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Kings’ rankings roundup: Keeping up a downbeat

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) fights for control of the ball with Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (behind), and guard Rajon Rondo (9) during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 113-99, and rumblings about Kings coach George Karl’s imminent firing grew louder.
Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) fights for control of the ball with Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins (behind), and guard Rajon Rondo (9) during an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Washington. The Wizards won 113-99, and rumblings about Kings coach George Karl’s imminent firing grew louder. The Associated Press

Two games last week was a small sample size for the news outlets that sport NBA power rankings, but the Kings, with a loss in Washington and a harrowing road win against hapless Philadelphia – and a coaching controversy – managed to leave an impression.

The general direction of that impression was downward, as the Kings dropped in three of the four polls (Perhaps in observance of the All-Star Game break, NBC Sports and Yahoo did not publish rankings this week).

The highest ranking this week is 22nd by NBA.com. Remember? Just a handful of weeks ago, the Kings rose as high as No. 14? Right, seems a pretty dim memory, doesn’t it?

The Bee’s Jason Jones ranked the Kings 23rd, down from 21st.

The polls:

NBA.com: 22nd, down from 21st. From the site: “Apparently, George Karl is still the coach of the Kings, who pulled out a real gutty win in Philadelphia on Wednesday after allowing the league’s worst offense to put up two 30-point quarters in the first half.”

ESPN: 24th, down from 19th. From the site: “Instinct tells me that the Kings’ much-needed win (escape?) in their final game before the break at Philly is unlikely to bring the roller coaster that isGeorge Karl’s job security to a halt.”

CBS Sports: 28th, up from 29th. From the site: “Boy, it's a good thing they beat the Sixers by four points to go into the All-Star Break. Otherwise I'd really be worried about them. (Take a second to wipe that sarcasm dripping down your screen right now.)”

SI.com: 26th, down from 23rd. From the site: “Uh, what now? The Kings are locked in a vicious cycle of leaked coach firings, non-coach firings, actual coach firings and games in which they allow 120 points.”

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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