Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings looking real good in pre season

Expect the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox to contend as one of the top scorers each night for the Kings. The Kings head to Portland for more pre season basketball against the Trailblazers on Mon Oct 11, 2021 (file photo CBS)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The Sacramento Kings (2-0) are looking pretty good so far with pre season wins over the Phoenix Suns (1-1) and the Los Angeles Clippers (1-1). They handled the Suns on Oct 4th with a 117-106 win and they defeated the Clippers in LA on Wednesday night 113-98. You had a chance to attend how do they look on each side of the ball?

#2 Once again the Kings don’t have to go as far as relying on De’Aaron Fox who led with 23 points on Wednesday night against the Clippers. He’s no doubt going to be the difference maker this season.

#3 The Kings Terence Davis scored 15 points finishing second in scoring tell us from what you saw of him in exhibition action how he’ll impact the offense?

#4 Talk about head coach Luke Walton whose gone through the grinder to try and win games and his own personal experiences. It’s early, it’s only pre season but there is a different feeling this season that the Kings could be competitive and certainly can be much better.

#5 The Kings head to Portland to face the Trailblazers (0-1) on Mon Oct 11th. The Blazers took a beating from the Golden State Warriors 121-107 on Wednesday night. The Blazers Damion Lillard scored 19 points and he could be a force, Jeremiah tell us how you see this match with the Blazers on Monday night?

Jeremiah Salmonson does the Sacramento Kings podcasts each Friday at

Kings beat down on Clippers in 113-98 win

The Sacramento Kings Matt Barnes (40) takes a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers power forward Nicolas Batum (33) during pre season action at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Wed Oct 6, 2021 (photo from

by Marko Ukalovic

It’s only the preseason but so far so good for the Capital city.

The Sacramento Kings used a big run in the third quarter en route to a blowout 113-98 victory over the Los Angeles in their second preseason game on Wednesday evening at Staples Center.

The Kings jumped out to 20-9 lead in the first quarter. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with eight points including two three pointers on two of three shooting beyond the arc.

Ivica Zubac and Paul George each had five points to pace in the first 12 minutes to pace the Clippers as they closed the first quarter on 13-10 run at 28-22.

Sacramento (2-0) shot 44% (11-26) from the field as they held Los Angeles (1-1) to just 42.9% from the floor.

Los Angeles went on 7-0 run to gain their first lead of the game to go up 37-36 led by Terrance Mann as he came off the bench and scored nine of his 11 points in the second quarter.

The Clippers closed out the second quarter on 8-2 run as the Kings went 0-6 with a turnover in the final four minutes of the half as LA climbed back to tie the game at 51 going into halftime.

Fox scored the final eight points of the half for Sacramento. Buddy Hield had an abysmal first half shooting 1-9 and only two points.

Both teams opened up the third quarter trading baskets with each other for the first half of the second half.

Sacramento closed out the final 6:21 of the third quarter on a 26-4 run to pull away from Los Angeles as they went to the fourth quarter with a 89-68 lead as they outscored the Clippers 38-17.

Hield rebounded as led the way in the third quarter with three-3 pointers and Fox chipped in with seven points.

Terence Davis scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter as the King extended their lead over a Clippers team that was playing with out star forward Kawhi Leonard who is recovering from an torn ACL he suffered during last season’s playoffs.

Fox finished with 23 points to lead the Kings in scoring on 7-10 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. Davian Mitchell chipped in with 13 points and Marvin Bagley III had nine points off the bench. Harrison Barnes contributed with 11 points.

Brandon Boston Jr. led the Clippers in scoring with 20 points off the bench shooting 6-19. None of the Clippers starting five scored in double digits. Reggie Jackson led the starters with just nine points.

UP NEXT: Sacramento continues their preseason on the road as they take on the Portland Trailblazers on Monday 10/11 at 7:00pm at the Moda Center.

NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with J Hawkes: Suns push Clippers to the brink; Game five on Monday

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker takes a shot against the Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly during the first half of game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles Sat Jun 26, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Western Conference Finals podcast with Joe:

#1 Joe, You just can’t imagine the pressure the Los Angeles Clippers must feel after taking a 84-80 loss in game four on Saturday and now they are down 3-1 with game five in Phoenix on Monday night.

#2 The Clippers missed three free throws and were looking for the three but it was former Clipper Chris Paul who converted three free throw shots that helped in this very close contest.

#3 The Suns Devin Booker led with 25 points and fouled out of the contest in the final minute of the game. Booker gave it everything he had and because of his effort the Suns were able to out score the Clippers in the end.

#4 If the Suns can beat the Clippers on Monday night it would mark the first time since 1993 that the Suns have been in the NBA Finals it’s a been a long road to get this far but the Suns are now just one game away from getting to the finals.

#5 To show you how successful the Suns have been in the playoffs they took out the Lakers in round one 4-2 and the Denver Nuggets in a sweep 4-0 and momentum in this series with a 3-1 lead over the Clippers.

Join Joe Hawkes for the NBA Finals podcasts next Sunday at

NBA Playoff podcast with Joe Hawkes: Suns Booker nets 40 big effort defeats Clippers in game one, 120-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) lets everyone know who controlling this game as the Los Angeles Clippers guard Terrance Mann stands by (right) during game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at Phoenix on Sun Jun 20, 2021(AP News photo)

NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 The Phoenix Suns got some big scoring from Devin Booker (40 points) and Deandre Ayton (20) points good enough to beat the Los Angeles Clippers in game 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.

#2 The Clippers Chris Paul was out due to Covid 19 protocols how much did that handicap the Clippers.

#3 The Clippers got some scoring production out of Paul George who led with 34 points and Reggie Jackson with 24 but in the end the Clips came up short.

#4 Joe, Talk about the Suns general manager James Jones who just beat out the Utah Jazz vice president of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey for the Executive of the Year Award. The Sun did do a number on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets to get this far and that might have made the difference for Jones winning the award.

#5 Tuesday is game 2 of the series in Phoenix and the Clippers are hoping to get Paul back in the line up they found out what a nemesis the Sun can be and if there were to drop game 2 they would have their hands full going back to Los Angeles down 0-2.

Join J Hawkes for the NBA Playoffs podcasts each Sunday at

NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: Hawks edge Sixers 128-124 in game 1; Clippers advance to next round defeat Mavs in game 7, 126-111

The Atlanta Hawks Trae Young (11) who led in scoring takes a jump shot in the second half of play against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in game 1 on Sun Jun 6, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the NBA Playoffs with J Hawkes:

#1 Joe, the Atlanta Hawks (1-0) are really showing what a powerful successful team they are with a first game victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (0-1) 128-124 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.

#2 The Hawks Trae Young is over having pop corn spilled on him in New York during the first round of the playoffs and was spilling baskets against the Sixers leading in team scoring with 35 points which all counted in a four point first game win.

#3 Game two is Tuesday night in Philadelphia the Hawks Young has been leading scorer, Bogdan Bogdanovic was second in scoring with 21 and Kevin Huerter was third in scoring with 15. For the 76ers Joel Embiid top scorer on Sunday with 39 and four 76ers finished in double figures. Joe how do you get a read on game 2?

#4 It wasn’t even close the LA Clippers had offensive control, they had ball possession and the Mavericks certainly were struggling to shut down the Clippers shots.

#5 Joe talk about Leonard Kahwai 28 points and Marcus Morris 23 points and the Clippers heading to the next round of the playoffs.

Join Joe each Sunday for the NBA Playoffs podcast at

NBA Playoffs podcast with Joe Hawkes: A look at Knicks-Hawks, Sun-Lakers, Nets-Celtics, Clippers-Mavericks

The Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) is fouled trying to make a basket by the New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson (67) on Sun May 30, 2021 in Atlanta in game 4 of the NBA Playoffs (AP News photo)

J Hawkes on the NBA podcast takes a look at today’s playoffs games:

#1 New York Knicks 96 @ Atlanta Hawks 113 game 4 Atlanta leads the series 3-1

#2 Phoenix Suns 100 @ Los Angeles 92 Lakers game 4 series is tied 2-2

#3 Brooklyn Nets @ Boston Celtics game 4

#4 Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks game 4

Joe Hawkes does the NBA podcasts each Sunday at

Clippers blow out the Warriors 130-104; Kawhi tops leader board with 28 pts for Clippers

Kawhi Leonard (left) the Los Angeles Clippers forward takes a shot against the Golden State Warriors Andrew Wiggins (22) on Thu Mar 11, 2021 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo) 

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors started the second half of the NBA on a sour note against the Clippers Thursday night at the Staples Center. Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the Warriors did not look like they were in sync.

They did play a competitive first period. They found themselves trailing 12-3 in the early going. The Warriors fought hard and went ahead 23-22. The Clippers finished the quarter with a slim two-point advantage 28-26. The Warriors never regained the lead.

The Clippers dominated play in the second and third quarters to put the game out of reach. In the second quarter, Steve Kerr’s second unit could not get the job done. He inserted Nico Mannion and Jordan Poole in the backcourt instead of Damion Lee and Brad Wanamaker.

Eric Paschall was in the center position. The Clippers’ defense shut down the small ball by holding them to four points in almost six minutes of playing time. Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins, and Draymond Green returned, but they could not get the Warriors back into the game.

The Clippers outscored the Warriors 31-17 to finish the first half with a 16 point advantage 59-43. Kelly Oubre, Jr. was the only Warriors in double-figures. Kelly had 11 points and five boards. Andrew Wiggins had nine, and Curry finished with seven. Jordan Poole had three, and Nico Mannion did not score. Kawhi Leonard paced the Clippers with 20 points. Serge Ibaka had nine.

The Clippers blew the game wide open in the third quarter. LA outscored the Warriors 45-25 to finish the quarter with a commanding 36-point lead. Curry had seven points in the period, but it was clear that he, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins were not going to play the fourth quarter.

Kerr inserted the Warriors rookie center, James Wiseman, into the lineup to start the fourth period. Wiseman, who was in Kerr’s doghouse for missing a Covid-19 test on Wednesday, finally got his chance to play.

Kerr wanted Wiseman to get more playing time to hone his skills. Kerr wanted to have him cool his heels as punishment for missing the test. Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion played the entire fourth quarter, too.

The Warriors’ bench outplayed the Clippers’ bench 36-26. Wiseman knocked down 14 points and had seven rebounds in 12 minutes of action. Poole had 11 to finish the night with 14. Mannion added ten. The Clippers put the Warriors away 130-104.

Game Notes and Stats: The Clippers snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 25-14. The Warriors lost their fourth in a row and are 19-19 for the year,

Four of the Warriors starters were in double-figures. Andrew Wiggins had 15 points and eight boards. Kelly Oubre had 15 points and six rebounds. Curry finished with 14 points, three rebounds, and four assists. He was six-for-sixteen from the floor. Curry, who won the NBA 3-point shooting contest at the All-Star game Sunday, was a woeful one-for-eight from downtown. 

Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 28 points, Ibaka had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Paul George had 17, Lou William 14.

The Warriors have their work cut out for them as they meet the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Sunday. The Jazz has the best record in the NBA Western Conference. The Warriors return home to face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Chase Center Monday night. The Lakers crushed the Warriors in LA in a game just before the All-Star break. The game will start at 7:30 pm.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Embiid and Simmons barber had Covid-19 leading to removal from All Star Game; Kings and Warriors reviews

Joe Embiid (21) and Ben Simmons (25) of the Philadelphia 76ers both were removed from playing in the NBA All Star Game due to Covid-19 protocol issues on Sun Mar 7, 2021 in Atlanta (@sixers)

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The Philadelphia 76ers (24-12) Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons received haircuts from a barber who had tested positive for Covid-19 and the NBA announced that both players were not going to play in last night’s All Star game in Atlanta.

#2 Barbara, the Sacramento Kings (14-22) have been playing .500 ball in their last four games. The Kings lost their last game to the Portland Trailblazers (21-14) 123-119 on Thursday night. The Kings previous game to that one was a shocker as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (24-13) 123-120 also memorable because LeBron did not play.

#3 The Kings although they lost to Portland on Thursday looks to have improved over the last two games with the win over the Lakers and the close contest against the Trailblazers.

#4 The Golden State Warriors (19-18) just below the playoff line in ninth place in the Western Conference the Warriors after winning six of seven went on a three game losing streak losing most recently to the Phoenix Suns (24-11) 120-98 last Thursday. Jordan Poole scored 26 leading Golden State in scoring.

#5 The Warriors face the fourth place Los Angeles Clippers (24-14) on Thu Mar 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Clippers have lost five of their last seven games and in their last game they lost a close one to the Washington Wizards (14-20) 119-117.

Join Barbara for Headline Sports each Monday morning at

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason Mon Mar 8, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Take aways from Green’s comments about player trade requests

The Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green gets a technical foul and argues the call in a game against the New York Knicks during Thu Jan 21, 2021’s contest at Chase Center in San Francisco. Green on Mon Feb 15, 2021 in a post game press conference had something to say about how players are traded and treated in the NBA (AP News file photo)

On Warriors podcast with David Zizmor:

#1 The Warriors Draymond Green after Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers was vocal about players being benched and not being able to speak up about teams that trade them.

#2 Also Green said that if a player wants to be traded and the team doesn’t want to trade that player like a James Harden than the player gets criticized in the media. If the team and the player are in concert with the trade than the player doesn’t take the criticism does that go with the nature of the business or is Green right the player shouldn’t be criticized for asking for a trade even if the organization doesn’t want to move that player and some critics in t he media have said this has racial bias in how the criticism is meted out?

#3 The Warriors host the Miami Heat tonight at the Chase Center in the City the Heat come in playing .500 ball they lost on Monday night to the Los Angles Clippers 125-118. The Warriors likewise are playing .500 ball winning four of their last eight games and defeated the Cavaliers on Monday night how do you see this match up tonight?

Join David Zizmor every Wednesday morning on the Golden State Warriors podcasts at

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor Wed Feb 17, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud


Sacramento Kings game wrap: Too much 76ers defense in 4th quarter; Kings can’t hold on lose 119-111

The Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid gets a basket over the heads of the Sacramento Kings Marvin Bagley III (left) and Richaun Holmes (right) at Golden One Center on Tue Feb 9, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings passed a big test on Sunday in Los Angeles. The Kings defeated the Clippers by a final of 113-110. It was a big way to cap off an amazing weekend of winning for the Kings. They also beat the Denver Nuggets on Saturday on the first night of the back to back.

On Tuesday, the Kings were preparing to take on the West leading Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers were heading into Tuesday’s game at 17-7 on the year. The Kings stood at 12-11 after winning their previous four games. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST in Sacramento. The Kings ran out of time and room to catch up to the 76ers in the four quarter falling behind in a 119-111 loss at Golden One Center.

In the first half, it was a tale of two quarters. The first quarter was one of the worst played by the Kings this year. They were out scored 42-32 in the opening frame and neither team played any defense. In the second quarter, the Kings roared back. The Kings offense continued to put up numbers as they out scored the 76ers 39-24 to take a 71-66 lead into halftime. The Kings would look to continue a stretch of closing out games and take the victory from the 76ers.

In the second half, the Kings didn’t fare as well. The third quarter was first mundane. Neither team performed well on the offensive end as the 76ers scored 21 points compared to the Kings 20 points. It was the fourth quarter that doomed the Kings. The Kings defense evaporated as the 76ers scored 32 points in the last quarter. The Kings only managed 20 points which wasn’t enough to make the game close.

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in defeat scoring 34 points. Joel Embiid led the victorious 76ers by scoring 25 points.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Orlando Magic on Friday at 7 PM in Sacramento.