Another game, another tough loss for the Sacramento Kings – in more ways than one.
Late in the third quarter as the Kings struggled to put the ball in the basket, Donte Greene fired up a three from the corner and in the process was hit in the arm as Stephen Curry attempted to block the shot. Greene struggled to get back up-court, resulting in an eventual timeout by Paul Westphal. Results after the game confirmed that Donte Greene had a strained elbow, but, he’ll be able to play through the injury according to the Kings medical team headed by Pete Youngman.
As for the game itself, the Kings kept it close early, heading into the half with only a two point deficit. A strong Warrior surge headed by Monta Ellis, who finished with 35 points on 13 of 22 shooting combined with a rough shooting quarter for the Kings doomed their fate as their two point deficit ballooned to 18 as the fourth quarter began.
Tyreke Evans had a fantastic game outside of his sub-par shooting, pulling down 11 rebounds to go with three steals and three assists, but he was unable to keep Ellis in check who in addition to Dorrell Wright had the Kings number all night.
DeMarcus Cousins had his second straight strong showing of the young season, grabbing a very efficient eight rebounds to go with his 16 points – but he yet again struggled at the line.
Hassan Whiteside made his ’12 Kings debut with a one minute time-frame late in the fourth – scoring his first two points of the season, both coming from the charity stripe.
The Kings finished the night 30 of 76 from the floor, en route to their second consecutive loss. They return home to play the New Orleans Hornets this evening as Carl Landry returns to PBP.