Mavericks eraser Brandan Wright is only 210. Kentucky phenom and future NBA star Anthony Davis, as well as fellow UK product Nerlens Noel, both are under 230 and don't rely on strength to make an impact. Even if Henson's game does not improve, he can still be a 14-10-2 producer in a starting role.

Much-needed draft picks:
Aside from getting Henson, the value of the 2nd round picks from Milwaukee cannot be overlooked. Sacramento was due to have no picks next year, with their 1st rounder going to Chicago (via CLE, J.J. Hickson trade) and their 2nd to Toronto in the Quincy Acy trade. Pending a stunning season from the Bucks and their rookies, the 2015 pick will be fairly high in the 2nd round. The 2014 pick allowed the Kings to still add a rookie in this draft while having enough value to acquire Allen Crabbe from Portland.

Crabbe's impact:
Of course the Henson trade was the one most talked about in Sacramento, but acquiring Crabbe was a very savvy deal to make. Casspi could have been valuable to keep around, but getting a young shooter like Crabbe is worth trading the Israeli forward. Crabbe can fill multiple roles for the Kings as a backup at the 2, a perimeter shooter to space the floor for Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, and as another young player to add to a quality young core. The California product will have a role he can easily slip into, moving without the ball and getting open on the outside. Even if he doesn't share the floor with the offensive focal points like Cousins and Gay, Crabbe will still have Derrick Williams and Carl Landry with him off the bench to take the defensive focus. Just like the Henson trade, Crabbe's current talent still brings NBA skills to the table if he doesn't take any significant steps forward in development.
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Postby Phil89 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:46 pm

I haven't really seen Henson play in real life, but Bucks fans seem to rate him highly. I like the trade (Y)
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Re: - Here We Build - 2014 Free Agency, Updated Rosters

Postby Vespasian92 on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:36 am

NBA Free Agency Headlines

Kobe stays in L.A.
There was probably never a real chance for Kobe Byrant to leave Los Angeles after spending all 19 seasons of his Hall-of-Fame career in the purple and gold, but now Lakerland can rest easy that Kobe will retire a Laker. After an injury-plagued season, Kobe received a 2-year deal at just under $22.7M from the Lakers through 2015-16. The Lakers were unable to add another superstar in free agency this year due to the lack of available stars, but they do have Gasol, newly signed Rodney Stuckey, and some talented rookies like Jeffrey Graham. A loaded free agency class next offseason will be the best chance for the Lakers to make one more title push with Kobe on board, or to find a star for the future after Kobe's probable retirement.

Sixers land Deng, match offer for Evan Turner
The most surprising signing took place in Philadelphia as the rebuilding 76ers managed to persuade Luol Deng to join their young squad. The biggest draw to Philadelphia was a share of their significant cap space, but Deng's deal was a relatively small one. He received a 4yr/$39.95M contract from the Sixers, who will look to Deng for leadership with their developing pieces like Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, and 3rd overall pick Tyrus Shelton. Deng had spent his entire career with the Bulls before a deadline trade sent him to Cleveland for the cap relief of Andrew Bynum's contract and a 1st round pick. The Cavs were hoping to finally finish their rebuild with a playoff seed, but fell short of the postseason and couldn't afford to commit long-term salary to Deng on their lottery squad. Despite having the worst record last season, the Sixers might have a chance to threaten for an 8th seed in the weak Eastern Conference depending on Deng's impact and the development of their young players.

In addition to Deng, the Sixers matched an offer sheet for restricted free agent Evan Turner. Turner was signed to a bargain 3 year deal by Charlotte worth $16.3M. The low salary on Turner's offer sheet made it an easy decision for Philadelphia to match, despite signing Deng as the opening-day starter at the 3. Turner will likely lead the bench unit for the Sixers as a 6th man as well as play in 4th quarter lineups at the 2 guard next to Deng and Carter-Williams.


Pistons resign Monroe to 4 year deal
The Pistons announced that they resigned Greg Monroe to a 4 year contract. Monroe remained in Detroit at the trade deadline despite rumors of a deal, and the Pistons couldn't afford to let him walk for nothing now in the offseason. Monroe's deal is for a reasonable $33M over the 4 years. Detroit's frontcourt trio of Monroe, Andre Drummond, and Josh Smith struggled to mesh for most of the season, but did play well in the postseason as the Pistons upset the Pacers (who were without David West after game 1) after 6 games in the first round of the playoffs. The first half of the upcoming season will be important in judging the possible success of the trio, otherwise Monroe or Smith may be moved at the deadline.

Bulls active in the offseason with additions of Lowry and Mirotic
Even after a trip to the Conference Finals, the Bulls refused to stand pat and made some sweeping moves in free agency. The first was the long-rumored amnesty of Carlos Boozer's $17M contract. Boozer has gradually lost playing time to Taj Gibson, especially in late game situations. Many felt the Bulls could better utilize Boozer's contract space, and did so with a pair of additions.

The Bulls scraped together the vast majority of their MLE money and the cap space from Boozer's amnesty to add free agent Kyle Lowry and bring Nikola Mirotic over from Europe. Derrick Rose has struggled to remain healthy after tearing his ACL in the 2012 playoffs, and acquiring depth at the point has been a priority for the Bulls. Lowry will join Hinrich and Rose in the Bulls' PG rotation on a 3 year contract worth $17.7M. Chicago will have plenty of legitimate depth in their PG stable if Rose cannot remain on the court going forward. Lowry had an outstanding season in Toronto as the starter, especially after they traded Rudy Gay's large contract. The Raptors gained cap flexibility after dumping Gay's deal, but chose to not handcuff themselves again by overpaying for Lowry and instead let him walk in the open market. Toronto currently has $10M in cap room and another $8M in Landry Fields' expiring contract to make a splash in next year's star-heavy free agent pool.

Mirotic was selected 23rd overall in 2011 by Houston and his rights ended up in Chicago after a pair of draft-day trades. He has spent 3 years playing for Real Madrid in Spain, but is still just 23 years of age. Mirotic is a versatile forward who can score inside or out and can be a quality offensive option for the Bulls. He will likely start on the Bulls' frontline with Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Mirotic's potential impact and Derrick Rose's health are the key factors that could carry the Bulls to another conference finals, while also setting themselves up better for the future.


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The Sacramento Kings have resigned G Isaiah Thomas to a 4yr/$30.75M deal. Thomas, 25, is coming off a career season with 14.9 PPG and 6.0 APG despite only starting 38 of 82 games. Fortunately for the Kings, Thomas' market value was reasonable due to doubts of his size and playmaking abilities. But the former 60th overall pick in 2011 plays with an underdog mentality which has spurred his consistent development in his first three seasons. Thomas also brings impressive intangibles and the respect of franchise bigman Demarcus Cousins back to Sacramento, where he remains a fan favorite. He returns to the Kings along with Cousins and Rudy Gay, letting the team retain the trio that performed well down the stretch of the season. His new contract is frontloaded, with the $8.3M salary for 2014-15 decreasing every year until it expires in 2017-18. The decreasing cap impact will help the Kings pay for Demarcus Cousins' max contract and for a resigned Rudy Gay or any other free agent signed in 2015.

The team also announced that they agreed to a single year contract with C Aaron Gray. Gray was acquired from the Raptors in the Rudy Gay trade and appeared in 17 games for the Kings, averaging 1.7 PPG and 1.4 RPG. He will have a reserve role behind Demarcus Cousins and Jason Thompson. His outstanding intangibles and work ethic around a young Kings team were reportedly deciding factors in bringing the 8-year veteran back to Sacramento.


2014-2015 Opening Day Rosters


Philadelphia 76ers

Additions: Luol Deng - Tyrus Shelton (R) - Kelly Knight (R)
Resigned: Darius Morris - Spencer Hawes
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: M. Carter-Williams - T. Wroten - L. Deng -T. Young - N. Noel


Charlotte Bobcats

Additions: Michael Beasley - Shawn Marion
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Ramon Sessions
Starting 5: K. Walker - G. Henderson - M. Kidd-Gilchrist - C. Zeller - A. Jefferson


Milwaukee Bucks

Additions: Alex Ejiofor (R) - Nate Bell (R) - Lindsey Grimes (R) - Pierre Jackson
Resigned: Ekpe Udoh
Notable Departures: John Henson - Dorell Wright
Starting 5: B. Knight - O.J. Mayo - Giannis Antetokounmpo - Ersan Illyasova - Larry Sanders


Chicago Bulls

Additions: Kyle Lowry - Nikola Mirotic - Jawad Miller (R)
Resigned: Kirk Hinrich
Notable Departures: Carlos Boozer - D.J. Augustin
Starting 5: D. Rose - J. Butler - N. Mirotic - T. Gibson - J. Noah


Cleveland Cavaliers

Additions: Will Thurmond (R) - Grant Bullard (R)
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Luol Deng - Anderson Varejao
Starting 5: K. Irving - D. Waiters - A. Gee - A. Bennett - T. Zeller


Boston Celtics

Additions: Gal Mekel - Malcom Simmons (R) - Stephen Hall (R)
Resigned: Avery Bradley
Notable Departures: Kris Humphries
Starting 5: R. Rondo - A. Bradley - J. Green - B. Bass - J. Sullinger


Los Angeles Clippers

Additions: Mel Goodson (R)
Resigned: Antawn Jamison
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: C. Paul - J.J. Redick - J. Dudley - B. Griffin - D. Jordan


Memphis Grizzlies

Additions: Carl Harrison (R)
Resigned: Ed Davis - Quincy Pondexter
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: M. Conley - T. Allen - T. Prince - Z. Randolph - M. Gasol


Atlanta Hawks

Additions: Elias Harris - Peja Toroman (R)
Resigned: Gustavo Ayon
Notable Departures: Elton Brand
Starting 5: J. Teague - K. Korver - D. Carroll - P. Millsap - A. Horford


Miami Heat

Additions: Richard Hamilton - Caron Butler - Jay Blackman (R)
Resigned: Mario Chalmers - Shane Battier - Chris Andersen
Notable Departures: Greg Oden - Michael Beasley - Ray Allen (Retirement)
Starting 5: M. Chalmers - D. Wade - S. Battier - L. James - C. Bosh


Utah Jazz

Additions: Tajuan Conway (R) - Jermaine Lee (R) - Mike Siler (R)
Resigned: Gordon Hayward
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: T. Burke - A. Burks - G. Hayward - D. Favors - E. Kanter


Sacramento Kings

Additions: John Henson - Allen Crabbe - Lionel Webber (R)
Resigned: Isaiah Thomas - Aaron Gray
Notable Departures: Pierre Jackson - Omri Casspi
Starting 5: I. Thomas - B. McLemore - R. Gay - J. Henson - D. Cousins


New York Knicks

Additions: Elton Brand
Resigned: Jermaine O'Neal
Notable Departures: Kenyon Martin
Starting 5: R. Felton - J.R. Smith - C. Anthony - A. Stoudemire -T. Chandler


Los Angeles Lakers

Additions: Rodney Stuckey - Jeffrey Graham (R) - C.J. Cooper (R) - James Franklin (R)
Resigned: Kobe Bryant - Chris Kaman - Pau Gasol - Wesley Johnson
Notable Departures: Steve Nash (Retirement)
Starting 5: J. Farmar - K. Bryant - R. Stuckey - P. Gasol - J. Hill


Orlando Magic

Additions: Carlton Pearson (R) - Sean McKinney (R)
Resigned: Jameer Nelson - Jason Maxiel
Notable Departures: Hedo Turkoglu
Starting 5: J. Nelson - V. Oladipo - T. Harris - G. Davis - N. Vucevic


Dallas Mavericks

Additions: Anderson Varejao - Andray Blatche - Tracy Jones (R) - Lucious Storey (R)
Resigned: Samuel Dalembert
Notable Departures: Gal Mekel - Vince Carter - Shawn Marion
Starting 5: J. Calderon - M. Ellis - L. Storey - D. Nowitzki - A. Varejao


Brooklyn Nets

Additions: Chauncey Billups
Resigned: Paul Pierce - Alan Anderson
Notable Departures: Andrei Kirilenko
Starting 5: D. Williams - J. Johnson - P. Pierce - K. Garnett - B. Lopez


Denver Nuggets

Additions: Al Galloway (R) - Andrew Reid (R)
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Jordan Hamilton
Starting 5: T. Lawson - E. Fournier - D. Gallinari - K. Faried - J. McGee


Indiana Pacers

Additions: None
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Lance Stephenson
Starting 5: G. Hill - P. George - D. Granger - D. West - R. Hibbert


New Orleans Pelicans

Additions: William Walton (R)
Resigned: Jason Smith - Al-Farouq Aminu
Notable Departures: Brian Roberts
Starting 5: J. Holiday - E. Gordon - T. Evans - A. Davis - O. Asik


Detroit Pistons

Additions: Uwe Kramer (R)
Resigned: Greg Monroe
Notable Departures: Rodney Stuckey
Starting 5: B. Jennings - K. Caldwell-Pope - J. Smith - G. Monroe - A. Drummond


Toronto Raptors

Additions: Ben Slaughter (R)
Resigned: Patrick Patterson - Greivis Vasquez
Notable Departures: Kyle Lowry
Starting 5: G. Vasquez - D. Derozan - T. Ross - P. Patterson - J. Valanciunas


Houston Rockets

Additions: Lance Ruffin (R)
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Marcus Camby (Retirement)
Starting 5: J. Lin - J. Harden - C. Parsons - T. Jones - D. Howard


San Antonio Spurs

Additions: Brevin Parker (R)
Resigned: Boris Diaw - Patty Mills
Notable Departures: Matt Bonner
Starting 5: T. Parker - D. Green - K. Leonard - T. Duncan - T. Splitter


Phoenix Suns

Additions: Deshawn Overton (R) - Rob Marion (R) - Kyle Copeland (R)
Resigned: Eric Bledsoe
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: E. Bledsoe - G. Green - D. Overton - M. Morris - E. Okafor


Oklahoma City Thunder

Additions: Devin Hopkins (R)
Resigned: Thabo Sefolosha
Notable Departures: Derek Fisher (Retirement)
Starting 5: R. Westbrook - J. Lamb - K. Durant - S. Ibaka - K. Perkins


Minnesota Timberwolves

Additions: Trey McKenzie (R)
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Dante Cunningham
Starting 5: R. Rubio - K. Martin - C. Brewer - K. Love - N. Pekovic


Portland Trailblazers

Additions: Omri Casspi - Harvey Stansbury (R) - Elton Barlow (R)
Resigned: None
Notable Departures: Robin Lopez - Allen Crabbe
Starting 5: D. Lillard - W. Matthews - N. Batum - L. Aldridge - M. Leonard


Golden State Warriors

Additions: None
Resigned: Jordan Crawford
Notable Departures: None
Starting 5: S. Curry - A. Igoudala - H. Barnes - D. Lee - A. Bogut


Washington Wizards

Additions: Dorell Wright
Resigned: Jan Vesley - Trevor Booker - Chris Singleton - Kevin Seraphin
Notable Departures: Marcin Gortat
Starting 5: J. Wall - B. Beal - T. Ariza - Nene - K. Seraphin

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Re: - Here We Build - 2014-15 Season Preview

Postby Vespasian92 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:07 pm

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Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Season Preview


2013-14 Season: 33-49
Notable Additions: John Henson, Allen Crabbe, Lionel Webber (R)
Notable Departures: Omri Casspi

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The expectations from fans and media for the upcoming Kings' season vary from an 8th seed to a bottom 5 lottery squad

The first season in the new era for the Kings franchise experienced significant transformation on and off the court. The new ownership, coaching staff, and front office set to work and put together a product that was an improvement over recent Kings' seasons and was undeniably a source of hope for Sacramento fans. Wins and losses aside, the biggest difference last season on the court was that team became more exciting and more watchable. Rudy Gay is capable of finishing highlight-reel dunks in addition to his scoring. Derrick Williams hasn't lived up to all of his potential as a former 2nd overall pick, but his athletic ability is obvious. Rookie Ben McLemore represented the team in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend last season. Quincy Acy shows flashes of exciting finishes over defenders as well as unquenchable energy, which fans always appreciate.

But for a team that hasn't made the postseason since the 2005-06 season, the excitement of a fresh start and an athletic roster only go so far. Wins should come sooner rather than later. The honeymoon period with new ownership and a front office is nearing completion. Large amounts of salary were put into the team in the form of Demarcus Cousins' extension and the acquisition of Rudy Gay. The addition of talent and salary is something that the Kings had rarely done since their playoff runs in the early 2000s, and showed that the new ownership group is committed to improving the team. Yet even after finding a suitor for Marcus Thornton's $8M contract at the trade deadline, the Kings threatened luxury tax territory in resigning Isaiah Thomas due to Gay's large contract. Lottery teams certainly shouldn't be paying a luxury-tax salary, so finding a way out of the basement and threatening for an 8th seed in the next year or two is important to justify the payroll and the current assemblage of talent, namely the Big 3 of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas.

With that in mind, the Kings tried to fill their biggest need in the offseason by acquiring John Henson from the Bucks. Cousins, Gay, and Thomas can provide all the offense for Sacramento, who needed defensive help more than anything. Despite a large number of power forwards already on the roster, Henson was brought in to be the starting 4. His length is expected to shore up the interior defense next to Demarcus Cousins and a budding midrange game can help give the scoring trio room to operate. Carl Landry and Rudy Gay provide the veteran leadership for their relatively younger teammates, and additional young role-players like Derrick Williams and offseason acquisition Allen Crabbe give Coach Mike Malone 7 or 8 players on his roster who combine youth and NBA-ready production. But ultimately it falls upon the Kings' star trio to determine if the team will take the next step into a potential postseason squad or slip back into the mediocrity of the lottery.
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Re: - Here We Build - Henson shines in season opener (1-0)

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:10 pm

New King sparks a season-opening win

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John Henson and Allen Crabbe wasted little time in proving themselves before the Sacramento crowd


One year ago, the first game under the new Kings regime saw an exciting 8 point win over the Denver Nuggets. The year since that time has been filled with well-documented changes in Sac-town. The year's worth of roster work culminated in the squad that took the floor for the Kings' season opener in Sleep Train Arena against the Jazz. Utah's young core is likely not ready to make the jump into the postseason this year, but their future is probably as bright as any team's in the league. They quietly had an outstanding draft, collecting huge potential forward Jermaine Lee and athletic 4-man Mike Siler in addition to the 2nd overall selection Tajuan Conway. Once they develop along with Trey Burke, Derrick Favors, and Gordon Hayward, the Jazz could easily find themselves back in the postseason and hoped to prove their potential tonight.

The Kings entered the offseason with the mindset of surrounding their three potent scorers in Thomas, Gay, and Cousins with complimentary talent. After a full training camp to mesh even further, the expectations for the trio are even higher this season. Yet they certainly didn't disappoint tonight. They all scored at least 20 in the game, led by Isaiah Thomas' 25. The Kings' hopes for the season will rely heavily on the trio, and the team will likely go as their Big 3 goes. But when the other guys produce like they did tonight, this current Kings squad might be able to achieve more than even they hope for.

The Kings had to decide between Pierre Jackson and Ray McCallum during the offseason, eventually siding with their 2nd round selection last year. McCallum seemed determined to prove that the team made the right choice. In probably his most efficient 15 minutes in the NBA, the Detroit product dropped 12 points and 6 assists while only missing one shot. The increased depth of the team allowed them to give their reserve point guard upgrades to play with him like Carl Landry, Allen Crabbe, Derrick Williams, and Jason Thompson. Tonight's performance from McCallum and his bench mob gives the Kings hope that they can stay in games even if their Big 3 aren't scoring.

But the big story was the Sacramento debut of offseason acquisition John Henson. Brought to the Kings from Milwaukee, Henson was expected to use his length and athleticism to help protect the rim and do some of the little things, not as a scorer considering the trio of offensive stars the Kings already have. His specified role was fulfilled to perfection in his first official game with the Kings, even exceeding the expectations of most in attendance. The North Carolina product earned a team-high 40 minutes, playing more than Thomas, Gay, or Cousins. He picked his spots offensively to perfection, shooting 5/6 from the field. His primary role as a weakside rim protector was completed to the tune of two rejections. A team-high 12 rebounds and 4 assists round out his impressive statline. The Kings have to be pleased if Henson makes these kinds of contributions on a regular basis, and Coach Malone should be able to trust Henson to play within his role and skillset going forward.

"John (Henson) performed well in training camp and in the preseason, yet I still wasn't planning on playing him for 40 minutes. But tonight he fit in so well and provided so much energy that I couldn't justify taking him off the floor. He earned every minute that he played out there." - Kings Head Coach Mike Malone

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Re: - Here We Build - Big 3 ignite a hot start to Kings' season (4-1)

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:31 am

Isaiah leads Kings over Warriors
The Kings enjoyed the home court for their second game of the season as the I-80 rivalry resumed. With a trio of strong performances from Cousins, Gay, and Thomas in the season opener, the Kings were confident as they welcomed the Warriors to Sacramento. But the Kings' Big 3 turned into their only 3, as nobody else reached double-digit scoring. It might have well been a 3-on-3 game, as the Warriors only mustered three 10-point scorers of their own. With the Kings' trio of Cousins, Thomas, and Gay outscoring the Warriors' trio of Curry, Igoudala, and Thompson 67-64, the outcome of the contest would seem to be in Sacramento's favor. Combined with 6 and 6 performances from Jason Thompson and Ray McCallum, that advantage was enough to give the Kings the home victory over Golden State.
Kings: 114
Warriors: 105

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 30 PTS - 7 AST - 11/24 FG - 7/10 FT
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 7 REB - 7/14 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 11 REB - 7/18 FG
Ben McLemore: 8 PTS - 2 REB - 3/5 FG - 2/2 FT


Golden State Warriors Top Performers
Stephen Curry: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 8 AST - 10/26 FG - 3/7 3PT FG
Andre Igoudala: 22 PTS - 7 AST - 10/18 FG
Klay Thompson: 19 PTS - 6 REB - 8/22 FG - 2/7 3PT FG
Ricky Rubio: 8 PTS - 22 REB - 3/8 FG


Rebounding carries Sacramento in the desert
Sacramento headed to Phoenix to face off with another Pacific division team in their first road game of the season. The Suns have a young duo with the potential to blossom into a star scoring tandem with Eric Bledsoe and 6th overall pick Deshawn Overton. Overton wasted no time in making an impact, dropping 35 points in his first NBA game Friday and looked for more tonight. Last year's rebounding leader Demarcus Cousins will likely continue some similarly strong effort on the glass this season, and, if the first three games this season are any indication, will have plenty of help as well. John Henson claimed double-digit rebounds against the Jazz and the Warriors, and followed those performances up with 14 boards tonight in Phoenix. Cousins, not to be outdone, secured 16 rebounds of his own to help give the Kings a +14 advantage in that department. Against Sacramento's interior strength, the Suns needed their scoring duo to replicate their performances from the Suns' opener. Bledsoe scored 23 but did not receive the same kind of help from Overton. His rookie magic failed to carry over, contributing just 7 points on 25% shooting. Phoenix couldn't muster enough points to compensate for their struggles in defending Cousins and an outstanding bench performance from Carl Landry (17 PTS, 5 REB, 7/8 FG), and so fell quietly at home by 15.
Kings: 105
Suns: 90

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 22 PTS - 16 REB - 8/16 FG - 6/7 FG
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 5 REB - 9/25 FG
Carl Landry: 17 PTS - 5 REB - 7/8 FG - 3/4 FT - 19 MIN
John Henson: 2 PTS - 14 REB - 3 AST - 2 BLK - 6 OFF REB


Phoenix Suns Top Performers
Eric Bledose: 27 PTS - 2 AST - 10/23 FG - 5/5 FT
Emeka Okafor: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 7/11 FG
Goran Dragic: 12 PTS - 2 REB - 3 AST - 4/10 FG - 3/3 FT - 19 MIN
Deshawn Overton: 7 PTS - 8 REB - 3 AST - 3/12 FG


Rudy's heroics save Kings from surprising rookie
After a well-earned win in Phoenix, the Kings returned to Sacramento for one game at home before continuing to Minnesota. The Bobcats were in town as they try to stay afloat until Kemba Walker returns from a Torn MCL suffered late last season. The 10th overall pick Terrence Askew was thrown directly into the fire in the Bobcats' season opener due to their lack of PG depth after deciding to let Ramon Sessions walk in free agency. The rookie from Kansas responded with a 13-11 performance against Toronto and a 17-8 game in L.A. The Kings had frustrated one of the hottest rookies on Sunday in Deshawn Overton, and were confident in being able to limit Askew as well. But nobody expected the Bobcats' rook to show up like he did tonight in Sacramento. He went right at Kings' PG Isaiah Thomas and was extremely aggressive in looking to score. Askew put up 26 shots, but still connected on a high percentage in route to 38 points. With such an outstanding and unexpected production offensively, Charlotte rode their rookie to a 2-point lead entering the 4th. After finding little success defensively with Thomas or McCallum, the Kings assigned Rudy Gay to guard Askew. The rookie was slowed to just 4 points and 2-5 shooting in the final period. But Gay's contributions were only on the defensive end. Rudy also found a rhythm offensively down the stretch of the game, capped off by a clutch three to give the Kings a 4-point lead. A subsequent miss from Gerald Henderson and free throws from Gay let Sacramento hold on to win their 4th straight to open the season.
Kings: 105
Bobcats: 90

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 25 PTS - 6 REB - 10/16 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 24 PTS - 11 REB - 2 BLK - 6/11 FG - 12/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 20 PTS - 7 AST - 5/10 FG - 8/10 FT
Ben McLemore: 11 PTS - 5 AST - 3/5 3PT FG - 2/2 FT


Charlotte Bobcats Top Performers
Terrence Askew: 38 PTS (Career-High) - 2 AST - 15/26 FG - 5/9 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Gerald Henderson: 13 PTS - 6 AST - 5/21 FG - 2/7 3PT FG
Cody Zeller: 10 PTS - 18 REB - 2/5 FG - 6/6 FT
Al Jefferson: 7 PTS - 9 REB - 2/8 FG - 3/4 FT


Fatigue burdens Kings en route to first loss
Flying to Minnesota for the first game of a home-and-home series with the Timberwolves, the confident Kings brought their early season win streak of 4 games to Minneapolis. Conversely, the Wolves are 0-4 so far and certainly feel the absence of Nikola Pekovic as he rehabs his Achillies after an injury suffered last season. 2nd year bigman Gorgui Dieng filled in well at the end of his rookie season and had been solid at the beginning of this year as well. The Wolves performed well for their home crowd most of the game. Desperate to hold off a balanced Minnesota team, the Kings rode their starters for most of the game and had a small lead to start the 4th quarter. But the toll of the heavy minute load was quickly evident in the final period. Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas struggled offensively, combining for just 2-9 shooting. Kevin Love bounced back from a difficult game with a strong performance against weary 4th quarter defense. Along with double-doubles from Love and Rubio, Brewer added 23 points to Minnesota's rally against a weary Kings team. With the exception of Henson's 38 minutes, all the Kings' starters played at least 40 minutes in the game and no reserve reached double digit minutes. The teams will fly to Sacramento for the second half of the home-and-home series, and fatigue may carry over into that game as well.
Timberwolves: 100
Kings: 96

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 28 PTS - 7/17 FG - 13/15 FT - 42 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 22 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 8/18 FG - 4/8 3PT FG - 42 MIN
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 15 REB - 3 AST - 2 STL - 3 BLK - 8/19 FG - 4/6 FT - 40 MIN
John Henson: 11 PTS - 11 REB - 3 BLK - 5/7 FG


Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Corey Brewer: 23 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 9/18 FG
Kevin Love: 17 PTS - 14 REB - 7/17 FG
Ricky Rubio: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 14 AST - 3/11 FG - 9/10 FT
Gorgui Dieng: 11 PTS - 7 REB - 5/10 FG


NBA Notes:

NBA Injury Updates:
Wizards G Bradley Beal out 6-8 weeks with Broken Back.
Nuggets G Ty Lawson out 2-4 weeks with Sprained Foot.
Pistons G Brandon Jennings out 1-2 weeks with Sprained Wrist.

NBA Transactions:
NBA Free Agency Leftovers

Heat sign Lance Stephenson
The biggest signing of the secondary free agent period was undoubtedly the addition the Miami Heat made from their Eastern Conference rival Indiana Pacers. Lance Stephenson was unable to agree to a contract extension and had a bitter divorce with the Pacers after disagreement of the versatile guard's desired contract value. Either out of spite or out of a desire to win, Stephenson went straight to Miami to negotiate with the Eastern Conference champions and accepted a 3yr/$14.5M deal with the Heat's MLE money, which was ironically less money that the 3yr/$18M the Pacers were offering. Even after losing Ray Allen to retirement and Michael Beasley to free agency, a restocked Heat squad can now boast Stephenson to go with veteran minimum additions of Richard Hamilton and Caron Butler.


Boozer heads north
After being amnestied by the Bulls, Carlos Boozer had found a new home north of the border. The Toronto Raptors won the bidding for the frontcourt scorer and will insert him into the starting role next to Jonas Valanciunas. Boozer's production has dipped in the past two seasons with Chicago and is no longer a primary scoring option, but he does provide a valuable low-post threat for Toronto's perimeter star, Demar Derozan. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay last year to provide themselves with cap flexibility, and Boozer's 3yr/$18M contract doesn't damage that flexibility too severely. The Raptors barely missed the postseason last year, and the addition of Boozer will give them a realistic chance to make the playoffs without eliminating their chance to add a legitimate star in FA next offseason when they have $20M in expiring contracts (Fields, Hayes, Fredette, Hansbrough).


Cavaliers sign G Kent Bazemore to 1yr/$3.29M deal.
Grizzlies extend C Kosta Kufous with 5yr/$18.6M deal.
Wizards extend G Eric Maynor with 4yr/$14.64M deal.
Magic extend F Glen Davis with 3yr/$12.93M deal.
Suns extend F Marcus Morris with 4yr/$11.91M deal.
Warriors extend F Draymond Green with 4yr/$11.01M deal.
Bobcats extend F Josh McRoberts with 4yr/$12.31M deal.
Bucks waive G Luke Ridnour.
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Re: - Here We Build - Big 3 ignite a hot start to Kings' season (4-1)

Postby Martti. on Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:46 pm

Heat looking real strong, though I wouldn't want Lance on the Heat personally, dude is crazy... :lol:
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Re: - Here We Build - 5-game homestand winds to a close (7-4)

Postby Vespasian92 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:13 am

Kings payback Wolves to split 2-game series
After faltering late in the game last night in Minnesota, the Kings returned to Sacramento to complete the home-and-home series with the Timberwolves. The Kings' Big 3 expended a large amount of effort in last night's game and it was unlikely that Sacramento would receive another trio of outstanding performances from them. But just one strong performance turned out to be enough. Demarcus Cousins picked up where he left off in Minnesota, taking advantage of the matchup with Gorgui Dieng with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Tonight's game was a lower-scoring affair, and the Wolves only mustered 91 points in Sacramento. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin combined for just 14/40 shooting on the night. Isaiah Thomas scored 19 and 10 points from former Timberwolf Derrick Williams gave the Kings enough offense to beat Minnesota by 5.
Kings: 96
Timberwolves: 91

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 28 PTS - 11 REB - 12/25 FG - 4/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 19 PTS - 3 AST - 6/12 FG - 5/8 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 13 PTS - 7 REB - 6 AST - 5/15 FG
Derrick Williams: 10 PTS - 4/7 FG - 15 MIN


Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Kevin Love: 18 PTS - 10 REB - 7/19 FG - 40 MIN
Kevin Martin: 18 PTS - 4 REB - 7/21 FG - 0/6 3PT FG
Gorgui Dieng: 11 PTS - 15 REB - 5/10 FG
Ricky Rubio: 11 PTS - 11 AST - 5/14 FG


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Kings fall in OT despite Rudy's 38
With Brooklyn in town, the Kings hoped to continue a strong start to their season during the second of a 5-game homestand. The contest was hotly contested from the opening tip without any substantial lead for either team. The 48-minute shootout yielded fast-paced scoring that went back and forth. All four quarters saw just single-point differences in the scoring totals. The Nets won the 1st and 4th by a combined two points, while the Kings claimed the 2nd and 3rd by two. Quincy Acy got extended minutes off the Kings' bench for the first time this season and made the most of it. Acy scored 17 points to go with 6 rebounds and only missed one shot from the field. But the real story for the Kings was the performance from Rudy Gay. Gay provided a go-to option for Sacramento and put up 36 points in regulation. He got himself to the free throw line an impressive 17 times and made 3 shots from downtown. But despite the strong efforts from Gay and Acy, the Kings couldn't pull away and the game remained close down the stretch. Late in the 4th quarter and trailing by two, the Nets gave the ball to Deron Williams for a pull-up jumper over Isaiah Thomas. D-Will has struggled with his shooting before that attempt, but got a quality look that bounced twice around the rim before falling through. Sacramento then had 5.3 seconds to attempt a game-winning shot, who gave the ball to their hot scorer. Rudy Gay drove left and seemed to have the step on Paul Pierce, but good help defense from Joe Johnson forced Gay to put up a difficult floating shot. It fell short of the mark and glanced off the front of the iron to leave the score tied at 102.

Perhaps due to the momentum shift of forcing overtime after trailing in the last minutes of regulation, the Nets were focused in overtime and took control early. A Joe Johnson triple on the first possession and a subsequent Brook Lopez bucket gave Brooklyn a 5-point advantage that held strong in the extra 5 minutes. Despite his outstanding performance in regulation, Rudy Gay cooled off and converted just 1 of 4 attempts in OT. Demarcus Cousins fared little better and connected on 1 of his 3 shots. Sacramento's offense sputtered without Gay's and Cousins' contributions and were outscored by the Nets 15-11. Joe Johnson remained reliable for Brooklyn in OT and scored 7 in the extra frame to lead the Nets to the overtime win.
Nets: 117
Kings: 113

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The Nets cooled off Rudy Gay at the right time

Brooklyn Nets Top Performers
Joe Johnson: 29 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 12/23 FG - 4/7 3PT FG
Paul Pierce: 24 PTS - 6 REB - 4 AST - 7/22 FG
Brook Lopez: 13 PTS - 23 REB (Career-High) - 5/17 FG
Deron Williams: 11 PTS - 5 REB - 8 AST - 3/14 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 38 PTS - 8 REB - 11/27 FG - 3/5 3PT FG - 13/17 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 17 REB - 5 AST - 8/14 FG
Quincy Acy: 17 PTS - 6 REB - 7/8 FG - 3/4 FT - 27 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 5 REB - 12 AST - 5/13 FG - 3/6 3PT FG


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Cousins crushes small Cavaliers squad
The Cavaliers chose not to resign Anderson Varejao in the offseason and instead opted to develop young talent of Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, and Anthony Bennett. But unfortunately those are the only three bigs on the Cleveland roster aside from inactive rookie Grant Bullard. Against the smaller Tristan Thompson, Demarcus Cousins looked to take advantage when his Kings hosted the Cavs. On the first two Sacramento possessions, Cousins backed down Thompson in the post and converted a pair of interior shots. Against single coverage the Kentucky product shot early and often, putting up 27 shots in the contest. The Kings rode his effective offense to a 9-point halftime lead. Cavalier double-teams came frequently to Cousins after halftime and forced the Kings' bigman to kick the ball out. Many of his teammates were unable to make their open shots, especially Rudy Gay. Gay shot an abysmal 2/11 from the floor and missed on all 5 of his open shots from downtown. Conversely, Dion Waiters stepped up for Cleveland in the third quarter and helped the Cavaliers get to within 5 points at one point. With Gay struggling, Demarcus Cousins resumed the offensive burden despite the double-teams with ease. Cousins matched buckets with the Cavaliers backcourt of Irving and Waiters down the stretch. The teams fought to a 24-24 standstill in the 4th which was enough for the Kings to win by 8.
Kings: 95
Cavaliers: 87

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 36 PTS - 14 REB - 13/27 FG - 10/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 4 AST - 4/9 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Ben McLemore: 11 PTS - 8 REB - 4 AST - 3 STL - 4/8 FG
Rudy Gay: 7 PTS - 5 AST - 2 BLK - 2/11 FG - 0/5 3PT FG - 3/6 FT - 28 MIN


Cleveland Cavaliers Top Performers
Dion Waiters: 18 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 8/19 FG - 1/7 3PT FG
Kyrie Irving: 18 PTS - 7 AST - 7/15 FG
Tristan Thompson: 11 PTS - 14 REB - 5/10 FG
Alonzo Gee: 11 PTS - 8 REB - 3/8 FG - 2/2 3PT FG - 3/4 FT


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Grizzlies smother Kings late
Over the past few years, little has changed about the physical defense and grinding approach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Slowing the tempo of the game is always a focus for them, and they managed to do so when it mattered in Sacramento. The Kings welcomed them for the 4th game of their 5-game stand in Sactown and jumped on the Grizzlies early on. They put up 32 points in the first quarter and eventually took an 8-point advantage into halftime. But whatever adjustments Memphis made during the break worked to perfection. They held the Kings to just 35 points in the second half and frustrated Demarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 13 in the first half but only dropped 5 after the break on 2/7 shooting. Memphis found their offense in a combined 40 from Lee and Gasol to overcome the Kings in the second half to win by 5.
Grizzlies: 95
Kings: 90

Memphis Grizzlies Top Performers
Courtney Lee: 21 PTS - 5 AST - 9/16 FG
Marc Gasol: 19 PTS - 13 REB - 7/15 FG
Mike Conley: 16 PTS - 5 AST - 7/21 FG
Tayshaun Prince: 13 PTS - 3 REB - 3 AST - 5/9 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 2 AST - 9/12 FG - 3/3 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 7 REB - 3 AST - 7/16 FG - 4/5 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 3/10 FG - 9/9 FT
Allen Crabbe: 10 PTS - 4 REB - 4/7 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 23 MIN


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Acy sparks Kings to high-scoring win
In the first half of a home-and-home with the Clippers, the Kings looked to end their homestand on a high note. Their Big 3 has performed extremely well and carried the team to a strong start to the season. Tonight's contest saw no signs of them slowing down, especially Demarcus Cousins. Cousins and Thomas dueled with Griffin and Paul, with neither giving their team a large lead. With the game free to be had, enter Quincy Acy. Just two games removed from his first extended court appearance against Brooklyn, the Baylor product again logged significant minutes and produced. Acy led the Kings' bench to outscore the Clipper reserves by a significant 28-point margin of 61-33. He tied a career-high 23 points en route to a +21 performance that pushed the Kings past L.A.
Kings: 128
Clippers: 114

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Just like last season, Quincy Acy is set to earn more consistent floor time

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 25 PTS - 10 REB - 9/14 FG - 7/10 FT
Quincy Acy: 23 PTS - 10 REB - 10/14 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 2/3 FT - 27 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 21 PTS - 7 AST - 7/14 FG - 5/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 14 PTS - 3 REB - 2 AST - 5/11 FG - 3/3 FT


Los Angeles Clippers Top Performers
Blake Griffin: 18 PTS - 7 REB - 8/10 FG
Chris Paul: 18 PTS - 15 AST - 5/15 FG - 6/6 FT
Jared Dudley: 17 PTS - 6 REB - 7/16 FG
Deandre Jordan: 12 PTS - 11 REB - 3/6 FG - 6/9 FT


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Clippers beat Kings in L.A.
Going to L.A. for the second half of the 2-game series, the Kings hoped to utilize another strong bench performance to win on the back-to-back. Yet the spark was not present tonight. After the huge game in Sacramento, Quincy Acy played just 9 minutes despite grabbing 6 rebounds in that time. This time the Clippers bench outscored that of the Kings by 11 to provide the support for the stars. Paul and Griffin shined for L.A. once again, combining for 13 of the Clippers' last 15 points to close out the Kings at Staples.
Clippers: 106
Kings: 101

Los Angeles Clippers Top Performers
Chris Paul: 22 PTS - 5 AST - 7/14 FG
Blake Griffin: 17 PTS - 14 REB - 6/9 FG - 5/7 FT
Tristan Thompson: 15 PTS - 4 AST - 6/12 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Deandre Jordan: 13 PTS - 5 REB - 4/6 FG - 5/10 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 27 PTS - 7 REB - 6 AST - 9/20 FG - 3/8 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 12 REB - 7/14 FG - 5/6 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 6 REB - 4 AST - 7/18 FG - 2/6 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 4 PTS - 5 REB - 2 AST - 1/8 FG - 2/2 FT

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NBA Notes:
Bucks lose 9th straight, now 0-9 overall.
Heat win 6th straight, now 9-2 overall.
Bulls win 5th straight, now 7-2 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Spurs F Tim Duncan out 6-8 weeks with Torn Hamstring.

NBA Transactions:
Wizards sign C Andrew Bynum to 1yr/$2.10M deal.
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Re: - Here We Build - Cousins notches huge 5x5 in Oakland (9-5)

Postby Vespasian92 on Sun May 04, 2014 9:59 am

Demarcus does it all in amazing performance

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There was nothing Demarcus Cousins didn't do for his team in Oakland

A 20-20 game, 5 steals, 5 assists from a bigman, or outstanding rim protection would all be considered strong performances by themselves on any night. But when you put them all together, you get the statline for a career-type display. This is exactly what Demarcus Cousins did against the Warriors on Sunday night. As usual, he was a focus for the Kings offensively from the opening tip. His typical rebounding dominance and a much-improved defensive focus also showed up early on in the contest. Cousins' all-around performance carried the Kings to a +12 1st quarter and they never looked back. The Kings' bigman always seemed to make the right play, whether it was stepping into passing lanes, providing help defense at the rim, or passing out of double-teams. Forgotten among Cousins' consistent production, Rudy Gay dropped 30 points on an impressive shooting percentage. Their combined dominance led the Kings to the easy road victory against their northern California rivals.

Throughout the game, Cousins' statline quietly kept improving across the board. Nobody seemed to notice his proximity to a noteworthy statline until the 4th quarter began. He had already mustered large numbers in the scoring and rebounding categories, and was just one assist and one block shy of 5 in those departments as well. Early in the quarter Cousins found a cutting Rudy Gay for his 5th assist, but was left searching until the 2:02 mark in the 4th to claim his 5th blocked shot when he rejected a Marshon Brooks attempt. With it he became the 9th player in NBA history to achieve a 5x5 game, and just the second such performance since 2006 after Nicolas Batum's 5x5 last season. Aside from his first such statline in his career, Cousins got his first 20-20 game of the season and was one rebound shy of tying his career high. The 5 blocks did match his career best in that department.

"I have been so proud of his improvements so far this season, especially on the defensive end. Demarcus is getting back in transition and is rotating better in the paint. His big night is just a testament to his talent and the strides he has taken. We've seen him be a willing and skilled passer, and it is a luxury to play inside-out and run offense through him. He has always had the talent to impact every facet of the game, and this is the result of him putting in the effort to do that." - Kings Coach Mike Malone following Demarcus Cousins' 5x5 performance vs. Golden State

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Kings collapse despite Thomas' big night
The night after a strong start to their roadtrip behind Cousins' dominant performance, the Kings flew to L.A. to complete a back-to-back. Like Sacramento, the Lakers have enjoyed a strong start to the season thanks to a healthy Kobe Bryant and a breakout 18.4 PPG from Jordan Farmar so far this year. In spite of the hopes for a resurgent season for both teams, the Kings dominated the game behind their Big 3. Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins both found easy baskets in the paint and impacted the game on the glass. But the real star for the Kings was Isaiah Thomas. He was aggressive offensively all night and put up 25 shots while still connecting on a positive percentage. He made 7 shots from downtown and helped the Kings to a 16-point lead entering the 4th.

But thanks to a fearless Nick Young and Kobe's typical dominance, the Lakers put together a 20-4 run to start the 4th against the Kings' reserves. The Kings went back to their starters too late and lost the quarter by an embarrassing 19 points. They found themselves trailing the Lakers in the final minute and needed a miracle just to force overtime. Despite shooting a high percentage earlier in the game, Isaiah Thomas was unable to connect on the potential game-tying three against Jordan Farmar's defense. The Lakers scored 37 points in the final quarter to win by three thanks to the disastrous Kings' meltdown, who found no bench production that could restore order.
Lakers: 108
Kings: 105

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Isaiah Thomas was unable to save his team from their 4th quarter collapse

Los Angeles Lakers Top Performers
Kobe Bryant: 29 PTS - 6 REB - 11 AST - 9/15 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 8/9 FT
Nick Young: 15 PTS - 6/15 FG - 3/8 3PT FG - 12 MIN
Jordan Farmar: 16 PTS - 10 AST - 6/14 FG
Rodney Stuckey: 14 PTS - 4 REB - 6 AST - 6/21 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 35 PTS - 11 AST - 13/25 FG - 7/14 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 13 REB - 6 AST - 10/17 FG
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 13 REB - 6 AST - 7/17 FG - 6/7 FT
John Henson: 8 PTS - 5 REB - 3 BLK - 4/5 FG


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Crabbe helps Cousins put away Warriors
After three stops away from Sacramento, the Kings returned home as their early schedule remained heavy with home games. The Warriors were in town for revenge less than a week after losing in Oakland to the Kings, who were carried by Cousins' big night. The Warriors avoided a repeat of their poor opening quarter as the two teams both scored 25. The game remained close for the entire contest. Steph Curry's usual scoring for the Warriors was matched by an unlikely source. The Kings' forgotten offseason acquisition Allen Crabbe had a career night with his new team off the bench. Crabbe made 3 of his first 4 shots, and as a result received a green light from Mike Malone. His 20 attempts included 5 makes from downtown and a career-best 30 points. Crabbe's outstanding play boosted the Kings' bench and kept the home team within reach despite Curry's 35 points. In the final minute of the game, the Kings swung the ball into the corner to Crabbe, who connected on the triple to give them a one point lead. A miss from Klay Thompson on the other end gave the Kings the ball back with 32 seconds left. Demarcus Cousins faced up on Andrew Bogut and dropped in a jumper to extend the lead. Rather than allow a game-tying three, the Kings fouled Stephen Curry intentionally with 2.3 left. Curry made the first shot and was forced to miss the second. Cousins boxed out Andrew Bogut while the rebound was tipped back towards halfcourt as time expired.
Kings: 116
Warriors: 114

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Allen Crabbe: 30 PTS (Career-High) - 11/20 FG - 5/9 3PT FG - 3/3 FT - 30 MIN (Career-High)
Demarcus Cousins: 26 PTS - 12 REB - 10/17 FG - 6/8 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 3 REB - 7 AST - 6/11 FG - 3/4 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 12 PTS - 3 REB - 6 AST - 3/13 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 4/6 FT


Golden State Warriors Top Performers
Stephen Curry: 35 PTS - 10 AST - 14/26 FG - 5/11 3PT FG
Klay Thompson: 16 PTS - 3 REB - 6 AST - 4/13 FG - 2/6 3PT FG
Harrison Barnes: 14 PTS - 5/9 FG - 4/5 3PT FG - 21 MIN
David Lee: 10 PTS - 15 REB - 4/11 FG


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NBA Notes:
Bucks beat Hawks 104-95, end losing streak at 11.
Heat lose to Raptors 88-102, end win streak at 10.
Wizards win 5th straight, now 9-7 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Magic F Glen Davis out 6-8 weeks with Torn MCL.

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Re: - Here We Build - November Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Wed May 07, 2014 2:45 am

November Summary

The curse of youth

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Having a young team is a bumpy road. Sometimes their determination to prove people wrong results in some impressive overachievement, but usually teams must endure some difficult years of mounting losses as the young players develop. So far this season, we have seen a few teams whose youth has finally developed and may be on track for a positive year. The Raptors, Bobcats, Kings, and Pelicans are all sitting above .600 after one month of the season. Most of those teams have one or two key veterans like Al Jefferson and Rudy Gay to lead their younger players. The rising stars of Derozan, Walker, Cousins, and Davis have experienced the growing pains and are now in the leadership roles for their teams' resurgences.

But every year there are always some squads that struggle to move through a rebuild. After a relatively positive season last year, the Suns have been unable to keep their momentum so far this year. Despite an outstanding start to the season from Western Rookie of the Month Deshawn Overton, Phoenix still sits at the bottom of the West with just 4 wins. They will need their new duo of Overton and Eric Bledsoe to mesh in order to carry them upwards. In the East, the Bucks are undoubtedly on the ground floor of their rebuild. They added three 1st round picks in the draft, including the 1st overall selection Alex Ejiofor. Their other key young piece is last year's draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is still just 19. This year will likely be a long one in Milwaukee with few wins before their raw talent develops into the NBA game.

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In the NBA, people always talk about how competitive teams need consistent secondary and tertiary scoring options. But if the Kings have one thing so far early in the season, that is it. Their Big 3 have carried the Kings to an outstanding 9-5 start to the year with their consistent offense. How many other teams can boast a 19.7 per game scorer as their second option, much less 19.4 as their third? Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas are providing those numbers as secondary options to Demarcus Cousins, and the three are combining for 61.7 PPG. The only other teams to have a trio with numbers close to that are the Oklahoma City Thunder (Durant/Westbrook/Ibaka - 66.5 PPG) and the Miami Heat (James/Wade/Bosh - 58.0 PPG). Keeping both defending conference champions as company in any regard is a positive sign for a team that has missed the postseason for almost a decade. Whatever the Kings are doing must be working for now, but how long can their trio carry so much weight for the team?

After Cousins, Thomas, and Gay, the team only has one other 8-per-game scorer in McLemore. They can barely boast about another 6-point scorer on their roster, which is Allen Crabbe of all people. Crabbe likely wouldn't have reached that many PPG here in the early part of the season if not for his 30-point outburst against the Warriors. What the team needs more than anything else at this point is consistent bench scoring. Derrick Williams was expected to be a primary bench option entering this season, but has tended to disappear in games instead of being the aggressive finisher that his athleticism allows. Carl Landry was signed before last season to provide bench production yet struggled with injury last year. This season, Landry is one of three bigs off the Kings' bench to average between 10-12 minutes per game. Along with Cousins and Henson, Landry, Acy, and Thompson result in a 5-big rotation for Sacramento. Some teams struggle to monitor a 4-big rotation, and others only play three on a nightly basis. The logical solution for Sacramento would be to find the most consistent frontcourt reserve and increase their minutes, but all three reserves have been equally productive in various aspects of the game. The competition for floor time between the three will only intensify as the season continues and a poor game or two might bury one of them on the bench.

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Re: - Here We Build - November Summary

Postby unitas9 on Wed May 07, 2014 7:02 am

This is really detailed, I'm really looking forward to reading through it! Also though, good luck with the Kings. They're terrible.
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings keep looking for a spark (11-8)

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu May 15, 2014 3:38 pm

Slumping Suns gain much-needed win in Sacramento
The Suns have experienced their share of bumpy road in the first month as ball-dominant rookie Deshawn Overton is finding his role with the team. He and Bledsoe can be a competent pair in the future, and did a decent job of leading their team tonight in Sacramento. In the first of three meetings between the two teams, neither club shot the ball particularly well. Bledsoe and Overton combined for 41 points yet converted on just over 40% of their attempts. But the Kings reserves were horrifyingly bad. No bench player for Sacramento scored more than 4 points, and as a whole the bench combined for just 25% from the field (6/24). That said, Bledsoe and Overton did enough to overcome the Cousins/Gay duo of the Kings in order to win by 6.
Suns: 101
Kings: 95

Phoenix Suns Top Performers
Deshawn Overton: 22 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 6/17 FG - 9/12 FT
Eric Bledsoe: 19 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 6/11 FG3/4 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Emeka Okafor: 10 PTS - 7 REB - 5/9 FG
Markieff Morris: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 2 STL - 2/8 FG - 6/9 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 11 REB - 7/13 FG - 6/7 FT
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 5 REB - 6/12 FG - 4/5 FT
Ben McLemore: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 3/11 FG - 2/7 3PT FG - 7/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 6 REB - 2 AST - 4/10 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 3/3 FT

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Kings reminded of their place
The strong start to the season had left some Kings fans with unrealistic expectations for the year. A home-heavy schedule contributed to the early success, but Monday's loss to a struggling Phoenix team at home cooled some of the enthusiasm. Yesterday's game against the Thunder was a further reminder of the Kings' more accurate status in the Western Conference. Like a true championship contender, the Thunder took nothing for granted and were focused early on. Strong performances from Durant, Westbrook, and Jeremy Lamb gave them a 12-point lead at halftime. A 10-point third quarter from Rudy Gay gave the Kings some hope, which was ultimately short-lived. Oklahoma City never really let the Kings get close and put on a 48-minute win on the road.
Thunder: 115
Kings: 105

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 24 PTS- 2 REB - 3 AST - 9/12 FG - 5/6 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 21 PTS - 11 REB - 7/16 FG - 7/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 13 AST - 6/14 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Ben McLemore: 9 PTS - 3 REB - 3 AST - 4/5 FG


Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Russell Westbrook: 26 PTS - 4 REB - 8 AST - 11/19 FG - 7 TO
Jeremy Lamb: 26 PTS - 12/25 FG - 44 MIN
Kevin Durant: 18 PTS - 9 REB - 2 BLK - 7/12 FG
Serge Ibaka: 10 PTS - 12 REB - 5/8 FG

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McCallum sparks Kings' reserves
After losing traction on their season after two disappointing losses, the Kings welcomed the Lakers to town. A lack of consistent bench production has been the main weakness of the team so far this season, but faced no such struggles tonight. Ray McCallum posted a career-night and led Carl Landry and Derrick Williams in providing the production the team needed. All three scored in double-figures as the Kings beat the Lakers in Sacramento. Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay also kicked in their usual strong numbers to help provide the team with their firm hold on the game. Kobe's poor game was partially to blame for the Lakers' inability to overcome the balanced offense of the Kings.
Kings: 113
Lakers: 101

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 6 REB - 3 STL - 10/14 FG
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 13 REB - 6 AST - 7/13 FG - 5/5 FT
Ray McCallum: 17 PTS (Career-High) - 6 AST (Career-High) - 7/14 FG - 2/3 FT - 21 MIN (Career-High)
Carl Landry: 12 PTS - 3 REB - 5/5 FG - 2/2 FT - 14 MIN


Los Angeles Lakers Top Performers
Jordan Farmar: 26 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 10/17 FG - 3/6 3PT FG
Rodney Stuckey: 18 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 7/14 FG
Chris Kaman: 14 PTS - 9 REB - 5/11 FG - 4/4 FT
Kobe Bryant: 13 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 4/18 FG

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Blazers keep slipping, fall to Kings
The losers of 5 straight, the Trailblazers hoped that some games at home would help them break their streak. The Kings are coming off a feel-good win over the Lakers and would seem confident in their ability to beat a struggling Portland team. But the game was close for the majority of the game. The Kings entered the 4th with just a 4-point lead. The combination of Cousins and Gay was strong down the stretch for Sacramento, including Cousins passing from the high-post to a cutting Gay in the final minute of regulation. After a 1/2 trip to the foul line for McLemore, the Kings' lead was just three. Damian Lillard was unable to connect on a game-tying three as Portland dropped their 6th straight game.
Kings: 101
Trailblazers: 98

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 3 REB - 7/15 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 17 PTS - 10 REB - 6 AST - 8/14 FG
Ben McLemore: 17 PTS - 3 REB - 2 AST - 6/11 FG - 4/7 3PT FG
Isaiah Thomas: 15 PTS - 3 REB - 9 AST - 5/14 FG - 3/6 3PT FG


Portland Trailblazers Top Performers
Damian Lillard: 21 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 9/19 FG
Wesley Matthews: 18 PTS - 2 AST - 6/9 FG - 5/5 FT
Nicolas Batum: 14 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 6/9 FG - 2/3 FT
Lamarcus Aldridge: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 4/9 FG - 4/4 FT

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D-Mo lights up Sacramento in win
When they headed to Sacramento, the Rockets stepped on the Kings early and refused to let them up. The game was barely a contest as Houston led by 22 at halftime. Sacramento resorted to a Hack-a-Howard strategy in the the 3rd quarter to narrow the deficit to 12, but they would struggle to get any closer in time. Donatas Montiejunas was confident for all of his 28 minutes, pouring in 23 points on 10 shots. Rudy Gay's difficult night did no favors to the Kings' rally attempts, and only a garbage-time run by Derrick Williams narrowed the final margin to 7.
Rockets: 117
Kings: 110

Houston Rockets Top Performers
Donatas Montiejunas: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 7/10 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 7/9 FT - 28 MIN
James Harden: 19 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 5/10 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Dwight Howard: 15 PTS - 9 REB - 5/13 FG - 5/14 FT
Chandler Parsons: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 4/6 FG - 5/7 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 27 PTS - 9 AST - 8/14 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 8/11 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 17 PTS - 10 REB - 7/10 FG - 3/5 FT
Derrick Williams: 13 PTS - 2 REB - 4/6 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 3/3 FT - 11 MIN
Rudy Gay: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 1/6 FG - 7/8 FT

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NBA Notes:
Clippers win 7th straight, now 14-7 overall.
Rockets win 7th straight, now 14-8 overall.
Lakers lose 5th straight, now 10-11 overall.
Warriors lose 7th straight, now 8-14 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Heat G Dwayne Wade out 1-2 weeks with Sore Foot.
Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki out 4-6 weeks with Broken Arm

NBA Transactions:
Cavs bolster frontcourt
Dallas Mavericks trade: Andray Blatche
Cleveland Cavaliers trade: Alonzo Gee

In what would seem to be a win-win for both teams, the Cavaliers have agreed to a deal with the Mavericks for newly-signed bigman Andray Blatche. These same Cavaliers renounced their 10-year center Anderson Varejao due to disagreement about the Brazilian's market value and a desire to develop their young bigs like Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett. Blatche signed with the Mavericks near the beginning of the free agency period last offseason, but Dallas also chased the newly-available Varejao in the market. With both Varejao and Blatche in the Mavericks' rotation at center with Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, the excess of capable bigs was obvious. A Dallas team with buyer's remorse on Blatche was happy to dump the salary they recently spent. The Cavaliers desperately needed help up front and Blatche fits the bill.
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Re: - Here We Build - Cousins keeps pushing Kings forward (14-9)

Postby Vespasian92 on Fri May 23, 2014 3:02 pm

Kings cruise at home
The Portland Trailblazers chose to let Robin Lopez walk in free agency and utilize Myers Leonard and Miroslav Raduljica at the 5 instead. Neither have been able to replicate the chemistry Lopez had with Lamarcus Aldridge. Combined with a slow season for Damian Lillard, Portland has slumped out of the gates. Just 4 days after losing to the Kings at home, they headed to Sacramento hoping to turn their season around. Yet it was not to be. Lamarcus Aldridge struggled offensively, thanks in part to John Henson's defensive effort. Aldridge shot just 6/19 from the field. Aside from Welsey Matthews, no Blazer was very successful offensively as the Kings put up one of their better defensive efforts of the season. Demarcus Cousins scored 22 as Sacramento gained the easy home win.
Kings: 112
Trailblazers: 87

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 22 PTS - 12 REB - 8/15 FG - 6/8 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 19 PTS - 8 AST - 7/12 FG - 3/5 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 6/15 FG - 7/8 FT
John Henson: 12 PTS - 8 REB - 3 BLK - 5/7 FG - 2/4 FT


Portland Trailblazers Top Performers
Lamarcus Aldridge: 16 PTS - 7 REB - 3 AST - 6/19 FG - 4/4 FT
Wesley Matthews: 15 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 6/8 FG - 3/3 3PT FG
Damian Lillard: 12 PTS - 6 AST - 4/10 FG - 4 TO
Nicolas Batum: 12 PTS - 5 REB - 5/11 FG

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Sacramento's only three alone in L.A.
When you only have three double-figure scorers on the road, a team shouldn't expect to win very often. The Kings' lack of bench scoring hurt them in L.A. against the Clippers on Saturday. Cousins, Gay, and Thomas were the only Kings to score in double-figures, and even then, Thomas only shot 5/14 from the field. Their struggling offense could not match the production from L.A.'s frontcourt of Griffin and Jordan as the Kings fell quietly.
Clippers: 115
Kings: 105

Los Angeles Clippers Top Performers
Deandre Jordan: 32 PTS - 13 REB - 3 BLK - 14/20 FG - 4/7 FT
Blake Griffin: 20 PTS - 13 REB - 9/12 FG - 2/6 FT
Chris Paul: 15 PTS - 9 AST - 2 BLK - 5/12 FG - 4/4 FT
J.J. Redick: 10 PTS - 6 AST - 4/15 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 24 PTS - 15 REB - 10/17 FG - 4/5
Rudy Gay: 23 PTS- 4 REB - 3 AST - 9/20 FG - 4/5 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 5/14 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Derrick Williams: 8 PTS - 3/8 FG - 11 MIN

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Cousins and McLemore shine as Kings survive
Returning to Sacramento for a quick stop at home before a 4-game roadtrip on the east coast, the Kings welcomed the Pelicans. New Orleans has, like Sacramento, enjoyed a good start to the season and have their sights set on sneaking into the postseason. Early on, Ben McLemore was aggressive offensively for the Kings with 13 first quarter points. The strong efforts of Omer Asik and Anthony Davis on the backboard kept the Pelicans in the game despite McLemore and Cousins' scoring. But the Kings gameplanned well defensively against their former Rookie of the Year, making Tyreke Evans shoot it from downtown. Tyreke connected on just 3 of his 10 attempts from 3pt land. Along with Evans' struggles, misses from Eric Gordon also hurt the Pelicans chances of rallying from a halftime deficit. Despite a -5 4th quarter, the Kings held on to win at home by 4.
Kings: 103
Pelicans: 99

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 26 PTS - 13 REB - 10/18 FG - 6/7 FT
Ben McLemore: 18 PTS - 3 REB - 5 AST - 7/15 FG - 3/3 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 15 PTS - 7 AST - 4/10 FG - 4/7 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 11 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 5/13 FG - 1/5 3PT FG


New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Tyreke Evans: 27 PTS - 4 REB - 4 AST - 12/27 FG - 3/10 3PT FG
Eric Gordon: 18 PTS - 4 REB - 7/20 FG - 1/5 3PT FG
Omer Asik: 11 PTS - 11 REB - 5/10 FG
Anthony Davis: 8 PTS - 13 REB - 4/6 FG

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Balanced production gives Kings road win
Sporadic production from all the Kings not name Demarcus, Rudy, or Isaiah has been a problem for the team this season. Derrick Williams and Carl Landry have struggled to score consistently off the bench, and tonight was no exception as neither scored in the game against the Hawks. Yet even without any points from them, the Kings found enough support from another. Allen Crabbe has played well after an offseason trade put him into a Kings' uniform and dropped 4 shots from downtown en route to 14 points. Crabbe and John Henson combined for 30 points to support the main trio for Sacramento. With 5 players scoring at least 14 points, the Kings put on a strong performance in Atlanta and pulled out the road win. Al Horford had an effective night on the glass, pulling down 21 rebounds in the loss.
Kings: 106
Hawks: 99

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 22 PTS - 5 REB - 9/18 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 13 REB - 9/20 FG
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 12 AST - 6/11 FG - 3/7 3PT FG
John Henson: 16 PTS - 11 REB - 2 BLK - 7/9 FG - 2/7 FT


Atlanta Hawks Top Performers
Al Horford: 16 PTS - 21 REB - 8/20 FG - 7 OFF REB
Lou Williams: 16 PTS - 6/14 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 2/3 FT
Kyle Korver: 13 PTS - 5/8 FG - 3/3 3PT FG
Jeff Teague: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 5/11 FG

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NBA Notes:
Clippers win 9th straight, now 16-7 overall.
Rockets win 9th straight, now 16-8 overall.
Bucks lose 5th straight, now 2-22 overall.
Magic lose 9th straight, now 6-19 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Knicks F Amare Stoudemire out 4-6 weeks with Broken Back.

NBA Transactions:
Knicks extend F Andrea Bargnani with 4yr/$20.93M deal.
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings' bench finally arrives (16-11)

Postby Vespasian92 on Wed May 28, 2014 1:15 pm

Shorthanded Bobcats top Kings
Still without their star guard Kemba Walker due to an MCL injury suffered at the end of last season, the Bobcats' had more injury news last week that Al Jefferson would be slowed by a Sprained Knee. Although he was active, Jefferson still sat out of Thursday's game against the Kings. Without their two best players, Charlotte was hoping their promising rookie guard Terrence Askew could produce another strong performance like his 38-point outing last time he faced the Kings. It seemed Sacramento did not take the rookie too lightly tonight, forcing him into many difficult shots. He shot just 9/23, yet still put up 27 points in 43 minutes. But conversely, Askew's defensive abilities limited Isaiah Thomas just as much. The Kings' point guard shot an even worse mark, going 6/19 from the field. With just mediocre performances from Cousins and Gay, the Kings didn't have enough to overcome Askew's 27 points and 17 from Gerald Henderson. Charlotte held on to claim the narrow victory at home despite their offensive struggles.
Bobcats: 96
Kings: 93

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Charlotte Bobcats Top Performers
Terrence Askew: 27 PTS - 5 AST - 9/23 FG - 7/8 FT - 43 MIN
Gerald Henderson: 17 PTS - 6/10 FG - 4/4 FT
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: 13 PTS - 4 REB - 6/22 FG
Cpdy Zeller: 12 PTS - 15 REB - 2/9 FG - 8/12 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 11 AST - 6/19 FG - 1/6 3PT FG - 4/7 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 16 PTS - 13 REB - 4 BLK - 7/15 FG
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 8 REB - 6/12 FG - 2/4 3PT FG
Ben McLemore: 14 PTS - 2 REB - 4/7 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 4/4 FT

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Lebron, Stephenson carry Heat
After Ray Allen's retirement, the Heat reloaded this offseason by getting Caron Butler and Rip Hamilton on minimum deals in addition to signing Lance Stephenson from Indiana. Considering Dwayne Wade's injury struggles in recent seasons, Stephenson was an outstanding addition for the Heat. Stephenson stepped into the starting lineup for the Heat on Saturday as Wade missed his 5th straight game with a foot injury. The former Pacer seamlessly filled in for Wade and aggressively attacked the basket on a consistent basis. He and Lebron were a potent duo tonight, combining for 61 of Miami's 113 points. Cousins received some welcome support from a pair of Kings teammates, but not the usual suspects. John Henson and Ben McLemore stepped up with consistent efforts in Miami, especially on the glass. Two days after his struggles in Charlotte, Isaiah Thomas fared little better against the Miami defense. He and Rudy Gay both failed to produce their usual offense as the Kings fell to the Heat in South Beach.
Heat: 113
Kings: 104

Miami Heat Top Performers
Lebron James: 34 PTS - 8 REB - 10 AST - 14/24 FG
Lance Stephenson: 27 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 10/19 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Caron Butler: 11 PTS - 3 REB - 4/10 FG - 20 MIN
Chris Bosh: 10 PTS - 11 REB - 5/11 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 24 PTS - 17 REB - 4 AST - 10/20 FG - 4/6 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 18 PTS - 6 AST - 6/18 FG - 6/6 FT
John Henson: 18 PTS- 7 REB - 8/10 FG
Ben McLemore: 12 PTS - 9 REB (Career-High) - 4 AST - 5/11 FG - 2/5 3PT FG

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Williams smashes slump and Magic
The inconsistent production from bench leaders Carl Landry and Derrick Williams for the Kings has been well documented this season. Neither has shown an aggressive, go-to mentality that the team needs off the bench. The Kings were hoping for a win in Orlando to reach .500 on their 4-game roadtrip. The Magic have not taken the step forward that they were hoping to and need some home wins to turn it around. Tonight's game never got out of hand, but Orlando never made a run to take control. The Kings took a lead after the first quarter and held it for most of the game. Demarcus Cousins put up his usual numbers from the start of the night and Sacramento found an unexpected boost from their bench. Derrick Williams entered the Amway Center and displayed confidence offensively that we haven't seen from him since last year. He put up 29 points on just 15 attempts thanks to some impressive accuracy from downtown and aggressiveness to earn free throws. With Williams' confidence and a passive performance from Rudy Gay, Derrick played the majority of the second half and helped Demarcus Cousins keep the Sacramento lead intact in the end.
Kings: 105
Magic: 97

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Derrick Williams: 29 PTS (Career-High) - 2 REB - 2 STL - 11/15 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 4/6 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 23 PTS - 14 REB - 10/16 FG - 3/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 2 REB - 4 AST - 3 STL - 4/14 FG - 2/6 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 6 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 3/5 FG


Orlando Magic Top Performers
Victor Oladipo: 29 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 12/27 FG - 2/9 3PT FG
Maurice Harkless: 20 PTS - 3 REB - 5 AST - 9/16 FG
Jameer Nelson: 8 PTS - 6 AST - 2/4 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 5 TO
Nikola Vucevic: 6 PTS - 10 REB - 2/4 FG - 2/2 FT

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Bench helps Kings drop 122 at home
Derrick Williams' big night in Orlando was a source of hope for a team that has starved for bench production so far this season. As the Kings returned home after a positive 2-2 roadtrip, they hoped another bench performance from somebody would help them beat the visiting Mavericks. Most Kings fans in attendance would have been happy with one consistent reserve, but nobody was expecting three. Quincy Acy (18 PTS, 5 REB), Ray McCallum (11 PTS, 7 AST), and Carl Landry (10 PTS, 6 REB) all scored in double-figures in tonight's game. During a stretch with an undersized frontcourt duo of Acy and Landry, the Kings outscored the Mavericks by 13. The bench trio led the reserves to 52 bench points on the nights. But Sacramento's regular trio didn't miss out either. Cousins, Gay, and Thomas each hit the 20-point mark to complete the near-perfect offensive performance for the Kings. Monta Ellis had 38 points in his own right, but wasn't enough to overcome Sacramento's balanced scoring.
Kings: 122
Mavericks: 115

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Quincy Acy's energy was contagious to the Kings' reserves

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 21 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 8/13 FG - 4/6 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 8 REB - 8/17 FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 20 PTS - 2 REB - 5 AST - 6/16 FG - 3/8 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Quincy Acy: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 8/10 FG - 2/2 3PT FG


Dallas Mavericks Top Performers
Monta Ellis: 38 PTS - 7 AST - 17/31 FG - 4/8 3PT FG
Alonzo Gee: 20 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 7/16 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Devin Harris: 16 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 6/10 FG - 4/6 3PT FG
Anderson Varejao: 12 PTS - 13 REB - 6/9 FG

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NBA Notes:
Clippers win 13th straight, now 20-7 overall.
76ers win 5th straight, now 14-15 overall.
Pelicans lose 7th straight, now 14-15 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Nets F Kevin Garnett out 2-4 weeks with Broken Arm.

NBA Transactions:
Timberwolves extend G J.J. Barea with 4yr.$8.19M deal.
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings' bench finally arrives (16-11)

Postby Martti. on Wed May 28, 2014 3:23 pm

Lance Stephenson in Miami is just too wrong. :D

Couple of good wins, sucks you couldn't beat the Bobcats without Al and Kemba. Losses like that could really factor big in Playoff seedings..
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Re: - Here We Build - Sacramento defense porous to close 2014 (17-13)

Postby Vespasian92 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:52 pm

Heat win shootout in overtime

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Shane Battier took advantage of a clean look to force OT in Sacramento

After a win over the Kings in South Beach exactly one week ago, the Heat went to Sacramento for the second and final meeting this season. Boasting a healthy Dwayne Wade tonight, Miami's offense was hot from the opening tip. They scored at least 29 points in all 4 quarters against a porous effort from the Sacramento defense. Miami shot a blistering 49% from the field and committed just 10 turnovers on the night. Yet even considering those numbers, they did not pull away from the Kings easily. Sacramento mustered an effective mark from the floor as well, shooting a stunning 51%. Rudy Gay took over in the second half for the Kings, dropping 19 of his 25 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

Gay's offense helped the Kings hold a narrow lead in the closing minutes of the game. He converted a layup over Chris Bosh to extend the lead to three with 3.9 seconds left. After a Heat timeout, Bosh was set up as the inbounder on the sideline. Thanks to a miscommunication defensively, Isaiah Thomas and John Henson both followed Mario Chalmers at the top of arc. Shane Battier found himself open on the near wing and didn't hesitate. The clean opportunity resulted in a tie score to send the game into overtime.

The extra 5 minutes went the same way as the first 48. The teams combined for 40 points in a high-scoring overtime. Despite the mediorce defense, Demarcus Cousins lost his scoring touch in the extra period, shooting just 1-5. Conversely, Lebron did what we expect from the #1 player in the world when it mattered. He put up 16 of Miami's 22 overtime points to help the Heat claim the road win. The high-scoring game saw 4 players for Miami score at least 20 points in the victory.

"Our defense tonight was completely unacceptable. 49% shooting and 142 points are numbers that our guys should be ashamed of. Forget the fact that our offense was able to keep up for most of the game. This was unacceptable." - Kings Coach Mike Malone

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Struggling defense fails in San Antonio
After a pair of defensive performances at home that were mediocre at best, the Kings went to Texas for the first of a quick 2-game roadtrip. The Spurs have been their usual veteran powerhouse this season and showed no signs of any change as they settled in at home. Considering the contrasting momentum of the teams recently, the game went as expected despite Tim Duncan resting a Torn Hamstring. The Spurs' team play carried them to an early lead and to the 48-minute victory. Danny Green's 7 assists marked the excellent ball movement for San Antonio. Combined with Parker's 25, it was enough to overcome the 26-12 performance from Demarcus Cousins.
Spurs: 110
Kings: 102

San Antonio Spurs Top Performers
Tony Parker: 25 PTS - 5 REB - 6 AST - 9/21 FG - 4/4 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Danny Green: 16 PTS - 7 AST - 6/17 FG - 3/3 FT
Tiago Splitter: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 6/8 FG - 2/2 FT
Anthony Randolph: 14 PTS - 18 REB - 7/9 FG - 40 MIN


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 26 PTS - 12 REB - 10/23 FG - 6/7 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 2 AST - 7/19 FG - 4/9 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 14 PTS - 2 REB - 5 AST - 5/10 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Derrick Williams: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 5/6 FG - 17 MIN

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Kings steady ship behind Cousins, better D
Quietly, the Kings have had a very poor stretch of basketball as of late. A high-scoring game against the Mavericks ultimately resulted in a Sacramento win, an overtime battle in Miami against the powerhouse Heat, and a road loss to the veteran Spurs don't necessarily suggest a slumping team, but the Kings' defense has been abysmal during that stretch. Sacramento had allowed 122.3 PPG in the three games, and another road game welcomed them to the Big Easy. The Pelicans are still without Jrue Holiday (Torn Meniscus) and started both Gordon and Evans in the backcourt. Facing a score-first backcourt, the Kings' defensive gameplan tonight was similar to that in the last matchup with New Orleans. Sacramento swarmed Eric Gordon while sagging off of the inconsistent shooting of Evans and Aminu. Tyreke put up a shocking 10 attempts from downtown thanks to being left alone, and the misses helped the Kings down the stretch. With volume shooting from the Pelicans backcourt, a dominant night from Demarcus Cousins with a season-best 8 offensive rebounds finished the job.
Kings: 102
Pelicans: 99

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 23 PTS - 16 REB - 4 AST - 10/16 FG - 3/4 FT - 8 OFF REB (Season-High)
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 2 REB - 2 AST - 5/11 FG - 5/6 FT
Derrick Williams: 13 PTS - 2 REB - 2 AST - 5/6 FG - 2/3 FT - 24 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 9 AST - 5/11 FG - 1/4 3PT FG


New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Eric Gordon: 36 PTS - 14/28 FG - 2/7 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Tyreke Evans: 16 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 7/22 FG - 2/10 3PT FG
Anthony Davis: 8 PTS - 9 REB - 4/7 FG
Al-Farouq Aminu: 7 PTS - 3 REB - 7 AST - 3/6 FG

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NBA Notes:
Warriors win 5th straight, now 16-17 overall.
Thunder win 5th straight, now 20-11 overall.
Nets F/C Kevin Garnett announces plans to retire after this season.

NBA Injury Updates:
Rockets F Chandler Parsons out 1-2 weeks with Sprained Wrist.
Timberwolves G Kevin Martin out 4-6 weeks with Broken Finger.

NBA Transactions:
Grizzlies extend F Tayshawn Prince with 1yr/$1.47M deal.

Wolves and Cavaliers balance rosters
Minnesota Timberwolves trade: Luc Mbah a Moute
Cleveland Cavaliers trade: Nate Wolters
A minor deal that seemed to be a no-brainer for both sides. The Cavaliers had three point guards of Irving, Jack, and promising rookie Will Thurmond ahead of Wolters on the depth chart, while the Wolves had 5 small forwards on the team. Mbah a Moute was acquired from the Kings early last season in exchange for Derrick Williams, but struggled to make the kind of impact Minnesota was hoping for. Losing minutes to a healthy Chase Budinger, developing Shabazz Muhammad, and rookie Trey McKenzie, the oft-injured Mbah a Moute wasn't seeing the floor this season even when he was 100%.

Wolters came to Cleveland in the offseason after being waived by the Bucks. He joined the Cavaliers despite the presence of the other three guards already on the roster, and the situation did not improve for the 2nd year guard from North Dakota State. A new situation in Minnesota will likely help him gain traction on his career.
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Re: - Here We Build - December Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:09 pm

December Summary

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Last season was probably a disappointment for the Pistons after signing Josh Smith to go with young bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. A bumpy regular season still resulted in a 6th seed in the weak Eastern Conference and an upset of the injury-ravaged Indiana Pacers. On paper a 2nd round appearance might seem positive, but nobody could turn a blind eye to their difficult regular season and subsequent good fortune in the postseason. Whatever adjustments Detroit made in the offseason seeking a better season seem to have worked. A less trigger-happy year from Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings and improved numbers from key reserves Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singer have contributed to a strong Detroit squad. But the main difference this season is the emergence of 2nd year guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The trio of Drummond, Monroe, and Smith was considered doomed to failure due to the lack of consistent perimeter shooting from three of your starters. Many would say that the Pistons still need more shooting on their team, but KCP's emergence is the perfect compliment to Detroit's inside-heavy frontcourt. The Georgia product is averaging over 16 points behind 39% shooting from downtown. Most speculated that either Monroe or Josh Smith would be certainly traded by this year's trade deadline, but the now-passable floor spacing in Detroit might make some people rethink the Pistons.

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Any Kings fans are aware of the impressive season being put together by Demarcus Cousins, but thanks to the .500 mark of the team so far this year, now everybody is starting to notice. His rebounding dominance is nothing new, but every single facet of his game has improved since last season. His scoring is up to 21.9 per game which is enough to put him in the top-5 in the NBA. His 11.2 RPG last season, which was good enough to claim the rebounding title, has went even higher this season to 13.1 boards. His assists are up from 1.9 to 3.1, steals from .8 to 1.0, and he made small improvements in blocks, free throws, and 3pt percentage. Of course, there are 52 more games this season in which Cousins may see his numbers drop, but his improvements have to be taken seriously.

But good players don't just get their own numbers: they also help their teammates as well. The attention that Cousins' draws in the low post creates open shots for his guards. Playing with Demarcus in the starting lineup, Ben McLemore has bounced back from a difficult opening month with a small but much-needed boost in his 3pt percentage. McLemore's increased scoring rate has steadied his floor time under Coach Malone, who frequently went with the hot shooting Allen Crabbe in place of the Kansas product. Conversely, Crabbe's minutes have dipped this month yet still maintained his 3pt effectiveness. Isaiah Thomas has also benefited from Cousins' dominance with an impressive 43% mark from downtown. Cousins' nightly assist count of 3 shows his willingness to find these open shooters when he is doubled. Behind Cousins' strong season and outstanding support from Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas, the Kings have maintained a .500 record so far and many fans dare to believe that Sacramento's 9-year playoff drought might be threatened.

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Re: - Here We Build - December Summary

Postby Lamrock on Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:33 am

Nice big three of sorts you've got here. You'll still have your work cut out for you to make the postseason but it's definitely the best Kings team in a decade!
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Re: - Here We Build - Kings confident after strong homestand (21-14)

Postby Vespasian92 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:08 am

Rudy outduels Melo in easy win
After a tiring stretch of 6 road games in their last 8, the Kings eagerly returned to Sactown for a 5-game homestand to begin 2015. The Knicks were in the middle of a 6-game roadtrip of their own when they came to Sleep Train Arena for the only time this season. Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Gay both accepted large player options last offseason and will hit the open market this summer. Their respective teams will hope for a positive season to convince their star wings to stay in town. Both are playing well in contract years, but the matchup between the two failed to live up to the hype. Rudy Gay was dynamic from the opening tip and put on a show for the home fans. He frequently found his way to the basket for easy shots en route to 63% from the floor. Conversely, Anthony had a very difficult night for his Knicks squad. Shooting just 5/16 overall, Carmelo missed all but one of his attempts from behind the arc. As a team, the Knicks hoisted a exorbitant 41 shots from 3pt territory with a poor percentage overall. Considering the Knicks' offensive struggles and the strong performances from Gay and Cousins, the Kings easily cruised to the home victory.
Kings: 111
Knicks: 95

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 30 PTS - 2 REB - 5 AST - 12/19 FG - 2/2 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 17 PTS - 12 REB - 6/12 FG - 5/6 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 11 AST - 5/16 FG - 1/5 3PT FG
John Henson: 12 PTS - 12 REB - 1 BLK - 6/10 FG


New York Knicks Top Performers
Tyson Chandler: 18 PTS - 14 REB - 2 STL - 8/13 FG
Carmelo Anthony: 17 PTS - 3 REB - 3 AST - 5/16 FG - 1/8 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Andrea Bargnani: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 5/11 FG - 3/7 3PT FG
J.R. Smith: 14 PTS - 5/15 FG - 2/8 3PT FG

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Henson's 20 boards marks team win
Just two days after one of the better performances of the season against the Knicks, the Kings continued their season-best 5 game homestand on Sunday. The Hawks were coming off of two straight road losses in Golden State and Minnesota as they came to Sacramento. The team effort that the Kings displayed against New York easily carried over tonight and consistent contributions from the entire team had the home Kings looking strong. Whether it was Ben McLemore's 16 points on 9 shots, Rudy Gay's efficiency, or Carl Landry's perfect performance (14 PTS, 5 REB, 7/7 FG, 15 MIN), every King who stepped on the floor played like one. Despite the variety of strong performances, the biggest surprise of the night was John Henson's efforts. Henson secured a season-high 20 rebounds to help the Kings claim a dominant +22 advantage on the glass. Considering the balanced production and the rebounding advantage for Sacramento, Lou Williams's 9/26 shooting night doomed the Hawks in Sacramento.
Kings: 111
Hawks: 94

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John Henson helped Demarcus Cousins dominate the glass for the Kings

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 5/13 FG - 2/7 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Ben McLemore: 16 PTS - 7/9 FG - 2/3 3PT FG
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 10 REB - 7/16 FG
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 6/9 FG - 3/3 3PT FG
John Henson: 12 PTS - 20 REB - 4/10 FG - 4/4 FT


Atlanta Hawks Top Performers
Lou Williams: 22 PTS - 6 AST - 9/26 FG - 3/15 3PT FG
Dennis Schroder: 18 PTS - 3 AST - 7/14 FG - 3/3 FT
Demarre Carroll: 13 PTS - 2 REB - 2 AST - 5/11 FG
Al Horford: 6 PTS - 10 REB - 3/6 FG

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Trio disappoints offensively
Some impressive positive strides from this year's Kings team has been reflected in their recent play. After a road win in New Orleans, the Kings continued their momentum their with two comfortable home wins against the Knicks and Hawks. Their 5-game homestand continued against the Timberwolves, who once again find themselves trapped in mediocrity in the difficult Western Conference. But despite their average season so far, Minnesota put up a fight in Sacramento. Surprisingly, neither team performed well offensively. Both teams shot below 42% and neither boasted a 20-point scorer. In the battle of attrition, the Timberwolves found enough production from their bench to claim the road win. Chase Budinger put up the game-high 18 points off the Minnesota bench, while Love and Brewer each had 17. 9 points each from Barea, Pekovic, and Rubio was enough to overcome the poor performances from the Kings' trio of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas. They shot a combined 16/37, with none of them reaching their usual numbers as their Kings were cooled by the disappointing home loss.
Timberwolves: 97
Kings: 92

Minnesota Timberwolves Top Performers
Chase Budinger: 18 PTS - 3 REB - 4/8 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 8/8 FT
Kevin Love: 17 PTS - 8 REB - 5/14 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Corey Brewer: 17 PTS - 6 REB - 8 AST - 5/15 FG - 1/8 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Nikola Pekovic: 9 PTS - 11 REB - 3/6 FG - 3/4 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 6 REB - 5/13 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 15 PTS - 9 REB - 5/11 FG - 5/5 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 6 AST - 6/13 FG - 1/4 3PT FG
John Henson: 12 PTS - 10 REB - 6/9 FG

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Big 3, improved defense spark blowout
In the midst of their longest homestand of the year, the Kings hoped to bounce back from Wednesday's loss with a winnable game against the visiting Magic. Orlando put themselves in youth development mode this season, starting Andrew Nicholson at the 4 and giving Victor Oladipo the reins as the point guard. Their record has been less than impressive as a result. Conversely, the Kings looked to continue their much improved season carried by their trio of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas. All three hit the 20 point mark in tonight's contest. The Kings' defense also put up a good effort against a Magic squad lacking elite offensive players. No player for Orlando scored more than 13 points and the Magic shot below 40% for most of the night. Combined with the solid defense, Demarcus Cousins' dominance in the paint gave the Kings the easy win.
Kings: 113
Magic: 89

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 25 PTS - 15 REB - 3 STL - 10/17 FG - 5/7 FT
Rudy Gay: 20 PTS - 7 REB - 7/10 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 20 PTS - 5 AST - 8/16 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Ray McCallum: 11 PTS - 17 AST - 2/7 FG - 7/8 FT - 15 MIN


Orlando Magic Top Performers
Nikola Vucevic: 13 PTS - 9 REB - 3 BLK - 6/10 FG
Aaron Afflalo: 13 PTS - 4 AST - 5/11 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Andrew Nicholson: 10 PTS - 7 REB - 4/7 FG - 2/2 FT
Victor Oladipo: 10 PTS - 4 AST - 4/11 FG

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Henson, Cousins stifle Pistons paint presence
Detroit came to Sacramento to face the Kings in the 5th and final game of the Kings' homestand on Monday. The Pistons have enjoyed a strong start to the season and currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Improved floor spacing around their frontcourt trio of Drummond, Monroe, and Smith has propelled their improvement, but they went to Sacramento without the services of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who sat out with a hamstring injury. KCP has had a breakout season with 16 points a contest and has provided the perimeter shooting the Pistons desperately needed. Without him, Kyle Singler started at the 2 for Detroit, but could not produce the same kind of consistent shooting. Detroit only made 4 3-pointers on the night while shooting below 25% from downtown. Well aware of the Pistons' need to score in the paint, Demarcus Cousins and John Henson were prepared defensively. Along with help from the wing players, the Kings' frontcourt duo contested shots all night. Cousins and Henson combined for 8 blocked shots, and two more from Quincy Acy (6 PTS, 8 REB, 2 BLK) capped off a gritty defensive effort in the paint. Offensively, Cousins and Gay were effective as ever. A poster dunk from Rudy Gay late in the third quarter was an emphatic marker of another strong home win for Sacramento.

After a successful 4-1 homestand with just 5 games in 11 days, the Kings embark on the most difficult part of their schedule. They face a 6-game roadtrip against high-caliber competition that includes two back-to-backs, beginning Wednesday in Indiana.
Kings: 109
Pistons: 88

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 20 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 3 BLK - 6/11 FG - 8/9 FT - 7 TO
Rudy Gay: 20 PTS - 10 REB - 7/12 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
John Henson: 14 PTS - 4 REB - 5 BLK - 6/9 FG - 2/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 12 PTS - 7 REB - 5/7 FG - 2/2 FT


Detroit Pistons Top Performers
Kyle Singler: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 6/13 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/6 FT
Josh Smith: 14 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 4/11 FG - 5/5 FT
Greg Monroe: 13 PTS - 6 REB - 6/9 FG
Brandon Jennings: 13 PTS - 3 REB - 3 AST - 4 STL - 6/16 FG - 1/5 3PT FG

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NBA Notes:
Heat win 6th straight, now 27-10 overall.
Magic lose 5th straight, now 11-27 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Clippers C Deandre Jordan out 2-4 weeks with Broken Toe.
Celtics F Brandon Bass out 4-6 weeks with Torn Hamstring.

NBA Transactions:
Suns fire Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, hire Jacque Vaughn.
Spurs extend G Tony Parker with 4yr/$52.06M deal.
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Re: - Here We Build - Road woes take their toll (22-17)

Postby Vespasian92 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:19 am

Kings start hot, but fall in Indiana
Hoping to carry their confidence on the road, the Kings embarked on their longest roadtrip of the season immediately after completing a 6-game homestand. Sacramento was the site of a 5-1 mark for homestand and the confidence seemed to carry over for the Kings in Indiana. Led by Rudy Gay, the Kings dropped 34 points in the opening quarter. But as soon at the second quarter started, it was all downhill. The Pacers outscored Sacramento by 15 in the remaining 3 quarters. Granger and George bounced back from difficult 1st quarter performances to help Indiana take control. Conversely, Rudy Gay was alone for the Kings. Cousins had a mediocre night and a terrible shooting mark from Isaiah Thomas failed to support Gay down the stretch as the Kings could not catch the coasting Pacers.
Pacers: 108
Kings: 102

Indiana Pacers Top Performers
Danny Granger: 24 PTS - 4 REB - 6/15 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 9/9 FT
Paul George: 23 PTS - 6 REB - 10/25 FG - 1/7 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
George Hill: 14 PTS - 9 AST - 6/8 FG - 2/3 FT
Roy Hibbert: 11 PTS - 17 REB - 4/6 FG - 3/3 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 24 PTS - 6 REB - 7 AST - 9/10 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 5/5 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 8 REB - 8/20 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 1/2 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 7 AST - 5/16 FG - 3/10 3PT FG
Allen Crabbe: 11 PTS - 4/7 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 12 MIN

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Cousins invisible as Kings outrebounded by 19
The consistent anchor for the Kings this season has been Demarcus Cousins, who is posted another improved statistical season. His NBA-best rebounding mark and a scoring average that flirts with the top 5 in the league has helped the Kings to a .500 record so far. Cousins has rarely failed to contribute a 20-10 game this season, but tonight's game in Denver was one of those difficult nights. His scoring was less efficient than usual, and his typical rebounding presence was nowhere to be found. It was the length and energy of a McGee/Faried frontline that bothered Cousins, outreaching the Kings' bigman to claim rebounds. Denver dominated the rebounding battle in the Pepsi Center, claiming a +19 advantage over Sacramento. Combined with the Nuggets' typical high-octane offense and Ty Lawson's 32 points, the rebounding differential buried the Kings in their second loss to open the roadtrip.
Nuggets: 121
Kings: 110

Denver Nuggets Top Performers
Ty Lawson: 32 PTS - 5 REB - 10 AST - 12/23 FG - 2/9 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Evan Fournier: 23 PTS - 6 REB - 10/25 FG - 1/7 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Javale McGee: 12 PTS - 8 REB - 6/9 FG
Kenneth Faried: 11 PTS - 12 REB - 4/6 FG - 3/3 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 22 PTS - 7 AST - 4 STL - 9/15 FG - 3/3 FT
Rudy Gay: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 5/13 FG - 7/7 FT
Ray McCallum: 15 PTS - 4/11 FG - 7/7 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 6/13 FG - 2/6 FT

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Gay, Cousins carry Kings to win in Memphis
The notoriously difficult Grizzlies defense welcomed the Kings to the Grindhouse as Sacramento continued their lengthy roadtrip. After poor defensive efforts in losses to the Pacers and Nuggets, the Kings hoped their usually strong offense could manage enough momentum to overcome the strong Grizzlies defense. Rudy Gay's perimeter shooting and Demarcus Cousins' physical play answered the call with a combined 58 points. On the other end, the battle between a sub-par Memphis offense and inconsistent Kings defense also went Sacramento's way. Forced to create the majority of Memphis' offense, Mike Conley and Nick Calathes combined for 9/27 shooting. Despite having an efficient night, a passive performance from Zach Randolph did not provide the scoring Memphis needed.
Kings: 109
Grizzlies: 89

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 31 PTS - 6 REB - 4 AST - 9/17 FG - 13/13 FT
Rudy Gay: 27 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 10/21 FG - 4/6 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 13 PTS - 7 AST - 5/8 FG - 2/3 3PT FG
Ben McLemore: 9 PTS - 6 REB - 4/5 FG - 1/1 FT


Memphis Grizzlies Top Performers
Mike Conley: 17 PTS - 8 AST - 8/19 FG - 1/5 3PT FG
Courtney Lee: 14 PTS - 5/11 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Zach Randoph: 12 PTS - 12 REB - 6/9 FG - 6 OFF REB
Marc Gasol: 6 PTS - 6 REB - 2/8 FG - 6 FLS

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Durant, Westbrook dominate in easy win
There wasn't much contention between the Kings and Thunder as Sacramento visited Oklahoma City on their roadtrip. The West-leading Thunder showed no signs of a letdown, led by their duo of Durant and Westbrook. Westbrook scored 38 on the night and a near triple-double for Durant marked a blowout win for the Thunder. Aside from a 29-point effort from Isaiah Thomas, the Kings struggled to get anything going offensively on the road as they lose their 3rd game on the roadtrip.
Thunder: 121
Kings: 110

Oklahoma City Thunder Top Performers
Russell Westbrook: 38 PTS - 5 REB - 8 AST - 16/29 FG - 4/8 3PT FG
Kevin Durant: 30 PTS - 15 REB - 9 AST - 12/20 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/5 FT
Jeremy Lamb: 20 PTS - 10/16 FG - 2/3 3PT FG
Serge Ibaka: 10 PTS - 9 REB - 5/8 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 29 PTS - 7 AST - 12/24 FG - 4/11 3PT FG - 1/2 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 11 REB - 7/12 FG - 4/5 FT
Rudy Gay: 10 PTS - 4 AST - 4/9 FG - 2/4 FT
Allen Crabbe: 10 PTS - 4/9 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 17 MIN

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NBA Notes:
Thunder win 5th straight, now 28-13 overall.
Pacers win 5th straight, now 26-14 overall.
Mavericks lose 5th straight, now 19-21 overall.
Celtics lose 5th straight, now 17-24 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Blazers lose Wesley Matthews for season
In the midst of a difficult 13-21 season, the Portland Trailblazers experienced more unfortunate news following evaluation of G Wesley Matthews. Matthews suffered an apparent knee injury against the Jazz earlier this week and now reports say he tore his right MCL and will miss the rest of the season. A Blazers team hoping for a turnaround to their playoff-caliber level of play will find it difficult without their long-term starter in the backcourt. C.J. McCollum and Will Barton will likely receive increased opportunities to impress for a larger role in Portland during Matthew's absence and perhaps longer, as Matthews is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Warriors C Andrew Bogut out 4-6 weeks with Broken Ankle.

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Re: - Here We Build - Sacramento trying to regroup after roadtrip (23-19)

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:44 am

Kings regain traction over slumping Mavs
After going 1-3 so far on the roadtrip, the Kings went to Dallas for their most winnable game on the trip against the Mavericks. Dallas had lost their last 5 games, thanks to Dirk Nowitzki missing time with a Broken Arm. Dirk returned to game action against the Kings to try and right the ship for his team. The outcome of the contest came down to one thing: shooting efficiency. The inconsistency of the Kings' defense came into play once again, but this time in Sacramento's favor. Their defense put up a strong effort, led by John Henson's defense on Nowitzki. Dirk struggled to shake off the rust and Henson's length, going just 4/16 from the floor. Devin Harris was also inefficient offensively for the Mavericks. Conversely, the Kings' trio scored at a high rate, especially Gay and Thomas. Rudy Gay had one of his better offensive games this season and scored the ball from all over the floor. His baseline dunk in the final minute was the exclamation point to cap off a much-needed win for the Kings on their lengthy roadtrip.
Kings: 112
Mavericks: 104

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Rudy Gay has continued to produce for Sacramento in a contract year

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 29 PTS - 6 REB - 4 AST - 9/15 FG - 5/8 3PT FG - 8/8 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 24 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 7/14 FG - 10/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 23 PTS - 5 AST - 9/15 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 2/3 FT - 6 TO - 42 MIN
John Henson: 6 PTS - 10 REB - 3 BLK - 2/4 FG - 2/2 FT


Dallas Mavericks Top Performers
Monta Ellis: 28 PTS - 11/17 FG - 4/5 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Devin Harris: 11 PTS - 8 AST - 4/17 FG - 1/4 3PT FG - 2/4 FT
Dirk Nowitzki: 9 PTS - 5 REB - 4/16 FG - 1/1 FT
Anderson Varejao: 8 PTS - 8 REB - 4/9 FG

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Kings fall in NO, end roadtrip at 2-4
After a feel-good win in Dallas, the Kings went to New Orleans to finish their season-high 6-game roadtrip. With stolen wins against the Mavs and Grizzlies in hand, Sacramento dared to hope for an impressive .500 roadtrip with a win against the Pelicans. As usual, Demarcus Cousins got his team started off in a positive way and maintained his consistent production all night. But unfortunately the other two parts of the Kings' trio didn't show up. Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay both had a rough night offensively, and the Sacramento bench couldn't muster any double-figure scorer in response. The Pelicans had 5 players with at least 13 points on the night and, led by Eric Gordon's 26, handed the Kings the loss to close their roadtrip. The Kings will finally return to Sacramento on Saturday to face a Pacer team that beat them in Indiana at the start of the roadtrip.
Pelicans: 112
Kings: 92

New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Eric Gordon: 26 PTS - 4 REB - 11/20 FG - 3/3 FT
Anthony Davis: 19 PTS - 8 REB - 7/9 FG - 5/7 FT
Ryan Anderson: 18 PTS - 5/10 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 5/6 FT - 21 MIN
Tyreke Evans: 16 PTS - 7 REB - 6 AST - 8/14 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 18 PTS - 14 REB - 8/13 FG - 2/4 FT - 6 OFF REB
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 4 REB - 6 AST - 6/15 FG - 3/9 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 10 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST - 3/11 FG - 4/4 FT
John Henson: 7 PTS - 8 REB - 2 BLK - 3/10 FG - 1/2 FT

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George unstoppable in Sacramento
After beating the same Kings a week ago in Indiana, the Pacers headed to Sacramento looking for the sweep of the 2-game season series. The Pacers were on a roll, winning 5 of their last 6 games. The Kings finally finished their season-long 6-game roadtrip and were obviously glad to be back home. But, as often happens in the first game back, the home Kings struggled to maintain a high energy level. Paul George led his team to an early advantage and was locked in for the entire contest. George ended with 36 points for the game, and teamed with Hibbert's 18-12 nights to carry the Pacers on the road. Despite not turning into a blowout, the Kings were never really in the game and gave up 123 points in the loss. One bright spot for the Kings was the performance of second year guard Ben McLemore. McLemore mustered a season-high 28 points thanks to an adequate number of touches.
Pacers: 123
Kings: 113

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An aggressive Ben McLemore can make a case for more touches in the Kings' offense

Indiana Pacers Top Performers
Paul George: 36 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST - 10/22 FG - 5/6 3PT FG - 11/12 FT
Roy Hibbert: 18 PTS - 12 REB - 8/15 FG - 2/3 FT
David West: 15 PTS - 9 REB - 6/12 FG - 3/4 FT
George Hill: 7 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 2/8 FG - 3/4 FT - 4 TO


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 28 PTS (Season-High) - 4 REB - 4 AST - 4 STL - 9/20 FG - 5/11 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 21 PTS - 4 REB - 9 AST - 4/11 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 11/13 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 7 REB - 4 AST - 9/13 FG
Rudy Gay: 10 PTS - 7 REB - 5/10 FG

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NBA Notes:
Thunder win 7th straight, now 30-14 overall.
Celtics lose 7th straight, now 17-26 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Magic F Maurice Harkless out 2-4 weeks with Separated Shoulder.
Heat F/C Chris Bosh out 2-4 weeks with Strained Oblique.

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Re: - Here We Build - January ends with bad loss in Houston (25-21)

Postby Vespasian92 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:04 am

Rudy leads all-around effort in Kings win
Even though the 6-game trip is complete, the Kings still won't stay in Sacramento for long. They still have 3 of their next 7 on the road, followed by a 4-game east coast trip before the All-Star break. That being said, the Kings were hoping to secure a home win against the Jazz after their poor performance against Indiana. Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins were locked in to contribute towards that goal, and also received some help from the shooting guard duo. McLemore and Crabbe combined for a perfect 9-9 shooting from the floor including 4 made triples. Along with Crabbe's 11 points, Acy's 10 points and his huge dunk in the 3rd quarter led the Kings' bench to 47 points. The Jazz played without Trey Burke due to a Sprained Toe, and struggled offensively without him. Kanter's 18 was not enough to boost the Jazz past the high-scoring Kings offense as they lost in Sacramento by 22.
Kings: 119
Jazz: 97

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Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 31 PTS - 2 REB - 5 AST - 10/18 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 9/9 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 13 REB - 6/10 FG - 7/7 FT
Ben McLemore: 16 PTS - 5/5 FG - 3/3 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Allen Crabbe: 11 PTS - 4/4 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 2/2 FT - 18 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 2 PTS - 14 AST - 1/11 FG - 0/5 3PT FG


Utah Jazz Top Performers
Enes Kanter 18 PTS - 9 REB - 8/14 FG - 2/3 FT
John Lucas: 15 PTS - 5 AST - 4/11 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 5/5 FT - 45 MIN
Andris Biedrins: 12 PTS - 5 REB - 3/4 FG - 6/10 FT
Derrick Favors: 12 PTS - 7 REB - 5/13 FG

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Kings win in Portland behind solid defensive effort
The Trailblazers have been one of the more painful stories this season, beginning with a slow start to the year and a strange dip in the production of Lamarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. The recent season-ending injury to Wesley Matthews has been a nail in the coffin for their hopes for a repeat appearance in the postseason. Sadly, some have proposed that the Blazers consider some significant changes at the trade deadline and this offseason to retool their roster around Damian Lillard. The Blazers played host to the Kings on Tuesday as Sacramento completed a back-to-back after beating the Jazz at home. The Kings defense started strong and only gave up 38 points in the first half of the game. With a double-digit lead and a balanced offensive night, the Kings breezed in the second half to a road win. Former Trailblazer Travis Outlaw managed to get off the Sacramento bench thanks to the score and put in 12 points in just 8 minutes.

But it wasn't all great news for Sacramento. Demarcus Cousins suffered a relatively significant ankle sprain in the second half of the contest, and is expected to be in pain for at least a week. He will remain in the lineup yet his productivity may be hindered by the injury.
Kings: 119
Trailblazers: 97

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 17 PTS - 6 REB - 6/13 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 3/4 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 16 PTS - 8 REB - 5/9 FG - 6/8 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 16 PTS - 5 AST - 6/14 FG - 3/4 FT
Travis Outlaw: 12 PTS - 5/9 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 8 MIN


Portland Trailblazers Top Performers
Damian Lillard 16 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 5/18 FG - 6/6 FT - 5 TO
Lamarcus Aldridge: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 7/8 FG
Nate Robinson: 14 PTS - 2 REB - 4 AST - 6/11 FG - 2/5 3PT FG
Myers Leonard: 11 PTS - 6 REB - 5/9 FG - 1/2 FT

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Rudy disappears against his former team
After gaining the road win in Portland, the Kings stopped off at home to play the Grizzlies on their way to Houston. Sacramento had put together back-to-back wins in the wake of their lengthy roadtrip. On that roadtrip, the Kings beat the Grizzlies in Memphis handily thanks to a combined 58 points from Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins. But tonight it was Isaiah Thomas who led the Kings while Gay and Cousins couldn't produce. Thomas was unstoppable offensively with 29 points and repeated forays to the rim and the free throw line, but the rest of the Kings' trio was less impressive. Rudy Gay in particular struggled against the usually stout Memphis defense, going just 1/9 from the floor. Thanks to a combination of his ankle injury and the defense of Marc Gasol, Demarcus Cousins' average night failed to help Thomas compensate enough for the Kings to win. Strong performances from Prince, Conley, and Gasol all helped Memphis get the 5 point win in a game that was less balanced than the final score indicated.
Grizzlies: 108
Kings: 103

Memphis Grizzlies Top Performers
Tayshaun Prince 25 PTS - 12/16 FG - 1/2 3PT FG
Mike Conley: 23 PTS - 6 REB - 12 AST - 7/12 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Courtney Lee: 17 PTS - 5/12 FG - 3/8 3PT FG - 4/5 FT
Marc Gasol: 15 PTS - 12 REB - 5/11 FG - 5/6 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 29 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 6/10 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 15/15 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 8 REB - 6/14 FG - 7/8 FT
Ben McLemore: 15 PTS - 4 REB - 6/14 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 1/2 FT
Rudy Gay: 4 PTS - 2 REB - 3 AST - 1/9 FG - 0/5 3PT FG - 2/2 FT

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Rockets' trio outshines Kings
The Houston Rockets are in hot pursuit of the Thunder for the best record in the Western Conference. Their duo of Dwight Howard and James Harden have meshed well this season, along with some support from players like Chandler Parsons and Marcus Thornton. They were coming off two strong wins and 5 days off in the last week as the Kings came to Houston. Sacramento has had a few bumps in the road of late, and face more road games after recently finishing a 6-game trip. Considering the contrasting momentum, the Rockets made quick work of the visiting Kings. Howard, Harden, and Parsons all reached 20 points in the easy home victory.
Rockets: 121
Kings: 87

Houston Rockets Top Performers
Dwight Howard 24 PTS - 9 REB - 8/12 FG - 8/11 FT
Chandler Parsons: 21 PTS - 5 REB - 6 AST - 5/10 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 8/8 FT
James Harden: 21 PTS - 4 REB - 7/12 FG - 3/5 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Marcus Thornton: 14 PTS - 4 REB - 4/7 FG - 1/2 3PT FG - 5/5 FT - 19 MIN


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 22 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST - 5/10 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 9/9 FT
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 5/12 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 4/6 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 13 PTS - 10 REB - 3/10 FG - 7/10 FT
Derrick Williams: 11 PTS - 5/5 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 13 MIN

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NBA Notes:
Heat win 6th straight, now 34-11 overall.
Hawks lose 8th straight, now 19-29 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Suns G Eric Bledsoe out 6-8 weeks with Broken Foot.
Pelicans G Tyreke Evans out 4-6 weeks with Torn Hamstring.

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Re: - Here We Build - January Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:42 am

January Summary

Defending champs flexing their depth

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With the trade deadline and All-Star Weekend less than two weeks away, all of the NBA's contenders must survey the league landscape for potential moves to push them over the hump. Last year's champion Thunder are once again riding high out West, but have certainly felt the pressure from teams like the Rockets and Grizzlies. Oklahoma City has been completely without Thabo Sefolosha this season due to the defender's MCL injury. In his absence, Jeremy Lamb has had a breakout year as a starter with over 15 points a night. But Lamb is one of the lucky ones who has gotten a chance to play for the defending champs. The Thunder have Steven Adams and Perry Jones on their bench averaging less than 11 minutes per game. Reggie Jackson had clearly made a large jump in his production this season, but still barely gets 18 minutes a night with Russell Westbrook ahead of him. With those four quality young players and a $9M expiring contract in Kendrick Perkins, the Thunder have assets to make a deadline deal that can help them repeat. The trade deadline will likely see moves among the Western Conference leaders to one-up each other for the postseason.

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Big deadline for Kings' bigs

The well-documented quandary in the Kings' frontcourt hasn't been fully clarified yet for almost two seasons under the new Kings regime. The Rudy Gay trade helped matters somewhat, sending Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes to Toronto. But Quincy Acy's emergence and a healthy Carl Landry have put the number of rotation bigs at 5, which is one or maybe two too many for game-to-game action. Add the fact that Derrick Williams produces best for the Kings when he is at the power forward and it is no secret that Sacramento will be shopping some of their frontcourt players at the deadline. Jason Thompson and Carl Landry have larger cap hits than Henson or Acy, which probably makes them available pieces from the Kings' perspective. But that also makes them harder to deal to the playoff teams who would be interested in their veteran skillsets. Packaging them with a more desirable asset is not something that the Kings' FO would like to do but may be an unfortunate necessity. The upcoming trade deadline might see many Kings fans get their wish of a thinner frontcourt, but at what price?

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Re: - Here We Build - Pressing on to ASW (28-25)

Postby Vespasian92 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:03 pm

Parker leads Spurs to easy home win
Spurs: 109
Kings: 93

San Antonio Spurs Top Performers
Tony Parker: 27 PTS - 5 REB - 7 AST - 9/18 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 7/7 FT
Tim Duncan: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 5/9 FG - 4/4 FT
Tiago Splitter: 13 PTS - 9 REB - 4/9 FG - 5/6 FT
Kawhi Leonard: 12 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 2/6 FG - 2/6 3PT FG - 6/8 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Ben McLemore: 18 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 8/12 FG - 2/4 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 8 AST - 3/7 FG - 9/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 15 PTS - 6 REB - 2 AST - 6/17 FG - 1/6 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 14 PTS - 9 REB - 5/16 FG - 4/5 FT

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D-Rose drops game-winner over Kings
Bulls: 109
Kings: 93

Chicago Bulls Top Performers
Derrick Rose: 21 PTS - 10 AST - 10/16 FG - 1/3 3PT FG
Taj Gibson: 20 PTS - 14 REB - 8/15 FG - 4/4 FT
Jimmy Butler: 16 PTS - 3 AST - 6/12 FG - 4/6 3PT FG
Joakim Noah: 8 PTS - 13 REB - 4/10 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 24 PTS - 7 REB - 8/13 FG - 2/6 3PT FG - 6/11 FT
Quincy Acy: 17 PTS - 2 REB - 5/7 FG - 3/4 3PT FG - 4/4 FT - 27 MIN
Isaiah Thomas: 17 PTS - 4 AST - 7/14 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 1/1 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 8 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 2/8 FG - 4/4 FT

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Kings end 4-game skid at home
Kings: 108
Raptors: 98

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 22 PTS - 12 REB - 9/13 FG - 4/6 FT
Ben McLemore: 21 PTS - 8/9 FG - 2/2 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 9 REB - 6 AST - 7/20 FG - 3/9 3PT FG - 2/3 FT
Quincy Acy: 12 PTS - 4/10 FG - 2/6 3PT FG - 2/2 FT


Toronto Raptors Top Performers
Greivis Vasquez: 26 PTS - 10 AST - 9/18 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 5/5 FT
Demar Derozan: 24 PTS - 8 REB - 3 AST - 10/24 FG - 1/5 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Landry Fields: 11 PTS - 4/7 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Jonas Valanciunas: 9 PTS - 10 REB - 3/5 FG - 3/3 FT

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Sacramento forwards play big in blowout win
Kings: 112
76ers: 78

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Isaiah Thomas: 25 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 2 STL - 9/20 FG - 4/8 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Ben McLemore: 17 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 5/13 FG - 3/5 3PT FG - 4/6 FT
Rudy Gay: 14 PTS - 12 REB - 2 BLK - 5/10 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 3/6 FT
John Henson: 11 PTS - 12 REB - 3 BLK - 4/8 FG - 3/4 FT


Philadelphia 76ers Top Performers
Thaddeus Young: 19 PTS - 7 REB - 7/13 FG - 5/5 FT
Evan Turner: 13 PTS - 5/13 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 1/2 FT - 19 MIN
Spencer Hawes: 11 PTS - 7 REB - 5/15 FG
Luol Deng: 11 PTS - 10 REB - 5 AST - 3/12 FG - 1/6 3PT FG - 4/6 FT

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Cousins helps Kings withstand Washington backcourt
Kings: 118
Wizards: 106

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 32 PTS - 6 REB - 15/23 FG - 2/5 FT
Rudy Gay: 19 PTS - 3 REB - 7 AST - 6/14 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Quincy Acy: 16 PTS - 3 REB - 2 AST - 6/10 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 11 AST - 4 STL - 3/8 FG - 3/6 3PT FG - 6/6 FT


Washington Wizards Top Performers
Bradley Beal: 30 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 11/23 FG - 3/8 3PT FG - 5/7 FT
John Wall: 21 PTS - 12 AST - 8/23 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 4/4 FT - 10 TO
Kevin Seraphin: 12 PTS - 12 REB - 5/6 FG - 2/6 FT
Nene Hilario: 11 PTS - 10 REB - 5/10 FG

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Pistons D smothers Kings
Pistons: 89
Kings: 71

Detroit Pistons Top Performers
Greg Monroe: 16 PTS - 15 REB - 4/10 FG - 8/11 FT
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 15 PTS - 5 REB - 4/10 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Brandon Jennings: 14 PTS - 10 AST - 5/17 FG - 3/12 3PT FG
Andre Drummond: 10 PTS - 11 REB - 3 BLK - 4/16 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 16 PTS - 6 REB - 6/11 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
Carl Landry: 12 PTS - 3 REB - 5/10 FG - 2/2 FT - 19 MIN
Demarcus Cousins: 10 PTS - 9 REB - 3/8 FG - 4/4 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 4/18 FG - 1/9 3PT FG - 1/2 FT

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Celtics claim close game in Beantown
Celtics: 99
Kings: 97

Boston Celtics Top Performers
Jeff Green: 25 PTS - 6 REB - 9/19 FG - 2/7 3PT FG - 5/6 FT
Jeff Sullinger: 12 PTS - 10 REB - 5/11 FG - 2/2 FT
Gerald Wallace: 12 PTS - 3/6 FG - 5/6 FT
Rajon Rondo: 12 PTS - 7 REB - 7 AST - 4/9 FG - 4/4 FT


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 21 PTS - 8 REB - 7/15 FG - 7/12 FT
Isaiah Thomas: 20 PTS - 10 AST - 6/12 FG - 2/5 3PT FG - 6/6 FT
Ben McLemore: 17 PTS - 9 REB - 6/20 FG - 1/11 3PT FG - 4/4 FT
Rudy Gay: 5 PTS - 9 REB - 2/11 FG - 1/2 FT

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NBA Notes:
Lakers lose 5th straight, now 20-32 overall.
Magic lose 5th straight, now 16-38 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Nuggets G Mo Williams out 4-6 weeks with High Ankle Sprain.
Pistons F Josh Smith out 1-2 weeks with Sprained Wrist.

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Re: - Here We Build - All-Star 2015

Postby Vespasian92 on Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:15 am

All-Star Weekend 2015


Rising Stars Challenge Invitees

All-Star Weekend is always an exciting time for the young players in the NBA. Many get some much needed rest as the grind of an NBA season wears on players that aren't yet prepared for it. But as a reward for their strong play, the outstanding rookies and sophomores get less rest due to their invites to the rising stars game. Considering a relatively weak draft class last summer there were only two rookies selected as starters in the game. Mirotic can hardly be considered a rookie anyway considering his overseas experience. Many second-year players are enjoying a breakout season this year, including Nerlens Noel, Gorgui Dieng, and Archie Goodwin.

Team Shaq:
Starters:
Michael Carter-Williams (PHI) - Victor Oladipo (ORL) - Nikola Mirotic (CHI) - Anthony Bennett (CLE) - Nerlens Noel (PHI)

Reserves:
Terrence Askew (CHA)
Will Thurmond (CLE)
Lucious Storey (DAL)
Mel Goodson (LAC)
Otto Porter (WAS)

Team Chuck:
Starters:
Trey Burke (UTA) - Archie Goodwin (PHX) - Deshawn Overton (PHX) - Cody Zeller (CHA) - Gorgui Dieng (MIN)

Reserves:
Tajuan Conway (UTA)
C.J. Cooper (LAL)
Andrew Reid (DEN)
Kelly Olynyk (BOS)
Alex Ejiofor (MIL)


All-Star Saturday

But while this year's rookie crop has struggled to make large waves for their teams' records, plenty of raw athletes entered the league from the draft. Among those was Blazers' rookie Harvey Stansbury. Despite being a definite project with limited skills aside from his athleticism, he entered the contest as the favorite and put on a dominant performance. The dunk contest was no contest as Stansbury outshone his fellow rookie entrants with a trio of impressive dunks on the night.

The 3pt Shootout always brings an intriguing mix of perimeter scorers to ASW, and this year was no different. A group of shooters headlined by Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard tested their shooting prowess on Saturday night and the favorite came through in the end. The Splash Brothers from Golden State claim back-to-back 3pt titles as Klay Thompson followed up Steph Curry's win last year.
Sprite Slam Dunk

Winner: Harvey Stansbury (POR)
2nd: Jermaine Lee (UTA)
3rd: Andrew Reid (DEN)
4th: Trey McKenzie (MIN)


Foot Locker 3PT Shootout

Winner: Klay Thompson (GS)
2nd: Danny Green (SA)
3rd: Damian Lillard (POR)
4th: Isaiah Thomas (SAC)
5th: Kawhi Leonard (SA)
6th: Paul George (IND)


NBA All-Star Game 2014

Last season there were some 1st time All-Stars that raised a few eyebrows as to their selections due to superior stats on a struggling team. This season, the All-Star rosters have corrected that for the most part despite having 5 1st-time invitees. Anthony Davis finally made it to ASW after a legitimate snub last year, and no one would argue that he isn't on the way to stardom. Raymond Felton was rewarded for a slightly better season on a winning Knicks team. Mike Conley received his invite for improved assist numbers on a #3 seeded Grizzlies team. This leaves Victor Oladipo and Ersan Illyasova as the other 1st time All-Stars. Oladipo has made large strides in developing his game and seems to have established himself as one of the rising stars in the league despite a poor season for his Magic squad. Many would say he should have been snubbed at least one more year, but 47% shooting from the backcourt and his two-way play are noteworthy qualities. Illyasova's selection is less defendable to most people, but the weak Eastern Conference may have to reach to find All-Stars. His overall numbers are barely improved from last season and Milwaukee is once again near the bottom of the league while they rebuild. Ersan has been a good role model and veteran for the Bucks, but that still struggles to justify his selection over players like Chris Bosh and Joakim Noah.

Western Conference

West Starters:
Chris Paul (LAC - 8th Appearance) - Russell Westbrook (OKC - 5th Appearance) - Kevin Durant (OKC - 6th Appearance) - Kevin Love (MIN - 3rd Appearance) Dwight Howard (HOU - 9th Appearance)

Reserves:
Stephen Curry (GS - 2nd Appearance)
James Harden (HOU - 2nd Appearance)
Andre Igoudala (GS - 2nd Appearance)
Anthony Davis (NO - 1st Appearance)
Demarcus Cousins (SAC - 2nd Appearance)
Mike Conley (MEM - 1st Appearance)
Blake Griffin (LAC - 4th Appearance)

Eastern Conference:

East Starters:
Derrick Rose (CHI - 5th Appearance) - Paul George (IND - 3rd Appearance) - Lebron James (MIA - 11th Appearance) - Carmelo Anthony (NY - 8th Appearance) - Jeff Green (BOS - 2nd Appearance)

Reserves:
John Wall (WAS - 2nd Appearance)
Victor Oladipo (ORL - 1st Appearance)
Luol Deng (PHI - 3rd Appearance)
Ersan Illyasova (MIL - 1st Appearance)
Al Horford (ATL - 3rd Appearance)
Nikola Vucevic (ORL -2nd Appearance)
Raymond Felton (NY - 1st Appearance)
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Re: - Here We Build - Trade Deadline 2015

Postby Vespasian92 on Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:38 am

Trade Deadline Deals

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K-Love deal headlines trade deadline

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Minnesota Timberwolves trade: Kevin Love - Kevin Martin
Houston Rockets trade: Jeremy Lin - Chandler Parsons - Terrence Jones - 2015 1st Round Draft Selection - 2015 1st Round Draft Selection (VIA NOP)

After 6 seasons of stellar play without a playoff appearance, Kevin Love was quickly growing tired of being in Minnesota. He reportedly planned to opt out of the last year of his contract this offseason and find a new team. Despite an adamant stance by the Timberwolves' FO of not trading Love, the risk of their franchise talent leaving without compensation was ultimately too high. The Rockets were intrigued by a Howard-Love frontcourt and put together a hefty trade package to try and assemble a contending team now. Love slides into the starting power forward spot in Houston next to Dwight Howard, and seems to be an ideal fit. He can space the floor for Howard on the block and pick-and-pop with James Harden. The Rockets firmly believe that a deep playoff run will convince Love, who has never seen the postseason, to opt in and consider a long-term extension with the team. Along with a pair of first round picks, the Rockets gave up Chandler Parsons in the trade. Parsons is set to hit free agency this summer and the Rockets were rumored to be willing to let him walk anyway and chase a different tertiary option in free agency.

The Timberwolves are forced to retool and rebuild once again but did receive 4 legitimate assets in return. Lin is less of an asset as a player and more of an asset as a massive $15M expiring contract. With that space and the shedding of Kevin Martin's deal, the Timberwolves will have plenty of cap room to resign their potential young star Chandler Parsons. Terrence Jones is a quality prospect who showed a dynamic combination of athleticism, defense, and shooting range and fits in well with the style of today's prototype NBA power forward. In addition to the Rockets' 1st round selection this year, they also acquire the Pelicans' pick which Houston received in exchange for Omer Asik. The Wolves still have Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio, existing young talent like Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad, and the return on Love with which to rebuild their franchise quickly.

Knicks and Lakers swap bigmen

New York Knicks trade: Jermaine O'Neal
Los Angeles Lakers trade: Robert Sacre

In a minor deal, the Knicks and Lakers exchanged backup centers Jermaine O'Neal and Robert Sacre. For a team severely lacking in picks or young talent, a player like Sacre is a valuable prospect for the Knicks. The Lakers are still trying to make the postseason at least once more before Kobe has to hang it up, and hope O'Neal can help them overcome their 7.5 game deficit on what would be the #8 seed Warriors.

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Clippers land veteran Nelson from Magic

Orlando Magic trade: Jameer Nelson - 2015 2nd Round Draft Selection
Los Angeles Clippers trade: Darren Collison

After being unhappy in Los Angeles and seeking a chance to start, Darren Collison received a trade away from the Clippers and landed in Orlando in exchange for Jameer Nelson. Collison started over 200 games in his first 4 NBA seasons in New Orleans, Indiana, and Dallas, but has been largely chained to the bench in Los Angeles behind a healthy Chris Paul. Nelson comes to the Clippers after spending his entire 11 year career in Orlando. He was a part of the Eastern Champion Magic squad with Dwight Howard in 2009, and his experience will be welcomed by Doc Rivers in Clipperland.

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Bulls deal for much-needed frontcourt help

Washington Wizards trade: Trevor Booker - 2016 2nd Round Draft Selection
Chicago Bulls trade: 2015 1st Round Draft Selection

The Bulls were quite desperate for depth in their frontcourt and gave away their 1st round pick to the Wizards for energetic forward Trevor Booker. After their starting frontcourt trio of Noah, Gibson, and Mirotic, the only other players capable of playing the power forward or center positions on the Bulls' roster were Nazr Mohammad and Eric Murphy. Murphy is a young forward who has never earned the consistent trust of Coach Thidobeau and Mohammad is a 37 year old veteran with 17 years of NBA basketball on his body. Booker is a physical big who, while not being a prolific shot blocker, will bring energy that a defensive coach can appreciate.

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Grindhouse loses its poster boy for cap relief

Memphis Grizzlies trade: Tony Allen
Detroit Pistons trade: Will Bynum

Barely a season removed from back-to-back 1st team All-Defense selections, Tony Allen finds himself cast away from the Memphis Grizzlies for an expiring contract. The defensive specialist from Oklahoma State lost a bit of his step, as well as his starting role this season in Memphis. Courtney Lee, who is a decent defender in his own right has started ahead of Allen for a Grizzlies team desperate for perimeter shooting around Randolph and Gasol. Allen, 33, played just 12.5 MPG this season with the Grizzlies, which is his lowest total since his rookie year in Boston 10 seasons ago. The Pistons were willing to take on his 3yr/$15M deal to bolster their defense which already boasts Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Will Bynum goes to Memphis in exchange for Allen with his $2.92M expiring contract in tow. Aside from his 15-game rookie season, Bynum had spent his entire career in Detroit before the trade.

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The mini Big 3 in Sacramento that formed after Rudy Gay came to the Kings from Toronto was the main catalyst for a season that offers a chance to end the Kings' 8 year playoff drought. Gay was placed with Demarcus Cousins and a much-improved Isaiah Thomas to form a trio that carried the Kings offensively. But the drawbacks of having three high-usage players on the same team were obvious as well. Not only were the vast majority of offensive touches contained in the trio, so was the majority of the trade value on the Sacramento roster. Ultimately they looked to cash in on some of that value and the Kings' "Only three" was broken apart here at the trade deadline.

Sacramento Kings trade: Isaiah Thomas (81 - OKC) - Carl Landry (72 - OKC) - Lionel Webber (60 - CHA)

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Oklahoma City Thunder trade: Reggie Jackson (75 - SAC) - Kendrick Perkins (73 - CHA) - Devin Hopkins (59 - SAC) - 2015 1st Round Draft Selection (SAC)

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Charlotte Hornets trade: Bismack Biyombo (70 - SAC) - 2016 2nd Round Draft Selection (SAC)

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The rumors first surfaced on Monday that the Kings had made both Rudy Gay and Isaiah Thomas available in exchange for the right trade package. Despite the relative success of the first sustained stretch of .500 basketball for the Kings in 6 or 7 seasons, the trio of Cousins, Gay, and Thomas just did not offer enough offensive touches for the other 9 players on the active roster. Isaiah Thomas has improved his numbers every year and is posting 17.5 PPG and 7.0 APG this season. Rudy Gay is in the midst of a career season in terms of shooting percentages and his best scoring output since his Memphis days. Now with a larger sample size than just the end of last season, it is clear that the revival of Gay's career in Sacramento is no fluke. Considering Demarcus Cousins' nightly 20-10 performances, the Kings believe they can get away without having a tertiary option as prolific as an Isaiah Thomas or a Rudy Gay. Ultimately, Thomas offered a quality return including a point guard that could easily develop into a player of Thomas' caliber.

The main piece in return for Isaiah Thomas is Reggie Jackson, who spent his first 3 1/2 season as Russell Westbrook's backup in Oklahoma City. The loss of the fan-favorite Thomas is easier for Kings' fans to swallow due to the stats and circumstances that make Jackson compare quite reasonably to Eric Bledsoe. Jackson is still behind Bledsoe defensively, but almost all the other per36 stats of the two are in the same vicinity. Both Jackson and Bledsoe sat behind superstar point guards for years, both have impressive physical tools, and both failed to show their full playmaking abilities due to their roles off the bench. The Kings believe that Jackson's statistical improvements this season in OKC will continue as a starter in Sacramento, and will display more passing ability when surrounded with scorers like Cousins, Gay, and McLemore.

If Jackson is indeed close to breaking into the second tier of NBA PGs (which includes Bledsoe and Thomas) like the Kings' FO believes, than the trade will be a good one for Sacramento considering the additional assets they acquired. Sacramento is going to lose its 1st round draft pick to Chicago and were known to have wanted back in. They also flipped the expiring deal of Kendrick Perkins to the Bobcats in exchange for Bismack Biyombo and a future 2nd rounder. Perkins is a better player than Biyombo right now, but comes with a larger contract and a quicker decline than the still-raw Biyombo. Assuming they had made the postseason if they had kept their trio together with Thomas, the Kings would still be unlikely to make a deep playoff run. They would be left with $13M in salary tied up in middling bigs Thompson and Landry with no 1st round selection to work with. Sacramento is not done building yet. A free 1st rounder, an athletic point guard with untapped potential, a defensive center off the bench, and the shedding of one of their two burdensome contracts are solid returns for the Kings.

Aside from getting back into the first round of the draft and picking up a shot-blocking backup center, the additional motive for this trade from Sacramento's perspective is that it opens doors for others on their roster to step up, namely Ben McLemore and Quincy Acy. Jackson is a very capable scorer in his own right and will be able to carry much of the scoring load left from Thomas if needed, but in order for the trade to succeed, it won't be. McLemore has shown more flashes of his potential much more frequently this year after a bumpy rookie campaign. The Kings are still very high on the former Jayhawk and want to make him a larger part of the team than the 11 points a game he is getting now. A Jackson-McLemore backcourt is certainly an athletic one with room for the latter to get more touches offensively. Up front, Quincy Acy's MPG are down to 10.6 after averaging over 15 last season due to the injuries to Carl Landry. Acy showed his energy and defensive abilities last year, and has come back this season with offensive firepower in the form of shooting range to the 3pt line. The long-debated crowding in the Kings' frontcourt may be clarified with the trade as Quincy looks poised to get all the reserve power forward minutes and Biyombo will play the backup center. All four of Jackson, McLemore, Gay, and Cousins can score in bunches, but they can also pass. The Kings seem to envision a free-flowing, athletic team with playmakers at multiple positions. That vision is one that Jackson can easily be a part of.

The Kings also waived C Aaron Gray following the trade. He played in 17 games for Sacramento last season after coming from Toronto in the Rudy Gay trade, averaging 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 4.6 MPG. Gray, 30, did not appear in any of the team's 53 games this season. Jason Thompson received most of the minutes behind Demarcus Cousins and Biyombo is even likely to take most of those from Thompson, leaving none for the likes of Aaron Gray.

The Thunder gave up the potential-filled Jackson to get the kind of player who Jackson may develop into. Isaiah Thomas will be a valuable component in a playoff-shortened rotation and brings energy and passion from a 6th man role. Teams and fans have debated if Thomas is better as a starter or as a 6th man, but such a debate will likely quiet in Oklahoma City considering the quality of the incumbent point. He may be an ideal fit with the Thunder considering his young veteran status (Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, and Thomas are all 25 or 26) and the recent injury concerns about Russell Westbrook. Thomas is a more than capable starter and can perform better than even Jackson did in any absence of Westbrook. At 31, Carl Landry still has plenty of solid basketball to play if he remains healthy and will, like Thomas, be a valuable bench piece in the postseason for the Thunder. Moving Perkins also hastens their intention of making promising 2nd year bigman Stephen Adams their center of the future.

Charlotte is sitting 5th in a weak Eastern Conference, and seem eager to make a push for a positive run come playoff time. Biyombo has struggled to develop as they had hoped over his 3 1/2 seasons. Lacking any offensive game outside of the restricted area, the #7 overall pick in 2011 remains the same raw athlete he always was. The Hornets gave up on the Biyombo experiment and in return get a more seasoned Kendrick Perkins to spell Al Jefferson in the postseason. Perkins has an expiring $9M contract this offseason, and he likely won't receive that kind of salary again. He can be resigned to a reasonable number or allowed to expire for cap space.

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NBA Notes:
Nets G Chauncey Billups announces plans to retire after this season.

NBA Injury Updates:
Raptors F/C Chuck Hayes out 1-2 weeks with Sore Hamstring.
Bucks F Khris Middleton out 1-2 weeks with Strained MCL.

NBA Transactions:
Kings waive C Aaron Gray.
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Re: - Here We Build - Kevin Love headlines movers at trade deadline

Postby Senior on Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:53 am

These recaps are cool! I liked!
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Re: - Here We Build - Jackson shows up in Kings debut (32-26)

Postby Vespasian92 on Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:28 am

Jackson helps Kings win in Sacramento debut

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Reggie Jackson used a strong performance to help endear himself to his new team's fans

Being the main trade return on a fan-favorite player is always difficult. Combined with the situation of stepping into the same starting job the beloved player left, it puts a tremendous amount of pressure on a new player on a new team. That was the situation Reggie Jackson faced in Sacramento after arriving from the Thunder in exchange for Isaiah Thomas. Just three days after the trade was completed at the trade deadline, the Kings' new point guard was already in Sacramento and suited up for a game against the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix played without Eric Bledsoe, who is recovering from surgery on a fracture in his left foot. Goran Dragic started at the point next to Archie Goodwin, who is enjoying a breakout season as the starting shooting guard. The Suns have only mustered 15 wins this year and are hoping for a healthy Bledsoe and continued development of star rookie Deshawn Overton to make the latter half of this season successful. After the trade of Isaiah Thomas, Demarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay came out strong in the first quarter to carry the load for the Kings. Cousins was dominant inside for the majority of the game, posting a high percentage en route to a typical 20-10 night. Gay added 8 first quarter points for the Kings who enjoyed a 7-point lead. Newcomer Reggie Jackson only took one shot on the first 12 minutes, but quickly found his rhythm afterwards.

When Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins went to the bench to start the second, Jackson was left in complete control of the team. Jackson scored 3 straight buckets to lead a 6-0 run Kings to start the quarter. With his confidence now in hand, he easily controlled an athletic Kings lineup of McLemore, Williams, Acy, and Biyombo. Jackson threw an accurate lob to McLemore on a fast break and set up Quincy Acy for two of his three shots from downtown in the second quarter. He was able to display his versatile skills for the rest of the contest by slashing to the rim, running the pick-and-roll with Acy and Cousins, and using his vertical athleticism to claim rebounds.

The second half went the same way as the first, with consistent and balanced Kings scoring leading the way. Quincy Acy and Allen Crabbe led the Sacramento bench with 9 points each, both connecting on a trio of shots from behind the 3pt arc. A strong 3rd quarter defensively also helped put the Kings up by 16 at home. The Kings rode their bench in the 4th to coast to the double-digit victory. Jackson was notably supported by his teammates in his debut and received a strong ovation from the crowd when he departed early in the 4th. Even considering the intense fan-favoritism that the Sacramento faithful had for Isaiah Thomas, performances like this from Jackson will help him endear himself to the fans despite the difficult shoes to fill. Bismack Biyombo also had a strong debut performance as the backup center, scoring 4 points, 3 rebounds, and a block in 12 minutes.

"Going into the game I told Reggie to let the game come to him and not force the issue. He did the little things like rebounding and defense to gain his confidence and didn't make many mistakes out there. Even while being under control, he put up an all-around effort that helped us win." - Kings Coach Mike Malone following Reggie Jackson's team debut

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Cousins versatile in home win
Kings: 101
Sixers: 93

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 19 PTS - 10 REB - 3 AST - 4 STL - 3 BLK - 5/13 FG - 9/11 FT
Reggie Jackson: 17 PTS - 5 REB - 3 AST - 8/14 FG - 1/5 3PT FG
Rudy Gay: 15 PTS - 4 REB - 3 AST - 6/15 FG
Ben McLemore: 10 PTS - 7 REB - 4/10 FG - 1/2 3PT FG - 1/1 FT


Philadelphia 76ers Top Performers
Michael Carter-Williams: 21 PTS - 6 AST - 10/19 FG - 1/4 3PT FG
Tony Wroten: 15 PTS - 4 REB - 5 AST - 6/18 FG - 3/10 3PT FG
Thaddeus Young: 12 PTS - 8 REB - 4/14 FG - 1/1 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Luol Deng: 9 PTS - 8 REB - 3/11 FG - 1/3 3PT FG - 2/2 FT

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Balanced Jazz offense tops Kings
Jazz: 93
Kings: 101

Utah Jazz Top Performers
Alec Burks: 17 PTS - 7 REB - 5/13 FG - 1/5 3PT FG - 6/8 FT
Derrick Favors: 14 PTS - 6 REB - 5/12 FG - 4/4 FT
Gordon Hayward: 14 PTS - 3 REB - 4 AST - 3/6 FG - 8/9 FT
Trey Burke: 14 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 7/15 FG


Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 23 PTS - 5 REB - 5 AST - 8/22 FG - 7/12 FT
Ben McLemore: 22 PTS - 5 REB - 7/10 FG - 4/5 3PT FG - 4/5 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 14 PTS - 8 REB - 5/16 FG - 4/4 FT
Reggie Jackson: 6 PTS - 5 REB - 4 AST - 1/10 FG - 4/4 FT

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Kings win behind Rudy's clutch bucket
Kings: 100
Pelicans: 99

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Rudy Gay's difficult baseline jumper was an example of the late-game option that the veteran forward can be for Sacramento

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Demarcus Cousins: 21 PTS - 8 REB - 8/14 FG - 5/5 FT
Rudy Gay: 20 PTS - 8 REB - 9/19 FG - 1/2 3PT FG - 1/2 FT
Reggie Jackson: 14 PTS - 2 REB - 3 AST - 5/7 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 2/2 FT
John Henson: 8 PTS - 10 REB - 4 AST - 2 BLK - 2/5 FG - 4/6 FT


New Orleans Pelicans Top Performers
Jrue Holiday: 36 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 14/36 FG - 4/14 3PT FG - 1/1 FT
Eric Gordon: 20 PTS - 7/14 FG - 3/7 3PT FG - 3/3 FT
Anthony Davis: 12 PTS - 12 REB - 6/10 FG
Al-Farouq Aminu: 6 PTS - 6 REB - 1/5 FG - 4/4 FT

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Rudy scores, Ben slashes, and Cousins rebounds in L.A.
Kings: 103
Lakers: 94

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Quincy Acy has unleashed his inner beast frequently as of late

Sacramento Kings Top Performers
Rudy Gay: 26 PTS - 7 REB - 5 AST - 11/20 FG - 2/4 3PT FG - 2/3 FT
Ben McLemore: 21 PTS - 3 REB - 5/13 FG - 1/5 3PT FG - 10/10 FT
Demarcus Cousins: 13 PTS - 17 REB - 3/9 FG - 7/19 FT
Quincy Acy: 10 PTS - 5 REB - 2 BLK - 4/6 FG - 1/2 3PT FG - 1/1 FT - 19 MIN


Los Angeles Lakers Top Performers
Rodney Stuckey: 30 PTS - 13/26 FG - 2/7 3PT FG - 2/2
Kobe Bryant: 23 PTS - 6 REB - 6 AST - 8/12 FG - 2/3 3PT FG - 5/7 FT
Jordan Farmar: 12 PTS - 4 REB - 7 AST - 5/17 FG - 1/4 3PT FG - 1/2 FT
Pau Gasol: 6 PTS - 15 REB - 2/11 FG - 2/3 FT

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NBA Notes:
Nets lose 9th straight, now 25-31 overall.
Pacers win 5th straight, now 38-19 overall.
Magic win 5th straight, now 21-39 overall.

NBA Injury Updates:
Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving out 1-2 weeks with Sprained Finger.
Bulls G Kyle Lowry out 2-4 weeks with Sprained Neck.

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Re: - Here We Build - Jackson shows up in Kings debut (32-26)

Postby JaketheFlake on Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:21 pm

You just turned the Thunders an offensive juggernaut, but nice move in adding defensive presence, assets and especially shipping landry out of Sacto
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Re: - Here We Build - February Summary

Postby Vespasian92 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:57 am

February Summary

Three-horse race out West

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With the All-Star break past, the playoff chase always heats up in the final few months of the season. Teams make changes at the trade deadline and adjust their lineups to try and improve their seeding or to keep their core healthy going into the postseason. In a tough Western Conference, the Thunder, Rockets, and Clippers all makes deadline trades to give themselves the edge in the postseason. Those three teams control the top 3 seeds in the West, in that order. Who will emerge as the favorite?

The Thunder traded for Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas with the intention of him playing a super 6th man role either behind or along with Russell Westbrook. Carl Landry was also included in the trade and will help in the postseason as well. Thomas is a lightning quick but undersized scorer whose determination and chip-on-his-shoulder attitude are valuable components off the bench in gritty playoff games. The only current assets that the Thunder gave up for Thomas were Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins. Thomas is an upgrade over Jackson, and Oklahoma City is very high on 2nd year center Stephen Adams as their new starter. The Thunder added a player who can develop as a 6th man with a Durant/Westbrook/Ibaka core, and are undoubtedly a better team after the trade.

Houston made the biggest splash at the deadline in dealing for Kevin Love. Love wanted out of Minnesota and finds himself in the same frontcourt as Dwight Howard. With Love's shooting and Howard's defense, they make up for each other's weaknesses. The frontcourt duo is set to be a matchup problem for teams in the postseason, who will also be worried about James Harden's scoring ability. The Rockets weren't taken seriously as a contender last year, but swapping Chandler Parsons for Love does make them a threat right now. Assuming a strong postseason run convinces Love to remain in Houston, losing Parsons may not hurt the Rockets in the long run either.

Despite taking over the headline role in Hollywood with their Pacific-leading roster and 'Lob City' ability, the Clippers' deadline trade wasn't a flashy one. Darren Collison was unhappy with his role behind CP3, one which he had carried both to begin his career in NO and for the last 2 seasons in LA. Wanting to be a starter, Collison was traded to Orlando for Jameer Nelson. Nelson is the kind of veteran player that Doc Rivers will surely like come playoff time. While not bringing the kind of media attention that a Love trade or even Isaiah Thomas did, Jameer will help the Clippers.

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Moving on from Isaiah

The trade of Isaiah Thomas caught fans and media alike by surprise. The Kings were enjoying their best season in a decade thanks in large part to Thomas, sitting above .500 and tentatively holding one of the lower seeds in the postseason. By all appearances, the chemistry between Thomas and Kings' cornerstone bigman Demarcus Cousins was outstanding. For those reasons, trading Thomas makes some scratch their heads from a logic standpoint. Reggie Jackson had performed well enough in the small sample since the trade, but can the Kings end their playoff drought and maintain decent play when things get tough for the newcomer? Thomas was having a career season and his departure makes some question if Sacramento can maintain their playoff seeding down the stretch of the season.

Aside from the logic of moving Thomas in the midst of a playoff-hopeful season, the trade was devastating from an emotional standpoint for Kings fans. There are some things that are impossible to completely ignore. Many of those are what tied Thomas into the hearts of Kings fans so tightly. His play on the floor was enjoyable enough, but you can't ignore that he is the smallest player every night. His story was so reminiscent of the team's legacy in Sacramento, as the small guy who never was expected to do anything big. He displayed an attitude of one who never gives up and would keep fighting against all odds, just as the fans and Sacramento community did during the Seattle relocation saga. Fans could not ignore his presence at city council meetings and outspoken support of keeping the team in Sacramento, which was probably hard for him in some ways. Thomas played at Washington in college and proudly represents the Tacoma, WA area. Being the starting point guard on a team that would move to his home state, playing in front of his friends and family had to be something that would make him hope the team had moved, at least privately. But Isaiah didn't say that, he never gave up on wanting to get better and to be a starter despite whomever was brought in to replace him, and he always returned the appreciation that the fans had for him. While not a starter, Thomas now finds himself on the defending champs with a legitimate chance to win a ring. Maybe he deserves to be on a playoff team after committing over 4 years of outstanding performances to a lottery team, that until recently was a rudderless ship without plans to improve, much less to remain in Sacramento. So while we probably won't see him in a Kings uniform again, Isaiah will always be a King and have loyal support from Sacramento wherever he plays.

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