With DeMarcus Cousins given the night off to rest, the Kings lose the other half of their one-two offensive punch when Rudy Gay leaves late in the third quarter after Memphis center Marc Gasol inadvertently hit him with an elbow.
For one night, the Rudy Gay at power forward experiment was put on hold. Gay slid back to small forward Monday when the Kings played the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. It was a move to match up with the Grizzlies’ big front line that features Marc Gasol at center and Zach Randolph at power forward.
A Sacramento Bee live blog will provide updates and highlights from the NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies beginning at 4 p.m. Monday. Game time is 5 p.m. The Bee’s Jason Jones and others will provide the live information.
Kings coach George Karl welcomes change. So count him as a coach who embraces the idea of ditching the NBA’s current playoff format. Rather than the traditional eight teams from each conference making the postseason, Karl is in favor of the 16 best teams making the playoffs.
DeMarcus Cousins is in only his fifth season and he’s already statistically one of the best players of the Kings’ Sacramento era. But wins haven’t come with regularity, so the All-Star center isn’t exactly celebrating his personal accomplishments.
Follow The Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones and other reporters as they provide live updates and highlights from Friday’s NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The live blog begins at 4 p.m. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Kings have been playing for next season for a few months. But with this season close to being over and George Karl having been the coach more than a month, there’s a better understanding of how the Kings want to look entering next season.
Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @mr_jasonjones