The Sacramento Kings wanted to become a more competitive team this season, and they went about accomplishing that goal by hitting the trade market to see what type of marquee players they could add to their roster. The best that the Kings would be able to come up with were Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams. Most teams would not have considered those players to be good acquisitions, but they have worked out much better than anyone expected to this point in the season for the Kings.
As Sacramento traveled to play a road game against the Memphis Grizzlies, nobody gave the Kings a chance to win, but Gay and DeMarcus Cousins were not about to go down without a fight. Sacramento came into the matchup as a six-point underdog even though they have been a .500 basketball team since acquiring Gay. Of course, Gay would have loved to beat his former team, but the Kings fell just short of making it happen.
The Grizzlies have now won five-consecutive games, but they fought for every point they got down the stretch against a tough Sacramento team. The Grizzlies were fueled by an inspired performance from Mike Conley, who scored 25 points and dished out six assists in the victory. Fittingly, Memphis won the game with Conley securing a loose ball underneath the Kings’ basket to close out the win.
Memphis has finally gotten back above .500 with Marc Gasol back in the lineup, and the Grizzlies are going to be a dangerous team after the All-Star break in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies currently sit in 10th place in the West with a lot more basketball to be played before season’s end, and the Grizzlies’ confidence seems to be higher than it has been all season long. Memphis will put their streak on the line as they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.