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While the Sacramento Kings are the worst-shooting team in the NBA, only one team is allowing opponents to shoot better than the Portland Trail Blazers.
These teams are both 2-5 and looking for answers on opposite ends of the court as they meet Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento is shooting 40.1 percent from the field overall and shot 40.0 percent in Sunday's 103-90 road loss to the Lakers. Starting guard Tyreke Evans is emblematic of those woes at a career-low 36.9 percent - a big reason why his scoring average is also a career-worst 11.4 points.
"I'm working at it every game," Evans said. "I'm just trying to find a way to be aggressive and still play my game but I just got to do a better job of making shots and running our offense."
Portland's opponents are shooting 49.8 percent to rank ahead of only Cleveland. The Trail Blazers have allowed five foes to connect on at least half of their shots through seven games.
That defense improved a bit Monday when Atlanta shot 44.3 percent and closed the game on a 10-0 run in handing Portland its fourth straight loss, 95-87.
Offensively, the Trail Blazers shot 36.1 percent and finished with a season low in points. They rallied to take the lead after trailing by as many as 15 points.
"We keep putting ourselves in holes,'' guard Wesley Matthews said. "We can't keep doing that to ourselves.''
Sacramento coach Keith Smart will once again have to improvise his lineup with DeMarcus Cousins finishing his two-game ban for confronting Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott in a hostile manner following a 97-86 home loss to San Antonio on Friday night.
Smart was without Cousins and suspended rookie Thomas Robinson on Sunday. Travis Outlaw made his first start of the season and forward Jason Thompson had 15 points and 10 rebounds as he shifted to center in place of Cousins, and Smart will likely use that same lineup.
Robinson will come off the bench after completing his two-game ban for a vicious elbow to the throat of Detroit's Jonas Jerebko.
"We'll do the same thing, obviously not having DeMarcus Cousins for another game, but we'll get Thomas Robinson back, so that gives us another energy guy, and another big man," Smart said.
The antidote to the Kings' offensive woes could be Jimmer Fredette, who scored a team-high 18 points Friday, although most were after the outcome was decided. Still, the second-year guard's 64.0 percent shooting has made an impression on Smart.
"It's obvious that young man has worked his tail off," Smart said. "That young man's efficiency rating has gone up, and I've got to make minutes on the floor for him now because he's too positive right now with what he's doing."
While Smart is mulling his options without Cousins, Portland coach Terry Stotts has few options with his bench producing a league-low 11.9 points per game. Blazers reserves have been outscored 89-10 by their counterparts over their last two contests.
These teams split four meetings last season, with the home team winning every time.
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After the Kings loss on Friday to the Spurs, DeMarcus Cousins got into a confrontation with Spurs announcer Sean Elliott, and those actions will cost the young center two games.
The NBA has suspended Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for two games without pay for confronting San Antonio announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner.
The exchange followed the Spurs' 97-86 victory in Sacramento on Friday night. The volatile Cousins will lose about $70,500 of his $3.9 million salary.
Cousins will sit out games at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and...
* This won't be anything special, but just some jotted thoughts in random order I suppose as they come to me. Numero uno: DeMarcus Cousins. This **** has to stop. Immediately. And, will it? Probably is the unfortunate answer. Cousins, if I had my druthers (and I don't naturally), would have gotten 30 games for this ********. This. Needs. To. End.
* Cousins needs to grow...
The NBA may have suspended Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins two games for his post-game hostile exchange with San Antonio Spurs TV analyst Sean Elliott but that doesn't mean this learning experience for Cousins was over.
Kings head coach Keith Smart spoke with his young forward about the incident and suspension and Smart let Cousins know to simply be smart.
Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games without pay for confronting San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner following Friday night's game, the league announced in a release Sunday. Cousins will miss Sunday night's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles and Tuesday night's home game against the Blazers. The incident...
In one of the weirder stories we've ever seen related to announcers, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games by the NBA for a confrontation with Spurs analyst and former player Sean Elliott. It all happened after the Spurs beat the Kings 97-86 Friday night. During the 4th Quarter, Cousins apparently dared to talk some trash to Tim Duncan. Elliott saw...
The NBA Players Association is appealing Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins' two-game suspension, the Sacramento Bee reported Monday. Cousins was punished by the league for berating San Antonio television color analyst Sean Elliott after the Kings' 97-86 loss to the Spurs on Friday in Sacramento. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Cousins directed trash...
By now you know about the confrontation between Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins and San Antonio Spurs' TV analyst Sean Elliott after the recent Spurs-Kings game.
In a nutshell, Elliott didn't like how he talked trashed about his former teammate Tim Duncan, called him "immature" during the broadcast and Cousins fired back calling Elliott "immature...
SACRAMENTO -- The Portland Trail Blazers ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday night by hammering the Sacramento Kings 103-86 before a disappointed and sparse crowd of 10,153 at Sleep Train Arena. The Trail Blazers (3-5) received balanced scoring from their starters, but they were led by Damian Lillard, who had 22 points. The rookie point guard, an Oakland native, was passed...
In our second Sacramento Kings related post of the day (that has to be a record or something), Kings sideline reporter Jim Gray interviewed Lakers forward/enigma Metta World Peace after Sunday's Lakers victory. The interview begins on an eye-raising note as Metta tells Gray to call him "Ron." Gray goes on to ask Metta Ron Artest about advice for suspended Kings...
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus has been denied in his appeal of a two-game suspension, USA Today Sports reported Tuesday night. The Players Association had appealed the suspension on behalf of Cousins. He already served the first game of the suspension Sunday during the Kings' 103-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. He also was expected to miss Tuesday...
Lillard, shooting, save the day
The Headline: The Trail Blazers finally find win No. 3 on the back of Damian Lillard, topping the Kings 103-86
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings
When: 10:00 ET, Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Where: Sleep Train Arena (Sacramento)
Officials: Dan Crawford, Bennie Adams, Josh Tiven
1. Damian Lillard takes control