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Same Old Story: Kings No Match For Powerhouse Thunder

The Kings slow crawl to the end of the season continued in Friday’s loss to Oklahoma City. Really just an overall dull game that provided very few highlights for the Kings. The Thunder shot out to an early lead, and it was basically over. Sacramento never posed a significant threat to Oklahoma City, who like so many of the Kings opponents this season, shot over 50 percent (53.3). The 103-92 final dropped Sacramento to 20-43 with three games left.

Tyreke Evans — It was nice (and surprising) to see Reke find his perimeter stroke against the Thunder. Unfortunately, Evans never really captained the comeback. The Kings needed a spark in the second half, and the presence of Serge Ibaka kept Evans from getting to the rack and igniting the Kings.

Isaiah Thomas — Really the only player who showed some fire and channeled it toward the right cause. All the more reason it’s disappointing Keith Smart didn’t bring him back into the game until less than a minute remained. Enough of that, Coach.

DeMarcus Cousins — Very immature game for Big Cuz, disappointing to watch. Spent the whole night pouting. Kendrick Perkins and Ibaka are physical and imposing. Assume that going in and don’t look to the refs to bail you out. Toughen up and play your game.

Jason Thompson — It’s been a great season for JT offensively, but against the Thunder, he was extremely erratic around the basket.

Travis Outlaw — Make one shot in your life, please Travis. Outlaw got the start with Marcus Thornton out; the reason why is anybody’s guess. Outlaw proved he should be bolted to the end of the bench for the final three games.

Reserves — Chuck Hayes played an acceptable game. Small contributions across the board. Francisco Garcia ended up posting an impressive stat line, though you’d be hard pressed to remember any of his plays. Jimmer Fredette could not find the long ball but did a decent job of scoring inside the three-point line. Some poor decisions but good to see him use the pump fake to free himself for easy 15-footers. Terrence Williams was not much of a factor, making just 2-of-8 from the floor.

The Kings now head to Charlotte for a game Sunday before heading to Oklahoma City for another matchup against the Thunder on Tuesday.

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