It was battle between two of the NBA‘s worst teams as the Utah Jazz played host to the Sacramento Kings. Utah hoped to rebound at home after suffering a beat down from the Portland Trail Blazers, 130-98. The Kings were also coming off of a loss Friday night to their intrastate rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-100. The loss pushed the Kings losing streak to six.
This was the second game of back-to-backs for both teams and overtime was the last thing either squad wanted to see, but it took some extra time on the hardwood to settle the early season title of the NBA’s worst team. The Kings earned the victory, scoring 15 points in overtime and snapping a six game slide, 112-102.
DeMarcus Cousins was the high man for Sacramento with 28 points on 10-15 shooting and three blocks. The bigger story might be Isaiah Thomas off the bench with 26 points and eight assists.
There’s nothing impressive about this win or these two teams. The playoffs are a far off dream for both franchise as both will more than likely be part of the draft lottery, but the Kings can take a few things away from this win. The first is Cousins. The Kings have waited on the young center and have little to show for all the whining and crying the organization has put up with. Cousins played like he should against the Jazz, strong and efficient. He shot well from both the field and free throw line, he just needs to be more consistent in his play.
Second is Thomas. Obviously the kid is a play maker and should be starting for Sacramento. He can score as well as distribute the ball. It is time to give the young point guard some more time on the court because Cousins and Thomas could be the future duo of the franchise.
The final point to take away from this victory is youth. The Kings are a very young team that needs to develop as individuals and as a team. The organization must plan for the future now and invest in the players they want to shape and mold. Their is talent in Sacramento, but they are not harnessing that talent properly. Maybe Shaquille O’Neal will have some answer now that he is part owner.