Kings Sinking to New Low


Misery loves company.

That was my response to Carmichael Dave, host of the morning show on the Kings’ flagship radio station, KHTK 1140, in Sacramento when he asked why he should talk about the Kings on his show Friday morning after another miserable effort Thursday night against the Pistons.

Dave has been a life long Kings fan, but like many diehards, he is fed up.  The Kings have pushed us to the brink of breaking.  They go on a winning streak and our hopes manifest, but then they go on a losing streak and we have nightmares of fourteen long seasons of losing.

Our hopes were high as the Kings won five straight and seven of eight, including an impressive 132-115 over Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs.  But on the second night of a back-to-back, they were sucker-punched by the Spurs.

No big deal, right?  Teams often make adjustments when they play a team twice in a row and Pop is one of the best coaches in the history of the NBA.  It was no surprise that the Kings lost that game.

Next up were the Lakers.  Hey, should be a winnable game because they don’t have LeBron, AD or newly acquired Andre Drummond.

Oops, you still need to show up.

The Kings didn’t.  That’s two straight losses.

The winning streak is almost assuredly gonna hit three because the Kings play the Milwaukee Bucks next.  But the Kings get a break.  Giannis doesn’t play, but Jrue Holiday goes off for 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.  The Kings still only lost 129-128.  The losing streak is now at three, but it will surely end because Minnesota and Detroit are next up on the schedule.

The Timberwolves have the worst record in the West, but D’Angelo Russell returns after missing 25 games.  No problem.  We should still beat Minnesota.  At least, we thought!  But stinkeroo time.  Russell goes off in the fourth quarter.

It brought back bad memories of two years ago when the Kings had a sizeable lead over Brooklyn, but Russell caught fire.  He scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets rallied from 28 points down in the second half to beat the Kings.

That was then.

Fast forward to last Monday.  The Kings are down 96-93 when Russell, who was on a minutes restriction, entered the game with 6:43 remaining to play.  In the next two minutes and five seconds, Russell knocks down a pair of 3-pointers, blocks a Terrance Davis layup, hits two free throws and a twenty foot jumper.  It’s deja vu all over again.

OK.  The Kings are spiraling again, but surely they’re going to end this fall when they play Detroit.  The Pistons have the worst record in the East.  Unfortunately, as has been the case for way too long, the Kings play to the level of their opponent.  At halftime, the Pistons are up by 18!

Really?  This Kings team that thought they had a legitimate chance to make the play-in tournament was laying an egg.  A big fat rotten egg!

The Kings lost their fifth straight 113-101 to drop to 22-30 for the season.  Just to put a little frosting on the cake, remember what happened at the trade deadline?  To refresh your memory, the Kings traded Cory Joseph and two second-round picks to the Pistons for Delon Wright.

How’s that working out?  Of course, you guessed it.  Joseph led the Pistons to the win over his former team as he scored 24 points and dished out seven assists.

Yes, being a Kings fan is torture!  The Kings play the Utah Jazz Saturday night.  They should lose, but just watch.  They’ll do something dumb, like win.  And then the cycle will start all over again.  Kings fans will get their hopes up, only to have them crushed again.  It’s a vicious cycle being a Kings fan.

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About Dave Andrade

Sports Director, KRCR-TV Redding 1968-81; Shasta College football & basketball play-by-play; marketing rep; retired, but still doing a daily sports report & commentary for KKXS 96.1 FM, Redding; contributor at Kings Lead

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