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Battered Kings flop

Injuries and frustration grow as cold-shooting Sacramento loses to Golden State again.

When Mike Bibby flapped his arms at half-court during the final seconds of the Kings' 104-94 loss to Golden State on Sunday night, he wasn't signifying the latest Kings company line of "learning on the fly."

Nor was he hailing the officials, who were the target of criticism from coach Rick Adelman afterward.

He, like the entire Kings lot, was fed up, frustrated, facing a reality that these final 14 games will be far from easy. Downright daunting is more like it.

The Kings got all the breaks they didn't want against the Warriors, who also beat them 100-97 Thursday. Just before tipoff at Arco Arena, Adelman learned he would be without guard Cuttino Mobley, who has a hairline fracture in his left fourth toe, and forward Corliss Williamson, who has a sore left elbow. The capper came in the third quarter, when center Brian Skinner - he of the much-needed toughness and shot-blocking - was sidelined after spraining his thumbs.

Williamson will undergo an MRI today, and Adelman said he's the least of the concerns.
 

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Arco game report: Injuries bad, but attitude is worse

Rick Adelman gets nervous every time Pete Youngman comes near, because it's never good news when the team trainer has that look.

Moments before Sunday's tipoff against the Golden State Warriors, the Kings' coach learned that he would not have the services of injured Cuttino Mobley (bad toe) and Corliss Williamson (tender elbow).

And the Kings didn't have Brian Skinner in the second half after the center sprained both thumbs, meaning just holding the ball would be a chore.
 

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Warriors outplay Kings at Arco

Troy Murphy scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds Sunday night and the Golden State Warriors won their third straight game, a 104-94 win over the Sacramento Kings.

After losing 11 straight games at Arco Arena entering this season, Golden State has won two straight and took the season series from the Kings, 3-1. It was the Warriors first series win over the Kings since 1993-94.

And the Warriors did it Sunday without leading scorer Jason Richardson, who traveled to Michigan for personal reason.

Notes: Adonal Foyle was suffering from the flu and did not make the trip for Golden State, which had only nine available players. A hairline fracture in his left toe kept Kings guard Cuttino Mobley from suiting up and team.
 

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Postgame Quotes-vs. Golden State

Kings Coach Rick Adelman:

“I am just really disappointed with our effort. I have said it before – our team cannot assume where they are going to be. Our team cannot assume that they are going to be in the play-offs. If you come through there and just coast through games you are not going to be ready for play-offs, and this team is not going to be ready because we are trying to fit it together and if we don’t play at a higher level with more energy than that, we are going to struggle. We have got to find a way to put more into it than we did tonight.”

Mike Bibby:

“We started out slow and they went on a couple of runs and it was all defense. Just a little harder effort and we’ll be all right.”

Kenny Thomas:

“It’s tough. They didn’t even have some of their key guys as far as Jason Richardson and all that. They were knocking down shots. I don’t know what they shot from the field, but it seemed like everything they put up was going in. We couldn’t get a stop to get over the hump.”

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Warriors Whack Kings 104-94

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Troy Murphy scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds Sunday night and the Golden State Warriors (news) won their third straight game, a 104-94 win over the Sacramento Kings (news).

And the Warriors did it Sunday without leading scorer Jason Richardson, who traveled to Michigan for personal reason.

Mike Bibby scored 24 points and had eight assists for the Kings before he was ejected in the game's final minute. Kenny Thomas had 18 points and eight rebounds, Darius Songaila had 15 points and nine rebounds, Maurice Evans added 15 points and eight rebounds.

The loss denied King coach Rick Adelman his 700th career victory. He's trying to become the 15th NBA coach to reach that mark.
 

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Warriors too hot for Kings

Sacramento -- For as long as Troy Murphy can remember, the Kings have symbolized what basketball in this region should be: Exciting, fast-paced and crowd-pleasing.

The Warriors, with an eye on that, switched up their roster by acquiring Baron Davis in February, a day after Sacramento jettisoned Chris Webber.

Have the two teams switched places?

Golden State won its season series (3-1) against the Kings for the first time in 12 years with a 104-94 triumph at Arco Arena on Sunday. They became the first Western Conference team to sweep Sacramento at home this year and only the fifth since 2000-01.

"The Kings are a fantastic organization and have been tremendously successful for the past few years, and obviously, the Warriors haven't," forward Mike Dunleavy said. "For us to come in here and win this series, this year? Yeah, that's a big thing for us."
 

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Warriors battle past Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Playing at Arco Arena has been in huge problem for Golden State in recent years. This season, the Warriors have found success in Sacramento.

''It's a rivalry for us right now, although they might not think so,'' Murphy said. ''This is a tough place to win and now we've won two in a row.''

''They didn't have some of there key guys as far as Jason Richardson and all that,'' said Kenny Thomas, who had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Kings. ''They were knocking down shots. I don't know what they shot from the field, but it seemed like everything they put up was going in. We couldn't get a stop to get over the hump.''

''They have Baron Davis and they may be better than some of the teams going to the playoffs the way they are playing right now,'' Adelman said. ''They have a lot of big guys who are active who can shoot and a lot of nice pieces overall.''
 

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The Inside Dish

Crazy Injuries…
It’s so ri-gosh-darn-diculous right now, the way the Kings are going down to injuries on a minute-to-minute basis—easily the worst long-time members of the front office have seen since the team has been in Sacramento.

The injuries are like a virus, spreading to every healthy body in the locker room. Things were so bad after the game against the Warriors that there were only about five healthy guys to talk to the media—Cuttino Mobley had to limp out on his broken toe just so that there were enough soundbites to go around.

Random Thoughts…
Sacramento really had some chances to pull the game out in the fourth quarter, but tired legs seemed to keep them from getting over the hump—particularly Peja Stojakovic, who made only 4-of-19 shots.
 
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