Sacramento surprise: Short-handed Kings end Celtics’ seven-game win streak

February 9, 2017

NBA, Sacramento Kings

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By Morris Phillips

SACRAMENTO–Talk about avoiding embarassment.  Kings’ GM Vlade Divac reiterated on Monday that the team will not trade leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins prior to the upcoming trade deadline.  Then coach Dave Joerger explained that the team is working through Cousins’ issues regarding technical fouls that left him unavailable on Wednesday after picking up an NBA-leading 16th technical in Monday’s sleepy loss to the Bulls. The Kings however turned things around wining their second game in three games beating the Boston Celtics Wednesday night at Golden One Arena 108-92.

Without Cousins, Rudy Gay, Omri Casspi and Garrett Temple–the latter trio all injured–the Kings undertook the task of taking down the red-hot Celtics and returning prince Isaiah Thomas, the former King who was deemed a poor fit offensively along side Cousins and Gay.  That belief prompted the team to trade Thomas in the fall of 2014, only to see the vest pocket guard return on Wednesday as an All-Star averaging a gaudy 29.9 points per game.

For an organization known for dysfunction, impetious decisions and losing seasons, this wasn’t the ideal setup for a critical win to breathe life into the Kings’ diminishing playoff aspirations.  But win they did, pulling away from the Celtics in the second half despite having just seven available players.

 

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