Deuce’s Dish: Kings Win Home Opener
By Dave “Deuce” Mason
“Relax, it’s November.”
That’s what a sign read in the Sacramento Kings locker room following Monday’s 94-92 win over the Warriors.
The Kings got their first win of the season (1-3) behind DeMarcus Cousins who finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Cousins has led the league in fouls in his first two seasons and struggled with foul trouble during the Kings three game road trip to start the season.
In Monday’s victory, Cousins had two personal fouls.
Did Cousins do anything differently defensively against Golden State?
“I don’t feel like I was doing anything in the first games to get the fouls I did,” Cousins said.
“I can’t really control the whistles.”
Stats of the night:
-The Warriors opened up the 3rd quarter with a 12-4 run to tie the game at 56 but the Kings responded with a 16-0 run to give the Kings their largest lead of the night.
-The Kings had six turnovers and zero assists in the 4th quarter but were able to pull off a win.
-The Kings held the Warriors to 38.7 percent shooting from the field and they’re second in the league holding opponents to 39.2 percent from the field.
-Four-The number of black banners that fell off the KingsVision scoreboard above center court.
The banners were used to cover up former sponsorships. Head coach Keith Smart ran on the court to grab the first one that fell and was cheered by the sellout crowd.
The crowd booed after the fourth banner fell during the final minutes of the game.
PGP (Point Guard Production): It’s a statistic that I’ve been looking at since the season started.
Over the first three games, guards Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas combined to average 16.3 points and three assists per game.
On Monday night against Golden State, the two guards combined for 22 points and two assists.
“We’re still not there,” Brooks said about the offense. “It’s scary because our defense is good.”
A Look Ahead: The Kings homestand continues with a meeting with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The Pistons will be coming to Sacramento after playing the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
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