Kings Hard To Watch In Loss to Celtics


Jan 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) drives against Sacramento Kings power forward Chuck Hayes (42) and shooting guard Marcus Thornton (23) during the second half at the TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Kings 99-81. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings lost big in Boston 81-99. Sacramento lead 24-22 after the first quarter, but scored only 14 points to Bostons 37 points in the second quarter. Sacramento outscored the Celtics 67-62 in the other three quarters, but were never able to recover from the lopsided second quarter.

Tyreke Evans took a nasty fall mid-way through the fourth quarter, landing ackwardly on his left hip after being fouled hard by Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa’s foul was quickly assessed to be only a flagrant one foul. Barbosa’s foul will be reviewed by the NBA offices and potentially cost him a game due to suspension. Evans finished the game, but appeared to be physically effected by the foul.

Boston had six players score double digits, and thier bench outscored the Kings bench 49-26. With the exception of Thomas Robinson, the Kings bench was mostly unproductive on the offensive end.

The Kings shot only 39.2 percent from the field and shot a dismal 65.4 percent from the Free Throw line. Tyreke Evans was the only Kings player to make all of his free throws, shooting 4-4 from the line.

Tyreke Evans and Thomas Robinson were the brite sides for the Kings in the loss as Evans recorded his first double double of the season with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals. Evans unfortunately had 4 turnovers as well. Thomas Robinson continued to show improvement as he battled inside with the bigger Brandon Bass and the Veteran Kevin Garnett, scoring 11 points on 4-5 shooting and grabbing 4 rebounds.

Sacramento seemed to forget how to pass the ball for most of the evening, as every member of the team fell victom to over bribbling the ball. The Kings managed a pathetic 13 assists and had 19 turnovers. With the exception of Tyler Honeycutt (Only played 59 seconds) only 4 of the 12 kings who played had zero turnovers.

The Kings wil face perhaps the three best teams as they look to finish their six game road trip, facing Philidelphia, New York and Utah. The Kings have a big task heading to Philidelphia which will be the first of a back to back games. The 76ers are a tough team, that has both size in their front court, and the ability to run on teams.

The Kings will need a team effort if they have any hope for winning any the final three games of their current road trip.