This game was once meant to be played on November 30th, 2016, but had to be rescheduled due to court conditions. Yesterday on January 30th, 2017, the Sacramento Kings traveled to Philadelphia to play against the red-hot 76ers. The 76ers were without a key piece in Joel Embiid, but they still picked up a close win. The final score was 122-119. The 76ers third quarter was the main reason they won, as they dropped 42 points while only allowing 30 points. The third quarter gave the 76ers the momentum they needed to close out a close game!
The Kings started Darren Collison at point guard, who is an all around player who is good at everything but doesn’t excel in a certain area. At shooting guard, the Kings looked to Garrett Temple. Temple is mostly a three point specialist, his biggest weakness is defense. At small forward, the Sacramento Kings started ex-Knick Aaron Afflalo, who usually plays shooting guard. Afflalo, just like Temple, is a shooter, but Afflalo is a better defender than Temple. The power forward who got the start was none other than DeMarcus Cousins, who is one of the game’s best at the position. Cousins is known to most as a center, but due to the King’s lack of depth at Power Forward and solid players at center, Cousins has spent most of his time this year at the four. Cousins is an all-around beast, but his problems usually come at the defensive end. Cousin’s is definitely not a bad defender, but he carelessly slacks off at times and gives up on plays.
Also, Cousin’s could get too emotional at times, which leads to him getting more technicals than almost any other player. At center, the Kings started Kosta Koufos who they signed last offseason. Koufos is a fine player, but will not start on any championship contending team.
The Kings played a solid game, despite starting some weak players. The Kings’ success was mostly due to the finominal play of DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins put on a clinic in Philadelphia, dropping 46 points on 11-16 shooting in only 32 minutes. Yesterday, most of Cousin’s buckets came from the free throw line, where he shot 20-22! That free throw performance is comparable to notable free throw performances by some of the league’s greatest free throw shooters such as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.
The difference between those 2 and Cousins is that Cousins is a center! In addition to Cousins being a center, where most other players at his position lack the skill at the free throw line, Cousins also has the ability to get to the line more due to his aggressive play style. The downfall for the Kings came when Cousin’s foul troubles became apparent, eventually leading to Cousins being disqualified due to the fact that he had obtained a sixth foul.
Besides Cousins, only Willie Cauley-Stein, ex-Kentucky Wildcat, and Matt Barnes, who recently turned himself in for assault charges, played a good game. Willie Cauley-Stein went 8-10 from the field and scored 17 points. Barnes hit four threes on 6-12 shooting while dropping in 16 points. Overall, the Kings played a solid game against a good team, but came up short. Recent trade rumors have been swirling around that the Kings may trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Suns, but that’s all the information we know about this trade thus far.