Kings game wrap: Kings come out firing on all cylinders get first win in re-start 140-125

Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) drives against New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, back right, and JJ Redick (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings have had a forgettable experience in the bubble going 0-3 in their first three contests. That is until an early afternoon victory on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans 140-124.

The Kings came out of the gate red hot and didn’t look back. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings in a 48 point first quarter that put the Kings into an enviable position in the game. The Kings did allow the Pelicans to score 39 points in the first, but that did not stop the Kings.

In quarters two through four the Kings were able to maintain a healthy lead over the Pelicans. At times the Pelicans would shrink the lead, but the Kings would expand it to double digits again. The Kings scored 28 in the second, 40 in the third, and 23 in the fourth quarter to wrap up the double-digit victory.

The Kings received an incredible career-high performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic. Bogi scored 35 points with four rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes of action. It was Bogdan who scored 19 first-quarter points to lead the charge out of the gate. De’Aaron Fox, who is no stranger to great performances in the bubble, added 30 points for the Kings. I’m sure Luke Walton was happy with his starting backcourt combining for 65 points.

Up Next: The Kings prepare to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 2 PM PST.

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings fall to Dallas for their third straight defeat 114-110

The Sacramento Kings just couldn’t execute down the stretch losing to the Dallas Mavericks and Dorian Finney-Smith (10), Luka Doncic (77) and Tim Hardaway Jr (11) in overtime on Tuesday at Lake Buena Vista Florida (photo from the Dallas Morning News)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings experience in the NBA bubble has been a lot like the performance from Bogdan Bogdanovic on Tuesday. Bogdan finished the game 1-15 from the field and couldn’t buy a bucket. Similarly, the Kings have come up short in every game in the bubble not able to squeeze out a win in overtime against the Dallas Mavericks 114-110.

It was really a tale of two games on Tuesday afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks. The Kings, having dropped the first two games in the bubble came out with the energy we hadn’t seen in the prior games.

The Kings came out in the first quarter immediately taking the lead and not really looking back. The Kings held the lead from much of the game. The Kings had a ten point lead as late as two minutes into the final quarter. From there, the past came back to haunt the Kings. The Kings would lose the lead and the game would be tied at 95 with seven nine seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox had a shot at the end of the game to win it for the Kings, but it wasn’t able to fall and we were headed to overtime.

In overtime, the Kings were never really able to muster anything and were playing the foul game. Buddy Hield was able to hit a couple of clutch three-balls but in the end, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Mavericks. Sloppy foul trouble and not getting to the line enough themselves was one of the major factors in the loss. The Kings were only able to make it to the line 12 times compared to the Mavs 50 trips.

The Kings received solid performances from Fox (28 points), Hield (21 points), and Bazemore (16 points). For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic had a very nice game. Doncic scored 34 points, 20 rebounds, and 12 assists to lead the Magic.

Up Next: The Kings have their backs against the wall. Having lost the first three games in the bubble they need to right the ship in a hurry to have any shot at making the playoffs. That won’t be an easy task as they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday morning.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost three straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first three of a short eight game schedule. The Kings lost to the Dallas Mavericks and lost in overtime 114-110.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

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Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Pac 12 players led by Cal and Stanford want to negotiate terms; Kings are on the mat can they get up for Dallas

(file photo from USA Today) Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) seen in this 2019 photo will Garbers and the Cal Bears be back for the 2020 season as negotiations between the Pac 12 players and the league continue over safety issues, pay issues and social issues rights.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 Barbara how important is that Pac 12 players are under the banner #WeAreUnited with demands that their are better safety measures, social rights issues and Fair Pay to Play in place for players.

#2 The Pac 12 players most who are coming out of Cal and Stanford have 13 player representatives who are asking for better health coverage in the event a player is injured for the season instead of being out on their own for their coverage the university or the Pac 12 for instance will have insurance coverage to help with medical coverage.

#3 Barbara the Sacramento Kings have now lost two straight games in the re-start of the NBA’s regular season in Orlando. It’s getting late early when you lose the first two of a short eight game schedule. The Kings face the Dallas Mavericks and needs something short of miracle.

#4 As you know numerous reports have come out about Covid-19 infections forcing games to be canceled in MLB. The Marlins had half their club infected and they brought up replacements to take their spots, the Cardinals have players out with Covid, in the bigger picture can someone look at this and say baseball is irresponsible for letting the games continue?

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes fought the good fight going 3-1-1 in the MLS is Back Tournament. The Quakes started the tournament with a scoreless tie against Seattle, then won three straight against Vancouver, Chicago and Real Salt Lake only to lose in the quarterfinals to FC Minnesota.

Join Barbara each Tuesday night for Headlines Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings need a miracle drop second straight game lose to Magic 132-116

The Orlando Magic’s Markelle Fultz (20) drives the lane as the Magic dominated the scoring all game long against the Sacramento Kings at ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando (NBC Sports photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Kings first game in the NBA bubble did not go ask planned. They desperately need a victory to try and keeps their hopes alive for a playoff chance. Unfortunately for Kings fans that wasn’t in the cards.

After losing on Friday night the Kings came on on Sunday looking deflated. The Magic scored the first seven points of the game and did not look back. The Magic managed to put up 44 points in the first quarter to take a commanding lead.

The Magic would score 78 points in the first half while poor shooting from the Kings kept them from making any headway on the deficit. The Kings trailed at one point by 36 points.

The Kings Buddy Hield continued to struggle but his performance was nothing more than a microcosm for the rest of the team. The Kings shot a poor 8-28 in the ballgame from distant which did not help the cause.

All in all the Kings would go in to lose 132-116 and drop the first two games in the NBA bubble. If their was a bright spot in the game it was Harry Giles. Harry, managed to score 21 points to go with eight rebounds in 23 minutes of action for the Kings. You may potentially see him in the starting lineup for the Kings next game.

Up Next: The Kings will take on the mighty Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Edmonton and Toronto hosting NHL Stanley Cup; Wild’s Dumba takes a knee during anthem; plus more

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, appearing on behalf of the NHL and the Hockey Diversity Alliance, took a knee during the U.S. national anthem before Saturday’s game between the Oilers and Blackhawks. Fellow Black players Malcolm Subban JASON FRANSON • THE CANADIAN PRESS VIA AP

On Headline Sports podcast with Daniel:

1 NHL Stanley Cup tournament is underway in Edmonton and Toronto; Wild’s Matt Dumba kneels during anthem after giving anti-racism speech

2 Increasing Covid-19 concerns for MLB

3 NBA: Thunder players all kneel during the anthem despite threat from Oklahoma lawmaker

4 Clippers sink 25 3-pointers against Pelicans

5 NCAA: Pac-12 unveils 12-game football schedule, Big-10 can’t begin fall football activities until conference deems it safe

6 NFL: Lions reportedly place Matthew Stafford on COVID-19 reserve list; Jets LB C.J. Mosley opts out of 2020 season

Join Daniel for Headline Sports each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings hoping to rebound against Magic Sunday night; Took tough loss on Friday

Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings shown here against the Denver Nuggets earlier in the season, played 18 minutes of scrimmage against the Los Angeles Clippers this week  is looking for some minutes against the Orlando Magic Sunday night in Orlando in the second of eight regular season games (sactownroyalty.com file photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 The restart season tips off tonight in the bubble at ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena in Orlando at 5pm Pacific on Sunday with the Sacramento Kings back in action to face the Orlando Magic.

#2 The Kings are well rested are favored to win this contest talk about some of the key players who will be participating in these last final eight games, De’Aaron Fox leads the team in points per game with 20, Nemanja Bjelica rebounds with 6.4, Fox also led the team in assists and steal and Bjelica led with blocks.

#3 What makes the oddsmakers like the Kings in this one was it the way the Kings finished before the shutdown or who they have on their roster and how head coach Luke Walton has been able to have success with the ball distribution and set the defense.

#4 One of the important community projects that is very important to the Kings during Black Lives Matters is the Kings All Star Dream Award as Kings Chief Operating Officer Martina Kolokotronis said that has “tremendous impact on our community fighting for increased access to education and resources, equity and social justice,” honoring young people and families in the Sacramento community.

#5 Jeremiah some are asking if the Kings Richaun Holmes will be getting some minutes he got 18 minutes in scrimmage against the Los Angeles Clippers do you see him getting maybe 25 minutes plus on Sunday night? He is coming off a ten day quarantine in his hotel room after leaving the bubble during the team’s stay in Orlando earlier.

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Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings get their bubble burst in re-start season opener 129-120

(@NBCSKings photo) The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) who lays one in had 29 points for Friday night but it wasn’t enough as the San Antonio Spurs took the first game of the eight game re-start season at ESPN World Wide of Sports Arena in Orlando

By Barbara Mason

As the NBA at long last opened their 2019-2020 season we saw something that is making history and we are all here to witness it. Against all odds there is a change brewing across this nation and across the world. Watching entire teams, coaches, trainers all kneeling during the national anthem is a sight that few of us will ever forget.

The fight for equality is alive and we are all causing “good trouble” to quote the late Congressman, activist and American hero John Lewis. This is such a powerful image as each of these teams open their seasons and it will continue to impact throughout the regular season and into the playoffs.

The Sacramento Kings took on the San Antonio Spurs in a must win game. Every game is crucial for the Kings as they vie for the eighth playoff spot. The only lead that the Kings had in the first quarter was a three point lead while the Spurs at one time held a 16 point lead. At the end of the first quarter San Antonio led 43-30. The Kings De’Aaron Fox led the scoring in the opening quarter with 11 points.

The Kings would pull closer in the second quarter. Fox had remained silent and at 8:26 into the quarter the Kings trailed by seven points 49-42. Harrison Barnes had seven points through 1 1/2 quarters. The bench had turned in ten points as the Kings continued to nip at the heels of the Spurs pulling closer as the quarter wore on.

Fox would finish the first half with an impressive 20 points. The Kings had taken the slimmest of leads 65-64 erasing the 13 point deficit in the first quarter. Both teams had two players in double digits in the first half; Fox and Nemanja Bjelica for the Kings and Derrick White and Dejounte Murray for the Spurs. A nice performance off the bench for 11 points was the Spurs small forward Rudy Gay. The Kings would have every opportunity to extend their lead going into the third quarter.

The third quarter could not have been closer. Both teams would trade leads by a single point in the final minutes of the quarter. The Spurs had pulled ahead as the teams headed into the fourth quarter leading 96-92. Fox finished the quarter with 30 points with four Kings in double digits and Bazemore leading with seven rebounds. The Spurs had five players in double digits and impressive defense.

The fourth quarter was another tug of war much like the third. In the later minutes of this game the two teams were tied much of the time. With under four minutes left in the game the two teams were tied at 112.

The final score was 129-120 with the Kings falling to the Spurs. Despite Fox having a 39 point game the Kings were unable to get past the San Antonio. With the Grizzlies losing to Portland, Sacramento had a great opportunity to make up some ground but it just wasn’t to be. In an eight game season losing is not an option. Sunday the Kings will take on the Magic: tipoff at 3:00 pm.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: NBA reporting no new cases of Covid; NFL reports 70 new cases will it put a doubt on the season?

The NBA and WNBA are both playing in the bubble at the ESPN Walt Disney Sports Complex in Orlando. The NBA has reported no cases of Coronavirus as the regular season restarts on Fri Jul 31st (Los Angeles Times file photo)

On Headline pod with Barbara:

#1 Barbara you had just gone over some of the statistics regarding Covid-19 cases in the NBA and there have been zero cases and it’s got to give the players and employees at the ESPN Walt Disney World Sports Arena a piece of mind.

#2 As for the NFL where there is no planned bubble there have been a reported 72 cases of Covid and talk of cutting pre season to just zero games down from the original four pre season games.

#3 The Oakland A’s played host to the San Francisco Giants at an empty Oakland Coliseum even though it’s a pre season game how much does it mean to Bay Area fans to have the games getting underway as of Monday.

#4 Talk about the regular season games that will be getting started for the Giants as they head to Los Angeles after tonight’s pre season match up against the A’s at Oracle Park.

#5 The A’s host the Los Angles Angels in the first of four games which opens up the regular season on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum. The Angels always loaded with Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. Trout had doubts that he would play this season where is he on the 2020 regular season right now?

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Walton expects Fox to recover from ankle injury by Jul 31 restart date

The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) says he’s ready and anxious to get back in the line up on July 31st at the Walt Disney World bubble. Fox has suffered two ankle injuries this season (sactownroyalty.com file photo)

Headline Sports podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah the Sacramento Kings restart the season on Friday July 31st at the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando that’s almost two weeks of recovery for De’Aaron Fox who is suffering a mild to moderate ankle injury.

#2 It’s bad enough as the Kings now have four players sidelined with Coronavirus issues with Harrison Barnes being the latest King to contract the disease. None of the four Kings players are suffering symptoms and are waiting to test negative before returning back. The Kings Alex Len who had C-9 has been cleared to come back and should be in the line up for the game on the 31st.

#3 How creative does head coach Luke Walton have to be now with his line up with players out Corona and De’Aaron out with the ankle?

#4 Fox you may recall missed 17 games before the shutdown with a grade 3 sprain. The sprain caused a complete detachment of the ligament requiring 10-12 weeks on the injury list.

#5 After much time off Fox has to be anxious to get back in the line up after the two ankle injuries will he be up to the task to help the team out in this last eight game stretch?

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