The San Antonio Spurs came up with a nine point victory over the Sacramento Kings on Fri May 7, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (@spurs photo)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night. They last played on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers. The Kings would look to keep their momentum going having four in a row. The kings and Spurs entered the game both vying for the 10th spot and to get into the play in tournament. The Spurs held the spot and were multiple games up on the Kings entering play. However, before we talk about Friday’s game let’s discuss the Kings against the Pacers.
Flashback Wednesday: The Kings played the Pacers on Wednesday and played one of the better games of the season. Sacramento’s defense held the Pacers to only 93 points as the Kings offense put up a cool 104. It was the Kings fourth win in a row as they looked to inch closer in the playoff race.
Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the conference standing rivals on Friday at 7PM PST in Sacramento.
In the first half, the Kings held their own. In the first quarter the Kings were outscored 25-21, but looked solid and San Antonio didn’t have a lot of momentum. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Spurs 28-27 but it wasn’t enough to grab the lead going into halftime. The Kings entered halftime down 52-49. If the Kings would want to stay in the playoff hunt they would need to win in comeback fashion.
In the second half, the Kings started off well. They managed to outscore the Spurs in the third quarter 32-26 to grab the lead heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Spurs mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter out scoring the Kings 35-23. That would put the Spurs over the top and defeating the Kings 113-104 in Sacramento. The game most likely marked the end of any playoff hopes for the Kings as this was the team they desperately needed to make ground up on. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was Terence Davis who scored 24 points. The Spurs were led in victory by DeMar DeRozan who had 25 points.
Up Next: The Kings will stay home to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night at 7 PM PST.
Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox (5) is expected to be back tonight after spending two weeks on the Covid-19 protocols list (NBA Analysis Network file photo)
On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 The Sacramento Kings winners of seven of their last ten games and have won four straight a remarkable come back after losing nine straight games.
#2 The odds of the Kings making the post season not likely but when you consider the last seven wins and what they did to get them it seems like head coach Luke Walton had to rework the offense and defense.
#3 Marvin Bagley III led the way with 31 points in the Kings last game in Indiana. Bagley’s effort was key for the Kings win 104-93 against the Pacers.
#4 De’Aaron Fox whose been out for two weeks due to Covid-19 protocols is expected to return tonight against the San Antonio Spurs at the Golden One with the Kings playing the way they have been Fox would be another great addition to their charge.
#5 San Antonio head coach Gregg Poppovich is a competitor and as Walton knows he can be outsmarted too by Poppovich. The Spurs who are on a five game losing streak will be pushing hard to win this one tonight how do you see this match up as the Kings come in on a four game win streak?
The Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III takes the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers on Wed May 5, 2021 in Indianapolis. Bagley led the Kings in scoring with 31 points (@SacramentoKings photo)
On the Kings podcast with Tony R:
#1 Tony ever since the Sacramento Kings (29-37) ended their nine game losing streak back on April 15th they have turned it around winning seven of their last ten and have won four straight games.
#2 Last night in Indianapolis they won their fourth straight game defeating the Indiana Pacers (30-35) 104-93 what’s been remarkable is with De’Aaron Fox out of the line up the team just seemed to jell and have had some great offensive games.
#3 Kings forward Marvin Bagley III last night against the Pacers led the team with 31 points and 12 rebounds he’s been leading this team in offense.
#4 Despite the Kings not going to the playoffs they’ve been putting in the work every night like their playoff live depend on it and they’ve been grinding it out these last six games.
#5 The San Antonio Spurs (31-34) are coming to Sacramento on Friday night the Kings hoping to string their fifth straight win the Kings have six games left of the season and want to make the best of each one of them.
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III led the Kings in scoring with 31 points on Wed May 5, 2021 against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis (AP News photo)
by Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played the day before on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. We will get to that game in a minute. However, on Wednesday night the Kings were able to beat the Indians Pacers on the road by the final of 104-93. Before we get into that game, let’s quickly discuss Tuesdays game in Oklahoma City.
Flashback Tuesday: The Kings went into Oklahoma City and played a solid game. They held the Thunder to 99 points and managed to eclipse the 100 point mark themselves. It was defense that won the Kings the game. He Kings beat the Thunder by the final of 103-99.
Wednesday Night Recap: The Kings were set to take on the Indiana Pacers at 5 PM PST on Wednesday night. It was the final game of the road trip for the Kings.
In the first half, the Kings handles the Pacers with ease. The first quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers 30-26 as Sacramento got out of the gate early. In the second quarter, it was good defense and more of the same on offense for the Kings. The Kings outscored the Pacers in the second quarter 26-21 to take a 56-47 lead into the intermission. The Kings would look to seal the deal in the second half of the game.
In the second half, the Kings remained solid! The third quarter saw the Kings outscore the Pacers again 29-21 as it appeared the Kings were on their way to victory. The Kings would finish the deal in the fourth quarter. Albeit, by being outscored 25-19 in the fourth quarter but the margin they had built held up in victory.
The Kings win was a great victory who were led by often injured center Marvin Bagley III. Marvin finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds. For the Pacers, they were led by Domantas Sabonis who scored 17 points in defeat.
Up Next: The Kings return home to take on the San Antonio Spurs at 7 PM PST in Sacramento
With eight games left in the season the Sacramento Kings took on the OKC Thunder. Sacramento has had some nice wins in their last two games beating the Lakers and the Mavericks. The Thunder on the other hand were trying to stop a 3 game skid.
The Kings got a nice start and were leading after one quarter 25-20. The Thunder would continue to pressure the Kings in the second quarter remaining close until the final two minutes. The final minutes of the half were good ones for the Kings taking a significant lead 56-46 as time expired.
Buddy Hield had 12 points for the first half and Terence Davis was impressive with 13 points off the bench. Darius Bazley had 13 points for Oklahoma City.
Despite De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes out of the lineup, the Kings were holding their own. Barnes has missed the last three games with a groin injury and everything points to him missing a fourth game. Fox remains out on covid protocol. He is getting close to being able to return to the court.
After three quarters the Kings maintained their lead 81-69. Sacramento barely held on winning the game by the score of 103-99. The Thunder would outscore the kIngs in the fourth quarter 30-22 but came up just short. This was the King’s third win in a row. Buddy Hield finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds to squeak by the Thunder.
The Kings will be taking on the Pacers tomorrow night going for their fourth straight win. Tipoff is at 5:00 PM.
The Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III (35) attempts to put up a shot against the Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (13) and Willie Cauley-Stein (33) on Sun May 2, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas (AP News photo0
By Jessica Kwong
The Sacramento Kings swept the contending Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night with a 111-99 victory at the American Airlines Center.
While the Kings are 12th in the Western Conference and face an uphill battle to reach the 10th seed to qualify for the play-in tournament, they had no trouble defeating the Mavericks in all three games within a 15-day span.
“All three of the games came during a stretch when we were playing pretty well from the standpoint of togetherness and rebounding and our defense was solid tonight,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. “It takes that type of effort to give yourself a chance to win.”
Buddy Hield scored 27 points and Marvin Bagley III got 23 points and nine rebounds. Together, Hield and Bagley had 13 points in a 15-3 run that gave Sacramento a 87-70 lead in the third quarter.
Dallas got within six points in the last two minutes of the game. Hield beat the shot clock with a triple to put the Kings up 106-97. Hield was 6 of 10 from the three-point line and Sacramento was 11 of 28.
The Kings never trailed on Sunday or in the second matchup in Dallas, starting both with an 8-0 lead. The Mavericks evened the score several times but were unable to pull ahead. Sacramento won the first game 121-107 in Dallas and trailed for only 42 seconds.
Sacramento suffered another injury on Sunday as rookie Tyrese Halliburton suffered an injury to his left knee and left the game in the arid quarter. The Kings are missing De’Aaron Fox due to coronavirus protocols and Harrison Barnes due to a left thigh injury, both of them starters.
The Kings continue to their third game in a four-game road trip on Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Sacramento Kings Richaun Holmes (22) puts the defense on the Los Angeles Lakers LaBron James (23) on Fri Apr 30, 2021 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)
#1 The Sacramento Kings (26-37) got a rather big win over the Los Angeles Lakers (36-27) at Staples Center on Friday night 110-106 for the Kings second win over the Lakers this season.
#2 The Lakers saw LaBron James make his first appearance since going on the injured list on Friday. LaBron scored only 16 points finishing third in scoring. Is this a matter of LaBron is not fully recovered from his injuries or he’s just a little rusty?
#3 Richaun Holmes 22 pts and Tyrese Haliburton 23 pts were the Kings top two scorers on Friday a big help in the Kings win over the Lakers.
#4 Taking a look at the Golden State Warriors (32-32) the Warriors trounced the Houston Rockets (16-48) on Saturday night in Houston 113-87 the win comes off the Warriors getting crushed by the Dallas Mavericks (34-27) 133-103 and second straight loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves (20-44) on Thursday night 126-114. It has to be a big relief for Golden State to get back in the win column.
#5 Stephen Curry had his way with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night scoring 30 points for a 113-87 win. The Warriors looked they got their old groove back on.
The score says it as the Sacramento Kings pick up their second win of the 2021 season against the Los Angeles Lakers this time at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Fri Apr 30, 2021 (@NBA photo)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Kings were back in action in action on Friday night. The Kings last played on Wednesday as they took on the Utah Jazz. However, before we get into that game the Kings played the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. The Kings managed to pull off the victory in Lebron James return to action as they won the game 110-106.
Flashback Wednesday: The Kings had their worst game of the season on Wednesday against arguably the best team in the NBA the Utah Jazz. The Kings played an embarrassing game in which they weren’t able to even compete against the Jazz. The Jazz handles the Kings easily by the final of 154-105. If it weren’t for the Kings Justin James hitting a three as time expired the Kings would have lost the game by 50 points.
Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night in LA.
In the first half, the Kings and Lakers went back and fourth. The Kings outscored the Lakers in the first quarter 30-23 as the Kings came out of the gate strong. In the second quarter, the script flipped. The Lakers outscored the Kings 33-25 to take the lead goin into halftime. The Lakers took a 56-55 lead into halftime looking to close out the Kings.
In the second half, the Kings battled. The third quarter saw the Lakers outscore the Kings 32-23. That meant the Kings would need to come from behind to win as the Lakers took a 88-78 lead into the final quarter. The fourth quarter was one of the best this year for the Kings.
The Kings managed to score 32 points compared to holding the Lakers to only 18 points in the final quarter. The Kings would win the game by the final of 110-106. The game came down the the Lakers as Lebron James missed the game winning three-pointer with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. It was a great win for the Kings coming off one of the worst losses in franchise history.
Up Next: The Kings travel to Dallas to take on the Mavericks on Sunday night at 5 PM PST.
The Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis has been carrying the load since LeBron James injury. Dennis Schroeder says LeBron should be back sometime in May. The Sacramento Kings tip off against the Lakers tonight at 7:30pm at Staples Center in Los Angeles (AP News photo)
On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 Jeremiah the Sacramento Kings (25-37) certainly would like to shake off the stain of their loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento in a 49 point loss.
#2 Former Sacramento King Bojan Bogdanovic led the Jazz scorers with 24 points and was followed up by Jordan Clarkson with 23 two players that the Kings had a hard time defending.
#3 The Kings had to rely on scoring from Richaun Holmes and Buddy Hield each who scored 18 points but they really missed De’Aaron Fox out of the lineup.
#4 The Lakers Dennis Schroeder said that LeBron is close to returning sometime in May. In the meantime the Lakers depend on players like Schroeder as they have lost six of their last ten games. Do you see the Kings having a chance to win this one tonight in LA against a team that’s playing without LeBron?
#5 For Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton it’s a sink or swim situation according to insiders that cover the Kings. After carrying a nine game losing streak winning two out of three and the getting trounced by the Jazz it’s a tough situation for Walton’s future.
The Sacramento Kings had one positive thing going for them on Wednesday when the signed Chemizie Metu to a multi year contract before they met the Utah Jazz on Wed Apr 28, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (@SacramentoKings photo)
#1 Tony it wasn’t even close as the Utah Jazz (45-17) came into Golden One Center and took care of business and the Sacramento Kings (25-37) 154-105 on Wednesday night.
#2 The Jazz dominated in each quarter it was all Utah from start to finish.
#3 For the Jazz a big first half of scoring against the Kings 30 points in the first quarter and 46 in the second quarter the Kings defense simply didn’t have an answer for them.
#4 The Jazz defense also kept the Kings top scorers in check with Richaun Holmes and Buddy Hield with just 18 points they certainly missed De’Aaron Fox in the lineup who is out with an injury.
#5 Things don’t get easier as the Kings will travel to Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center although the Lakers have lost six of their last ten you can never underestimate them.