Player News - Kings

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DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now.
Dec 2 - 10:52 PM

Matt Barnes scored 12 points with 16 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He probably should've started this game and may have helped against some of the action coach Brad Stevens runs. Barnes had a season high in boards and also had his first double-double of the season during this loss. He's seen his playing time start to trend up again with 29.0 per game in his last two. He's a sneaky low-end guy for his output in steals and treys.
Dec 2 - 10:48 PM

Omri Casspi scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He managed to miss four shots from the field in an 18-second span, but that's neither here nor there. Casspi has seen some consistent minutes in his last four with 22.3 per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 treys. Nothing to see here for most owners.
Dec 2 - 10:40 PM

Kosta Koufos started and played nine minutes against the Celtics on Friday, grabbing three rebounds and failing to score.

The Kings looked bad with their big lineup as per usual. Coach Dave Joerger wants to try to get his old style in Memphis going here, but he just doesn't have the personnel for it. Koufos has extremely low upside.
Dec 2 - 10:37 PM

The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date.
Nov 30 - 8:06 PM

There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned.
Nov 30 - 6:48 PM

Arron Afflalo started on Monday and hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist.

He has scored eight or fewer points in six of his last seven games and simply isn't getting it done. The Kings would likely have a few more wins if they could find a reliable shooting guard, but that's been an issue for them ever since Ben McLemore arrived on the scene. McLemore didn't even play tonight, while Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes were also highly ineffective.
Nov 28 - 11:28 PM

Darren Collison started again Monday, but hit just 2-of-6 shots for six points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 32 minutes of a 101-95 overtime loss to the Wizards.

He didn't commit a turnover tonight, which is the good news, but also didn't hit a 3-pointer and didn't play all that well. He's still trying to get back into a groove after missing the start of the season due to a suspension, but that just makes him an interesting buy-low candidate right now.
Nov 28 - 11:21 PM

DeMarcus Cousins hit 16-of-34 shots and a 3-pointer for 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 40 minutes of Monday's OT loss to the Wizards.

Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect.
Nov 28 - 11:17 PM

Rudy Gay hit 7-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block, six turnovers and five fouls in 38 minutes of Monday's overtime loss to the Wizards.

He's had at least a 3-pointer, a steal and a block in three of his last five games and is averaging 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over that stretch. Trade rumors had him as a gloom-and-doom fantasy prospect coming into the season, but he's been one of the more pleasant surprises of the season. And is showing no signs of slowing down.
Nov 28 - 11:09 PM

Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos will start again on Monday vs. the Wizards.

Coach Dave Joerger may shuffle his lineups quite often, but the only three players that should always be penciled into the first unit are Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Afflalo and Koufos are deep-league fantasy assets at best.
Nov 28 - 7:06 PM

Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

"[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process.
Nov 28 - 9:20 AM

Arron Afflalo said it doesn't matter to him if he starts or comes off the bench.

"You can’t fault a coach for trying to win and trying to find guys that work together," Afflalo said. "But for me personally, I take pride in being a versatile basketball player, so sometimes coaches can see the benefit of me coming off the bench, and sometimes I’m a necessary stability piece in the starting lineup. It just depends." His role is going to fluctuate from game to game, and his season averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 treys aren't helping fantasy owners. Leave him on the wire.
Nov 28 - 9:13 AM

Arron Afflalo started vs. the Nets and finished with four points, four rebounds and no other stats to his credit in 21 minutes.

The Kings swapped two starting positions tonight, including Afflalo over Ty Lawson, but this only has fantasy relevance in deep leagues and DFS. Afflalo has only been a net-positive fantasy player in free throw shooting this year (93.9 percent on 2.1 attempts), which about sums up his lack of value.
Nov 27 - 9:16 PM

Ty Lawson shifted to a reserve role on Sunday, finishing a road win in Brooklyn with 13 points (5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), four boards, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

Arron Afflalo took his starting job tonight and the logic here is inscrutable, though it did result in a win for the Kings. All fantasy owners need to remember is that Lawson has averaged 6.8 points on 37.6 percent shooting this season, and he's little more than an assists specialist in 14-team leagues.
Nov 27 - 9:15 PM


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