Fans Hopeful Sacramento Kings Will Make Playoffs

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SACRAMENTO --

Fifty-six points.

That's more than any other player has scored in the NBA this season.

That's more than anyone has scored in Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena ever.

And that's the second career high for DeMarcus Cousins in a row. And even though it came in a heart-breaking loss against the Charlotte Hornets, Kings fans suddenly have something to hope for.

Inside a high energy Sleep Train Arena Monday, the guy working the merchandise counter is jumping.

Everybody's got to have a jersey.

Just like everybody's got a theory.

"It's a lot better since Pete D'Alessandro left. Once Vlade took over," explained one fan.

"We finally got DeMarcus Cousins some help," opined another.

Cousins was coming off the highest scoring game in his career. And the Kings were coming off a five-game winning streak. And whatever the reason, this team is, at long last... not bad.

"Well, it's kind of uncharted waters," says radio commentator Jason Ross.

Ross has been following these Kings for a long time. And it's been a long time since this team has had a taste of success.

It's been 10 years since Sacramento has made an appearance in the NBA playoffs.

"It's pretty alarming that it's been that long. It takes just a couple of wins to get this fan base excited," Ross said.

And excited they are.

Do we dare hope for playoffs?

"Oh yeah. I think we'll sneak in," was the consistent answer from fans.

No one is predicting a very deep run if the Kings can crack the top eight in the West. But a post season game played in the last year in Sleep Train, would be something special.

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