Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings lost ninth straight game 122-114

The Phoenix Suns guard Devon Booker (1) drives on the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 in Phoenix (AP News photo)

#1 The Sacramento Kings (22-34) have lost their ninth straight game and again the game wasn’t even close as the Kings were handed a 122-114, 22 point loss in Phoenix (40-15).

#2 The Kings had a hard time shutting down the Suns Deandre Ayton led in scoring with 26 points and Devon Booker had 23 as they ran right through the Kings defense.

#3 The De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in scoring with 27 and Buddy Hield finished second with 24, the Kings had a total of six players in double figures and lost the game by eight.

#4 Coach as hard as he may and it’s been like that every night for Luke Walton this has to be his toughest patch of this 2021 season.

#5 The Kings get some rest as they won’t play again until next Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks (30-24). The Mavericks have won five out of their last eight games. Jeremiah size this game up Sunday between the Kings and Mavericks can the Kings snap the losing skid.

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Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings struggle with defense again lose by eight,122-114

The Phoenix Sun center Deanadre Ayton (22) takes a shot while being defended by the Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (22) and De’Aaron Fox (5) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at Phoenix (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night. The Kings were playing in the second night of a back-to-back that saw them take on the Washington Wizards in Sacramento on Wednesday, and the Pheonix Suns on Thursday. The Sacramento Kings fell on Thursday to the Suns 122-114 in Phoenix. However, before we talk about that game let’s quickly recap Wednesday’s loss.

Flashback Wednesday: In the Kings last game they welcomed into Sacramento the Washington Wizards. The Wizards came into the game as one of the worst teams in the league according to their record, but that didn’t stop them. The Kings didn’t play a very solid defensive game as the Wizards beat the Kings by the final of 123-111. The Kings lost their eighth straight game as the losses continue to mount in the hunt for a play-in spot.

Thursday night recap: The Kings are a much worse team than the Phoenix Suns. That much we knew going into Thursday’s game for the Kings. However, the Kings have been known to win unexpected matchups while failing to take care of the “easy” opponents. The Kings were set to take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at 7 PM PST in Phoenix.

In the first half, The Kings kept up well with the Suns. The first quarter saw the Kings get outscored 33-28. The Kings defense was the blind side as the Suns took advantage. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Suns 37-34 as the Kings made back some of the ground they lost in the first quarter. The Kings would go into halftime down 67-65. The Kings kept it close with the Suns in the first half and would look for the comeback win on the road.

In the second half, the Kings weren’t able to complete a comeback. In the third quarter, the Kings did outscore the Suns 29-28 too keep the game close going into the final quarter. In the final quarter, the Kings offense evaporated. The Kings only managed to score 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Suns put up 27 to seal the deal in the dessert.

The Suns beat the Kings by a final of 122-114. The Kings were led by the usual person in the form of De’Aaron Fox who scored 27 points. For the Suns, Deandre Ayton led the way with 26 points. The Kings have now lost nine games in a row and will head to take on the Mavericks next.

Up Next: The Kings flew to Dallas after the game on Thursday to take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at 4:30 PM PST.

Warriors second unit leads team to win over Cleveland Cavaliers 119-101

The Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) heads to the hoop against the Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland (10) on Thu Apr 15, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors won their fourth straight game Thursday night as they downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-101. The Cavs were determined to stop Stephen Curry from making threes from downtown. Curry was bottled up in the first half. He was held to 13 points and was 0-for-8 from three-point range.

The Cavs raced out to an early 17-6 lead. The Warriors kept fighting back. Juan Toscano-Anderson, coming off the bench, scored eight points in the last four minutes of the first quarter to help bring the Warriors to within three 31-28 at the end of the period. 

With Curry on the bench, the second unit of Jordan Poole, Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Andrew Wiggins, and Kevon Looney propelled the Warriors into the lead 51-39. Curry was back in the lineup, and he made three layups to extend the Warriors to an eleven-point advantage 63-52 at the end of the first half.

Wiggins led the team in scoring with 14. Damion Lee had 9, Poole 8, and Looney six. Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 16. Darius Garland had 12, and big six-foot eleven Jarrett Allen had nine. The Warriors held Kevin Love to three points.

The Cavaliers made a run at the Warriors in the third period. The Warriors led by eleven 75-64 when Cleveland went on a 14-4 run to trail by four 79-75. It was at this point in the game when Curry finally was able to make a three. Curry connected on two threes late in the period to get the lead back up to ten 89-79.

The Cavaliers kept attacking, but they could not gain ground. Juan Toscano-Anderson kept Cleveland from getting closer as he knocked down two threes. With just under six minutes left to play, Curry and Draymond Green came back onto the court. Curry’s magic returned as he made two threes. Andrew Wiggins followed with a three to put the Dubs ahead 112-94. The Cavaliers were toast as the Warriors coasted to victory 119-101.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 28-28 for the season. The Warriors won their season-high fourth game in a row and the fifth in the last six games.

Curry, who missed eight three-point attempts in the first half, knocked down four in five attempts in the second half. He finished the night with 33 points, four rebounds, five assists. He was 12-for-25 from the floor and four-for thirteen from behind the three-point arc.

Andrew Wiggins was solid on both ends of the court. Wiggins put 23 points on the board. He was five-for-eight from downtown. He grabbed six rebounds and had six assists. Juan Toscano-Anderson had his best game as a Warrior. The young man from East Oakland tallied 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and made three threes. Jordan Poole had 14, Damion Lee, 11. Kevon Looney finished with eight points and ten rebounds. Green had ten assists.

As a team, the Warriors shot 51% from the floor. They were 17 for 46 from downtown. They outrebounded the bigger Cavalier team 53-46. They had nine steals, five blocked shots, and forced 13 Cavalier turnovers. 

Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 30 points, Darius Garland had 20, Jarrett Allen 17, and Taureen Prince 12. Kevin Love had five.

After the game, Juan Toscano-Anderson had the quote of the night ” I’m having fun playing among the greats.” 

The Warriors announced rookie James Wiseman had surgery to correct a torn meniscus. Wiseman will miss the rest of the season.

The Warriors face the Celtics in Boston Saturday night. The game will start at 5:30 pm. 

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: How bad does it have to get Kings drop 8 straight

The Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (20) feels the pain after being fouled by the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) at Golden One Center on Wed Apr 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Sacramento Kings are having a bad go of it dropping their eighth straight game to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento and it wasn’t even close 123-111.

#2 Tony, this is a different Kings team that you might remember beat a team like Golden State 141-119 at Golden One back on Mar 25th and the Lakers 123-120 back on Mar 3rd. The Kings have evolved but in the wrong direction.

#3 The Kings last night just couldn’t contain the Wizards top scorer Bradley Beal who finished with 31 points and the Kings defense just couldn’t stop the Wizard offense losing by 12 points.

#4 Once again the Kings De’Aaron Fox did a lot of the heavy lifting leading the Kings scoring with 33 points. The Kings actually need another player with Fox’s caliber to balance out the offense.

#5 The Kings are on back to back nights and play their second game in as many nights tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are on a three game win streak and defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday night in Phoenix 106-86. Set the stage for tonight’s game in the Valley of the Sun.

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Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings drop eighth straight game to Wizards 123-111

It’s one on one as the Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) defends against the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at the Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings had a day off on Tuesday before taking on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Wizards, one of the worst teams in the NBA came into Sacramento and beat the Kings 123-111.

Flashback Monday: On Monday, the Kings took on the New Orleans Pelicans. The game didn’t go well for the Kings. The Kings weren’t able to keep up with the Pelicans on Monday as they lost by the final 117-110. The story of the Kings which is usually the defense again played a critical role.

Wednesday night recap: The Kings were set to welcome in the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first half, the Kings defense was atrocious. Unfortunately, Kings fans have become accustomed to my last sentence. The Kings defense has been historically bad this year.

That historical failure was on full display in the first quarter. The Kings allowed the Wizards to score 42 points in the first quarter as the Kings were only able to put up 31 points. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Wizards but only 29-28 and would enter halftime down 70-60. The Kings appeared on the same track as many games where they got in an early hole and were unable to dig themselves out of it.

Unfortunately, that was also true in the second half. The Kings and Wizards traded baskets in the second quarter as each team scored 23 points. It was a marked improvement for the Kings on defense but would prove to be too little too late for this team. In the fourth quarter, the Wizards outscored the Kings 30-28 and downed the Kings 123-111 on the road.

It was another disappointing game for the Kings. They have now dropped eight straight games and will need to get up for Thursday for the second of back-to-back games this time in Arizona against the Phoenix Suns. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings scoring 33 points. For the Wizards, Bradley Beal led the way in points with 31 and Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points, 11 Assists, and 15 Rebounds.

Up Next: The Kings fly to Arizona to take on the Pheonix Suns on Thursday at 7 PM PST.

Warriors blow out Thunder 147-109; Curry stays hot with 42 points

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) goes for the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Moses Brown (above Curry) during Wed Apr 14, 2021 game in Oklahoma City (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors started the five-game road trip on the right foot Wednesday night. Stephen Curry had another brilliant performance with 42 points to lead Golden State to an easy 147-109 rout over the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC is not the team it was when they had Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on their roster.

Their big center, Steve Adams, was traded. The lineup they put on the floor against the Warriors was full of players with a very short NBA resume. Even so, Golden State would become complacent; the Thunder could upset the Warriors apple cart.

The Warriors did not relinquish the lead after the teams were tied 5-5. The Thunder gave the Warriors a tussle, but Curry, Kent Bazemore, and Jordan Poole connected on threes to propel the Warriors to a 36-32 lead after 12 minutes of play.

The Warriors owned the second quarter. Jordan Poole was hot. He kicked in 11 points to give the Warriors the advantage 49-36. The Warriors outscored the Thunder 39-22 to finish the first half with a 75-54 lead. Curry paced the Warriors with 17 points. He connected on five threes in ten tries.

Poole had 14, and he made three threes. Kevon Looney had nine, Andrew Wiggins eight. Draymond Green had four points and ten assists. The Warriors had great ball movement as they recorded 24 assists on 27 made field goals. They played well on defense as they held the Thunder to 54 points.

As good as they played in the second quarter, the Warriors put fifty points on the board. Curry was on fire. Curry scored 25 points in the period. He connected on six threes. The Warriors led 125-83 after three quarters. Curry did not play in the fourth quarter. In his 29 minutes of playing time, he scored 42 points and made 11 threes. It was the eighth consecutive game that he scored 30 or more points.

Warrior head coach Steve Kerr did not have Curry, Looney, Wiggins, or Green on the court in the fourth quarter. Gary Payton, the second, on a ten-day contract, saw playing time. Payton, the son of Oakland’s own Gary Payton, recorded ten points and made a three.

He excelled on defense with four steals. Juan Toscano-Anderson, Alen Smailagic, Nico Mannion, and Jordan Poole finished up for the Warriors.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 27-28 for the season. They have 17 games left on the schedule. The Warriors have won four of the last five games. OKC is 20-34. The Thunder is 0-8 for April.

The Warriors tied a franchise record with 24 made threes. The 50-point third quarter was the highest-scoring quarter by any team in the NBA this season.

Green had his 28th career double-double. The Warriors are 27-1 in those games. Curry had 42 points, six boards, and eight assists. He was 14-for-20 from the floor and made 11 threes in 16 attempts. The rest of the Warrior starters made significant contributions.

Kent Bazemore, starting in place of the injured Kelly Oubre, kicked in with 15 points. Bazemore made three threes in four tries. Wiggins had 16, Looney nine. Jordan Poole, coming off the bench, finished with 17 points. Poole knocked down three threes from downtown. Payton had ten points, one three, and four steals. 

The Warriors are on their way to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers. The Cavs record is 20-34. The game will start at 5 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Schneider promoted to W’s CEO; Warriors in OKC tonight

Golden State Warriors team president and CEO Brandon Schneider takes over for former team president Rick Welts who will retire at the end of this season (file photo thesponsershipspace.com)

#1 Dave the Warriors promoting Brandon Schneider to team president and CEO after Rick Welts current president and CEO will retire at the end of this season. Schneider has worked 19 years with the team, and the last four as team chief revenue officer amongst his accomplishments he established innovative ticket sales which involved a luxury suite resale exchange, and was involved with naming rights for the Chase Center to name a few.

#2 David, talk about Stephen Curry’s accomplishment as the highest scorer in Golden State history surpassing Wilt Chamberlain on Monday night scoring 53 points against the Nuggets passing Chamberlain with 17,818 points to Chamberlain’s 17,783 points. Chamberlain left the Warriors in 1964 a scoring record that held for 57 years.

#3 The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently on a seven game losing streak as they host Golden State tonight. The Thunder in recent years have struggled and have not been the same since the days of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Thunder coming into tonight’s game 13th in the Western Conference and 20-33 they have their work cut out for them and it doesn’t get any easier with the Warriors coming in and coming off that big win against Denver and a two game win streak. This being the first of five road games for Golden State.

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Curry’s historic 53 point night powers Warriors to 116-107 win over the Nuggets

Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) gets the water works from teammate forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, left as they celebrate their win over the Denver Nuggets on Mon Apr 12, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Stephen Curry made Warrior history Monday night to lead his team with 53 points to a 116-107 win over the visiting Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets, embarrassed by the Boston Celtics’ 31-3 late in the game to beat Denver at home, were hoping to get back on track against Golden State. The Warriors did not have Eric Paschall, Kelly Oubre, or James Wiseman available due to injury. The Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr, had Kent Bazemore fill in for Oubre.

Here is a list of all the things that Curry did Monday night. Curry needed 19 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the all-time Warrior scoring record. Curry scored 21 in the first period to pass Chamberlain’s 17,783 points. Curry was a one-person wrecking crew in the first half.

He led the team with 30 points. It was the seventh straight game with 30 or more points. Rick Barry was the last Warrior to accomplish that feat, and Barry did it in 1974. It was the 24th game of the year that Curry scored 30 or more.

It was his fifth game of the year with 40 or more points. It was his ninth 50 -point game in his career. He also connected on ten three-point shots. Curry accomplished that for the 18th time. It was also the third time that Curry had 50 points and ten threes in a game.

As mentioned above, the Nuggets were still smarting from the loss to Boston last Saturday in Denver. The Nuggets beat the Warriors earlier this year and looked to make it two wins over Golden State. The teams played a very entertaining first quarter. Curry was on fire, as mentioned above.

With Oubre and Paschall out, the Warriors needed to get all the starters into double-figures if they hoped to win. They had to find a way to contain Denver’s all-star center, Nikola Jokic. Denver improved their roster at the trade deadline by acquiring Aaron Gordon and former Warrior JaVale McGee. They also had to contain Jamal Murray, Will Barton, and Michael Porter. The Nuggets won the first quarter 33-32. Curry had 21 to pace the Warrior offense.

The Nuggets went on an 11-2 run to start the second period to lead 42-35. The Warriors did not score in the first three minutes of the quarter. Kent Bazemore and Draymond Green connected on a couple of threes to make it 48-42.

Curry returned to action and knocked down a three to close the gap to 48-45. Bazemore connected from downtown to tie the game at 54. Denver then went on a 7-0 run to go ahead 61-54. Curry made a two-point shot. Denver went to the halftime break leading by six 61-56.

The Warriors came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter. They stunned the Nuggets as they went on a 21-5 run to regain the lead 77-68. Curry was making shots from all over the court. The Warriors defense stopped the Nugget offense cold.

The Warriors outscored the Nuggets 43-22 to lead by 16 points 99-83 heading into the fourth quarter. Denver fought back to trail by ten 107-97. Cury was back in the game. The Warriors got sloppy with the ball, and Denver was able to creep closer 111-104. Curry and Green made free throws down the stretch to preserve the win for Golden State 116-107.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 26-28 for the year. Denver is 34-20.

The Warriors needed their starters to produce and did they ever. Green had a season-high 18 points. He was 7-for-8 from the floor, and he knocked down two threes. Green pulled down seven rebounds and made seven assists.

Bazemore had 14. He made three threes. Andrew Wiggins had 17 and was a force on defense. Damion Lee, coming off the bench, had eight. Kevon Looney did not score, but he had ten rebounds and played well on defense. The Warriors shot 48% from the floor. They connected on 18 threes in 44 attempts. On defense, the Warriors forced 19 Denver turnovers.

Nikola Jokic had a double-double for Denver. His line was 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Michael Porter was second in scoring for Denver with 24 points and nine boards. The Warriors held Aaron Gordon and Will Barton to nine points each. Bench player Monte Morris had ten for Denver.

Denver’s Jamal Murray suffered a knee injury with just 50 seconds left in the game. Murray hit the floor and was in extreme pain for several minutes. He was helped to the locker room for further examination. He probably will have an MRI. 

The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to play the Thunder on Wednesday night. The game will start at 6 pm.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings Lose Seventh In A Row to Pelicans 117-110

Brandon Ingram forward (14) of the New Orleans Pelicans takes a shot over the Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (right) Mon Apr 12, 2021 in New Orleans (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

With the regulation season approaching the final lap, team’s are fighting for that eighth spot. The eighth spot is a very real possibility for a few teams but the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans are probably not one of them. The Kings were defeated in New Orleans for their seventh straight loss 117-110 to the Pelicans on Monday night.

The Pelicans have made a bit of a move and are now in 11th place, three games behind the eighth place Grizzlies. With roughly have 19 games left in the regular season; now is the time to make a move for both of these teams. The Kings are 22-31 and in 12th place; a full five games behind the Grizzles. A win tonight is exactly what the Kings are gearing up for. They have lost six games in a row and desperately need a win.

The Kings started off the game on a slow note. The Pelicans led after one quarter 31-19. The second quarter did not go well for the Kings either. They trailed going into the locker room at the half 68-45. Sacramento had a lot of ground to make up in the second half. The Kings were having trouble stopping the Pelican offense. This is not surprising since the team has suffered with poor defense all season.

The Kings would need starters Richaun Holmes, Harrison Barnes, and Tyrese Haliburton to really step up in the second half. The Kings made up a lot of ground in the third quarter. They trailed 86-74 cutting their half time deficit in half. De’Aaron Fox was having a great game with 31 points through three quarters.

The Kings would pull to within four points of New Orleans but just plain ran out of clock. The slow start in this game came back to bite them in the rear resulting in the disappointing loss.

De’Aaron Fox had the high score of the game with 43 points for the Kings. Harrison Barnes finished with 16 points and Maurice Harkless had 15. The Pelicans Brandon Ingram had 34 points and Zion Williamson had 30. This loss is the seventh in a row for Sacramento.

On Wednesday evening the Kings will take on the Wizards. Tip off is at 7:00 PM.

Kings drop fourth straight this time to Jazz 128-112

There’s no denying Utah Jazz guard Donavon Mitchell driving to the basket against the Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield on Sat Apr 10, 2021 in Salt Lake City (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Saturday night. The Kings played in Utah against the Jazz in a game that was sure to challenge the Kings. In the Kings previous game, they took on the Detroit Pistons. On Saturday, the Kings weren’t able to pull off the victory losing by the final of 128-112.

Thursday flashback: The Kings welcomed in the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in a game they Kings had circled as an easy win. However, it wouldn’t go as the Kings hoped. The Kings were embarrassingly defeated by the final of 113-101 in one of the lesser teams in the league. The Kings would need to get back on track against the Jazz to stop the bleeding.

Saturday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the Utah Jazz in Utah at 5PM PST.

In the first half, the Kings and Jazz traded buckets for the most part. In the first quarter, the Kings were out scored by the Jazz 34-31 as neither team played any defense. In the second quarter, the script was flipped. The Kings managed to outscore the Jazz 34-25. Going into halftime, the Kings took a 65-59 lead looking to get back into the win column.

In the second half, the Kings melted down. The third quarter saw the Kings be outscored 36-24 as the defense continued to be the Kings greatest weakness. The Kings would need a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter to get the win. However, they weren’t able to mount a comeback.

The Kings were also out scored 33-23 in the final quarter to lose the game 128-112. The Kings are struggling mightily as of now and need to get back on track as soon as possible. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was De’Aaron Fox who scored 30 points. In victory, Utah was led by Donovan Mitchell who finished with 42 points.

Up Next: The Kings will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday in New Orleans at 6 PM PST.