The Sacramento Kings had a very rough game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. Not only did they display a porous interior defense and a lackluster offense, but the Kings lost two of their most important players.
Early in the game, Rudy Gay showed signs of pain after scoring inside, as he winced jogging back on defense. He left the court and stayed out for the rest of the game with an Achilles injury. Gay is their premier scorer and their veteran leadership.
DeMarcus Cousins landed horribly on his ankle in the paint and needed an army to take him off the court. Cousins was driving into the lane and got fouled just as he turned his ankle. He did not shoot his free throws and therefore could not return to the game, even if he could. He was diagnosed with a moderate ankle sprain.
Needless to say, the scoring on the Kings after the injuries took a drastic hit, with most of their offense now in the locker room. The defense took an even bigger hit. The Rockets were already finding it easy to drive to the basket right down the middle of the lane, especially James Harden and his euro-step, but that got a lot worse as the game went on.
The Rockets took a large lead into halftime despite not really shooting that well. The game got out of hand in the second half, with Harden, Dwight Howard, Chandler Parsons and others scoring with ease.
The injuries to Cousins and Gay certainly won’t help the Kings and their up-and-down season, but hopefully they will be back soon. Both players are considered day-to-day.