Kings swap with Hornets; Landry for Thornton


Kings swap with Hornets; Landry for Thornton

Feb. 23, 2011

CSNBayArea.comSACRAMENTO The Kings acquired second-year guard Marcus Thornton from the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday in exchange for reserve forward Carl Landry.

Sacramento also receives cash in the deal, which comes one day before the NBAs trade deadline.

Thornton, 23, was originally a second-round pick of Miami in 2009. He was a pleasant surprise for New Orleans as a rookie, averaging 14.5 points on 45 percent shooting. However, his numbers have dipped this season to 7.8 ppg on 41 percent shooting. His minutes also have dropped, from 25:36 as a rookie to 16:11 this season.

The 6-foot-4 Thornton has shot roughly 37 percent from 3-point range in each of his first two seasons.
Were excited about acquiring Marcus Thornton, Kings president Geoff Petrie said in a statement. He brings a scorers mentality to our team and will certainly add an offensive threat to the backcourt with his ability to shoot from the perimeter. I think hell improve the look of our team offensively and were really excited about having him in Sacramento.
Landry had appeared in 53 games for the Kings this season, starting 16 (though none of those starts came this calendar year). He averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in about 26 minutes per game. The 27-year-old forward was acquired from the Rockets at last seasons trade deadline. He averaged a career-high 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2009-10.
I also want to thank Carl for his contribution here, Petrie said in his statement, and wish him well in New Orleans.

Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


Instant Analysis: Raiders overwhelmed, stunned by Washington in season's first loss


LANDOVER, Md. – The first two Raiders games went according to plan. They established an early lead, played solid defense and cruised to victory. The offense proved a dynamic and defenders exceeded expectation.

That streak snapped on Sunday night, when nothing went right.

The Raiders fell off the rails early and never recovered, losing a 27-10 decision to Washington at FedEx Field.

They made an average Washington squad look like a juggernaut. A prolific Raiders offense wilted under Washington pressure. Their mighty offensive line had its worst day in a while and typically reliable quarterback Derek Carr was off target.

The Silver and Black had just 128 yards of total offense, and gave up explosive plays on defense. They were beat soundly on both lines, and were never able to dig out of a early rut.

The Raiders were uninspired in most instances, but Marquette King gave his team some life. He forced a muffed punt late in the third quarter that James Cower recovered. Carr found Jared Cook on a 21-yard touchdown that ended the shutout.

The defense didn’t allow a comeback to take shape, giving up a 74-yard reception to running back Chris Thompson – he had 188 yards of total offense – that set up a field goal that put the Raiders down three scores.

Cory James forced a fumble deep in Washington territory, but the Raiders only mustered a field goal

The Raiders laid an egg in the first half. They got manhandled on both sides of the ball, committed silly turnovers and gave Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins far too much time to work.

He picked the Raiders secondary apart on two touchdown drives that established a two-score halftime lead. Former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, seeing more time with Jordan Reed hurt, had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders have long struggled covering tight ends, and made the veteran look like his old self, when he was dominant as a 49er.

The whole team seemed flat early in this game. Marshawn Lynch struggled to get the ground game going, Carr threw too many to the other team and the Raiders fell in an early hole.

Carr’s rough start: Derek Carr’s first pass was an interception. It wasn’t the only one. The typically reliable Raiders quarterback was out of sync to start this nationally televised contest, and the offense sputtered as a result. He was sacked on consecutive plays, as the offensive line struggled to maintain a pocket.

Washington scored after both Carr interceptions, and he finished the first half with just 32 passing yards.

Marquette strikes again: Raiders punter Marquette King puts some English on his punts. They’re tough to catch when he does that.

He forced a muffed punt for the second time in as many games, Sunday night, which helped the Raiders get on the scoreboard. James Cower recovered the muffed punt, and Carr found Jared Cook a few plays later to score the team’s first touchdown.

Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments


Kings owner Ranadivé releases statement on Trump's 'deeply disappointing' comments

Sacramento — Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé released the following statement.

“I have a deep respect for our nation’s unwavering commitment to free speech and support all Americans’ right to freely express themselves. The President's recent comments are deeply disappointing, because our focus should be on fostering a culture of sensitivity and inclusion. Our mission at the Sacramento Kings has always been to unite our community and use our platform to create positive change, so we continue to stand with our players, and all people, who use their platform to raise awareness and make Sacramento and our country proud.”

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