Kings Lose Momentum In Memphis

Jan 18, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur (00) attempt to gain positon at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Sacramento 85-69. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings haven’t been able to put together 48 minutes of quality basketball against the Grizzlies all season, and tonight wasn’t any different. The Kings lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 101-108.

The Kings always seemed to be just a step behind the Grizzlies tonight, as they trailed in every quarter except the fourth. The Kings made things interesting late in the fourth quarter when they made a comeback, but never seemed to have enough to overtake the Grizzlies.

Four of the five Memphis starters scored in double figures for 75 of the Grizzlies 101 points. Only Tashaun Prince failed to reach double digits.

Both Tyreke Evans and Demarcus Cousins missed 2 free throws late in the fourth quarter that could have changed the game intangibly. The Kings have not been able to sustain any success from the free throw line lately, and seem to waver late in games in pressure situations and the game on the line.

The Kings didn’t look as lost as they have against the Grizzlies in the past, and regardless of whether or not that has anything to do with the absence of Rudy Gay from the roster, the Kings have seemed to find ways to play better basketball against competitive teams, but they still have a lot of work to do, and a long ways to go before they are a good team in the west, or even a playoff contender.

Topics: DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

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