The Sacramento Kings came out slow in the first quarter of their game against the Timberwolves, who led by ten points after the first quarter. After being down by as many as 17 points, the Kings managed to keep themselves in the game only trailing by nine points going into halftime.
The Kings started the third quarter red hot, taking a five point lead at the at the halfway point of the third. The Kings however, had no answer for the Timberwolves’ Jose Barea who scored 21 points on 6-11 shooting and added 5 assists.
The Timberwolves took regained control of the game when Barea came back in at the six-minute mark of the third quarter. The Timberwolves regained the lead 62-61 with 3:42 left in the third quarter, and never trailed again.
The Kings never overcame the ten-point deficit from the first quarter. They struggled to maintain their composure against a Timberwolves team who is missing their two best players. One thing is certain; the Timberwolves have a much deeper team than last year. With a healthy team, Minnesota may be a surprise playoff team this year.
Sacramento had a very lopsided game this evening. Everything started with Demarcus Cousins being unable to stay on the floor and out of foul trouble. Cousins was whistled for his first foul less than one minute in the game. When the Kings made their third quarter run, Cousins was a major factor.
When Cousins picked up his fifth foul less than six minutes into the third quarter, the Kings momentum seemed to dissipate almost instantaneously. Chuck Hayes, Jason Thompson and Isaiah Thomas seemed to be the only bright spots this evening. Hayes lead both teams with 11 rebounds, while Thomas had 20 points on 7-13 shooting with three 3-pointers. Thomas however had two fouls, two turnovers, and only two assists. As Isaiah Thomas continues to improve his all around game, he must learn to distribute the ball as well as score the ball. Jason Thompson had arguably the best game all around game for the Kings with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
The Sacramento Kings will travel to Indiana this evening to prepare for their second game in a back to back, and their third game in four days. The Kings return home for their home opener on Monday, November 5 against the Golden State Warriors.