The Sacramento Kings were off to a promising start, but eventually fell short to the Golden State Warriors in a 101-92 loss Wednesday night in Sacramento. By result of news that former Warriors Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks had been traded in exchange for Steve Blake from the Lakers, Golden State appeared to start the game in a state of resolve. Though the news was a setback– the Warriors hit the ground running making, a strong opening statement, and closing on an even stronger note.
With both centers out, the Warriors simply had more cards in the deck, as their depth and explosive offense proved to be too much for Sacramento.
Though standouts emerged with Isaiah Thomas scoring 26 points and adding seven assists, and Travis Outlaw scoring 18 points for Sacramento (18-36), it was fatal last-minute mistakes and lost possessions that lead to the Kings’ eventual demise. In spite of Quincy Acy grabbing a career-high 12 boards to help the Kings out-rebound the Warriors 49-35, Sacramento still committed 21 turnovers and imploded on offense making it impossible to recover in the final minutes.
“We seemed hell bent on giving them as many possessions as possible,” said Kings coach Michael Malone in reference to the meltdown near the end. The Kings, who dropped to 0-8 in the absence of Cousins this season, still led 76-75 entering the fourth quarter until the Warriors answered with two crucial scoring runs to seal and close the game.
Sacramento is 0-3 to Golden State this season, but hope to outweigh the odds playing with a full deck. Leading scorer, Cousins suffered a strained hip flexor in last Wednesday’s game and underwent two MRI’s earlier this week. The team continues to list him day-to-day and he should be considered questionable for Saturday’s bout against Boston. For now, former Warrior Carl Landry will assume the role of Center.