Kings have been a huge disappointment
(Sports Network) – Sacramento, which has made the playoffs eight
straight years, is a disappointing 15-23 and is in last place in
the Pacific Division. The Kings look like a team that is headed for the
Kevin Martin is averaging a team-best 20.8 points per game, while Kenny Thomas
has grabbed a club-high 6.8 rebounds and Mike Bibby has dished out a team-
high 5.5 assists per contest.
Sacramento has scored over 100 points in just one of its last seven games.
The Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Nets start a five-game road trip, as
they visit the Kings on Monday at ARCO Arena. It is the first of two meetings
between the clubs this season. The Nets are scheduled to host the Kings on
February 23rd at Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey has lost seven straight and nine of its last 10 at Sacramento. The
Kings have won two in a row in the series.
Sacramento returns home after going 1-3 on a road trip. On Saturday, Richard
Hamilton led a balanced attack with 19 points, and the Pistons used strong
defense to post a 91-74 victory over the Kings in Ron Artest’s return to The
Palace of Auburn Hills.
The controversial Artest was a member of the Indiana Pacers when the infamous
brawl took place on November 19, 2004. That contest turned into an out-of-
control melee. NBA Commissioner David Stern showed no mercy as he suspended
Artest for the remainder of the 2004-05 campaign for his part in the brawl and
also penalized other key figures in the incident for a significant amount of
Artest ended with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Kings, who
have dropped eight of their last nine games overall. Corliss Williamson had 17
points to lead Sacramento, which was held to just 35.5 percent from the field.
The Kings are 10-11 at home this season. They will host the Milwaukee Bucks on
Wednesday at ARCO Arena. It will be the second and final meeting of the
campaign between the squads. Milwaukee defeated the Kings, 104-91, on November
4th at the Bradley Center.