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.
The Indiana Pacers Justin Holiday (8) and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) chase down the basketball in the second half of Wed Feb 24, 2021’s NBA contest in Indianapolis (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors gained a measure of revenge Wednesday night as they beat the Indiana Pacers 111-107. The Pacers beat the Warriors 104-95 on January 12th at the Chase Center.
The Warriors finished the road trip with two wins and two losses. They could have won all four, but a couple of fourth-quarter meltdowns in the games against Orlando and Charlotte kept it from happening. The Warriors return home to face the Charlotte Hornets Friday night at the Chase Center. If the Warriors win, it will be their first three-game winning streak of the year.
The teams matched up well. Neither team could pull away. For the Warriors, it was the fourth close game in a row. The Warriors won the first quarter 25-22. Indiana won the second 36-31 to finish the first half leading by two 58-56.
Defense was the name of the game in the second half. The Warriors held the Pacers to 22 points to finish the third quarter with a narrow 84-80 lead. The Pacers tied the game at 91. The Warriors could not extend the lead to more than five points the rest of the way.
The Pacers came within a point 99-98. Stephen Curry and Kelly Oubre each made a basket to put the Warriors ahead 105-98. The Warriors had reached the foul limit early in the fourth quarter.
The Pacers stayed in the game by going to the free-throw line. Indiana made it 107-105. The Pacers fouled Curry and he made both free throws. Draymond Green finished the scoring for the Warriors with two more free throws to make it 111-105. The Pacers made a last ditch attempt trying to score from the field with just seven seconds left. The Dubs win 111-107
Game Notes and Stats- With the win, the Warriors are 18-15 for the year. The Pacers are 15-15. It was the Pacers’ first game after missing a week of play due to Covid-19 protocols.
The Warriors had six players in double-figures. Curry led the Warriors with 24 points. Curry made one three in 11 tries. For Curry, it was the 94th consecutive game with at least one three-pointer.
Curry had eight rebounds and eight assists. Draymond Green barely missed a triple-double. He needed one more rebound. His line was 12 points, nine rebounds, and 11 assists. He had three steals, and one blocked shot. Andrew Wiggins had 15, Kelly Oubre, Jr., 17,, Eric Paschall 13, and James Wiseman 11. Wiseman fouled out early in the fourth quarter. As a team, The Warriors shot 47% from the floor.
They had a dreadful night shooting threes. They were five for 26 from downtown. They outrebounded the Pacers 50-47. They Made 27 assists on 39 made field goals. The team stole the ball ten times, blocked four Pacer shots, forcing 19 Pacer turnovers. The Warriors cashed in with 18 points off the turnovers.
Domantas Sabonis had a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Sabonis scored was held to five points in the second half. Chalk that one up for the Warrior defense. Malcolm Brogdon had 24, Doug McDermott 15, Myles Turner 14, T.J. McConnell, and Jeremy Lamb each had nine.
The Warriors face the Charlotte Hornets at the Chase Center Friday night. The Warriors want to get even for the loss to Charlotte last Saturday night. The game will start at 7 pm.
The Indiana Pacers Myles who lead the Pacers with 22 points over the Golden State Warriors on Tue Jan 12, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)
On the Warriors podcast with David:
#1 David down the stretch both the Indiana Pacers (6-4) and the Golden State Warriors (6-4)played a tight game but in the end the Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter the Warriors had only 20 points and fell short losing to the Pacers by nine points on Tuesday night 104-95.
#2 Dave, five Pacers in double figures and Myles Turner lead with 22 points for Indiana and the second half it looked as if the Pacers had a good game plan.
#3 The Warriors still have a winning record they have won six of their last nine games and face the Denver Nuggets (5-6) on Thursday night at Ball Arena in Denver. The Nuggets have played .500 ball since Dec 25th winning five of their last ten games. How do you see this match up Thursday night.
The Golden State Warriors Kelly Oubre Jr takes a shot against the Indiana Pacers defense in the first half at Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Jan 12, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Golden State Warriors faced the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night at the Chase Center. The Pacers, still smarting from a close loss to the Sacramento Kings Monday night, found a way to beat the Warriors 104-95.
The Pacers’ Victor Oladipo was not available to play. The Warriors’ Eric Paschall had to miss the game due to NBA protocol regarding the coronavirus. It is not known if Paschall has the virus or was in contact with someone that did.
The first half featured the teams playing outstanding defense. The Pacers wanted to stop Stephen Curry from beating them. The Warriors without Paschall, had to find a way to keep Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon to do the same to the Pacers.
Both strategies worked. The Pacers held Curry to just five points in the first half. The Warriors defense allowed Sabonis six and Brogdon seven. The Warriors finished the first 24 minutes of action leading 55-50.
Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Warriors with 15. Oubre made three threes and had four boards. Oubre’s defense was stellar. Andrew Wiggins had 12 points, and he made two threes. The Pacers’ Myles Turner had 13.
The second half belonged to the Pacers. They outscored the Warriors 23-18 in the third quarter to cut the deficit to two 77-73. Curry made three threes and recorded 11 of the Warriors 18 points.
The Warriors and Pacers continued to play tough defense. Each team had to work hard to get points on the board. The Warriors led 90-88 when the Pacers went on a 13-0 run to lead 101-90 with about a minute left to play. The Pacers outscored the Warriors 31-20 in the fourth quarter to win 104-95.
Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are 6-5 for the year. The Pacers improved to 7-4.
Andrew Wiggins continued to play well on both ends of the court. Andrew finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, four threes, and five blocked shots. Curry knocked down 20. He made three threes and had four boards and three assists. Oubre, who had 15 in the first half, tallied two in the second to finish with 17. He made three threes to go along with five rebounds and two assists.
The Warriors made three turnovers in the first half. They made 12 in the second. The Pacers scored 24 points as a result of the turnovers to help them win.
The Warriors play the next three games on the road. They face the Denver Nuggets Thursday night at The Ball Center in Denver for a 7 pm tip. They play the Suns in Phoenix Friday night and the Lakers in Los Angeles Monday night.
SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings continued their homestand by playing host to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Monday’s matchup at the Golden 1 Center featured two teams trending in two different directions, but it was the Kings who defeated the Pacers 127-122 in an action-packed game.
The Kings started off on the wrong foot as Victor Oladipo threw down a dunk for an early 2-0 lead, but they poured in the points, tying the game at 12 and taking a 28-22 lead late in the first quarter. The Kings’ lead didn’t last long, but they finished the first on a better note as De’Aaron Fox made a pair of free throws, and the two teams were tied at 30 after the first quarter.
Edmond Summer made a free throw to put the Pacers up 32-30 just 14 seconds into the second quarter. Sacramento, however, outscored Indiana 35-34 in the second quarter. De’Aaron Fox hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to wrap up the first half with a bang. The Kings led 65-64, heading into the locker room at the half.
The Pacers came out to play in the second half. Victor Oladipo made a pass to Domantas Sabonis for a layup that put the Pacers up 66-65 at 10:40 of the third quarter. Malcolm Brogden made a late driving layup, but the Kings were protected by a small safety as Hassan Whiteside hit a 2-pointer 31.4 seconds beforehand. The Kings had a 97-93 lead after three quarters.
Richaun Holmes opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to make it 100-93 Kings at 11:32. Tyrese Haliburton followed up with a 3-pointer of his own, and the Kings took a 10-point lead, 103-93, just 23 seconds later. Harrison Barnes’ scoring outburst led to a game-high 28 points at a media timeout.
The Pacers tied the game at 113 on a Victor Oladipo free throw with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter. Richaun Holmes was called for goaltending, but the Kings challenged the call, which was overturned after further review. As a result, it was Sacramento’s ball and 23 seconds were added to the shot clock.
The final seconds of the game were interesting to say the least. Cory Joseph made a free throw to put the Kings up 127-119 with 8.8 seconds left. Malcolm Brogden hit a 3-pointer to pull the Pacers within five, but it was too little, too late. The Kings won 127-122 and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Sacramento improved to 5-6. Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. De’Aaron Fox scored 21 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds. Buddy Hield scored 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Richaun Holmes added 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Indiana fell to 6-4. Domantas Sabonis led all scorers with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Kings host the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, January 13 at 7 pm PT.
The Sacramento Kings power forward Nemanja Bjelicia (8) and center Hassan Whiteside (20) look helpless watching the Portland Trailblazers Damian Lillard (0) dunk on them Sat Jan 9, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (theintelligencer.com photo)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings were coming into Saturday nights game looking to change the trajectory of their season. The Kings have been struggling lately. They have been on a stretch of games that one part of the team has faltered late in games. The Kings were set to welcome in the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday night at 7 PM PST. That warm welcome was upended by the Trailblazers getting a 24 point win over the Kings 125-99 at Golden One Center in Sacramento.
In the Kings previous game on Friday night in Sacramento, they were trampled in the second half by the Toronto Raptors in the second half. The Kings were leading at halftime, but the defense and offense fell apart in the latter half. De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes led the way for the Kings but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors registered a convincing 144-123 win.
In the first half of Saturday’s game, it wasn’t pretty for the Kings. They were out scored 38-24 in the first quarter as CJ McCollum put the Blazers on his back scoring 12 points. In the second quarter, it was more of the same. The Blazers continued to torch the Kings as they outscored them 28-23 in the second quarter to take a 66-49 lead. CJ McCollum finished the half with 16 points and Harrison Barnes had eight points leading the Kings.
In the second half, the Kings continues to falter. The point spread after the third quarter had grown to 27 points. The Kings at this point had a very small chance of winning. CJ McCollum put up 16 points in the third quarter to take over the game.
That propelled the Blazers to a 93-69 point lead heading into the final quarter. I’m the fourth, the Kings were outscored again 33-30. That put the Blazers in front for good with a final of 125-99. It was a good old fashioned blowout. The Kings top scorer was Marvin Bagley at 15 points. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 37 points.
The Kings will need to go back to the drawing board and evaluate what they need to do in order to start winning. The Indiana Pacers pay the Kings a visit on Monday Dec 11th at Golden One for a 7:00pm tip. The Kings have lost five of their last six games and the Pacers have won five of their last eight games.
The Utah Jazz’ Rudy Gobert (27) and the Golden State Warriors Willie Cauley-Stein (2) scramble under the basket for the loose ball at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Jan 24th
By Jerry Feitelberg
San Francisco- The Golden State Warriors hosted the Indiana Pacers at the Chase Center Friday night. The Warriors were hoping to rebound after being blown out by the Utah Jazz Wednesday night.
The Warriors played with a lot of energy. They moved the ball well as they recorded 31 assists. They shot 49% from the floor, and they made 19 threes. It was not enough as they turned the ball over 20 times, and Indiana put 33 points on the board as a result of the Warriors sloppy play.
The Pacers, who average about 27 three-point attempts per game. Knocked down 17 in 28 tries Friday night. The Pacers like to make a lot of two-point buckets, and Friday night’s game was no exception. They shot 57% from the floor to beat the Warriors 129-118.
The Warriors got off to a good start early in the first quarter. They led 22-16 about halfway through the first period. The Pacers got their offense going, and they went on a 13-0 run to lead 29-22. The Pacers finished the first quarter leading 35-30.
The Pacers played well as they increased the lead to 50-38. The Pacers defense held the Warriors scoreless for over three minutes in the period. The Warriors continued to turn the ball over, and the Pacers capitalized on the Warriors miscues.
The Pacers finished the first half with a 16-point advantage 67-51. D’Angelo Russell led the W’s with 16. Marquese Chriss was the only other Warrior in double figures with 10. The Pacers’ T.J.Warren led his team with 21. Doug McDermott coming off the bench knocked down 15, and he helped propel the Pacers to the 16-point advantage.
The Warriors turned things around in the third period. D’Angelo Russell made several threes, and the Warriors went on a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to six points as they trailed 80-74. The Pacers regrouped and were able to finish the third period leading by 98-86.
In the fourth quarter, The Warriors continued to make threes. Jordan Poole made two consecutive threes to make it 110-103. The Pacers refused to fold. They went up by thirteen 121-108. The Warriors went on a 7-0 run to trail 121-115. The Pacers were not fazed, and they went on to win 129-118.
Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors announced that they have traded center Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks for a second-round draft choice. The Mavs needed to replace former Stanford star, Dwight Powell. Powell suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury. He will miss the rest of the season and part of the 2020-21 season, too.
With the loss, the Warriors drop to 10-37. Indiana won its eighth game out of the last ten played. They are 30-16 and are within two games of being in second place in the Eastern Conference. They will be in the playoffs. Malcolm Brogdon did not play due to an injury, and the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo is close to returning to action.
The W’s were led by D’Angelo Russell’s 37 points. Russell was nine for 13 from behind the three-point arc. Glenn Robinson had 18. Chriss finished with 13. Alec Burks had 11 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Draymond Green recorded a double-double with ten points, six boards, and 11 assists. Jordan Poole, Omari Spellman, And Eric Paschall each added nine.
T.J.Warren had 33 for Indiana, Doug McDermott finished with 24, Jeremy Lamb and Damontas Sabonis each had 16. Sabonis pulled down ten rebounds to record a double-double. Aaron Holiday had 12. His brother Justin, a former Warrior, contributed eight to help the Pacers win.
The Warriors go on the road for the next two weeks. They meet the Philadelphia Sixers Tuesday night. Thursday they are in Boston, Saturday they play the Cavaliers. They go to Washington and Brooklyn before returning home to face the Lakers on February 8th.
Just when you thought the Sacramento Kings were at full strength, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Trevor Ariza were unavailable for the Kings in Friday night’s tilt against the Indiana Pacers. Bogdanovic is dealing with a sore ankle and Trevor Ariza is not with the team for personal reasons. The Kings were coming off a tough loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday and would look to bounce back Friday.
In the first quarter, Nemanja Bjelica got off to a hot start. Bjelica scores 13 points in the first and helped lead the Kings to an early 32-30 lead. The Kings weren’t able to play their style of defense against the Pacers in the first, but that was overshadowed by the Kings offensive prowess.
In the second quarter, the Pacers went on a bit of a run that allowed them to build a double digit 53-42 lead with 6:00 left in the half. The rest of the half, the Pacers’ lead held true. The Kings would get the lead down to 8 points, but the Pacers were able to get it back by putting up 38 in the quarter. Richaun Holmes led the way for the Kings in the first half putting up 14 points. The Pacers’ T.J. Warren scored 13 points to lead the Pacers to a 68-57 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Kings couldn’t get anything going on offense. They had their chances, but players like Buddy Hield couldn’t get anything going in terms of hitting shots. The Kings were only able to put up 22 points and headed into the final quarter down 92-79. The bright spot for the Kings was Justin James, who had managed 10 points for the Kings off the bench.
In the fourth quarter, the implosion for the Kings continued. The Kings’ shot-making evaporated in the third and fourth quarters, and they weren’t able to shut down the Pacers’ offense. These negative ingredients for the Kings would lead to a blowout loss 119-105 to the Pacers on the road.
The Kings still look a bit lost on the offensive end. Kings head coach Luke Walton has a lot of work ahead of him to get this group to gel together and start putting wins together. A bright spot for the Kings was Justin James. James is definitely earning minutes with the absence of Trevor Ariza who is away from the team and Bogdan Bogdanovic dealing with some injury issues. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was Richaun Holmes with 20 points. Leading things for the Pacers in victory was T.J. Warren with 23 points.
Up Next: The Kings travel to Memphis for a back-to-back against the Grizzlies on Saturday at 5 PM PST.
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 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.
The first-ever NBA game was played in Mumbai, India on Friday night between the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings. Well, it was Friday night if you were in Mumbai. If you were in Sacramento, the game tipped off at 6:30 AM, so it was bagels and basketball.
Much to the chagrin of the coaches and to the delight of the crowd, the game required overtime. The Pacers prevailed in OT 132-131. The Kings’ Buddy Hield put up a long 3-point shot that had a realistic chance of going in, but bounced high off the rim and was put back in by Marvin Bagley for two points at the buzzer. Sacramento fell one point short of causing double overtime.
To say that the players were “gassed” would be a gross understatement. All five of the Indiana starters and three of the Sacramento starting five played 30-minutes or more. Rest assured that neither Nate McMillan nor Luke Walton planned to play any of their players for that long in the first preseason game.
T.J. Warren — who was traded the Pacers by the Suns in the off-season — was the game’s leading scorer with 30 points. He hit 11-of-18 from the floor and was 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Domantas Sabonis recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. He made six rebounds on offense and six on defense.
Point Guard Malcolm Brogdon also had a double-double game with 15 points and 14 assists.
Buddy Hield led the Kings’ scoring attack with 28 points. He shot 11-for-20 from the field and converted 4-of-10 from downtown.
Harrison Barnes — fresh off his time with Team USA — put 21 points in the book. Barnes went a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and dished out eight assists.
Numbers for concern
Luke Walton cannot be happy that his team was outrebounded 47-30. The Pacers scored 21 second chance points to the Kings’ seven. That is not a winning formula in the NBA.
Nate McMillan will be talking to his team about turnovers. The Pacers turned the ball over 25 times in the contest, which resulted in 25 Sacramento points.
The NBA really sees itself as being a worldwide game and marketing force. The league’s goal is to literally market itself around the globe. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, India is a market that cannot be ignored.
Here are a few other facts:
More than 3 million fans in India follow the NBA on Facebook.
Over 300 live NBA games are available to viewers in India each season. In fact, fans in Sacramento often welcome Indian viewers just before tipoff.
The NBA opened an office in Mumbai in 2012 — one of 12 NBA offices outside the USA.
The NBA Academy India was opened in 2017 in Delhi to help develop top male and female basketball prospects.
The other reason India is a key target for the association is Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive is originally from Mumbai. It has been his dream to bring the game to his country of origin.
“This is a historic day, but for me it’s a dream come true. I left Bombay (Mumbai) when I was 17 years old and literally I had $50 in my pocket, so to come back here with my NBA team and also bring my friend Herb Simon with his team and to play an actual NBA game is beyond my wildest, wildest imagination,” explained Ranadive.
Ranadive has a vision for the future, “What I see happening is that within the next 10 years, this game, it’ll never surpass cricket as the national pastime, but it’ll be right up there. And hopefully, Commissioner, we can launch a league right here in India. I hope in the next 10 years that we’ll have at least one player that comes out of the system that plays in the NBA. We already see players. And I fully expect that there will be arenas that spring up across the country where we can play these games.”
More from Mumbai tomorrow
The Kings and Pacers will play one more preseason game on Saturday night in Mumbai. The tipoff time in Indiana is 8:30 AM and in Sacramento it is 6:30 AM. If you call yourself a real NBA fan, it is breakfast and basketball tomorrow morning.