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December 18, 2013
The Kings Blog has moved

The blog can now be found at: http://www.sacbee.com/kings-blog/

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Please come see us in our new home.

December 17, 2013
Live blog: Kings at Charlotte Bobcats, 3 p.m. Dec. 17

Join Jason Jones and other reporters and observers for live coverage of the game between the Kings and Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C.. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.


 

December 15, 2013
Live blog: Kings vs. Houston Rockets, 2 p.m.

Join Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin and other reporters and observers for live coverage of the game between the Kings and Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.




 

December 13, 2013
Live blog: Kings at Phoenix Suns, 5 p.m. Dec. 13

Join Jason Jones and other reports and observers in Phoenix for live coverage of the game between the Kings and Suns. Coverage begins at 5 p.n.. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.


 

December 12, 2013
Highlights from Jazz 122, Kings 101

The Utah Jazz breeze past Sacramento 122-101.

December 11, 2013
Live blog: Kings vs. Utah Jazz, 6 p.m. Dec. 11

Join The Bee's Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin and many more observers checking in live from the Kings game with the Utah Jazz on Wednesday evening from Sleep Train Arena. Reporting begins at 6 p.m., and the game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


 

December 10, 2013
Highlights from Kings 112, Mavericks 97


As the newest Kings, Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray, watched, Sacramento blows out the Dallas Mavericks 112-97.

December 9, 2013
Live blog: Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6 p.m. Dec 9

Join The Bee's Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin and many more observers checking in live from the Kings game with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday evening from Sleep Train Arena. Reporting begins at 6 p.m., and the game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


 

December 7, 2013
Live blog: Kings at Utah Jazz, 5 p.m. Dec. 7

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones along with other reporters and observers covering the game between the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz from EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Dec. 7. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. for the game beginning at 6.


 

December 7, 2013
Highlights from Lakers 106, Kings 100

A disastrous fourth quarter leads to a 106-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

December 6, 2013
Live blog: Kings vs. L.A. Lakers, 6 p.m.

Join The Bee's Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin and many more observers checking in live from the Kings game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday evening from Sleep Train Arena. Reporting begins at 6 p.m., and the game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

 
December 4, 2013
Highlights from Thunder 97, Kings 95

The Kings' Isaiah Thomas sparks a comeback but the Kings lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-95 as his last shot doesn't drop.

December 3, 2013
Postgame notes: Ben McLemore accepts the challenge on defense

Postgame notes from Tuesday's 97-95 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder:.

*Add defensive specialist to Ben McLemore's many growing roles as a rookie.

McLemore was given the assignment of defending Russell Westbrook. That's a role could expand to possibly defending Kobe Bryant on Friday if he returns for the Lakers.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see McLemore starting the game on more point guards while Greivis Vasquez takes on more stationary players that aren't as big of threats on offense.

McLemore figures to take his lumps on defense, but he said he wants the role and accepts the challenge.

*The Kings have lost five games in a row. This is their second five-game losing streak of the season.

*DeMarcus Cousins (sprained right ankle) missed his first game of the season. He's expected to be ready for Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

*Isaiah Thomas scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. It's the fifth time in his career that he's scored 15 or more points in the fourth quarter.

*The Kings matched their season high with 10 made three pointers.

*Kings coach Michael Malone on the effort from Thomas:

"That's who he needs to be. I just told him I thought prior to that quarter he was trying to be a very passive, playmaking point guard and that's not who he is, that's not who he's ever been. Isaiah Thomas is at his best when he puts pressure on the defense, he attacks, he looks to score, and then off that he'll get other guys involved. When he plays like that, we take on his personality. We got very aggressive, very confident, and he led the charge with that. But that whole group - Isaiah, Marcus (Thornton), John (Salmons), Patrick (Patterson) and Jason (Thompson) - played with great energy and passion and put us in a position to win the game."

*Kevin Durant on holding the Kings to 34 points over the second and third quarters:

"I think that our offense is really good and that keyed our defense. We're talking. We're scrambling. We kept those guys on the perimeter and rebounded. We just have to continue to do that."

*OKC coach Scott Brooks on the game:

"I thought we need to do a better job in that first quarter. We gave up too many points. They were playing with just a lot of freedom and we weren't active enough on the basketball. I thought bits and parts after that we were much better. We knew that this team (wasn't going to quit). When we got up 17 points I told these guys that they're not going to quit. That's been the trademark of their team so far and that's a good trait to have and they did it. They just kept fighting and playing every possession. Little guy (Isaiah Thomas) got hot and we couldn't turn it off."

December 3, 2013
Pregame notes: DeMarcus Cousins inactive with ankle injury

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is inactive for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a sprained left ankle.

Cousins injured the ankle during Sunday's loss to Golden State.

No word yet on who will start for Cousins. The injury was not mentioned during coach Michael Malone's pregame media time and Cousins was not listed as having an injury on the pregame notes that usually have such information.

Prediction time: This game was going to be hard for the Kings to win with Cousins. Without Cousins, it's going to require as close to a perfect showing for the upset.

That just doesn't seem likely.

Thunder 115, Kings 100
My record: 10-5

December 3, 2013
Live blog: Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 6 p.m. Dec. 3

Join The Bee's Jason Jones and Ailene Voisin and many more observers checking in live from the Kings game with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday evening from Sleep Train Arena. Reporting begins at 6 p.m., and the game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


 

December 2, 2013
Highlights from Warriors 115, Kings 113

The Sacramento Kings, trailing by 16 points in the third quarter, rally but come up short again, losing to the Golden State Warriors 115-113.

December 1, 2013
Postgame notes: Patrick Patterson goes perfect from the field

Some notes and quotes from today's game, won by Golden State, 115-113, on two free throws by Stephen Curry with 8.6 seconds to play.

*Patrick Patterson did not miss a shot today (8-for-8, 2-for-2 on three pointers) in scoring 18 points. Patterson also had seven rebounds.

"It felt good, especially from the three-point line," Patterson said. "I can't remember the last time I made two in a game."

The last time that happened was Nov. 8 at Portland.

*One change that's worked for the Kings is moving Patterson to the bench. He's actually scoring and rebounding better as a reserve in seven games (7.7 points, 5.7 rebounds per game) than he did in six starts (5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds per game).

"I'm not worried about my scoring, just focused on my defense and rebounding," Patterson said. "Opportunities to shoot the ball will come throughout the course of the game but if I focus on defense and rebounding and providing opportunities for my teammates and making it easier for them on the defensive end I'll be fine."

*DeMarcus Cousins had the unique experience of being called for a Flagrant Foul 2 in the fourth quarter only to see it downgraded to an offensive foul against Andrew Bogut.

Cousins was asked what his first thought was when he heard that announcement.

"DeMarcus Cousins," he said, referring to his reputation with officials.

"I've never seen that before -- ever," Cousins said. "I've never seen a Flagrant 2 go to a regular foul."'

*Kings coach Michael Malone on that Flagrant Foul 2 situation:

"Thank goodness they can review it and they downgraded it to a regular foul. That's a challenge of ours too. Every night we go out there and bust our humps and the whistle's not going our way at times, we have to find a way to overcome that and not use that as an excuse and find other ways to get wins."

More Malone:

"I must admit I didn't' realize theyd' called a Flagrant 2 and had signaled an ejection. So if I'd known that he might have had to calm me down."

*Cousins ended up being the go-to player down the stretch. The Warriors opted not to double time Cousins and he scored over Bogut twice to tie the game in the final minute.

*Cousins did pick up his league-leading fifth technical foul in the game.

*Perimeter defense remains a major problem for the Kings.

The Kings allowed Curry and Klay Thompson have it too easy to start the game and once they got going, there wasn't much the Kings could do defensively.

Curry weaved his way through defenders while Thompson seemed to be open far too often.

Curry had 36 points and 10 assists. Thompson had 28 points, including a career-high eight three pointers.

"I got a lot of open looks. I let it fly," Thompson said. "That's how I got to play - just let it fly and not think about it."

*Isaiah Thomas on his layup attempt to tie the game that was blocked by Bogut:

"I think I made a pretty good move but I got a little too deep. ... I got it with my back turned to the basket so I just wanted to try to get to the hoop and Bogut played it well."

December 1, 2013
Pregame notes: Looking forward to the center competition

Today's game features two centers that don't care much for each other.

DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut figure to go at each other intensely this afternoon.

Both are physical players. Bogut is one of the league's best defensive centers while Cousins is among the most talented offensive centers.

The over/under on technical fouls? Two.

Prediction time: I've picked the Kings to win the last two games and I've been wrong. Stephen Curry, however, can hurt the Kings so many ways.

Until the Kings prove they can play good defense on point guards, it's hard to see Curry struggling.

Warriors 107, KIngs 97
My record: 9-5



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