Wednesday , Feb , 28 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sacramento still alive in the West

(Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings are having a disappointing season,
as they have compiled a weak 24-32 record and sit in last place in the
Pacific Division.

Even with their record, the Kings are just three games behind the Los Angeles
Clippers for the eighth and final playoff sport in Western Conference. If the
Kings do not qualify for the postseason, their string of eight straight
years in the playoffs will come to an end.

The Kings return home after going 1-3 on a four-game road trip, as they
welcome the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday to ARCO Arena. It is the first of two
meetings between the clubs this season. Charlotte will host the Kings on March
14th at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The teams have split four meetings. The Kings
are 0-2 as the visitor against the Bobcats

On Monday, Samuel Dalembert posted 20 points and 17 rebounds, as the
Philadelphia 76ers opened a six-game homestand with an 89-82 victory over the
Kings at the Wachovia Center.

Kevin Martin scored 23 points in the loss to Philadelphia for the Kings, who
have dropped six of their last eight games overall. Brad Miller had 21 points
and 10 boards, while Ron Artest ended with 13 points for Sacramento, which is
just 8-20 on the road this season.

Sacramento is 16-12 at home this season. The Kings, who have won six of their
last seven contests at ARCO Arena, will visit the Lakers on Friday at the
Staples Center and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at the Rose Garden.

Martin, who leads the Kings in scoring (20.8 ppg) has continued his impressive
campaign. He is averaging 29.0 points and five rebounds in his last two
outings. The 6-7 Martin has scored in double-digits in 52 of the 55 games he
has played in this season.

The Kings will play split their final 26 games of the regular season evenly
between ARCO Arena and the road.