George, Clippers roll past Kings 117-98

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) battles his way to the hoop as Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) puts the stop on George in first half action at the Crypto Arena in Los Angeles on Sat Apr 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Paul George scored 23 points, dished out 12 assists, and pulled down eight rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night, leading the Clips past Sacramento 117-98.

It was the Clippers’ fourth straight win. Los Angeles will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday in the NBA’s play-in tournament. If the Clippers win, they will reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year and meet the No 2-seed Memphis Grizzlies in the first round.

A loss to Minnesota would send the Clippers into a game against either New Orleans or San Antonio on Friday. The winner would face the overall top-seed Phoenix Suns.

George missed 43 games due to an elbow injury. Since his return, George is averaging 22.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists while the Clippers are 5-1 in that stretch.

The Clippers led from start to finish, as Norman Powell scored 20 points off the bench and Ivica Zubac added 15 points and 12 boards for LA.

Davion Mitchell led the Kings with 22 points, followed by Trey Lyules with 15. Damian Jones scored 12 points to go with four steals, and Neemias Queta added 10 points off the Sacramento bench.

The Clippers led by as many as 20 points in the first half before Sacramento used a run to pull within 59-45 at halftime. The Kings scored the first seven points of the third quarter to cut its deficit in half.

That was as close as Sacramento would get, as Los Angeles used a 19-5 run over the last five minutes of the third quarter to take a 92-71 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Kings travel to Phoenix on Sunday.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors were playing so bad they almost needed Will Ferrell’s help

Actor Will Ferrell takes some practice shots Rick Barry style in front of Golden State Warrior guard Stephen Curry before their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Mar 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Actor Will Farrell took his act to the floor of Chase Center in San Francisco and took pre game practice with Golden State Warriors (44-22) superstars Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. It must have work Golden State had a five game losing streak going and all that laughing and getting loose helped the Warriors defeat the Los Angeles Clippers (34-33) Tuesday night 112-97.

#2 Dave, talk about that surprising top three of scorers for the Warriors on Monday night Jonathan Kuminga with 21 points, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole both finishing with 20 points.

#3 It’s off to Denver and the Nuggets (39-26) who are playing in Sacramento tonight and will face the Warriors on Thu Mar 10th at Ball Arena in Denver. The Nuggets have now won nine out of their last ten games and got a big win over the Warriors on Monday night 131-124. The Warriors will be really going after the Nuggets on Thursday night.

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

Warriors Break Five Game Losing Streak Beating Clippers 112-97

The Golden State Warriors find that old magic again as Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) scored on the Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Mar 8, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Break Five Game Losing Streak Beating Clippers 112-97

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors (44-22) were back at Chase Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers (34-33). Now, more than any other time this season, there is no place like home for this team.

They have lost nine of their last 11 games and they desperately need a win. As we approach the post-season, nothing is going to come easy for the Warriors and they will have to dig deep and fight for every game.

Never mind who is in what place in the standings. The Warriors just need to get back into the rhythm that they played with earlier in the season and the rest will take care of itself. Energy, execution and effort will be critical for Golden State going forward.

Tuesday night the starting roster welcomed back Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins. Kevon Looney and Moses Moody round out the starting roster. Moody has really been putting on a show lately. Last night he finished with 30 points against the Nuggets: a brilliant game for the 19- year old.

After one quarter while the offense for the Warriors was mediocre without a single shot from downtown, the defense held the Clippers to 26% shooting. The score was tied after the first 12 minutes at 17.

The long ball did not drop for Golden State in the first quarter but they dropped a couple to start the second quarter. The Warriors started to make a move on Los Angeles as the quarter wore on taking a 43-26 lead.

The Warrior defense was outstanding and the offense was right on their heels. It was an outstanding quarter for Golden State going off offensively leading at the half 54-36 in this final game against the Clippers in the regular season. The Warriors continued their defensive assault on the Clippers holding them to 27% shooting in the second quarter.

Golden State kept their foot on the pedal through the third quarter leading 86-61 heading into the fourth quarter. They had held the Clippers to 29% through three quarters. You could not have asked for more offensively or defensively.

Heading into the fourth quarter memories still linger from the Mavericks game that saw Golden State relinquish a 21 point lead to lose the game.

The Warriors had a 29 point lead in the final quarter of this game that was reduced to an 11 point lead with under 15 minutes left in the game. Down the stretch the Warriors needed to finish this game strong.

Golden State finished off the Clippers 112-97 to snap their losing streak. The Warriors got some exceptional work from Jonathan Kuminga with 21, Curry and Poole both with 20 points.

They held the Clippers to 35% shooting; Golden State had six players with double digits. The Warriors needed to start this game with a strong defensive effort and they did just that. The Warriors did a great job defending one on one in this game.

As if Curry hasn’t broken enough records, he now owns the most steals in franchise history with 1363.

It’s now back on the road for the Warriors to take on the Denver Nuggets yet again. They lost to Denver just this past Monday 131-124. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00.

Gutsy Warriors Fall Short To Denver 131-124;Golden State takes fifth straight loss

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, gets the ball away as Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, center, and center Kevon Looney try to put pressure on Jokic at the Ball Center Arena in Denver on Mon Mar 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

Gutsy Warriors Fall Short To Denver 131-124

By Barbara Mason

Monday night the Golden State Warriors (43-22) took on the Nuggets (39-26) in Denver. The Nuggets come into this game riding on an nine of ten winning streak. They are playing red-hot ball right now after an overtime win last night against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Nuggets captured a 131-124 win over the Warriors at the Ball Arena in Denver on Monday night.

The Warriors come into the game without four of their best players on the court. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins are out for this game resting. They are waiting on word regarding Draymond Green.

The starting roster for the Warriors were Kevon Looney, Moses Moody, Jordan Poole, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Damien Lee. The Warriors will have to limit the turnovers especially against a team that is playing so well right now and they will have to try to contain big man Nikola Jokic.

The Warriors had a nice start in the first quarter taking an early lead 14-9. The Nuggets starting forcing a few turnovers and Denver quickly caught up and took a 34-24 lead with 1:11 left in the first 12 minutes Denver took a 40-31 lead after one quarter.

Moses Moody led the Warriors shooting with 15 points and the rest of the Golden State starters had 11 combined points. Denver had shot at 70% in the opening quarter which could prove a problem if they continued at that pace.

The Warriors were able to pull to within five points in the second quarter and were doing their best to hang around in this game. Although the Nuggets continued shooting well, (at 62% in the quarter) the Warriors continued to handle business.

They trailed by a couple at the half 71-69. The efficient offensive effort for the Warriors was great. Moses Moody finished the half with 22 points and Kuminga had 12 off the bench. Poole got really hot in the second quarter with 11 points.

The Warriors continued to hang in the game. After three quarters they trailed 104-101. Golden State was putting on a feisty, gutsy show refusing to back down. Going into the fourth quarter mental lapses by the Warriors turned the tables. Denver was making them pay for any mistakes they committed.

The Warriors got within four points after trailing by double digits mid-way through the quarter. It was no surprise when the Nuggets turned to Jokic down the stretch. Golden State gave the Nuggets all they could handle but just came up short. The final was 131-124 in favor of Denver.

Golden State has to be proud of the effort that they put into this game. Poole had 32 points and Moody finished with 30 points. Kuminga had 16 points. Looney had 11 rebounds. The Warriors now sit in third place in the Western Conference.

Tuesday night the Warriors are back at it taking on the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center. It will be great to be back home if only for one game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Clippers White Wash Warriors 119-104; Third loss in four games

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes a shot over the Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Mon Feb 14, 2022 (AP News photo)

Clippers White Wash Warriors 119-104; Third loss in four games

By Barbara Mason

Monday night the Golden State Warriors (42-16) took on the LA Clippers (29-30) at Crypto.com Arena. Both teams are coming off pressure-packed games. Saturday night the Clippers beat the Mavericks by the score of 99-97 and the Warriors survived a marathon against the Los Angeles Lakers 117-115. Both of these teams have proven that they can handle pressure.

Jonathan Kuminga is playing at a very high level right now and this will bode well for Golden State as we head into the All-Star game and the final months of the 2021- 2022 season. His youthful energy provides a real spark for the Warriors.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will provide the offense along with Andrew Wiggins and Kuminga in this game. Reggie Jackson will lead the Clippers with his offensive skills. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George out since early February there will be a lot of work for Jackson.

The Clippers have a very good defense and so the Warriors will have to control their ball movement and avoid those turnovers in this third meeting of the season.

The Warriors got a good start with Curry hitting all six of his opening shot attempts in the first quarter. Both teams were shooting better than 60% in a great offensive game.

It wasn’t until three minutes left in the opening quarter that Curry missed a shot. He had 16 points in the first quarter. The Warriors led after 12 minutes 37-34 and finished the quarter shooting at 64% in a high-powered offensive game by both teams.

It was a 61-59 Clipper lead at the half. Curry finished with 26 points in the two quarters. He was 6 of 7 from downtown and was the only Warrior in double digits. Jackson led the Clippers with 12 points. Both Ivica Zubac and Nicolas Batum had 11 points in the half.

The Warriors needed to limit Jackson and protect the ball in the second half. Most of the seven turnovers for Golden State were in the second quarter and came practically back to back.

The second half began nothing like the first quarter for the Warriors. Their offense went cold in the first three minutes as the Clippers took the largest lead in the game 71-61 after the opening four minutes. The Warriors offense had dried up and every one of the Clipper starters were in double digits. After three quarters the Clippers led 94-78.

The Clippers were rolling with one of their best offensive efforts of the year and the Warriors were getting rolled. It is a rare thing to see Golden State on the short end of the score in the third quarter. They had a lot of work to do in the fourth quarter.

Shoot and miss was just about all we saw in the fourth quarter. The Warriors went from 60% to 29% in the final quarter. It was just not the Warriors night. Turnovers, missed open shots, and empty possessions buried the Warriors in this game.

The Warriors will have the day off tomorrow before taking on the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Chase Center. This will be the final game before the All-Star game next Sunday.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors host Clippers tonight; Both Golden State and Los Angeles coming off wins

Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) defends against Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sat Feb 12, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson had himself a ball game against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on Saturday night scoring a team leading 33 points.

#2 Thompson kept the good times rolling with 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Lakers defense had a tough time shutting him down.

#3 The Warriors who won by two points saw Stephen Curry score a game winning lay up with 46 seconds left for the 117-115 win.

#4 For Thompson it was a special night it was his first game playing in front his father who is a Los Angeles Lakers radio announcer Mychal Thompson. Klay said it was special to do it in front of his dad and it he was proud to do it in front of him. It has been a few years since Mychal has seen Klay play.

#5 The Warriors face the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. The Clippers have lost four of their last seven games and got a win against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night 99-97. The Clippers Reggie Jackson led the Clippers on Saturday with 24 points. How do you see the Clippers and Warriors matching up tonight at Staples Center?

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings need to stop the bleeding host Grizzlies Sunday at Golden One

The Sacramento Kings Harrison Barnes (40) reaches up to score two points against the Los Angeles Clippers Paul George (left) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Thu Dec 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Los Angeles Clippers (17-15) snapped a three game losing streak with a 105-89 win over the Sacramento Kings (13-20) on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento. The Clippers Eric Beldsoe led with 19 points and right behind Bledsoe was Paul George with 17 points.

#2 The Clippers really took advantage of the Kings with Serge Ibaka who scored a season high of 17 points, Ibaka had three slam dunks, and 12 points.

#3 After losing three straight games Ibalka said the Clippers were of the mindset that they had to win this game and said they needed this win bad. A four game losing streak and getting behind the eight ball would have been damaging for the Clippers.

#4 The Kings are struggling they’ve lost six out of their last eight games. How much does the absence of head coach Alvin Gentry impact the team. Gentry has been out for Covid 19 protocols along with key offensive scorer De’Aaron Fox.

#5 Next up for the Kings the Memphis Grizzlies (19-13) Sunday at 3:00 pm PST. The Grizzlies have lost their last game to the (10-20) 102-99. The Grizzlies had a five game streak going before losing three straight games. Jeremiah how do you see this contest Sunday at Golden One?

Jeremiah Salmonson is a Sacramento Kings beat writer and does the Kings podcasts every Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings can’t overcome their poor shooting and sloppiness in 105-89 loss to Clippers

Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) gets the rebound as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Nicolas Batum (33) and Ivica Zubac (40) defend at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Dec 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SACRAMENTO —The Sacramento Kings hope they don’t get coal for presents from Santa Claus for Christmas.

Their ineffective shooting and not being able to take care of the ball might have gotten them on Santa’s naughty list in 105-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento have lost two games in a row and three out of its last four. Los Angeles have snapped its three-game losing streak.

Interim head coach Alvin Gentry missed his fifth consecutive game since being placed on the Covid-19 protocol on December 15th with assistant coach Doug Christie handling the head coaching duties for a fifth straight game.

Sacramento (13-19) came out flat and started out as cold as the weather outside. They began the game shooting 1 for 9 from the field and were held to just 33% (8-24) shooting in the opening quarter and had six turnovers. Guard Buddy Hield played all 12 minutes and was 0-6.

“We just played bad,” Haliburton said. “It’s a make or miss league. I thought we had some descent looks. But we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket, especially early.”

Los Angeles (16-15) started game on 13-5 run. Terrance Mann sparked the offense in the first quarter with nine points and center Ivan Zubac had six. They led 25-20 at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter was even less kind to the Kings as the Clippers began the quarter on a 11-3 run. Sacramento continued its carelessness with the ball with five more turnovers as they shot an anemic 32% (6-19).

Serg Ibaka chipped in five points and Eric Bledsoe scored the last four points for Los Angeles in the half as the Clippers led 49-38 at halftime.

Los Angles looked to have the game in hand when they went on a 13-2 run to increase its lead to 67-49 with 6:09 remaining with Bledsoe scoring seven of the 13 during the two-minute stretch.

However, Sacramento responded an 11-2 run of their own as Tyrese Haliburton scored five points in a row. Tristian Thompson and Hield made back-to-back three pointers to close the gap to 69-62. The Kings outscored Clippers 30-25 in the third quarter as the were down 74-68 to start the fourth quarter.

Sacramento wasn’t able to overcome their poor shooting and 19 total turnovers in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles closed out the final 5:47 on a 14-4 run to seal the deal as Ibaka scored 12 of his 17 points in the final quarter off the bench for the Clippers.

“It’s attention to the small things,” Christie said about the sloppy play by his team. “Attention to details. It’s making sure where is the ball and where am I supposed to be. You gotta hold yourself accountable and you gotta make sure you’re doing it. ‘My bad’ isn’t going to cut it in this league. You’re going to lose saying that.”

Haliburton led all scorers with 22 points to go along with a team high 13 assists. Harrison Barnes chipped in with 18 points and Hield finished with 16.

Bledsoe led the Clippers in scoring with 19 points and seven assists. Paul George chipped in with 17 points, including a dagger three pointer with 3:23 left in the game to put Los Angeles up comfortably 99-86.

GAME NOTES: Sacramento finished 12-for-38 from beyond the arc. Los Angeles was 7-for-24.

Sacramento signed Emmanuel Mudiay to a 10-day deal. Mudiay had been playing in Europe this season.

Queta Neemias was placed on the Covid-19 protocol yesterday.

UP NEXT: Sacramento hosts the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday 12/26 at 3:00pm at Golden 1 Center.

Davis 29 pts leads Kings past Clippers 104-99; Kings take two from Clips in home at home series

Sacramento Kings guard Terence Davis, left, takes it to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center Serge Ibaka and guard Paul George Sat Dec 4, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (10-14) were back in action on Saturday night in Sacramento. The LA Clippers (12-12) were in town to face the Kings at 7 PM PST. The Kings last played on Wednesday when they took on the same LA Clippers at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Kings beat the Clippers on Wednesday in a well-played game. Would the Kings be able to replicate that performance on Saturday night? Yes! The Kings took down the Clippers 104-99 in Sacramento.

Neither team took a commanding advantage over the other in the first quarter. The Kings scored 29 points, led by a substantial 10 minutes from De’Aaron Fox, who scored 10. The Kings defense had moments of strength in the first quarter, but the Clippers were hitting their three-point shots. The Clippers also scored 29 points thanks to Reggie Jackson and Paul George, who both scored eight.

In the second quarter, the Clippers kept pace with the Kings for most of the quarter. However, the Kings went on a run towards the end of the half. Tyrese Haliburton was hitting threes from around the floor, and the Kings outscored the Clippers 21-16 in the second quarter to take the lead going into halftime at 50-45.

The Kings were led by Tyrese Haliburton in the first half, who scored 15 points. Reggie Jackson led the way for the Clippers with nine points. Could the Kings finish off the Clippers in the second half?

In the third quarter, the Kings and Clippers went back and forth. The Kings went on a run to open the quarter, and the Clippers countered with a run of their own later in the third. However, the Kings managed to hit a few shots in the final seconds to outscore the Clippers 26-25 in the third.

That performance would give the Kings the 76-70 lead heading into the last 12 minutes of the game. Terence Davis was why the Kings were in the lead, shooting 4-5 from three-point range and scoring 13 points in the third quarter. The Kings would look to close out the game and attempt to beat the Clippers for the second time in two games.

In the fourth quarter, both teams made their bids for the victory. In the last minutes, the Kings would expand the lead; then, the Clippers would pull closer again. However, the Kings ultimately showed a lot of toughness and held onto the lead to beat the Clippers 104-99.

The Kings were outscored by the Clippers 29-28 in the game’s final quarter. For the Kings, Terence Davis led the way again. Davis, who has a renewed confidence in his shot, scored 28 points on 9-16 shooting. Tyrese Haliburton added 18 for the Kings in victory.

The Clippers were led by Marcus Morris Sr., who scored 21 points in defeat. It was an excellent win for the Kings, who have a manageable schedule going forward to inch closer to a .500 record. The Kings currently sit at 10-14 on the season.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday at 7 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings try to sweep Clippers in home at home series; Concludes Saturday in Sacramento

Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu, right, dribbles away from Los Angeles Clippers center Serge Ibaka on Wed Dec 1, 2021 at the Staple Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (9-14) have been playing .500 ball and must love the Southland the last time they were there they beat the Lakers (12-11) 141-137 on Fri Nov 26th and they defeated the Clippers (11-11) on Wed Dec 1st 124-115. Is it the coaching change, is it new plays, is it interim coach Alvin Gentry what’s been the difference?

#2 On Wednesday night it was one of those games where you could see that the Kings were not going to give this one up for example although the Clippers outscored the Kings in the fourth quarter 39-25 the Kings hung on to win it by nine points.

#3 Jeremiah, talk about the offense of De’Aaron Fox who scored 24 points and Terrence Davis who came in second with 23 points on Wednesday night.

#4 What made this game so unique for the Kings was that they played it short handed on the road against the Clippers and won it by nine points.

#5 The Kings next up continue this home at home series which comes to Sacramento on Sat Dec 4th at the Golden One Center. The Clippers who hosted on Wednesday will be visitors on Sat. The Kings have won three of their last six games and the Clippers have been struggling losing four of their last five games including their Wednesday loss to the Kings.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcast each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com