The Sacramento Kings are trying to play inspired basketball although they don’t know where they will be playing basketball in the future. The Kings immediate future will consist of hosting the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
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The Kings future destination will most likely be Anahiem. Kings co-owner Joe Maloof certainly seemed to tip his hand about the team’s uncertain future—Anaheim, anyone?—when he tweeted, “The Clippers are going to be a great team for years to come and I’m sure our players will enjoy a great rivalry with them.”
If the Kings do relocate it will be sad considering the future looks bright in the organization. The Kings have reaped immediate rewards with newcomer Marcus Thornton, acquired in the Carl Landry trade.
The second-year guard is getting a fresh start, and he has contributed instant offense off the bench, which had been a major weakness for Sacramento. Thornton has averaged 21 points in his first four Kings games. He had a season-high 29 in a win over the Clippers and 26 in a close loss to the Trail Blazers.
He had 22 points in his first career start Saturday at Utah in a 109-102 overtime loss. Thornton’s contributions have helped compensate for the loss of Tyreke Evans, out with a left foot injury.
From the start, Kings coach Paul Westphal told Thornton he had the green light to shoot, attack, score. That has paid off and the team is thriving.
The Rockets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games and the kings are 17-38-1 ATS in their last 56 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
The Kings are too distracted to play winning basketball.
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