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January 4, 2012
Tip Sheet: Kings attempt to rebound from loss to Grizzlies

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PHOTO CREDIT: Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) scramble for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn. Jim Weber. Associated Press

We're here to feed your need for Sacramento Kings news. Each day, we'll highlight news, features and analysis from around the Web.

Tonight's game - Sacramento Kings (2-4) at Denver Nuggets (4-2):

• Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) previews tonight's game in today's newspaper.

• Christopher Dempsey previews tonight's game in today's Denver Post.

• Nate Timmons (@Nate_Timmons) previews tonight's game in a blog post for SB Nation affiliate Denver Stiffs.

Last night's game: The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Kings 113-96 on Tuesday at FedEx Forum. View the box score.

Game coverage:

  • "The Kings, who have wilted under defensive pressure this season, received a lesson on what to do when a team picks up its intensity," Jones writes in today's newspaper recap.
  • "DeMarcus Cousins' return to the Kings was a lot like his first four games this season," Jones writes in today's newspaper. "He is still grabbing rebounds, but the shots aren't falling."
  • Jones, in a blog post this morning, writes what Cousins is doing well and what the team wants him to do better.
  • The Grizzlies "were just as dialed in defensively, holding the Kings to 41 percent shooting," Ronald Tillery writes in today's newspaper recap for Memphis Commercial-Appeal.

  • "The Kings continue to be playing much worse than advertised," writes Akis Yerocostas (@Aykis16) in a blog post on SB Nation affiliate Sactown Royalty.
  • James Ham (@James_Ham) breaks down last night's game in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Cowbell Kingdom.
  • "That's about as brutal a game as you're going to see," writes Scott Levin (@KingsSLev) writes in a blog post on FanSided affiliate A Royal Pain.
  • Red Coleman (@3SOB) breaks down last night's game in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate 3 Shades of Blue.
  • View the video highlights at

More news and analysis:

  • The New Jersey Nets are interested in acquiring Cousins, Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) reports in a story for the New York Daily News.
  • Sebastian Pruiti (@SebastianPruiti) ranks Jimmer Fredette No. 8 in his NBA Rookie Rankings, Week 1 for Grantland.
  • Hassan Whiteside tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and six blocks and Tyler Honeycutt scored four points to go along with one rebound in Tuesday's 116-103 win for the Reno Bighorns over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. View the box score at
  • "If there was ever a lame duck coach that wasn't an interim, (Paul Westphal is) it," writes Bryan Rosa writes in a blog post on FanSided affiliate A Royal Pain.
  • "How is it possible that Gavin and Joe can't see that the current squad is so unlikable and plays such a selfish, uninspiring brand of basketball that the arena will be empty in a matter in months?" asks Ron Wenig (@RonWenig), in blog post on Sacramento Connect partner Kings Talking Points.
  • "Clearly, Cousins is a problem, not 'the' problem," writes Marty McNeal (@MartyMacsWorld) in a blog post on Sacramento Connect partner Marty Mac's World.
  • Jerry Scherwin makes a case for the Philadelphia 76ers acquiring Cousins in a blog post for TrueHoop Network affiliate Philadunkia.


• Sam Amick (@sam_amick) talks to Don Geronimo about Cousins:

Tweets of the day:

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.

If you see a Sacramento Kings-related story or blog post that we should feature, e-mail me at or send me reply on Twitter at @journalistnate.

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