Sacramento Kings game wrap: Clippers Kawhi and George get the jump on Kings 138-100

The Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard (2) goes in for the lay up as the Sacramento Kings Richaun Holmes (22) and Buddy Hield (24) can only watch Fri Jan 15, 2021 at Golden One Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings are coming off their most recent game against the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday night at Golden One Center. It was a competitive game, but in the end the Kings fell in defeat. Ultimately, the Kings backcourt was just out matched by the likes of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The Kings were looking to get back on track on Friday night.

Friday night it was a tough matchup for the Kings. The Los Angeles Clippers were coming to town. The Clippers have been playing much better this year than they finished last year. Paul George seems to be back on track after a rough season. He and Kawhi Leonard appear to have a chemistry that was lacking last year. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST in Sacramento. The Kings dropped their seventh in nine games 138-100 with the loss to the Clippers.

In the first half, the Kings and Clippers played very competitively. The Kings scored 31 points in the first quarter compared to the Clippers who scored 34. In the second, the Kings scored 30 more points but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Clippers who added 35 points. Richaun Holmes led the Kings in the first half with 13, and early MVP candidate Paul George led the Clippers thus far with 20 points. Going into halftime the Clippers led the Kings 69-61.

In the second half, the Kings fell apart. In the third, they allowed the Clippers to score 37 compared to a dismal 16 from the Kings. It was a bit of a flashback for Kings fans who grew accustomed to third quarter meltdowns last year.

In the fourth, it wasn’t much better. The Kings were outscored 32-23 in the final session. The Kings will need to look to their next game to get back on track. Things could get out of hand for them really quickly if they don’t right the ship. Marvin Bagley led the Kings with 20 points and Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 27 points.

Up Next: The Kings welcome in the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night at 6 PM PST in Sacramento.

Jokic paces Nuggets to victory over Warriors 114-104

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) gets a reverse slam on Golden State Warrior center James Wiseman (33) during Thu Jan 14, 2021 game at Denver (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors’ three-game road trip started with a thud Thursday night as they fell to the Denver Nuggets 114-104. Eric Paschall rejoined the club after he tested negative for Covid-19. He missed Tuesday’s game due to a false-positive test. While the Warriors were happy to have him back, his presence didn’t affect the game’s outcome.

The Nuggets, although they didn’t know it at the time, won the game in the first quarter. The Nuggets finished the first 12 minutes of action with a 37-24 advantage. From that point on, the Warriors were playing catch up. No matter what they did, they could not get any closer. They trailed 65-54 at the end of the first half. 

The Warriors cut the deficit to five 79-74 when Kelly Oubre, Jr. hit a three. Denver finished the quarter with an 11-2 run to lead 90-76 at the end of three. Denver’s Nikola Jokic led the run for the Nuggets.

The Warriors won the fourth quarter 28-24, but it was not enough to win. Stephen Curry, James Wiseman, Kelly Oubre, and Andrew Wiggins tried, but Denver had an answer to thwart the Warriors offense. Denver holds on to win 114-104.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors are now 6-6 for the year. The Nuggets improved to 6-6.

 Curry had a big note for Golden State. Curry scored more than 30 points for the sixth time this year. The Warriors won the first five. Steph had a double-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists.

He was 14-for-23 from the floor and 5-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc. Rookie sensation James Wiseman knocked down 18, and he had five boards. Andrew Wiggins had 16, Kelly Oubre 14. Oubre had three threes. Eric Paschall had eight. The Nuggets’ bench outscored the Warriors bench 41-20.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic finished the night with a triple-double. Nokic tallied 23 points, 14 rebounds, and ten assists. Will Barton and Jamal Murray each had 17 for the Nuggets. 

The Warriors turned the ball over 19 times. Head coach Steve Kerr has to have the team improve in that department.

The Warriors’ game with  the Phoenix Suns Friday night was postponed as the Suns do not have enough players to perform due to contact tracing after a game with the Washington Wizards. The Warriors meet the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night at the Staples Center in LA.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings have now lost five of last seven; Host Clippers Friday night in Sac

The Portland Trailblazers Damian Lillard (0) sidesteps the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) on a dribble in the second quarter of Wed Jan 13, 2021’s game at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 If you like the Portland Trailblazer (7-4) Damian Lillard and what he brings to the game then Wednesday night was your night. Lillard didn’t hold back finishing the night with 40 points.

#2 Tony taking a look at the six point loss for the Sacramento Kings (5-7) they kept up with the Blazers in the third quarter 37-35 but the Blazers defense shut the Kings down in the crucial fourth 32-21.

#3 The Kings put every effort into this one with five scorers finishing in double figures with De’Aaron Fox 29 points and Buddy Hield 26 points.

#4 It was not just Lillard who lit it up for the Blazers too the Blazers five players in double figures finishing behind Lillard in scoring CJ McCollum with 28.

#5 The Kings host the Los Angeles Clippers (8-4) on Friday night at Golden One Center. The Clippers have been playing .500 winning four of their last four games. Their last win comes from Wednesday night in a 111-106 win against the New Orleans Pelicans. Tell us how you see Friday’s match up with the Kings and Clippers.

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

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria Thu Jan 14, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Lilliard is lights out with 40 pt game defeats Kings 132-126

The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) goes up against the Portland Trailblazers Damian Lilliard (0) at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Jan 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings are having an interesting season. Yes, I know the word “interesting” is about as descriptive as it sounds. However, I’m not sure how else to chalk it up. They have played great games, and they have played terrible games. They have looked like a group of all-stars, and they have looked like a group of misfits.

In the Kings last game, they faced the Indiana Pacers. It was a tough test for the Kings that they were able to pass. The Kings were able to beat the Pacers by a final of 127-122. Domantas Sabonis tried his best to keep his team in the game but was outpaced by Harrison Barnes of the Kings. This was one game the Kings looked like a team that could go places.

On Wednesday, the Kings were set to welcome the Portland Trailblazers. Portland has also had an up and down season. They entered the game on Wednesday with a record of 6-4. The Blazers would look to improve against the Kings getting a 132-126 victory on Wednesday night.

The Kings were looking to continue their upward trend after beating the Pacers two days prior. Then disappointment for Kings head coach Luke Walton and company would set in.

In the first half, the Kings played great! They had flashes of greatness and flashes of weakness. However, all in all, they were able to outscore the Trailblazers 68-65 in the first half. Damian Lillard had 23 points in the first half and De’Aaron Fox had 16 points. The Kings were looking to channel the good parts of the first half to put together a win against a formidable opponent.

In the second half, things started out strong for the Kings. They outscored the Blazers 37-35 in the third quarter to remain in control 105-100 heading into the final 12 minutes. In the fourth, the Kings weren’t able to keep the offensive pace up. The Kings were only able to score 21 points in the quarter compared to the Blazers 32 points.

It was an underwhelming final quarter in an otherwise solid game for the Kings. They had moments in the game to put the Blazers away but weren’t able to do it. Damian Lillard finished the game with 40 points to lead the Blazers in scoring. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in defeat with 29 points. The Kings will look to Friday’s game to get their next win.

Up Next: The Kings stay home at Golden One Center and welcome in the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at 7 PM PST.

 

Warriors-Suns game in Phoenix postponed due to Covid-19 issues on Friday

Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix will remain empty for Fri Jan 15, 2021’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns due to Covid 19 issues (The Business Journal file photo)

Covid-19 effects reach the NBA´s West Coast as Warriors postpone Friday´s game

By Pearl Allison Lo

January 13, 2020

Welcome to the real world outside the bubble. So far, the San Jose Sharks and the San Francisco 49ers have played in Arizona, but that will not include former Phoenix Sun Kelly Oubre Jr. and Golden State, at least not yet. The Warriors are now the first California team in the NBA to have coronavirus concerns affect their schedule.

After protocols to protect the league´s players and teams were enhanced Tuesday, Wednesday saw the Warriors-Suns game on Friday, as one of two games added to the rescheduled slate. Instead of starting their three-game road trip with back-to-back games, Golden State will have three days in between Thursday’s match versus the Denver Nuggets and Monday´s contest back in California against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The coronavirus almost came even closer for the Warriors, when forward Eric Paschall, initially tested positive, missing Tuesday’s game. With another test though, it was deemed that the first result was a ´false positive´.

Friday will be the second postponed game for Phoenix, as they were scheduled to play the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, before it was called off. In a bit of a domino effect, the Washington Wizards and Suns played each other Monday, with players testing positive on the Wizards’ side. Both teams are two of the three teams with multiple games sidelined amidst contact tracing, due to lack of the eight minimum personnel needed on each side to conduct a contest.

One NBA game was postponed in December and the count is currently at eight in the new year´s first month. These have been recent matches, spanning from the 10th to the 15th. According to the latest testing results, the positivity rate is at 3%. Of the 497 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 6, 16 new players have returned confirmed positive tests.

“This virus is nothing to play with whether it’s a false positive or an actual positive,” Golden State guard Damion Lee said. “I’m glad we took the right or proper protocols and handled everything the way we were supposed to.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors prepare for trip to Denver after loss to Pacers

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.

David Zizmor does the Warrior podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor Tue Jan 12, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Pacers’ defense shuts down Warriors attack in second half for win 104-95

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.

Kings snap 2-game losing streak with 127-122 win over Pacers

Photo credit: @NBCSKings

By Ana Kieu

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.

Warriors hold off Raptors in win 106-105; Bench rises as Curry has off night scoring

The Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) led the Warriors in scoring takes a shot against the Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (right) on Sun Jan 10, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

 On a night when Stephen Curry had the worst shooting night of his illustrious career, the Warriors found a way to withstand Toronto’s furious fourth-quarter comeback to win 106-105.

In every game in which Curry scored 30 or more points, Golden State finished with a win. Curry put just 13 points on the board. The Warriors won the game with great defense and six players scoring in double figures. The bench helped out with 46 points. As the fans around the NBA know, there is more to Curry’s game than scoring. He was credited with six assists, and he pulled down nine rebounds.

The Warriors led for the first three quarters. They won the first quarter 31-24. They led 10-1 to start the game. Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, and Kelly Oubre, Jr. paced the Warrior offense.

The Warriors second unit of Eric Paschall, Brad Wanaker, and Damian Lee helped the Warriors finish the first half leading 61-49. Curry has three points in the first half. Wiggins 11, Wiseman 10, Paschall 8, and Lee 8. Pascal Siakam had 16 for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet 10, and Chris Boucher 10.

The Warriors continued to dominate play in the third quarter. They increased the lead to fifteen 87-72 and appeared to be cruising to a victory. However, in the NBA, teams have to not take things easy in the fourth and final period of play.

Eric Paschall made a bucket to put the Warriors up by seventeen. It was at this point in the game that things went south for the Warriors. Toronto went on a 21 to five-run to make it a one-point game 94-93.

Kelly Oubre connected on a three to give the Warriors some breathing room 97-93. Toronto scored the next five points to go ahead by one 98-97. They hit a three to lead by four 101-97. Curry knocked down a three to make it 101-100. Toronto answered with a bucket to lead 103-100 with 1:45 left.

Baskets by Curry and Kent Bazemore put the Warriors ahead 104-103. Toronto scored to lead 105-104 with 7.6 seconds left. Damian Lee was fouled attempting a three-pointer. Toronto coach Nick Nurse challenged the call. After the review, the referees determined that Lee was fouled before the shot.

He would not get three free throws. Since the Raptors were over the foul limit, Lee was awarded two free throws. He made both to give the Warriors the advantage 106-105 with 4.3 seconds left to play. Toronto got the ball into Pascal Siakam’s hands. His shot at the buzzer failed to go down. The Warriors held on to win 106-105.

Game Notes and stats: With the win, the Warriors improved their season record to 6-4. The Raptors fell to 2-7. 

Draymond Green had his best game of the season. He just missed a triple-double. He kicked in with ten points, nine rebounds, and ten assists. Wiggins had 17, Wiseman 10, Oubre 12, Curry 11, and Eric Paschall 15. For Paschall, it was his eighth game in a row with ten or more points. Damian Lee had 13, Bazemore nine, Wanamaker 7. 

The Warriors bench outscored the Raptors bench 46-25.

Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 25. Fred VanVleet had 21, Chris Boucher 15, and he was a force on defense with six blocked shots. Kyle Lowrey had 17, 16 of which came in the fourth period. 

The Warriors finish the seven-game home stand against the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Blazers put game out of reach with 26 point win 125-99 over Kings

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.