Sacramento Kings

Kings’ rankings roundup: Losing streak prompts free fall

After suffering a sprained ankle, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) is helped off the court during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn.
After suffering a sprained ankle, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) is helped off the court during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. The Associated Press

There’s a song from the mid-1960s that was popularized by Frank Sinatra called ‘That’s Life,’ and it chronicles the ups and downs faced by everyone. It features the lyric ‘you’re riding high in April, shot down in May.’ It also references being ‘back on top in June’ but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

This brings us to the Kings and their place among the six national NBA power rankings sampled here.

A week ago, it was April for the Kings, but the ride didn’t last long. A five-game winning streak was followed by four consecutive losses heading into Monday’s home game against Milwaukee.

In all six polls, those losses resulted in drops that ranged from three to six places.

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 21st, down three spots from last week.

The polls:

NBA.com: 15th, down from 12th. From the site: “Troy Daniels’ game-winning three (preceded by a travel that wasn’t called) was the end of the Kings’ five-game winning streak and the start of a four-game losing streak in which they’ve allowed 110 points per 100 possessions.”

NBC Sports: 22nd , down from 16th. From the site: “(Kings) are 1-7 when (DeMarcus Cousins) is out. Heavy run of Eastern Conference opponents coming up … ”

ESPN: 18th, down from 14th. From the site: “(DeMarcus Cousins’) play forced us to hike the Kings to a heady 14th last Monday, but he’s suddenly dealing with an ankle sprain and a costly four-game skid that dropped the Kings out of the West’s top eight as quickly as they got there.”

CBS Sports: 21st, down from 18th. From the site: “(The Kings’) defense gets distracted easier than a black lab. Shiny objects, loud noises, really anything and everything they’re doing well just falls apart.”

SI.com: 21st, down from 16th. From the site: “ … four straight losses dropped the Kings out of that cozy eight-hole, and a Boogie Cousins sprained ankle now makes salvaging the next week and a half especially critical.”

Yahoo: Not ranked, down from 4th last week. The site’s rankings are called ‘Most Interesting’ and a four-game losing streak following a five-game winning streak was enough to erase the Kings from contention and make room for other teams, such as Houston. From the site: “Dwight Howard returned from an ankle injury in time to participate in Houston’s three-game losing streak. There’s hardly any shame in losing to San Antonio and Oklahoma City in their respective buildings, but to do so by a combined 39 points is a bit much.”

Compiled Jeff Caraska

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