Saturday, November 10, 2007

2007 Kings versus Timberwolves

Jack and I went to the Sacramento Kings versus Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game. It was a close game throughout the night. Leading 90 to 89 with two minutes to go, the King pulled away to win by the score of 100 to 93.

Kevin Martin had a terrible first half; he scored only 5 points and missed 5 of his first 6 free throws. Martin scored 24 points in the second half to end up with 29 points. He was 7 for 17 from the field and 3 for 6 from three point range, but only 12 for 17 (70%) from the free throw line. After six games, Martin is averaging 28.0 points a game and is second only to Kobe Bryant in scoring average.

I noted after Tuesday's game against Seattle that the difference was Brad Miller getting some rebounds at the end of the game. Miller again got a couple of key rebounds at the end of the game. Miller ended up with 16 rebounds, including 7 offensive rebounds.

John Salmons continues to make me crazy. Too often, when he gets the ball, the movement in the offensive stops. Salmons holds the ball and then works to create his own shot.

Beno Udrih played for the first time for Kings. He was on the floor for 26 minutes. I believe that having a traditional point guard run the offensive rather than Gracia was a factor in their winning the game. Spencer Hawes, the Kings first round draft pick, also made a brief appearance in the second quarter.

The announced crowd for the game was 13,170. Given it was a rainy Saturday night against a winless team, a lot of people did not show up. I would be surprised if there was much more than 10,000 people in attendance.

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