The Sacramento Kings started 2014 with back-to-back losses to a couple of really bad teams from the Eastern Conference. After those two losses, it felt like the Kings were at their low point of the season. Many figured the Kings would mail it in the rest of the season, with the Kings so far out of the playoffs. However, Sacramento won a huge game against the Portland Trail Blazers, then followed it by two other wins for a nice little three-game win streak. Now the Kings sit nine games under .500, they were 12 games below the break-even mark just last week, and just one game away from the hated Los Angeles Lakers, moving forward with some momentum. More proof of the Kings upswing is the fact that DeMarcus Cousins won Western Conference Player of the Week for last week. This was the first time since 2008 that a Kings player won this award. Again, are the Kings going to make the playoffs? Probably not. But if they can continue to grow as a team and learn how to play good defense for stretches they could make a nice run next season towards the playoffs.
The Week That Was
Tuesday Jan. 7 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
After a terrible loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, it looked like a tall task against the Trail Blazers to end the current losing streak. After the first quarter is seemed that Portland would run away with this game as they jumped out to a 34-25 lead. However, the Kings responded in the third quarter by holding the Trail Blazers to only 13 points and it was the Kings that took a seven point lead into the fourth quarter. During the last 12 minutes both teams would combine to score 89 points during the fourth quarter and even with giving up 46 points the Kings were able to hold off the Trail Blazers for a 123-119 win. DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay both scored more than 30 points and as a team the Kings shot 47 percent. The Kings were very aggressive in this game going to the basket in this game, which is evidenced by the 50 free throws they shot in this game. While Damian Lillard did his best to bring back the Trail Blazers with his 41 points in the game, the Kings got a much needed win after starting the New Year with bad losses at home.