A little more than a week ago, the Kings had gotten their turn to play and beat the Warriors while sitting happily as the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Since then, things have only moved downhill.
Amidst the past week, the franchise cornerstone, De’Aaron Fox, returned to the lineup, making the Kings a healthy team for the first time since the first week of the season. One would think that with this final piece, the Kings would take off running. This has been far from the case.
In Fox’s first game back this past Tuesdsy night, the Kings lost to a poor Hornets team. They followed that up with a loss to a good Pacers team before playing the following night and losing to a sub-par Grizzlies squad.
Even with Bogdanovic inactive those last two games, there’s no reason the Kings should be losing to sub .500 teams at this point with a healthy lineup and team capable of making a postseason push.
It’s certainly frustrating to watch. Most would assume that a team that has just gotten healthy will play better, but they’ve played worse.
Although Fox has been playing well since his return, Hield has disappeared and Bagley is more a detriment rather than a weapon for the team when he’s on the floor.
It’s understandable that this team needs time to get back in sync on the court and with one another, but they cannot take too much longer, for the clock is beginning to tick as January awaits around the corner.
Luke Walton and company needs to stop the bleeding tonight, but it won’t come easy. They return home to play a good Rockets team looking for revenge for what Bjelica did to them last time they met. Not to mention, this will be the Kings’ third game in four nights.
Sacramento fans have begged the question all year of when the Kings will hit the throttle, and they have patiently waited for a reply. But as the Kings keep getting deeper into the season, it’s about time to demand an answer.