By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320
The second and final contest of the inaugural NBA India Games was played on Saturday morning California time and the Kings came up short in that game losing to the Indiana Pacers 130-106. Frankly, game two lacked the enthusiasm and execution that was seen in game one.
Since game one required overtime to decide the winner, the players spent more time on the court than either coach planned on before the tipoff. With so many players recording big minutes in game one, that certainly alerted the playing rotation for both teams on Saturday.
The starters looked sluggish
The players participated in a big “Bollywood Night” that was held in their honor after the game on Friday. Couple that with the players being just about 12 hours off their regular time zones and having to deal with all the additional commitments beyond just the games — fatigue became a major factor that had to be battled in the final game on this long trip.
Sacramento had a shorter bench which meant their players had to play more minutes and their execution reflected that situation.
Bottom line, this game looked like an NBA preseason game. The second half featured many players who will be wearing the jerseys of Ft. Wayne and Stockton of the G-League later this month.
New Kings to watch
Kyle Guy — The Kings’ second-round draft pick- saw his first game action on Saturday. He played just under 20-minutes shooing 2-for-7 (one 3-pointer) while sinking 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. The rookie grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists. Guy finished with nine points.
Caleb Swanigan came off the bench and did some banging under the boards for Sacramento. It did not take long for him to make his presence known. Swanigan scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, blocked two shots and added three assists in little over 17-minutes on the court. He did commit five fouls — which will have to be addressed — but Swanigan made a mark in the game.
Wenyen Gabriel — another of the Kings’ two-way players — played 15-minutes scoring six points. He shot only 1-for-5 from the floor (3-pointer), but he converted 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Gabriel also added four rebounds, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal.
- Scoring: Buddy Hield 17 points
- Rebounding: Dewayne Dedmon 7 rebounds
- Assists: De’Aaron Fox 6
- Steals: Justin James 3
- Blocked Shots: Dedmon 2/ Swanigan 2
- The Pacers attempted 94 shots in the game to the Kings 81
- IND shot 52.1% overall; SAC shot 38.3% for the game
- The Kings went to the free-throw line 41 times to just 18 trips for the Pacers
- The Kings were outrebounded 51-35
- Assists: IND 35 SAC 24
- Turnovers: Pacers 20 (22 SAC points) Kings 19 (20 IND points)
- The Biggie – Points in the Paint: Pacers 60 Kings 28 (oh my)
Approximately two hours after the game ended, the Kings boarded “Air Drake” (their charter belongs to the rapper Drake — check it out online). They will take about 48 hours to readjust to being in California, and then, they will get ready for their third preseason game of the year. That game will be with the Phoenix Suns at the Golden 1 Center on Thursday night.