Well – here we sit, November 3rd and we have no NBA games to entertain us. So, being we can’t have real Sacramento Kings basketball – we’re going to have the next best thing. Virtual Kings basketball.
Until the lockout ends, I’ll be simulating the Sacramento Kings season on NBA 2K12 using the most accurate and up to date rosters – I’ll do my best to add in highlights of the games as well.
With that said, let’s get to the recap…
17,000 plus opened up the season with the Kings at PBP last evening, but most went home unhappy as the Kings dropped their season opening tilt to the Houston Rockets, 96-76. For the Kings, DeMarcus Cousins shined, putting up 16 and 11 – getting an impressive 16 free throw attempts. Unfortunately for Cousins, he could only convert 10 of those 16 in route to the loss.
Making their debuts were three Kings, J.J. Hickson, Jimmer Fredette and Tyler Honeycutt. Isaiah Thomas didn’t see any floor time.
For Hickson, it was a coming out party he’d rather forget as he struggled mightily, finishing 3 of 16 from the floor to go with four turnovers. On the plus side, both Honeycutt and Fredette had solid openers – Honeycutt playing solid defense and scoring a basket in his nine minutes of floor time, Fredette putting up 12 in his first 19 NBA minutes.
The Kings struggled from the start, falling behind quickly and finding themselves down by nine after the first. The second, third and fourth quarters were all pretty equal, but the defect could never be overcome as the Kings dropped their opener by 20.
Sacramento travels to Oakland Friday evening hoping to improve to 1-1.