At the end of the third, the Kings were leading the Grizzlies 91-76. This is the second game in a week the Kings have blown a 20 point lead. This writer isn't sure what is more astonishing, losing two games or losing two games that they led by 20 in each of them. The Kings are now 5-4 after a great 5-1 start.
DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay combined for 67 points in this game. Cousins now has 6 double-doubles in the teams' first 9 games. Up 1 with .3 seconds left after Cousins' costless throw, the Grizzlies inbounded the ball and Courtney Lee tips it in to give the Grizzlies the win.
Rudy Gay did play in Memphis for about 6 years. "He's at the weddings, he still lives here in town," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "He's a great guy and I wish him nothing but the best. Except against us."
The question that arose now is how the Kings can stop blowing these leads. In what very easily could have been a 7-2 start to the season, a 5-4 start is not near as impressive. The Kings need to find answers soon and quick because the talk of the league was that the Kings may be a surprise team and right now they look like the typical Kings of the last few seasons. Not only blowing a 26 point lead, but with 7 minutes to play the Kings still led by 17. It is unacceptable and hopefully the Kings can turn it around.
Cousins finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Rudy Gay chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds, and Darren Collison added 20 points. The Kings will move on to play the Spurs on Saturday in what hopefully isn't an outcome of the Kings record hitting .500 through the first 10 games of the season.