Sacramento Kings

Kings’ rankings roundup: Stock drops after three losses last week

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) is cheered by fans after he hit a three point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, Feb, 1, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Rondo scored 19 points on four-of-four shooting from three-point range. Teammate Rudy Gay scored 32 points in the 111-104 victory.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) is cheered by fans after he hit a three point basket against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, Feb, 1, 2016 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Rondo scored 19 points on four-of-four shooting from three-point range. Teammate Rudy Gay scored 32 points in the 111-104 victory. hamezcua@sacbee.com

A week that began with a DeMarcus Cousins-less home victory over Milwaukee spun wildly out of control over the next six days with three losses.

Curiously, the Kings’ last two losses of the week were by 128-119 scores. They have allowed at least 104 points in eight consecutive games. They have allowed at least 120 points in eight losses this season.

So the latest week of misery led to the Kings dropping in all of the national power rankings. Well, all but one. Yahoo elevated the Kings from unranked to third. Yahoo dubs its rankings ‘Most Interesting’ and the site’s interest in the Kings is more for their ability to keep a soap opera storyline churning rather than their prowess on the court.

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 21st, the same position as last week.

The polls:

NBA.com: 21st, down from 15th. From the site: “The (Kings) are the only team that Chicago has beat in its last five games and that Brooklyn has beat in its last seven. The Kings themselves have lost seven of their last eight.”

NBC Sports: 25th, down from 22nd. From the site: “The Kings have lost six of seven, falling back since being the eight seed in the West. … George Karl outlasted Derek Fisher, but maybe not by much.”

ESPN: 19th, down from 18th. From the site: “If (George Karl is) indeed ousted, Sacramento will install its ninth coach since the 2006-07 season, breaking a tie with the Nets for the most in the NBA in that span.”

CBS Sports: 29th, down from 21st. From the site: “This week went from bad, to worse, to ‘George Karl installed the LinkedIn app on his phone’ by Sunday.”

SI.com: 23rd, down from 22nd. From the site: “They’ve moved past “entertainingly volatile” into the realm of “depressing to watch.”

Yahoo: 3rd, up (or down, it’s complicated with this site) from unranked. Yahoo’s rankings are called ‘Most Interesting’ and the Warriors are ranked first because they have just four losses through 50 games and have handily fended off challenges from the Cavaliers, Spurs and Thunder. The Kings are third because, well, read for yourself. From the site: “Even if Sacramento’s fortunes change, it seems like only a matter of time until they encounter a new crisis or controversy. The organization is as unstable as any in recent memory.”

Compiled Jeff Caraska

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