Rudy Gay went out in the first quarter with a left knee strain and didn’t return.
Ben McLemore left the game in overtime with a cut above his left eye.
DeMarcus Cousins was whistled for his sixth foul on questionable call influenced by Tyson Chandler’s acting work.
But perhaps the most pain Sacramento endured Tuesday night -- assuming Gay’s day-to-day status is truly that and McLemore’s stitches come out without any hitches -- is what occurred late in the extra session relating to the Kings' strategy and execution.
Here’s how the egregious blunder played out in front of Sacramento’s bench:
With Dallas in possession of the ball and the lead at 104-103 in overtime with 19.9 seconds on the game clock and 16 seconds on the shot clock, the Kings' Ray McCallum waited to foul Monta Ellis with 8.7 seconds to go on the game clock.
Essentially, nine precious seconds were wasted and again it needs to be reiterated this took place in front of Sacramento’s bench.
“We were thinking of waiting and letting them go, but then we decided to foul,” said Kings coach Tyrone Corbin. “I just didn’t feel good about letting them run.”
Ellis drained both free throws to make it 106-103 and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, in a classic foul-or-defend situation, had Ellis foul Darren Collison with 6.2 seconds on the clock.
Collison went 1-for-2 from the line, cutting the Dallas lead to two points.
Nik Stauskas fouled Ellis immediately on the ensuing inbounds pass. Ellis made both free throws with 5.7 seconds on the clock sealing the 108-104 victory for the Mavs.
The sports psychologist and golf guru, Dr. Bob Rotella says “It’s better to be decisive and wrong than indecisive.”
“We probably should’ve just fouled them quicker,” said Corbin. “It was a four-second difference, and we wanted to see if they were going to move quickly or not. They didn’t, so we fouled them.”
In this case by his own admission, admitted Sacramento’s strategy was both indecisive and wrong.