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December 30, 2011
Tip Sheet: Missed free throws continue to doom Kings


PHOTO CREDIT: DeMarcus Cousins, (15) of the Sacramento Kings keeps an eye on an official after he was called for a foul against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at Power Balance Pavilion Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee.

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Result: The Chicago Bulls defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-98 on Thursday at Power Balance Pavilion. View the box score.

Bee coverage:

Chicago Bulls coverage:

  • "For the first time in three games, Derrick Rose saw flashes of the team that compiled a 62-20 record during a breakout 2010-11 campaign," Nick Friedell (@ESPNChiBulls) writes in a blog post on the Chicago Bulls Report blog on ESPN.

  • "(Chicago Bulls coach Tom) Thibodeau was unhappy that Rose wasn't getting more whistles on offense," Friedell writes in a blog post on the Chicago Bulls Report blog on ESPN.

  • Friedell offers his rapid reaction on the Chicago Bulls Report blog on ESPN.

  • "This was a far cry from the sluggish offensive play that had defined the Bulls' first two games," K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) writes in today's newspaper recap for the Chicago Tribune.
  • "For the first time this young season, the Bulls' offense looked like the Bulls' offense of old," Neil Hayes (@bynhayes) writes in today's newspaper recap for the Chicago Sun-Times.

More analysis:

  • Jonathan Santiago (@itsJONsantiago) and James Ham (@James_Ham) break down last night's game in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Cowbell Kingdom.
  • "Perhaps the most glaring weakness tonight was the lack of transition defense," writes Akis Yerocostas (@Aykis16) in a blog post on SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
  • "While the Kings certainly had moments of poor basketball on both ends, you've got to keep it in perspective," writes Scott Levin (@KingsSLev) writes in a blog post on FanSided affiliate A Royal Pain.
  • "Sloppy rebounding, bad second and third efforts, and inconsistent officiating kept the game close," writes Alex Sonty (@AlexSontyHoops) in a blog post on SB Nation affiliate Blog a Bull.
  • "A lot of it can be attributed to the Bulls looking like a championship contender, but there was an array of problems with the Kings on both offense and defense last night," writes Blake Ellington (@blakeellington) in a blog post on Sacramento Connect partner Bleed Black And Purple.

More video:

• Janet O (@KcraJanetO) of KCRA speaks to Natomas businesses about the return of the NBA.

• Steve Large of CBS 13 (@largesteven) spoke to fans at the game about paying for a new arena.

• Ben Deci (@Thinfish) of FOX 40 asks whether regional fans should chip in to build a new arena.


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Online coverage from The Bee this season:

LIVE CHATS: Join The Bee's Matt Kawahara for in-game chats during every Kings home game, just before tipoff right through the final buzzer.

VIDEOS: Find out what some Kings players and coach Paul Westphal have to say about the upcoming season - and much more.

BLOG: Stay up to date on the team's happenings with Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin and Matt Kawahara on The Bee's Kings blog.

FACEBOOK: "Like" the Sacramento Kings Corner page and join Bee staffers and fans in discussions about the team and players.

TWITTER: Follow The Bee's Jason Jones for up-to-the-minute developments, in-game updates and much more about the Kings.

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