Sacramento Kings podcast with Morris Phillips: Kings face an angry and hungry Heat club tonight in Miami

It wasn’t pretty Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (left) and Jimmy Butler (22) were trying to get at each other but teammates stepped in between during game against the Golden State Warriors on Sun Mar 20, 2022 in Miami. The Heat host the Sacramento Kings tonight and Miami have lost four straight games thus far. (photo from the New York Post)

On the Kings podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris the Sacramento Kings (27-48) have shown a lot of improvement over their last three games winning two out of three. The Kings going into tonight’s game in Miami have defeated the Indiana Pacers and the Orlando Magic their getting key help from Davion Mitchell, Harrison Barnes and Donte DiVincenzo.

#2 This game tonight might be more of a challenge for the Kings as the Miami Heat (47-28) have lost four in a row and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and Jimmy Butler who verbally spared in a recent loss are angry and hungry for a win.

#3 The Kings have a 11-25 road record and are ninth in the Western Conference with 100.5 points. Like we said they have improved over their last three games nearly beating one of the best teams in the NBA. The Heat will be fired up tonight after losing four straight the Kings will need to be on their A game on both sides of the basketball tonight.

#4 The Heat took loses against the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and in their last game against the Brooklyn Nets. Looking at this this has to be shocking for a second place Eastern Conference team.

#5 The Kings Domantas Sabonis is out with a left knee which does not have any structural damage after going through an MRI last week. Sabonis is up for reevaluation this week. Morris they could use a guy like Sabonis in the line up tonight against the Heat.

Join Morris Phillips for the Sacramento Kings podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Kings Hold Off Magic In Overtime 114-110

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony, right, gets fouled by Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell at the Amway Center in Orlando Sat Mar 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

Kings Hold Off Magic In Overtime 114-110

By Barbara Mason

Saturday night the Sacramento Kings (27-48) took on the Orlando Magic (20-55) at Amway Center. Neither team is playoff bound. Orlando sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference while the Kings are in 13th place in the Western Conference. The Kings made work of the Magic picking up their 27th win of the season with a 114-110 win on Saturday in overtime.

It is hard to believe that there are only eight games left in the season. In their last meeting back on Dec 8th in Sacramento the Kings came away with a 142-130 win. The Magic were slightly favored in this game playing at home.

The Kings are coming off a win against the Indiana Pacers in a close one 110-109 last Thursday. The high scorer in this game was Davion Mitchell who shot for 25 points and had 7 assists. The rookie has really been elevating his game since moving into the starting lineup last week.

He is averaging 26.5 points and eight assists in the last two games. In the Kings win over the Pacers seven players reached double digits. The team were relying heavily on Mitchell since De’Aaron Fox will not take the court tonight with a hand injury.

The Kings got a fast start in the first quarter taking a 41-28 lead, a high scoring quarter for Sacramento. The Magic started to turn things around in their favor outscoring the Kings 34-25 in the second quarter and at the half the Kings were holding onto a slim 66-62 lead.

Davion Mitchell was carrying the load in this game scoring 20 pts though three quarters. The Magic took a slim lead after three quarters 84-81. Franz Wagner and Mo Bamba were keeping Orlando in this game.

The Kings had to contain Wagner and Bamba going into the fourth quarter. Finishing games has been a problem for Sacramento this year and they need to finish this one if they hope to win. With five minutes left in the game the Magic held a slim 98-95 lead.

With 3:36 left in the game the Magic were making a move and the Kings were having trouble defending it. With the Magic continuing to lead 105-98 and 1:14 left in the game the Kings fought back and when the quarter came to an end the score was tied at 105 and they would go into overtime. The Kings had a second chance.

With 33.2 seconds left in overtime the score remained tied at 110. The Kings would take a 113-110 lead with 12 ticks left on the clock.

The Kings would hang onto this game and finish off the Magic in overtime. This was a gutsy performance by Sacramento with once again seven players scoring in double digits, Mitchell was the high with 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

The Kings will next be facing the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat. Tipoff Is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Close win ends Kings three game loss streak over Pacers; Sac in Orlando Saturday

Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield (24) passes the ball past Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Wed Mar 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah, the Sacramento Kings (26-48) got a last second tip in by Damian Jones that just got the Kings over the hump and defeated their hosts the Indiana Pacers (25-48) 110-109 on Wednesday night in Indiana.

#2 The Kings Trey Miles took a three point shot but with just 0.2 seconds left on the clock that missed and Jones jumped and tipped in the shot for the winner. Jones and the Kings have played much improved basketball of late.

#3 The Kings had lost three straight game previous to coming to Indiana and Kings head coach Alvin Gentry says the Kings have struggling on the road and winning Wednesday’s game against the Pacers was important.

#4 Gentry said he knows what Jones can do on being aggressive on the boards and Jones had a great block and got the winning tip.

#5 The Orlando Magic (20-54) have been playing .500 ball of late winning four of their last eight they lost their last game Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-52) 118-102 but one thing about the Magic lately you just don’t know which team is going to show up. The Magic and Kings go at it Saturday night in Orlando.

Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Finishes Off Heat 118-104 end three game skid

Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) takes a shot against Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) at the FTX Center in Miami on Wed Mar 23, 2022 (AP News photo)

Golden State Finishes Off Heat 118-104

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday the Warriors suffered their toughest loss yet this year. The Orlando Magic handled them 94-90 earning their 20th win this year. It was a disaster from start to the finish for Golden State. The team played soft and sloppy and quite frankly stupid for their third straight loss.

Wednesday night the Warriors (48-25) were back on the court against the Miami Heat (47-26) who are in first place in the Eastern Conference. The Warriors were without Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Otto Porter Jr. It will up to the young guys to take on the likes of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Kyle Lowry. The Heat are the best three point shooting team in the league right now. The Warriors were able to beat them back with a 118-104 win to snap a three game losing streak

The Warriors have not finished a game in their last three outings. They have been awful in the final quarter of those games. They had 17 turnovers in Tuesday’s game and far too many fouls.

Starting in Wednesday’s game for Golden State will be Jonathan Kuminga, Kevon Looney, Jordan Poole, Moses Moody and Andrew Wiggins.

After falling behind by ten points in the first quarter the Warriors would fight back to tie this game up at 23 as the quarter ended. Golden State was still struggling in shots from beyond the arc making 1 of 10 but they came up with some nice defense holding the Heat to 35% shooting. Miami had 0 points in the final four plus minutes. This was a definite win for the Warriors so far in this game.

It was a crazy start in the third quarter for Golden State. They went on a 19-0 run leading 69-50 after seven minutes of play. Kuminga already had four fouls and was benched until the fourth. They had to keep him available.

As soon as Kuminga left the game the tide began to turn a bit. The 19 point Warrior lead was trimmed to eight and here came the Heat with two minutes left in the quarter. The Heat shot 26-10 after Kuminga left the game but trailed after three 81-80. The Warriors had out rebounded the much bigger Heat 34-29.

The Warriors are plus 22 when Kuminga is in the game. Both Kuminga and Bjelica started the fourth quarter, both with four fouls.

In the fourth quarter Jonathan Kuminga fouled out of the game on a play against Butler that from all appearances should have been a no call. It was a tough loss for Golden State but the Warriors continued to hang onto a 105-95 lead with 4:21 left in the game.

It was crunch time for the Warriors. Throughout this game especially in the second half the Heat players and coaches were venting their frustration at each other. The Warriors had them totally rattled and for good reason as the young guys took care of the Miami Heat 118-104.

It yet another 20 plus point game for Poole with 30 points. Kuminga, Damien Lee and Wiggins each had 22 points. So last night the Warriors suffered their worst loss this season and tonight Golden State celebrated their craziest win this season. It was an incredible effort by the Warriors.

“It feels great to win. We stuck it out and kept fighting,” said Lee after the game. “We knew we had to bring the fight. JP had a hell of a game. Whenever my number is called I have to be ready,” he said. Not only was Lee ready but the entire team contributed to this win with energy, execution and effort. This game is a good reminder of just how deep this team is.

The Warriors handled the bigger Heat players despite physical mismatches. When the Miami defense began to collapse in the fourth quarter the Warriors had the Heat right where they wanted them.

Friday night the Warriors will play the Atlanta Hawks still on the road. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM PT.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Weak scoring in first and fourth quarters contribute to Warriors falling short 94-90

Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (bottom), battles for the loose ball with Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (top) at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tue Mar 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Golden State Warriors podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Orlando Magic put it in their minds that nothing was going to get in their way including the Golden State Warriors (47-25) and true to form the Magic came away with a 94-90 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night in Orlando the Magic now have won four of their last seven games.

#2 Jerry taking a look at the first and fourth quarters the Warriors shot poorly from the field in the first quarter getting only 17 points and in the fourth quarter with 16 points low tallies for a team like the Warriors.

#3 It’s off to Miami and the Heat (47-25) have won six of their last ten games losing their last contest 113-106 against the Philadelphia 76ers (44-27) on Monday night. Jerry, the Heat have some depth with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Kyle Lowry how do you see the Warriors matching up with the Heat tonight in Miami.

Jerry Feitelberg filled in for David Zizmor for the Warriors podcast heard each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Another Upset For Golden State Losing To Orlando 94-90

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins, right, looks for a shot against Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner, center, and center Mo Bamba (5) at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tue Mar 22, 2022 (AP News photo)

Another Upset For Golden State Losing To Orlando 94-90

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors (47-25) took on the Orlando Magic (20-53). After a tough loss against the Spurs Sunday the Warriors should have a handle on playing without Stephen Curry and getting into a rhythm and flow with the rearranged lineup. It was another tough loss for Golden State 94-90 at the Amway Center in Orlando on Tuesday night.

Both teams are playing with some impressive rookies. The Warriors have Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody and the Magic have Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs. All four players are making a difference right now for their respective teams and they all have bright futures.

Again the Warriors had a slow start which would turn out to bite them in the end. The Golden State offense was MIA from the get go and the Magic took a 25-17 lead in the first quarter. This game had a disturbing similarity to the Spur game Sunday night. The Magic has only had nine wins at home this year and so a loss for the Warriors would be a disaster.

The second quarter did not go much better for Golden State trailing at the half 46-38. The Magic are a team that the Warriors should absolutely beat. These are games that the Warriors cannot afford to lose.

In the third quarter the MIA Warrior offense finally made an appearance. They outscored the Magic 36-19 and it seemed like the Warriors had found their groove.

When it seemed as if the Warriors had taken control of this game, it all fell apart. They only scored 16 points in the fourth quarter and could not buy a basket. They finished the game with 18 turnovers, they were absolutely scattered with missed open looks and empty possessions. It was an absolute collapse.

The Warriors simply cannot put themselves in a position to lose by trailing at the half to inferior teams. They had blown a 14 point lead in the third quarter. Golden State has had some great play from a number of players on the starting roster and the bench. Poole again had a 20 plus game with 26. While there were a number of the guys that had double digits the team has to do better.

Kuminga had 15 rebounds the high for the team with 14 points. The turnovers and the empty possessions are killing the Warriors. The fouls were 23 for Golden State and 14 for the Magic and the Warriors need to put a stop to this.

After the game Draymond Green addressed the media. “I think we’re playing soft and stupid. We are losing a lot of fourth quarters and that’s execution,” he said. ” No disrespect to the Orlando Magic but they are one of the worst teams. If we want to win games we got to fix this.”

It will be a tough game for the Warriors tomorrow as they take on the 47-25 Miami Heat. They have a lot to fix as Green put it and they don’t have a lot of time to do it. Tipoff is schedule for 4:30 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors drop second straight game; Curry to miss two weeks

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes in the game from the Warriors bench against the San Antonio Spurs at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sun Mar 20, 2022. Curry is expected to miss two weeks of action due to a left foot injury. (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason:

1. Setback for James Wiseman and what that means for the Warriors.

2. More news for the Warriors in Stephen Curry missing two weeks at the very least.

3. Last night’s crazy game against the San Antonio Spurs and who were the heroes for Golden State

4. Draymond Green misstep and what that meant in this game.

5. Thoughts on the Warriors road game Tuesday night in Orlando against the Orlando Magic (19-53)

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

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings get big double digit contributions from six scorers in Wed’s win over Orlando

Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III is thrilled after scoring a three pointer in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic on Wed Dec 8, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento. The Kings play against the Charlotte Hornets tonight in Charlotte (AP News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 There is little doubt that the Sacramento Kings (11-14) left it all out on the floor on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic ((5-21) at Golden One Center in Sacramento with a convincing 142-130 win.

#2 Jeremiah, the way you saw Wednesday night’s game did it seem that both coaches Jamahl Mosely for the Magic and Sacramento Kings Alvin Gentry just open up the floor and never the mine the defense and it was about who was going to make it to the finish line?

#3 The Kings had six scorers finish in double figures and De’Aaron Fox finished on top with 33 in a game like that Fox had to be drained at it’s conclusion and he no doubt made every shot count.

#4 The Kings Tyrese Haliburton had a big fourth quarter and finished up with 18 points tied for second in scoring on Wednesday night.

#5 The Kings tip off with the Charlotte Hornets (14-13) tonight at 4pm, the Hornets who got swept in a two game series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday 127-124 in OT and Wednesday 110-106 are looking to get back in the win column. Jeremiah how do you see the Kings and Hornets matching up tonight.

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

It was raining buckets at Golden One Ctr as Kings beat Magic 132-130

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) takes a shot against Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Dec 8, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings were well-rested, having played two games last week. The last game the Kings played was on Saturday when they took on the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento.

The Kings managed to take care of the Clippers by beating them by the final of 104-99. The Kings welcomed in the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Magic didn’t come in a very successful team in 2021 with a record of 5-20. The Kings handled the Magic at home by the final 142-130.

Wednesday game recap: The Kings were set to take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first quarter, It wasn’t a spotless start to the game from either team. The Kings and Magic both struggled on the defensive end of the floor. The Kings scored 38 points compared to the Magic with 36 points in the first quarter. The Magic were hitting their three-point shots, which was the biggest reason they were in the game.

However, the Kings were saved on offense by a few three-point makes from Marvin Bagley towards the end of the quarter. Cole Anthony started the offense for the Magic with 8 points as his counterpart De’Aaron Fox had nine for the Kings.

It was more of the same for the Kings in the second quarter. The Kings defense didn’t step it up much in the second quarter. The Kings woes on the defensive end reared their ugly head towards the end of the half.

The Kings had built a bit of a lead as the half was winding down only to see the Magic come back and make it a 70-67 game going into Halftime. Yes, the Kings had the lead, but it wasn’t pretty. The Kings outscored the Magic 32-31 in the second quarter.

The Kings were led by De’Aaron Fox in the first half, who scored 13 points. Cole Anthony led the Magic in the first half with 16 points. The Kings would look to close the game in the second half by tightening up the defensive end of the floor. The Kings entered the game with a seven-point spread against the Magic, according to Vegas.

In the third quarter, the Kings would grow the lead back up. The Kings defense slightly improved from the first half holding the Magic to 25 points in the third, the lowest total of the game so far. On the other hand, the Kings scored 34 points in the third to expand their lead to 104-92, heading into the final 12 minutes.

The Kings managed to hold off the Magic in the fourth quarter and win the game 142-130. The Kings and the Magic played terrible defense in the last quarter, in which the Kings and Magic both scored 38 points.

However, the Kings scored at least 30 points each quarter and held the Magic under 30 points in the third quarter. That was the difference in the game. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings putting up 33 points in 33 minutes of action. Counterpart Cole Anthony led the Magic with 33 points in 35 minutes on the court. The Kings are 5-3 since firing head coach Luke Walton and replacing him with interim coach Alvin Gentry.

Up Next: The Kings head out on the road to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at 4 PM PST.

Warriors beat Blazers by ten 104-94; Curry needs 10 more 3 pointers to pass Allen

Stephen Curry (30) Golden State Warriors guard takes a three jump shot is now ten away from tying Ray Allen’s NBA record for the most three pointers here Curry takes a shot against the Portland Trailblazers on Wed Dec 8, 2021 at the Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Stephen Curry finished with six shots from downtown now ten shots away from the impending record. Otto Porter Jr. had a great game with 15 points off the bench which spelled trouble for the visiting Portland Trail Blazers as the Golden State Warriors come up with a 102-94 win in San Francisco Wednesday night.

Wednesday night the Warriors (21-4) welcomed the Trail Blazers (11-15) to Chase Center. The crowd was hoping for another Golden State win but even more than another win, the crowd was hoping to see Curry break Ray Allen’s record. Currently he is shooting 5.5 3-pointers per game through 20 games. In order to pass Allen Curry needs ten more from downtown.

The Warriors got off to a great start in the first quarter leading 26-23 as the clock ran out on the opening quarter. By halftime Golden State had a slim 47-45 lead. The Trail Blazers had not led in this game although they remained within striking distance for most of the first half. Curry got four shots closer to the anticipated record shooting 4 of 12 from long in the first two quarters.

Known for heating up in the second half, Golden State is most dangerous in the third and fourth quarters. By the fourth quarter the Warriors normally wear their opponents out. The Warriors did extend their lead to 76-66 in the third quarter although the Trail Blazers continued to hang around.

As we have seen so often, Golden State began their fourth quarter surge extending their lead to double digits. Otto Porter Jr. was having an outstanding third and fourth quarter. It was a sloppy finish but the Warriors pulled out the win 104-94 despite the fact that this was their worst shooting night of the year.

Curry would finish the game with 22. Jordan Poole with 20 and Porter with 15 points. The Warriors now head out on the road for five games.

Saturday night the Warriors will be in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.