Tuesday , Jan , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

What’s up with the Kings?

(Sports Network) – It’s still a mystery as to why the Sacramento Kings can’t
seem to climb over the .500 mark and into the thick of the playoff picture in
the Western Conference.

The Kings roster has plenty of talent. Center Brad Miller, forward Ron Artest,
who is the subject of trade rumors, and point guard Mike Bibby make up a
formidable trio, while guard Kevin Martin has been a huge surprise and John
Salmons, Kenny Thomas and Shareef Abdur-Rahim makeup a solid supporting cast.

Sacramento, which has made the playoffs eight straight years, is a
disappointing 14-17 and is tied with Los Angeles Clippers for last place in
the Pacific Division.

The streaking Cleveland Cavaliers open a season-long seven-game road trip when
they visit the Kings on Tuesday at ARCO Arena. It is the first of two meetings
between the clubs this season. Cleveland is scheduled to host the Kings on
March 13th at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland has lost eight of 11 and nine of
its last 13 at Sacramento. The Kings have won 12 of the last 14 meetings in
the series.

Sacramento attempts to halt a two-game losing streak. On Saturday, Zach
Randolph posted 32 points and 15 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers downed
the Kings, 110-105, in overtime at ARCO Arena.

Bibby finished with 28 points in the loss to Portland for the Kings, who have
lost six of their last 10 games overall. Artest scored 23 and Martin netted 22
in defeat.

The Kings, who wrap up a three-game homestand against Cleveland, are 10-9 at
home this season. They will visit the Trail Blazers on Friday at the Rose
Garden.

Sacramento, which is 1-1 against the Trail Blazers this season, has won two
straight after losing its last three at Portland. The Kings are scheduled to
visit Portland on March 3rd at the Rose Garden in the final contest of the
campaign between the clubs.

Martin is averaging a team-best 21.2 points per game, while Thomas has grabbed
a club-high 7.5 rebounds and Bibby has dished out a team-high 5.8 assists per
contest.

SAC