nty of work ahead and admitted the team did not live up to

nty of work ahead and admitted the team did not live up to

Příspěvekod xusuwen96 » pát 09. bře 2018 8:21:29

MINNEAPOLIS - The Sacramento Kings have been in a free fall since the surprising decision to fire coach Michael Malone almost three weeks ago, and rock bottom was staring them right in the face on Thursday night.The Minnesota Timberwolves had wiped away a 13-point deficit and snatched momentum in the fourth quarter. Somehow, the Kings found a way to squeak one out and remove a little bit of the tension that has been building since Malones ouster.Rudy Gay had 21 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Kings handed the Timberwolves their 10th straight loss with a 110-107 victory.DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and seven rebounds after being ejected one night earlier, and the Kings shot 54 per cent while each of their starters scored in double figures. Darren Collison scored 21 points and Derrick Williams had 17, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch.We feel good about this win, we needed a win bad, but weve got work to do on both ends of the floor, said coach Tyrone Corbin, who had the interim label removed from his job status on Wednesday.Andrew Wiggins had 27 points and nine rebounds, but the Timberwolves couldnt take advantage when Cousins and Gay both fouled out in the fourth quarter. Troy Daniels 3-point attempt at the buzzer was partially blocked.Gorgui Dieng added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, and Shabazz Muhammad also scored 15. But a lacklustre start and some missed free throws late in the game kept a miserable losing streak going.You cant win a game at the beginning of a game, but you can lose a game by setting the (wrong) tone, coach Flip Saunders said. We came out with poor energy.The Kings were one of the feel-good stories of the first month of the season, with Malone instilling a new commitment to defence and getting Cousins to harness his hair-trigger temper while they put together a 9-5 start. But Cousins was sidelined with meningitis and Malone was fired on Dec. 15.Sacramento was just 2-6 in its first eight games without Malone, including a 22-point loss in Boston on Wednesday in which Cousins was ejected after tussling with Celtics rookie Marcus Smart.A loss to the lowly Timberwolves (5-26) would have been another step in its downward spiral, especially with how Sacramento was humming on offence early.The Kings hit 78 per cent of their shots in a 37-point first quarter, but led by a modest eight points thanks to six turnovers and allowing the Wolves to shoot 57 per cent themselves.Sacramento led 81-68 midway through the third quarter, but Gay fouled out with 4:21 to play and Cousins picked up his sixth less than two minutes later.Wiggins scored on a drive and a spin move and Thaddeus Young hit two free throws to tie it at 99 with four minutes to go.Then Williams, the former Timberwolves No. 2 overall pick, responded with a 3-pointer that put Sacramento up for good.Its a good win, Cousins said. The biggest thing is that its showing we can play through adversity, so I think it was a good win for us.TIP-INSKings: Gay committed a career-high eight of Sacramentos 20 turnovers. ... F Omri Casspi did not play because of a knee injury and PG Ramon Sessions missed his fifth straight game with a strained lower back. ... After starting the first 31 games of the year, F Jason Thompson did not play on Wednesday against Boston and came off the bench against Minnesota. ... Corbin coached with a walking boot on his left leg after he tore an Achilles in practice earlier in the week.Timberwolves: Saunders said C Nikola Pekovic will get an MRI on his right ankle next week. If it comes back clear, he could start some light contact work in practice. ... Minnesotas 36 points in the paint in the first half was its highest total for a half this season.WILLIAMS SHINESIn his first start of the season, Williams delivered another strong game against the team that traded him in December 2013. He disappointed in Minnesota with his inconsistency and has been up and down with the Kings, but always seems to play well against the Wolves. He hit 3 of 6 3-pointers and grabbed five boards in 30 minutes.At the end of the day, its good for our team and good for our chemistry, Williams said. We needed it.UP NEXTKings: Visit Detroit on Sunday.Timberwolves: Host Utah on Saturday. Tim Williams Jersey .com) - Graeme McDowell opened up with a first- round, 5-under 67 on Thursday and he holds a 2-shot lead at the WGC - HSBC Champions. Austin Howard Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.ravensjerseyscheapauthentic. ... ck-jersey/. "I could have been equipment manager but nooooo" from Lisa on Ice. Season 6, Episode 8. Bronson Kaufusi Jersey .C. - Blair Jones scored the eventual winner in the third period as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Oil Barons 3-2 in American Hockey League action on Friday. Baltimore Ravens Jerseys . At quarterback, all agree that Andy Dalton has been a wonderful surprise, but to truly progress he has to play his best in the playoffs. The two losses in the wildcard rounds keep the evaluation on Dalton open -- just like it did for Peyton Manning many years ago and Matt Ryan until last year.EDMONTON -- Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels optimistic about his teams future despite a last-place finish in the Western Conference standings. MacTavish gave his head coach a vote of confidence Tuesday and said while its hard to determine where the team is in its development stage, he feels most of the "heavy lifting" has been done. "Were closer to the end in my mind than we are to the beginning in terms of the development of this team," MacTavish said Tuesday at a season-ending media availability. Expectations were higher in Edmonton this season but the team struggled from the start and finished with a 29-44-9 record for 67 points, good for a 28th-place finish in the 30-team league. There were a few bright lights for the Oilers. Taylor Hall had a strong year with 80 points in 75 games and fellow forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had productive campaigns. Defensive woes were a constant problem. The Oilers struggled on the blue-line and between the pipes, allowing a league-worst 270 goals. MacTavish has no plans to add anything "middle of the road" to the current defence core and feels the teams younger players can fill those positions. He does plan to target a high-end defenceman in the off-season. "We need a few pieces that can really move this thing along," said MacTavish. The GM added that Eakins -- who completedd his first season as an NHL head coach -- has a bright future with the team.dddddddddddd "Im convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times ... hes relentless," MacTavish said. Despite the foundation of young, talented offensive players, the Oilers managed only 203 goals. The goaltending situation was unsettled throughout the season as netminder Devan Dubnyk struggled in the starters role. Dubnyk was dealt to Nashville at the trade deadline and the Oilers acquired Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles. Scrivens and fellow mid-season acquisition Viktor Fasth posted decent numbers as Edmonton finished with a 14-13-3 mark over its last 30 games. MacTavish said there is plenty of work ahead and admitted the team did not live up to expectations. But he likes the young core and is confident improvement can be made. "Were building our team around this group," he said. "And you have to have pieces in that locker-room that you view as guys that are going to develop into winners and guys that are going to develop into superstars. "I feel strongly that we have a number of those pieces in there and those are the guys were going to build that team around. 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