Sacramento Kings

Kings slip, slide to 22nd in NBA rankings roundup

A building worker walks across the court before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. The game was delayed because of the court’s unsafe surface issue. And so it went for the Kings in a winless week.
A building worker walks across the court before an NBA basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. The game was delayed because of the court’s unsafe surface issue. And so it went for the Kings in a winless week. The Associated Press

No one can say what that postponed game against the 76ers would have revealed, but it was scuttled because of a slippery floor deemed unsafe, and the Kings were 0-3 last week as part of a six-game trip that concludes this week.

After soaring to an average ranking of 21.5 a week ago, the wayward Kings have slipped to 22.5 in the six power rankings sampled here (The Bee, NBA.com, NBC Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports, SI.com).

Up next for the Kings will be the Mavericks (4-16 through Sunday), Knicks (11-9) and Jazz (12-9).

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 21st, same as last week. The Warriors ended the Cavaliers’ three-week reign at No. 1, and the Mavericks extended their stay at 30th to two weeks.

Toast of the week

CBS Sports on the Bucks, who rose to 7th from 17th:

“ … (Giannis) Antetokounmpo with a 23-9-6 line has led the Bucks back from mediocrity and all of a sudden they look dangerous as all get out.”

Roast of the week

SI.com on the Warriors, who remained first:

Golden State has now won 106 straight regular season games without consecutive losses. As for the post-season … awkward.”

And so to the polls:

NBA.com

Ranking: 22nd, down from 18th. From the site: “On their current road trip, the Kings are a plus-24 in 153 minutes with (DeMarcus) Cousins on the floor and a minus-26 in 44 minutes with him on the bench … .”

Best: Warriors (Last week first)

Worst: 76ers (LW 26)

NBC Sports

Ranking: 23rd, up from 24th. From the site: “ … The Kings need wins, they are 1-3 on a current road trip that ends in Dallas, but four of their next six are on the road (where the Kings are 3-8 this season).”

Best: Warriors (LW 1)

Worst: 76ers (LW 27)

ESPN

Ranking: 26th, down from 24th. From the site: “The Kings’ issues with slow starts have become no less of a talking point than Minnesota’s well-chronicled struggles after halftime. It happened again Sunday night in Gotham, where Sacramento fell into a deep hole early, scrambled back to make a game of it and then looked raggedy down the stretch of a loss … .”

Best: Warriors (LW 2)

Worst: 76ers (LW 27)

CBS Sports

Ranking: 22nd, down from 21st. From the site: This team is really far away from the basement, which is great! They also can’t see the ceiling. It’s too far away, and just a hazy line in the distance. They’re not even firmly mediocre. They’re bad. … .”

Best: Warriors (LW 2)

Worst: 76ers (LW 28)

SI.com

Ranking: 23rd, down from 21st. From the site: “The Kings! (with a GIF of Cousins attempting to wipe the floor in Philadelphia)”

Best: Warriors (LW 1)

Worst: 76ers (LW 28)

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