Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked


Steinmetz: Kings' Fast Start Not to be Overlooked


Look at the Kings.

They've have had a terrific start to the season. - The Kings have won two of their first three -- all of which have been road games. That ain't bad considering the Kings went 7-34 away from ARCO last year.

It doesn't matter that the competition hasn't been the stiffest -- Minnesota, New Jersey and Cleveland -- you can only deal with the schedule you're given. Monday is another good chance for victory, their home opener against Toronto.

Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins has looked very good in the early going, with his single-biggest issue being foul trouble. The part when he's on the court is very good so far. Cousins is averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, not bad at all considering he's only playing 25 minutes per game.

I remember that game midway through the preseason when Cousins was impressive in a game against the Warriors in Sacramento. Kings coach Paul Westphal was asked what had clicked for Cousins.

Answered Westphal: "He's learning the plays."

Cousins has benefited from having plenty of support up front when he is on the bench saddled with fouls. Carl Landry is the team's leading scorer, Jason Thompson has helped with his minutes more limited and Samuel Dalembert came back a little early from injury.

Bottom line is the Kings have some bodies up front. And all indications are Cousins is going to be the best of them.

Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee


Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

Brandon Knight may not take the floor next year.

The Suns guard tore the ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained the injury last week while playing in Florida.

Knight's production fell off during the 2016-17 campaign, when he appeared in just 54 games.

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He averaged career lows in practically every category -- points (11.0), assists (2.4), rebounds (2.2), steals (0.5), field goal percentage (39.8) and 3-point percentage (32.4).

The year prior, he registered 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Knight entered the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

After two seasons with Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee.

In February 2015, he was traded to Phoenix.

Knight is scheduled to make over $13.6 million next season, over $14.6 million in 2018-19 and over $15.6 million in 2019-20.

With Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from Cleveland, several national reporters have listed the Suns as a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe


Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe will end up in Brooklyn after all.

The Blazers will trade the shooting guard to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Brooklyn will send big man Andrew Nicholson to Portland.

Nicholson will not suit up for the the Blazers, as Portland will waive and stretch his contract.

Last summer, Crabbe -- who was a restricted free agent -- signed a 4-year, $75 million sheet from the Nets.

The former Cal star returned to the Pacific Northwest because the Blazers matched the offer.

Last season, Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field and over 44 percent from deep.

He averaged just 5.5 points in the opening round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller