Spurs end five game skid and Kings four game win streak with 113-104 win

The San Antonio Spurs came up with a nine point victory over the Sacramento Kings on Fri May 7, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (@spurs photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night. They last played on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings would look to keep their momentum going having four in a row. The kings and Spurs entered the game both vying for the 10th spot and to get into the play in tournament. The Spurs held the spot and were multiple games up on the Kings entering play. However, before we talk about Friday’s game let’s discuss the Kings against the Pacers.

Flashback Wednesday: The Kings played the Pacers on Wednesday and played one of the better games of the season. Sacramento’s defense held the Pacers to only 93 points as the Kings offense put up a cool 104. It was the Kings fourth win in a row as they looked to inch closer in the playoff race.

Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the conference standing rivals on Friday at 7PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first half, the Kings held their own. In the first quarter the Kings were outscored 25-21, but looked solid and San Antonio didn’t have a lot of momentum. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Spurs 28-27 but it wasn’t enough to grab the lead going into halftime. The Kings entered halftime down 52-49. If the Kings would want to stay in the playoff hunt they would need to win in comeback fashion.

In the second half, the Kings started off well. They managed to outscore the Spurs in the third quarter 32-26 to grab the lead heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Spurs mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter out scoring the Kings 35-23. That would put the Spurs over the top and defeating the Kings 113-104 in Sacramento. The game most likely marked the end of any playoff hopes for the Kings as this was the team they desperately needed to make ground up on. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was Terence Davis who scored 24 points. The Spurs were led in victory by DeMar DeRozan who had 25 points.

Up Next: The Kings will stay home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night at 7 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings bring in four game win streak/Spurs a five game losing streak for tonight’s game

Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) is expected to be back tonight after spending two weeks on the Covid-19 protocols list (NBA Analysis Network file photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings winners of seven of their last ten games and have won four straight a remarkable come back after losing nine straight games.

#2 The odds of the Kings making the post season not likely but when you consider the last seven wins and what they did to get them it seems like head coach Luke Walton had to rework the offense and defense.

#3 Marvin Bagley III led the way with 31 points in the Kings last game in Indiana. Bagley’s effort was key for the Kings win 104-93 against the Pacers.

#4 De’Aaron Fox whose been out for two weeks due to Covid-19 protocols is expected to return tonight against the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden One with the Kings playing the way they have been Fox would be another great addition to their charge.

#5 San Antonio head coach Gregg Poppovich is a competitor and as Walton knows he can be outsmarted too by Poppovich. The Spurs who are on a five game losing streak will be pushing hard to win this one tonight how do you see this match up as the Kings come in on a four game win streak?

Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsrasdioservice.com

Warriors start final six games of season with win over Oklahoma City 118-97

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) jumps after taking a three point shot that misses in the first half against Oklahoma City Thunder defender Isiah Roby (22) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu May 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors Warriors (34-33) started the final stretch of the regular NBA season with a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-46) Thursday night at the Chase Center. The Warriors lead wire to wire to win 118-97. The Warriors were facing a team that had gone from a team with title aspirations several years ago to a team hoping to rebuild through the draft.

Under head coach Mark Daigneault, the Thunder came into Thursday night’s game with a record of 21-45. OKC is tied with Orlando for the fourth-worst record in the NBA. They are one game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the third-best odds in the draft lottery.

The Thunder’s best play, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, did not play due to a tear in his plantar fascia. Most of the players in the Thunder’s starting lineup have names not well known to Warriors fans. Their starters are Darius Bazley, Kaguentz Dort, Moses Brown, Isaiah Roby, and Theo Maledon.

Behind Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Kent Bazemore, the Warriors finished the first quarter leading 31-23. The Warriors second unit kept the Thunder from closing the gap. OKC closed within four 44-40. Curry came back onto the court and hit a couple of threes to help the Warriors finish the first half with a 12-point lead 61-49. Curry led the team with 17 points.

In the third quarter, Curry put another 17 points on the board. Curry connected four times from downtown. The Warriors increased the lead to 16 88-72 after three periods of play.

The Warriors second unit was in control for the entire fourth quarter. Steve Kerr did not have to use Curryuntil late in the period. Mychal Mulder rained down threes on the Thunder. He connected on five threes. Mulder’s hot hand led the Warriors to a 25-point advantage 108-83. Jordan Poole and Mulder finished the scoring for Golden State as they won 118-97.

Game Notes and Stats-With the win, the Warriors are 34-33 for the year. They are in eighth place in the Western Conference 1/2 game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies. The Thunder’s record is 21-46.

Curry had another game with more than 30 points. Curry finished the night with 34 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. He was 11-for-21 from the floor, and he made six threes in 13 attempts. Mulder had quite a night. Mulder’s knocked down 25 points.

Mulder was 9-for-15 from the floor, and he made seven threes in 13 tries. Other players in double figures were Andrew Wiggins with 18, Poole 14, and Kent Bazemore with 13. Draymond Green’s line was five points, nine rebounds, and nine assists. Kevon Looney pulled down ten boards.

The Warriors shot 49% from the floor. They made 19 threes. The Warriors outrebounded the Thunder 58-45. Golden State recorded 36 assists on 42 field goals. The stat indicated good ball movement.

The scoring leaders for OKC were Darius Bazley with 23, Theo Maledon 15, and Ty Jerome, coming off the bench, 23. Jerome knocked down three threes in a losing effort.

Warriors’ next game Saturday night against the Thunder at the Chase Center in San Francisco for 7 pm tip.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings recovery has been nothing short of amazing

The Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III takes the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers on Wed May 5, 2021 in Indianapolis. Bagley led the Kings in scoring with 31 points (@SacramentoKings photo)

On the Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony ever since the Sacramento Kings (29-37) ended their nine game losing streak back on April 15th they have turned it around winning seven of their last ten and have won four straight games.

#2 Last night in Indianapolis they won their fourth straight game defeating the Indiana Pacers (30-35) 104-93 what’s been remarkable is with De’Aaron Fox out of the line up the team just seemed to jell and have had some great offensive games.

#3 Kings forward Marvin Bagley III last night against the Pacers led the team with 31 points and 12 rebounds he’s been leading this team in offense.

#4 Despite the Kings not going to the playoffs they’ve been putting in the work every night like their playoff live depend on it and they’ve been grinding it out these last six games.

#5 The San Antonio Spurs (31-34) are coming to Sacramento on Friday night the Kings hoping to string their fifth straight win the Kings have six games left of the season and want to make the best of each one of them.

Join Tony for the Kings podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings report: Royal Flush Kings win five out of last six; Sac beats Indiana 104-93 for four straight wins

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III led the Kings in scoring with 31 points on Wed May 5, 2021 against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis (AP News photo)

by Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played the day before on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. We will get to that game in a minute. However, on Wednesday night the Kings were able to beat the Indians Pacers on the road by the final of 104-93. Before we get into that game, let’s quickly discuss Tuesdays game in Oklahoma City.

Flashback Tuesday: The Kings went into Oklahoma City and played a solid game. They held the Thunder to 99 points and managed to eclipse the 100 point mark themselves. It was defense that won the Kings the game. He Kings beat the Thunder by the final of 103-99.

Wednesday Night Recap: The Kings were set to take on the Indiana Pacers at 5 PM PST on Wednesday night. It was the final game of the road trip for the Kings.

In the first half, the Kings handles the Pacers with ease. The first quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers 30-26 as Sacramento got out of the gate early. In the second quarter, it was good defense and more of the same on offense for the Kings. The Kings outscored the Pacers in the second quarter 26-21 to take a 56-47 lead into the intermission. The Kings would look to seal the deal in the second half of the game.

In the second half, the Kings remained solid! The third quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers again 29-21 as it appeared the Kings were on their way to victory. The Kings would finish the deal in the fourth quarter. Albeit, by being outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter but the margin they had built held up in victory.

The Kings win was a great victory who were led by often injured center Marvin Bagley III. Marvin finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. For the Pacers, they were led by Domantas Sabonis who scored 17 points in defeat.

Up Next: The Kings return home to take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7 PM PST in Sacramento

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors need win to maintain final playoff spot against Thunder on Thursday night

The New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball led the Pelicans in scoring with 33 points against the Golden State Warriors on Tue May 4, 2021 (@PelicansNBA photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Are the Golden State Warriors (33-33) going to be worthy of at least holding onto the last and final spot in the Western Conference as they struggled with the New Orleans Pelicans (30-36) on Tuesday night only to lose 108-103.

#2 Stephen Curry did all the heavy lifting once again. He did it on Monday night with 41 points in a game the Warriors won to defeat the Pelicans and on Tuesday night scoring 37 points in the loss of the second game.

#3 The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-45) who occupy 13th place in the Western Conference and lost on Tuesday night to the Sacramento Kings (28-37) 103-99 tip off at the Chase Center San Francisco on Thursday night another crucial game for the Warriors post season hopes.

Join David for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings defeat OKC 103-99 third straight win; Five wins in seven games

(@okcthunder photo)

Kings Win Third Straight Beating OKC

By Barbara Mason

With eight games left in the season the Sacramento Kings took on the OKC Thunder. Sacramento has had some nice wins in their last two games beating the Lakers and the Mavericks. The Thunder on the other hand were trying to stop a 3 game skid.

The Kings got a nice start and were leading after one quarter 25-20. The Thunder would continue to pressure the Kings in the second quarter remaining close until the final two minutes. The final minutes of the half were good ones for the Kings taking a significant lead 56-46 as time expired.

Buddy Hield had 12 points for the first half and Terence Davis was impressive with 13 points off the bench. Darius Bazley had 13 points for Oklahoma City.

Despite De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes out of the lineup, the Kings were holding their own. Barnes has missed the last three games with a groin injury and everything points to him missing a fourth game. Fox remains out on covid protocol. He is getting close to being able to return to the court.

After three quarters the Kings maintained their lead 81-69. Sacramento barely held on winning the game by the score of 103-99. The Thunder would outscore the kIngs in the fourth quarter 30-22 but came up just short. This was the King’s third win in a row. Buddy Hield finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to squeak by the Thunder.

The Kings will be taking on the Pacers tomorrow night going for their fourth straight win. Tipoff is at 5:00 PM.

Pelicans grind out win over the Warriors 123-108

The New Orleans Pelicans Lonzo Ball was taking shots all night leading with 33 points against the Golden State Warriors on Tue May 4, 2021 (@PelicansNBA photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors met the New Orleans Pelicans for the second night in a row. For the Warriors, it was the final game of the four-game road trip. The Warriors drubbed the Pelicans Monday night 123-108. Stephen Curry scored 41. Would the Warriors be able to repeat the effort Tuesday night?

Curry did his part with 37 points. Andrew Wiggins knocked down 26 points and was a force on defense. The Warriors did not have Kelly Oubre, Jr., Damion Lee, or Eric Paschall available. The Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was down to eight players. The Warriors gave it all they had, but they ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and fell to the Pelicans 108-103. 

The Warriors scored 39 points in the first quarter Monday night. Tuesday night, they put 34 points on the board. New Orleans knew they could not afford to lose Tuesday night. They had the big seven-foot New Zealander, Steve Adams, back in the lineup.

Adams’ job was to clog the middle and force the Warriors to make threes. The Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball was determined to play better. Ball played well as he tallied 33 points and connected on seven threes. The Pelicans trailed by two after the first quarter, 34-32.

The second quarter was a very close, competitive contest. Neither team could pull away. The biggest lead the Warriors enjoyed was 50-45. The Pelicans scored the next seven points to lead 52-50. Curry scored the next five points to put the Warriors ahead 55-52.

The Pelicans fought back, and the quarter ended with Golden State holding on to a slim one-point advantage 57-56. Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Andrew Wiggins had 13. Lonzo Ball paced the Pelicans with 16, and Zion Williamson had 15.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle. Neither team could put points on the board. The Warriors won the quarter 22-19 to finish the third period leading 79-75. With Curry on the bench at the start of the fourth quarter, the Warriors’ second unit had to step up to extend the lead.

Andrew Wiggins answered the call with eight points early in the quarter. Juan Toscano-Anderson hit a three to make it 90-81. It was the Warriors biggest lead of the night. The Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson went to work as they kept chipping away at the Warriors lead. The Pelicans tied the game 92-92 with 4:19 left.

Kent Bazemore finally connected on a three to make it 98-95 with 2:30 left. Ball made a three to tie the game. The teams tied again at 100-100. The Pelicans went on an 8-0 run. The Warriors made a three with just a few seconds left to play. New Orleans won the game 108-103.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 33-33 for the year. The Warriors’ last six games of the season will be at the Chase Center in San Francisco. They play the Oklahoma City City Thunder twice, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans, and finish with the Memphis Grizzlies on May 16th.

The Warriors had two players in double figures. Curry’s line was 37 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Curry was 12-for-31 from the floor and 8-for-20 from downtown. Curry did not have it late in the fourth quarter. He made one shot in 12 tries.

Andrew Wiggins, for the second game in a row, tallied 26 points. Andrew was 10-for-21 from the floor and 5-for-10 from behind the 3-point arc. Jordan Poole had nine, Mychal Mulder eight. Kevon Looney had eight points and six boards. Draymond Green’s line was seven points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists.

The team shot 32% from the floor. They made 20 threes in 53 attempts. The Warriors turned the ball over 18 times. The turnovers cost them 19 points. The Warriors committed 17 fouls. The Pelicans had 22 free throws, the Warriors seven.

It was the 34th game of the year that Warriors had 30 or more points. It was the 17th time in the last 19 games with 30 or more. It was the fourth straight game with 20 or more points for Andrew Wiggins. 

Lonzo Ball led the Pelicans with 33. Zion Williamson had a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 12, Brandon Ingram 13, and Naji Marshall 10. The Pelicans’ last six games are with the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors, and their final game is against the LA Lakers on May 16th. 

The Warriors game against the OKC Thunder is Thursday night. The game starts at 7 pm.

Warriors slow down Zion Williamson express win 123-108; Curry scores 41 points

The New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson (1) puts up a hand to stop the Golden State Warriors Ken Bazemore’s (right) shot on Mon May 3, 2021 in New Orleans (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors 32-32) met the New Orleans Pelicans (29-36) for the first time this season Monday Night. With eight players available, the Warriors knew they had to find a way to stop the Pelicans’ big man, Zion Williamson. Williamson loves to go to the rim, and he usually gets fouled on his way there.

Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, wanted his team to a strong start and not play catch up. The team responded to their coach’s wishes as they finished the first quarter leading 39-21. The Warriors did not relinquish the lead the entire game as they beat the Pelicans by a final score of 123-108.

In 11th place in the Western Conference, the Pelicans needed a victory Monday night to close within 2 1/2 games of the Warriors if they hoped to make the playoffs. A loss would severely hurt the Pelicans’ hopes for a playoff berth.

The Warriors came out smoking. They sprinted out to an early 17-5 lead. The Pelicans’ offense woke up to go on a 9-0 run to close within three 17-14. Stephen Curry, along with Andrew Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson, had other thoughts. Curry connected on three threes to pace the Warriors to an 18-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 39-21. Curry had 17 points in the first 12 minutes of play.

The Pelicans scored the first six points of the second quarter to close within 12. Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, And Juan Toscano-Anderson built the lead up to 22, 53-31. The Warriors continued to lead by twenty 66-46 with 40 seconds left in the first half.

The Pelicans took advantage of Warrior miscues in the last 40 seconds to score eight points, and they left the court trailing by 12, 66-54 but feeling confident that they could come back and win the game in the second half. Curry led the Warriors with 21. Wiggins had 14, Toscano-Anderson 10. Zion Williamson had 18 for New Orleans. Brandon Ingram had 11.

The Pelicans started the third quarter with a bucket to make it 66-56. Curry answered with two three-pointers to give the Warriors a 16-point advantage, 72-56. The Pelicans went on the offensive with a 14-3 run to close within six 79-73. Curry righted the ship as the Warriors finished the third quarter with a 15-point lead 95-80.

Andrew Wiggins was the key player on the second unit that started the fourth quarter. Andrew knocked down two threes and two two-point baskets to put the Warriors ahead 105-87. Draymond Green came back into the game with nine minutes left, and Curry came back with eight minutes remaining.

Curry had to be careful as he had committed four fouls. The Warriors found a way to stop Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball. The Warriors led 119-100 after Kent Bazemore knocked down a three. Steve Kerr inserted his seldom-used bench players to finish the game. The Warriors win 123-108.

Game notes and Stats-With the win, the Warriors are 33-32 for the year. They have seven games left in the regular season. They play one more on the road Tuesday night in New Orleans. The final six are at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Pelicans are now 29-36 with seven games left on their schedule. They play the Warriors Tuesday night and once more in San Francisco.

The Scoring leader for the Warriors was, are you ready for this, Curry. Curry’s line was 41 points, four rebounds, and eight assists. Curry was 14-foe-26 from the floor and 8-for-18 from three-point range. Andrew Wiggins, again playing well on both ends of the court, contributed 26 points.

Green had another triple-double. The Warriors rarely lose when Green records a triple-double, and Monday night was not an exception. Green’s line was ten points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Toscano-Anderson had 14, Jordan Poole 11, Bazemore 9.

The Warriors shot 53% from the floor and made 17 three in 44 attempts. On defense, the Warriors had nine steals and eight blocked shots. They forced 16 Pelican turnovers that resulted in 29 points for the Warriors. The one negative was the number of fouls they committed.

The Pelicans were awarded 32 free throws. They made 25. The Warriors scored 12. That 13-point difference made the game seem closer than it was. Zion Williamson let the Pelicans with 32. Brandon Ingram finished with 19. Eric Bledsoe had 11. The Warriors held Lonzo Ball to seven points. Ball was one-for-nine from downtown.

The Warriors meet the Pelicans again Tuesday night in New Orleans. The game will start at 5 pm.

Hield and Bagley get enough scoring together Kings defeat Mavs 111-99

The Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) attempts to put up a shot against the Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (13) and Willie Cauley-Stein (33) on Sun May 2, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas (AP News photo0

By Jessica Kwong

The Sacramento Kings swept the contending Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night with a 111-99 victory at the American Airlines Center.

While the Kings are 12th in the Western Conference and face an uphill battle to reach the 10th seed to qualify for the play-in tournament, they had no trouble defeating the Mavericks in all three games within a 15-day span.

“All three of the games came during a stretch when we were playing pretty well from the standpoint of togetherness and rebounding and our defense was solid tonight,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “It takes that type of effort to give yourself a chance to win.”

Buddy Hield scored 27 points and Marvin Bagley III got 23 points and nine rebounds. Together, Hield and Bagley had 13 points in a 15-3 run that gave Sacramento a 87-70 lead in the third quarter.

Dallas got within six points in the last two minutes of the game. Hield beat the shot clock with a triple to put the Kings up 106-97. Hield was 6 of 10 from the three-point line and Sacramento was 11 of 28.

The Kings never trailed on Sunday or in the second matchup in Dallas, starting both with an 8-0 lead. The Mavericks evened the score several times but were unable to pull ahead. Sacramento won the first game 121-107 in Dallas and trailed for only 42 seconds.

Sacramento suffered another injury on Sunday as rookie Tyrese Halliburton suffered an injury to his left knee and left the game in the arid quarter. The Kings are missing De’Aaron Fox due to coronavirus protocols and Harrison Barnes due to a left thigh injury, both of them starters.

The Kings continue to their third game in a four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.