Sacramento Kings: Small Moral Victories Emerge In Close Loss

By Karim Akbar
Kelley L Cox – USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings dropped another close game on Sunday night to the Golden State Warriors 115-113. The down-to-the-wire finish could have ended with a Kings victory, but instead this young team will have plenty of questions to answer as the loss drops them to 4-11 on the season.

Though the Kings were outplayed by the Warriors in the first half and endured a 10-point deficit going into the fourth, the Kings stormed back to keep it close to the very end. Stephen Curry continued his offensive onslaught on the league, and his partner-in-crime Klay Thompson showed Sacramento that they’re still the second fiddle in this regional rivalry. There may be no moral victories in a loss, but there were some bright spots that emerged in Sunday’s game.

For starters, there was a Marcus Thornton sighting at Sleep Train Arena. The Bayou Bomber’s shot had been missing in action all season, but Thornton came up big in the fourth, scoring most of his 21 points in the final frame. Thornton went 5-of-8 from long range and 6-of-11 from the floor. It was easily Thornton’s best game of the season.

Derrick Williams, who scored 12 in his Kings debut, was flat from the field tonight, only scoring four points but added seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Isaiah Thomas continued his campaign for the Sixth Man of the Year award, adding 19 points, while Patrick Patterson scored 18 on perfect 8-of-8 shooting.

This team has the pieces, but it needs more. GM Pete D’Alessandro has stated that the Kings will be aggressive in looking for deals that improve the team. D’Alessandro may want to work those phones harder, because time is running out to salvage any sort of a successful season.

Karim Akbar is a Sacramento Kings writer for Follow him on Twitter @Kuhreem , “Like” his RantSports page on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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