Three Kings of the Night: The Heartbreaker Edition

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First, the good news: DeMarcus Cousins returned last night, and his play was immediately felt by the rest of the Kings. The Bad news: Despite the return of Boogie, the Kings lost a heartbreaker, and fell to 6-9 at home.

Being three games below .500 on your home floor is never a good thing, especially in an arena like Sleep Train Arena, where the crowd tries its best to rev up their hometown heroes. But this homestand has stung the Kings hard, losing back-to-back games to a lowly Pistons squad and a severely undermanned Milwaukee Bucks team.

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  • Last night was supposed to be the night the Kings got back on track, like we have been saying every night since the Kings entered their slide. But now, we may be heading into red alert, the area where the Kings desperately need to find answers.

    Despite their heartbreaking performance last night, there were Kings players who stood out from the pack, and we award those performances in what we call the Three Kings of the night. So let’s give them out, shall we?

    One King- Ben McLemore

    If it’s one player who benefited greatly from the return of Boogie, it was B-More, who got going early, and was an offensive lighting rod in the first half. At the end, B-More scored 22 points snagged four rebounds, and dished out three assist.

    Two Kings- Rudy Gay

    Gay tried to come through when it mattered most. He took over the game for the Kings, making every shot imaginable to help get the Kings a victory. Gay had another stellar all-around performance, scoring 20 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assist.

    Three Kings- DeMarcus Cousins

    And the Three Kings of the night goes to our main man, Boogie Cousins, who looked like his old self last night. Cousins lead the Kings with 27 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out five assist. It was almost like he never left.

    Naughty King of the Night- Jason Thompson

    The naughty King of the night goes to Thompson, who was virtually lifeless on the offensive end (three points, three rebounds), and provided no help for Cousins on the defensive end. It was a bummer of a night for Thompson, and his play has to improve.

    #SacramentoProud Tweet of the Night

    Our #SacramentoProud tweet of the night goes to Patrick Ainsworth, who pulled an Arron Rodgers on all of us with this tweet. And if you don’t like this tweet, you don’t like Kings’ Basketball.