Instant Analysis: Kings downed in Detroit, drop seventh straight
Sacramento's skid stands at seven
The Sacramento Kings shook off a slow start in Detroit on Saturday evening and gave the home team all they could handle. In the end, the Pistons were the more experienced team coming away with the 108-99 win.
With the loss, Sacramento finishes the road trip 0-3 and have now dropped seven straight. The effort was significantly better in the getaway game, just not good enough to come away with the win. Dave Joerger went 12 deep with his rotation and received contributions from almost everyone.
Zach Randolph came to play. The 17-year NBA vet helped steady the ship early after the Kings fell behind by double-digits early. Joerger used the 36-year-old’s strength to keep Andre Drummond off the glass for stretches. You’ll take 19 points, four rebounds and four assists from Z-Bo any day of the week.
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Bogdan Bogdanovic is growing into his role. The 25-year-old rookie shot an impressive 6-of-7 from the field to drop in 14 points for Sacramento. He is a calming influence for the players around him, they just need to find him more shots.
Sacramento kept it close through the first half, but the Pistons turned up the intensity midway through the third quarter to push the lead to 11 heading to the final frame. The Kings came out strong in the fourth, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
George Hill sat out Saturday’s game due to personal reasons. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.