NBA Gameday: Cousins vs Jokic the matchup to watch

NBA Gameday: Cousins vs Jokic the matchup to watch

The Kings travel to Denver to face the up and coming Denver Nuggets Tuesday night, but they have major injury issues hanging over their heads. Ty Lawson joined Rudy Gay and Arron Afflalo on the injury list after sustaining a maxillary sinus fracture in the Kings loss to Memphis on Saturday. All three veterans made the trip, but are listed as questionable.

Darren Collison stepped up his game against the Grizzlies, scoring 16 points on 8-for-16 shooting in 29 minutes of action. The Kings starting point guard has struggled of late, but he aggressively attacked the stout Memphis defense, which opened up plenty for others.

Denver hung tough with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night before falling 127-119 to one of the game’s best squads. They had to fly home after the game to face a Sacramento team that hasn’t played since Saturday. The Kings will face a similar scenario on Wednesday evening when they return home to take on an injury ravaged Miami Heat team on the second night of a back-to-back.


Nuggets by 3


DeMarcus Cousins vs. Nikola Jokic -- Cousins draws another up and coming big when the Kings travel to Denver. Since regaining his starting job eight games ago, Jokic is filling up the stat sheet, averaging 19.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Cousins continues to dominate, averaging 29 points and 10.2 rebounds through Sacramento’s first 33 games.


Kings: 14-19, third place in Pacific

Nuggets: 14-20, third place in Northwest


Kings: SF Rudy Gay (hip flexor) is out; SG Arron Afflalo (elbow strain) and PG Ty Lawson (facial fracture) are probable

Nuggets: F Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable.


Sacramento swept the season series 3-0 last year, but his is the first of four matchups between these two teams during the 2016-17 campaign. The all-time series between these two teams is all tied up at 86-86 and the Kings hold a slight 63-61 lead during the Sacramento-era.


“At the end of the day, it comes down to you just having some type of pride, dignity in stopping your man. That’s what it comes down to. Forget a scheme, forget a rotation - one-on-one I’m going to make sure I stop my man. I’m not going to let this guy drive past me or into get in the lane and create something for somebody else.” - DeMarcus Cousins following the Kings loss to Memphis on New Year’s Eve

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.