Kings observations: What we learned in 113-101 loss to Pistons

SACRAMENTO — The Kings are proving that they can lose to any team on any given night. Thursday night on their home court, Sacramento dropped their fifth straight, this time to the Detroit Pistons, the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Pistons looked like the team with something to play for. Detroit was the more aggressive team early and the Kings showed very little resistance, falling by a final of 113-101.

Veteran Cory Joseph dominated his former team, leading a group of young players to victory. Rookie Isaiah Stewart notched a double-double against the Kings’ frontline and Saddiq Bey added 12 points and five rebounds.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped eight games below the .500 mark at 22-30 on the season. 

Cory Joseph’s Revenge

The Kings dealt Joseph to the Pistons at the trade deadline and he made them pay Thursday night at Golden 1 Center.

Joseph abused Buddy Hield on multiple occasions, taking the Kings’ guard into the post and scoring over him with ease. When he got done with Hield, Joseph went at De’Aaron Fox and got him in foul trouble. 

After spending a year and a half in Sacramento, Joseph showed the Kings what they were missing, finishing with a game-high 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting while dishing out seven assists. 

Change is bad

With a two-day break between games and one of the few practices of the season, coach Luke…

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