NBA Gameday: Doesn't get much better than Cousins vs Towns

NBA Gameday: Doesn't get much better than Cousins vs Towns

Can the Sacramento Kings make it three in a row? After erasing a 20-point second half lead to shock the Utah Jazz Tuesday night, the Kings continue their road trip Friday against a young and erratic Minnesota Timberwolves team.

Ty Lawson came to play against the Jazz. The speedy point guard attacked Utah’s big frontline, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the deciding second half. The veteran point guard is providing the Kings with a nice boost off the bench after a slow start to the season.

The Timberwolves have plenty of talent, but they haven’t quite figured out how to put it all together yet. They’ve won three out of four, but that was after losing 11 of their previous 13.

All five starters scored in double-figures for Minny Wednesday against the Hawks. They’ll need a team effort to slow the Kings who have joined the playoff conversation after flailing through the early part of their schedule.


Timberwolves by 4


DeMarcus Cousins vs. Karl-Anthony Towns -- This isn’t a marquee matchup quite yet, but just wait. Cousins is destroying his opponents on most nights, posting 29.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Towns is the one of the bigs that will eventually challenge Cousins for his spot on the Western Conference All-Star team. At just 21-years-old, the second-year 7-footer is averaging 22.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks a night. They have contrasting styles, but this should be a fun battle to watch.


Kings: 12-17, third place in Pacific

Timberwolves: 9-19, last place in Northwest


Kings: SF Rudy (hip flexor) out, SF Omri Casspi (illness) questionable. Omri Casspi (illness) is expected to suit up and be available. 

Timberwolves: C Nikola Pekovic (Achilles, ankle) out.


After getting swept by Minnesota last season, Sacramento took the first game between these two teams on Oct. 29 by a final of 106-103 at Golden 1 Center. The Timberwolves lead the Kings 53-51 all-time.


“Without our bench tonight, we probably would have been smacked by 30.” --DeMarcus Cousins following the win over the Jazz

Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena


Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena

SACRAMENTO -- Giving new meaning to playing under protest, the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks game at Golden 1 Center was delayed 13 minutes Thursday evening due to an actual protest outside the building.

Protesters locked arms in front of the entrance to the building, blocking ticket holders from entering the arena.

The Kings released the following prepared statement.

“Tonight’s game began with a delay. Due to law enforcement being unable to ensure ticketed fans could safely enter the arena, the arena remains closed and we ask fans outside to travel home. We will issue further information soon regarding a refund.”

Minutes before the 7:10 game start time, the Kings invited what few fans made their way into the building to sit in the lower bowl. A couple of thousand fans moved as close to the court as possible, while the doors remained closed to the outside.

The protest stems from the release of police body cam footage of the officer involved shooting death of South Sacramento resident, Stephon Clark, on Sunday evening. The video was released on Wednesday.

As of 8pm PST, the Golden 1 Center remains surrounded by protesters with security and police officers stationed insider every entrance and exit door.

De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento


De'Aaron Fox and the Kings seek revenge on the Hawks in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -- The countdown has begun. The Sacramento Kings host the Atlanta Hawks Thursday evening in game 73 of the regular season. With just 10 games remaining on the schedule, the Kings are in full evaluation mode.

Sacramento is coming off a sub-par showing against the Detroit Pistons. Buddy Hield posted his fourth straight 20-point game and De’Aaron Fox added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, but the Kings lost by 16.

The Hawks sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but they are coming off a shocking win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Dennis Schroder dropped in a season-high 41 points to help Atlanta snap their six-game losing streak.


Kings by 1.5


De’Aaron Fox vs. Dennis Schroder --  Fox is one of the fastest players in the league, but Schroder is no slouch. The Kings’ rookie point guard played sparingly the last time these two teams faced off, but it’s his show now in Sacramento. Schroder is coming off a big performance in the Hawks win over the Jazz on Tuesday. He plays with a force that Fox hasn’t quite figured out yet. It’s speed vs. speed. 


Kings: 23-49, fourth place in Pacific

Hawks: 21-50, fifth place in Southeast


Kings: SG Bogdan Bogdanovic (sore hamstring) probable, SG/SF Garrett Temple (ankle sprain) out, PF Zach Randolph (gastroenteritis) questionable, SF Iman Shumpert (knee/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Hawks: SG Kent Bazemore (knee) out, SF DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain) out, PF John Collins (ankle) out, G Jaylen Morris (ankle) out, G Antonius Cleveland (ankle) out, G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) out.


Ten Games to Make a Lasting Impression -- The Kings’ young core is getting an opportunity to show what they have. A couple of players are jumping off the page in the post All-Star break schedule and a few are fading. The team is evaluating what they have and what they need for the upcoming summer.  

Play Hard -- Atlanta lacks talent, but they don’t lack heart. Mike Budenholzer teams come to play, which Utah just found out the hard way. The Kings had an active practice on Wednesday. Hopefully that carries over to Thursday night’s game. 

Revenge Game -- Dave Joerger’s group got their lunch money stolen the last time they faced the Hawks. The 46-point drubbing was the worst loss of the year for Sacramento. Atlanta comes in short-handed and with a 21-50 record, but they are still capable. The Kings need show up and get a little payback.  


Atlanta torched the Kings in their early season matchup, running over the Kings for a 126-80 win at Philips Arena. The Hawks hold a 159-154 advantage all-time over the the Kings and lead the series 43-18 during the Sacramento-era.