Kings rally to beat Denver without Cousins and Rondo

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 9:12 AM

That’s what teams such as the Kings are supposed to do this time of the season. So leaving the team’s All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) and the NBA assist boss (Rajon Rondo) at residence to rest isn’t necessarily a horrible thing; it gives younger players a chance to play.

Kings rally to beat Denver without Cousins and Rondo

Here’s a message that makes a professional athlete with pride cringe: These games aren’t supposed to imply anything; do all you can to lose, assistance the organization’s draft position.

That’s what teams such as the Kings are supposed to do this time of the season. So leaving the team’s All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) and the NBA assist boss (Rajon Rondo) at residence to rest isn’t necessarily a horrible thing; it gives younger players a chance to play.

The Kings really only utilize two “young” players, Willie Cauley-Stein and Seth Curry. The rest of the Kings are veterans, who without Cousins and Rondo keep together a team effort to rally for a 115-106 triumph over the Denver Nuggets.

None of the four players who were out made the trip. Forward and 14-year veteran Caron Butler said his back was stiff during the game, so he didn’t play, either.

The eight Kings who played all had an assist, and only two failed to record multiple assists. Darren Collison led the Kings with eight assists, and Seth Curry matched his career high with five assists.

Without the skill to just drop the ball off to Cousins or let Rondo handle the ball to discover a teammate, the Kings had to create multiple passes to discover excellent shots.

It also helped that the Kings only had seven turnovers, a season-low.

“Obviously Cuz gets however many shots he gets a game, and Rondo has the ball a lot throughout the game,” Curry said. “So other guys got opportunities to create plays tonight, and we tried to share the ball and obtain good shots.”

The mood of the team after the game was upbeat.

“Guys enjoyed playing tonight,” Collison said. “That’s always a excellent sign, when guys appreciate playing together. We know Cuz is our best player, and sometimes he’s going to have to get the onus on himself to create plays, but when he’s not there we’ve got to step up and do the same.”

Collison said the Kings’ effort Saturday was dictated by Friday’s loss to Miami when the team rallied from twenty-four points down to nearly win.

Homosexual led the Kings with twenty-five points and nine rebounds. Cauley-Stein also had nine rebounds. Curry had seventeen points off the bench.

The win moved the Kings into a tie with NY for the seventh-worst record in the NBA. If the Kings’ draft choose falls exterior of the top ten it'll go to Chicago as portion of a two thousand eleven trade with Cleveland.

That’s not the players’ concern, however. They know Cousins is done playing road games this season (the Kings have two more), and there’s number telling if and when Rondo might sit again.

But the Kings who play have number intention of participating in tanking ballgames.

“We’re the ones on the Ct trying not to obtain embarrassed,” Collison said. “It’s simple from the exterior looking in to attempt to have your own agenda and map out a map and be strategic, but when you’re on the Ct you’re prone to compete. That’s something you’ve been doing your whole all life. Regardless of your record or if you’re in or out of the playoffs you’re here to compete.”

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