No King? No Kings Either: Promising start devolves into a 117-92 loss against the Lakers without LeBron

By Morris Phillips

SACRAMENTO–Alvin Gentry’s not settling for this.

The Kings’ hard earned double-digit, first half lead over the Lakers evaporated into a 25-point loss and the team’s interim coach was embarrassed.

Gentry’s been around: he was an assistant for the world champion Warriors, he’s led successful, playoff teams in New Orleans and Phoenix, and what he saw Tuesday hurt his eyes.

“They don’t deserve what they got tonight,” Gentry conceded. “As the coach of this team I want to apologize to every Kings’ fan out there.”

Worse than an embarrassed coach, the Kings had their two most recent outings as examples not to follow (loss at Memphis) or keep that blueprint (3OT win over at the Lakers) and they couldn’t choose, mixing in each for one half in Tuesday’s roller-coaster.

In the first half, the Kings fought through screens defensively, controlled the glass, then backed it with 56 percent shooting and all the smart ball possession decisions they could muster. The result: a 59-50 lead at the half in which they led by as much as 13. Conversely, the Lakers looked slow, disinterested and leaderless without LeBron James, who was placed on COVID protocols earlier in the day.

But it turned out, the visitors, led by Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and wild card Malik Monk were surreptitiously waiting for the Kings to fall flat, and they did just that in a third quarter that was so lopsided it could decide 90 percent of all NBA games.

That was the prelude to a 67-33 wipe out, a second half that enlivened every Lakers fan who walked into Golden 1 Center and left the Kings and their crowd spent.

“A team goes on a run, you punch back and if there is no punch back, you’ll get run out the gym like we did,” Richaun Holmes said.

Holmes was actually the only Sacramento player to lift his fists in the third. The undersized center who returned after missing the three, previous games, made all three of his field goal attempts while his teammates were 1 for 15. The Lakers shot 58 percent and with the Kings flailing, they needed just seven minutes to pull even at 72. But their run was just beginning: with the Kings in the midst of a stretch where they missed 17 of 18 shots, the Lakers ended the third on a 15-2 run to lead 87-74.

“We weren’t giving the necessary effort to transition defense and with our pick-and-roll coverages,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Sometimes you have to let them hear about it.”

Davis had 10 of his team-best 25 in the third, and Russell Westbrook 11 of his 23. Monk came up with the 41-foot, buzzer beater to end the first half, then got nine more in the third, finishing with 22 points.

Holmes led all scorers with 27, missing just one of his attempts from the floor. Chimezie Metu was just as integral with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the absence of the injured, front court trio of Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley and Moe Harkless. But all four Sacramento guards had nights to forget.

De’Aaron Fox had 17 points, but his five assists and seven turnovers were telling. Buddy Hield missed six of his seven shots and finished with five points. Rookie Davion Mitchell was a demon defensively in the first 24 minutes, but he missed 11 of his 14 shots and turned it over three times. Tyrese Haliburton missed eight of his 10 shots and finished with six points.

Rookie Louis King, a significant name from the Kings’ summer league push, got his most significant NBA minutes to date by doing a bang up defensive job on Carmelo Anthony. But King too was fallible; he shot 1 for 6 and committed four fouls in 14 minutes on the floor.

The Kings get little time to regroup, they’ll travel to Los Angeles on Wednesday to face the Clippers.

Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors killing it win eight in a row battle 2nd place Phoenix Tuesday

That’s all there’s to it, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) acknowledges the crowd as the Warriors hosted the visiting Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Sun Nov 28, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 The Golden State Warriors (18-2) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (11-9) with a 105-90 win on Sunday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Warriors just took over from the second quarter on.

#2 Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter which made the difference in passing up the Clippers.

#3 Otto Porter had 18 points and Jordan Poole finished with 17 the Clippers just had no answer for them.

#4 The Warriors have won eight straight and when you look at those eight games they won they looked like no ones going catch them.

#5 The Phoenix Suns (17-3) have won 17 straight games and they look like a team that’s not cooling off anytime soon either. How do you see this match up Tuesday with the Warriors and Suns?

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

Grizzlies overtake poor-shooting Kings 128-101

Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (7) takes a shot against Memphis Grizzlies forwards Kyle Anderson (1) and Maurice Harkless (8) in the first half on Sun Nov 28, 2021 in Memphis (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, November 28, 2021

A poor shooting night by Sacramento, combined with the one-two scoring punch of Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bane, helped the Grizzlies defeat the Kings 128-101 Sunday in Memphis, snapping a two-game losing streak.

Brooks led the Grizzlies with 21 points, followed by Bane with 18. Jaren Jackson Jr, contributed 17 points and nine rebounds, and Brandon Clarke added 15 points with De’Anthony Melton scoring 14 off the bench.

Buddy Hield was the Kings’ leading scorer with 14 points, despite making 5 of 17 from the field and missing 8 of 9 3-point attempts. Terence Davis was next for Sacramento with 13 points, followed by De’Aaron Fox with 12.

The Kings made 34 percent of their floor shots, including 9 of 42 behind the arc.

The Grizzlies were playing their first game without leading scorer Ja Morant, who was out due to a knee injury suffered Friday against Atlanta. Memphis collectively stepped up, hitting 15 of its 21 shots in the first half as the Grizzlies built a 76-52 halftime lead.

Sacramento trailed 106-74 after three quarters. The Kings were without forwards Harrison Barnes, Maurice Harkness and Richaun Holmes – all were held out of the lineup due to various ailments.

The Kings are 2-2 under interim coach Alvin Gentry, who took over after Luke Walton was fired last week. They return home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Never give up Kings get triple overtime victory over Lakers 141-137

The Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) lays one up in front of the Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (39) in a contest that went three overtimes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Fri Nov 26, 2026 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Friday night after beating the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Kings won for the first time on Wednesday day after the firing of Luke Walton on Sunday. The Kings were in Los Angeles on Friday to take on the Lakers. The Kings would manage to beat the Lakers 141-137 in triple overtime at Staples Center. 

In the first quarter, both teams were evenly matched. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very impressive. The Kings and Lakers both managed to score 20 points in the first quarter in what what a solid defensive but lackluster quarter for both teams on offense. The Kings would look to pickup the offensive effort to build a lead on the Lakers. 

In the second quarter, it was a similar story for both teams. The second quarter saw the Kings and Lakers both score the same number of points again with both teams putting up 23 points. The Kings and Lakers would be tied heading into the second half at 43 points each. Leading the way for the Kings in the first half was De’Aaron Fox as Russell Westbrook led the charge for the Lakers in scoring. 

In the third quarter, the Lakers would take the first end of quarter lead of the game. The Lakers managed to outscore the Kings 35-30 as both offenses came to life. The Kings struggles to contain the Lakers offense as both teams seemed to take a step back on defense. 

In the fourth quarter, the Kings would mount a comeback. The Kings out scored the Lakers 27-22 in the final quarter of regulation to head into overtime with a score of 100-100. In overtime, the Kings would look to win back to back games for the first time in a while this season. 

In the first and second overtimes both teams wouldn’t be able to gain an inch. The teams both scored 12 points in the first overtime and the same in the second. The game would be tied 124-124 heading into the final overtime. 

In the third overtime, the Kings out scored the Lakers 17-13 and pull out the win 141-137 in the Kings win. It was the first triple overtime game for the Kings since 2009 against the Golden State Warriors. It was a great emotional win for the Kings who saw De’Aaron Fox lead the way with 34 points. Lebron James led the way for the Lakers in defeat scoring 30 points. 

The Kings will look to replicate their success against the Lakers when they come to town on Tuesday. 

Up Next: The Kings head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Sunday at 3 PM PST. 


Kings bench rally for 125-121 victory over Trailblazers, snap losing streak

Portland Trail Blazers guard Dennis Smith Jr. (10) isn’t going too far against Sacramento Kings center Tristan Thompson (13) as Thompson draws the foul at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Wed Nov 24, 2021 (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

SACRAMENTO—Desperate for a win, the Sacramento Kings bench players rose up to the challenge.

Marvin Bagley III hit a three pointer with 30.5 second left in the game to ice a 125-121 victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Thanksgiving Eve at the Golden 1 Center.

Sacramento snapped its four-game losing streak and won its first game under interim coach Alvin Gentry since he took over the head coaching duties this past Sunday after the dismissal of Luke Walton on Sunday. Portland had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Buddy Hield led all Kings in scoring with 22 points on 6 of 15 shooting, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc, off the bench. Davion Mitchell had a big fourth quarter scoring 12 of his 16 points in the winning effort.

Bagley III scored a season high 10 points off the bench as the Kings bench were responsible for 61 of the 125 points.

“I was happy for Marvin (Bagley III) and thought he played a really great game,” Gentry said.

Sacramento (7-12) got off to the fast start that has plagued them for the past month. A balanced scoring attack from the starting five had the Kings jumped out to a 20-12 lead, which included a 10-0 run in a three-minute period.

Jusuf Nurkic dominated the opening quarter for Portland (10-9) as he scored 14 points on 7 of 9 from the floor. Portland had two runs, a 12-4 and a 10-6 to end the quarter with a 36-32 lead.

Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 17 first half points in the second quarter including a 30-foot three pointer to power the Blazers offense in the second quarter.

De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 10 points of 17 first half points in the second quarter on four of five shooting.

Blazers power forward Robert Covington was ejected from the game with 49 seconds left in the game for throwing his goggles at an official.

The two teams put on an offensive showcase as they combined for 72 points in the second quarter as Portland had 71-69 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was the exact opposite of the second quarter with sloppy play and horrible shooting from both teams in the first nine minutes of the quarter. The Kings didn’t register its first point of the third quarter until 9:25 left when Harrison Barnes hit one of two free throws.

The Kings outscored the Blazers 24-21 in the quarter to take a 93-92 lead into the fourth quarter.

“We gotta have fun out there,” said Kings point guard Tyrese Haliburton. “We gotta get the crowd involved. I think that was big for us tonight.”

Lillard led the Blazers in scoring with 32 points on 7 of 18 shooting (but just 3 of 12 from beyond the arc) and 15 of 16 from the free throw line. Nurkic finished with a double-double, 28 points and 17 rebounds. Normal Powell had a strong game with 22 points on 50% shooting from the floor. Nassir Little chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

Fox, who was also ejected from the game for arguing with the refs, led the Kings’ starters with 21 points on eight of 13 shooting from the field, including four for four from the free throw line.

GAME NOTES: Sacramento finished 12-for-33 from beyond the arc. Portland was 12-for-33.

Barnes, who left the game with an injury, had X-rays taken after the game and were negative. “Our doctors are pretty optimistic that everything’s going to be fine,” said Gentry.

UP NEXT: Sacramento travel out to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers on Friday 11/26 at 7:30pm at Staples Center.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: LeBron gets one game suspension Stewart two in Malice at the Pizza Palace; Warriors Thompson could return late Dec; plus more

You can’t keep the Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart down after getting elbowed in the face by Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James he had to be restrained twice after trying to get back at LeBron. Both players have been suspended by the NBA. (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Los Angeles Lakers LeBron James received a one game suspension while the Detroit Pistons Isaiah Stewart received a two game suspension for their third quarter brawl at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Sunday night. LeBron gets the one game for elbowing Stewart in the face and Stewart gets two games for continuing to charge LeBron two times after being restrained and told to stop.

#2 The Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson was reported to be cleared to return to action from his cruciate ligament and Achilles injuries but Warrior head coach Steve Kerr said he didn’t hear anything about Thompson being cleared and Thompson’s return is scheduled for late December.

#3 Amaury, Associate coach Alvin Gentry is now interim head coach replacing former Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton. The Kings had lost seven of their last eight games before Walton was replaced. Gentry lost his first game as head coach against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at the Golden One Center. The Kings have now lost eight of their last nine.

#4 The San Jose Sharks who came off three loses out of four game on the road returned to San Jose (9-8-1) on Monday night with a 2-1 win over the best team in the NHL the Carolina Hurricanes (14-2-1)

#5 Turning to baseball the Oakland A’s are moving forward in an offer to buy land for a new ballpark located in the same city as minor league team the Las Vegas Aviators in Summerland Nevada. The estimated price of the new ballpark is around $1 billion, the A’s who have tried to build at the Howard Terminal site in Oakland that project cost is around $12 billion.

#6 Busy day for the San Francisco Giants they signed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani for three years worth $36 million. DeSclafani went 13-7 with an ERA 3.17 in 2021. The Giants are reported in advance talks with Los Angeles Angels pitcher Alex Cobb 34, a right hander who went 8-3 with a 3.76 ERA. One more thing to unpack regarding Giants retired catcher Buster Posey he was named the 2021 National League comeback player of the year.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Gentry loses first game at the helm Kings bow to Sixers 102-94; Sac loses 8th out of last 9

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) is on the move against Sacramento Kings guard Matisse Thybulle (22) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Mon Nov 22, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (6-12) were back in action on Monday night. The Kings, fresh off the dismissal of head coach Luke Walton were set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (10-8). In case you missed the news, the Kings fired head coach Luke Walton on Sunday. After careful consideration, Kings GM Monte Mcnair decided to fire the coach of the Kings after two-plus seasons at the helm. Walton had a turbulent tenure in Sacramento.

Former Kings GM Vlade Divac hired Walton to replace Dave Joerger in a surprise move two seasons ago. With current GM Monte McNair in place, you had to feel it almost inevitable that the Kings would make a head coaching change. Especially with the Kings struggling.

Alvin Gentry replaced Luke Walton as interim head coach. The transition should be simple for Gentry as he was already on the Kings bench as an assistant and is a veteran head coach in the NBA. On Monday night, the Kings succumbed to the 76ers 102-94 at home.

Monday Night Recap: The Kings welcomed the Philadelphia 76ers into Golden One Center on Monday at 7 PM PST.In the first half, the Kings and 76ers went back and forth. Neither team delivered a dominant performance in the first half of play.

The Kings shot 43.6% from the field in the first half as they tallied a 33.3% from deep. The 76ers shot 45.5% from the field and managed 37.5% from behind the arc. The 7ers shot slightly better than the Kings, but it wasn’t enough to pull away much from the Kings.

The Kings were outscored by the 76ers 55-52 in the first half as they played their first game in recent memory without Luke Walton. The Kings would have some work to do in the second half if they wanted to take down the 76ers.

Buddy Hield led the way for the Kings in the first half, who scored 16 points, 14 of which came in the first quarter. Tyrese Maxey scored 12 points in the first half to help put the 76ers in the lead going into the half.

In the second half, there was hope the Kings could come out with the victory. However, a win wasn’t in the cards for the Kings after the final buzzer sounded. Nevertheless, the Kings did put up a fight. The Kings hung tough until the last minutes of the game when the 76ers began to pull away.

The Kings outscored the 76ers in the third quarter 30-22 as the Kings mounted a rally. However, the Kings faltered down the stretch in the fourth quarter. The 76ers outscored the anemic Kings offense in the final quarter 25-12 to take home the victory 102-94.

It wasn’t a pretty ending for the Kings as they couldn’t make shots in the fourth quarter to save their lives. Another glaring weakness for the Kings late with the mismatch of Richaun Holmes and Andre Drummond.

Drummond amassed 23 rebounds in the game compared to Holmes, who had eight. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was De’Aaron Fox, who scored 23 points on 7-15 shooting. Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers in scoring with 24 points on 8-22 shooting.

On Monday night, the Kings had a new head coach but the same old issues on the court. Only time will tell if the coaching change will improve the Kings in the long term. The Kings fell to 6-12 on the season.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

Kings Part Ways With Luke Walton; Gentry takes over as interim coach

Sacramento Kings former head coach Luke Walton yells in vain to his defense to try and shut down the Toronto Raptors offense on Fri Nov 19th at the Golden One Center in Sacramento Walton’s last night as head coach was Sat Nov 20, 2021 against the Utah Jazz (AP News photo)

Kings Part Ways With Luke Walton

By Barbara Mason

It’s been a long time coming and now the Kings have come to the decision that they need to move in a different direction and it does not include Head Coach Luke Walton. His firing has been brewing for quite awhile now but the fact that the team has lost seven of their last eight games was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was just not working and hasn’t worked for awhile. His position as Head Coach has been precarious at best and now it’s finished.

Both De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton expressed that they had Luke Walton’s back through this rough patch. “I got his back, we all do,” said Haliburton. “He’s put a lot of time and a lot of trust in us as players.,” he added. And so it would seem that he is liked by his players but the bottom line in the NBA is winning and the Kings are having a lot of trouble doing that lately.

If you look over Walton’s tenure with the Kings he has a 68-93 record and his former team sits at No. 12 in the Western Conference with a 6-11 record. Sacramento has not reached the playoffs since 2006. So with this firing Walton has moved on from a second team as head coach. The Lakers let him go after a 2016-19 stint. So it remains what the future holds for Luke Walton in the NBA in any position.

Sacramento needs a coach that can turn this team around and he would have some talented players to do just that. Right now the Kings have the tenth highest scoring offense in the NBA but they are giving up the 26th most points per game in the league. The defense has needed a lot of work for quite awhile now but there is definitely a lot of ability on this roster.

It is a shame because for a hot minute it looked like we were going to see an improved team this season but it all fell apart the past few weeks and management made their decision. Alvin Gentry has been named as interim head coach. Gentry’s first night as head coach will be Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Golden One Center in Sacramento. Sacramento Kings beat reporter Jeremiah Salmonson will have full coverage and a look on the coaching change Monday night.

Kings lose 7th out of last 8 games; Get blown out by Jazz 123-105 Sat night

All too easy for the Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) who scores against Sacramento Kings defense in first quarter action at Golden One Center in Sacramento on Sat Nov 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings welcomed in the Utah Jazz (11-5) on Saturday night in Sacramento. For the Kings (6-11), it was the second night of a back-to-back. The first night of the back-to-back saw the Toronto Raptors come to town. The Kings had lost 6-7 entering play on Saturday night and were in desperate need of a spark to rejuvenate the dying season. On Saturday, the Kings were blown out by the score of 123-105. However, before we get into the action on Saturday, let’s take a look at the Kings last game.

Flashback Friday: In the first game of the back-to-back on Friday, the Kings did not play well. They took on the Toronto Raptors, and they were taken to School. The worst it got was at the end of the third quarter when it was 96-66 Raptors, and it looked like all life was gone from the Kings. It was one of their worst losses of the season at home. Kings fans were booing the home team at times throughout the game, and “Fire Luke Walton” chants were heard throughout the arena.

Saturday Night Recap: The Sacramento Kings welcomed the Utah Jazz to Golden One Center on Saturday night. The tip-off was set for 7 PM PST.

In the first quarter, both teams matched each other’s energy. Both teams came out with decent shooting and not a lot of defense. The Kings managed to score 28 points in the first quarter as the Utah Jazz dropped 29. The Kings came out with good energy in the first quarter, but the defense let them down when the offense seemed capable. They would look to tighten up the defense in the second quarter.

In the second quarter, it started rough for the Kings. The Kings ended up going down more than 10 points in the quarter as the Jazz were hitting shots and the Kings weren’t. At 4:25 left in the second quarter, the Kings found themselves down 48-36. However, to the Kings credit, they did not implode. Assisted by Utah turnovers, the Kings managed to stay within striking distance, narrowing the gap to 54-49, entering halftime. The Jazz outscored the Kings in the second quarter, 25-21.

In the third quarter, the Kings came out of the gates strong. By 7:41 left in the third, the Kings had tied the game, and Utah took a timeout with a score of 64-64. But, the questions remained, could the Kings close the quarter? Unfortunately, the answer to that question was no. The Kings didn’t implode, but they only outscored the Jazz 31-30 in the third quarter to take an 84-80 deficit into the fourth quarter. The Kings desperately needed to come back and win the game with a demanding schedule ahead of them.

In the fourth quarter, the Jazz went on a run. The Jazz opened a big lead on the Kings in opening minutes of the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Kings couldn’t keep pace with the powerful show from the Jazz as they were outscored 39-25 in the fourth quarter. The Kings would drop their seventh game in eight tries by the 123-105 and fall to 6-11 on the season. Leading the way in defeat for the Kings was Richaun Holmes who scored 22 points. The Jazz were led in victory by Donovan Mitchell who scored 26 points.

The Kings would need to do some real soul searching in the coming days and the uncertainty of Luke Walton’s job has never been more perilous. Again, for the second straight night, “Fire Luke Walton” chants could be heard towards the end of the blowout loss.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday at 7 PM PST.

Raptors Siakam leads with 32 pts defeat Kings 108-89; Some fans cheer “fire Luke Walton”

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dribbles by Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton (0) Fri Nov 19, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings are back in Sacramento and they welcomed the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. The Kings embarked on a four-game road trip on November 9th and just returned home on Friday, November 19th back to Sacramento. The Kings trip saw them go 1-3 and make stops in San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Detroit, and Minneapolis.

It was a disappointing trip for the Kings who had a soft spot in their schedule for the first time all season. During the road trip Kings head coach, Luke was placed on the hot seat after losing the first two games as rumors swirled if he would make it back to Sacramento with a job.

After an up and down start to the season, the Kings were set to begin a crucial stretch at home. On Friday night, the Kings faced one of their worse losses of the season to the Raptors 108-89 at home.

Friday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the Toronto Raptors on Friday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first quarter, neither team got off to a very impressive start. Both teams’ defense was lackluster and the offenses looked stagnant. Nonetheless, the Raptors outscored the Kings 30-27 in the first quarter. The Kings would need to pick up the pace and defense in the second quarter to keep the game close.

In the second quarter, the game began to unravel. The Kings defense evaporated and the Toronto Raptors started hitting their three-point shots. That was a recipe for disaster for a Kings team that hasn’t been able to get the offense on track for a while.

The Raptors topped 30 points in both quarters in the second half putting up 33 points in the second quarter. On the other hand, the Kings put up an anemic 18 points. The Kings weren’t playing defense and the offense wasn’t making shots.

That would lead the Kings to a 63-45 hole going into halftime. In an underwhelming first half for the Kings, they were led by De’Aaron Fox with 11 points. The Kings had a massive amount of ground to make up in the third quarter.

In the third quarter, it only got worse for the Kings. To put it into perspective, at a point in the third quarter faint “Fire Luke Walton” chants could be heard throughout the sections of Golden One Center. The Raptors absolutely destroyed the Kings in the third quarter by outscoring the Kings 33-21. It was almost a carbon copy of the results in the second quarter. The Kings went into the final 12 minutes of action down 96-66.

In the final quarter, the Kings showed some heart early on but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the deficit. The Kings outscored the Raptors 23-12 in the last quarter but ultimately fell to the Raptors by the final of 108-89. It was a poor effort from the Kings. From lack of enthusiasm to terrible execution, almost everything that could go wrong for the Kings did.

The Kings with the loss fell to 6-10 on the season. Leading the way for the Kings in defeat was De’Aaron Fox who scored 17 points. For the Raptors, they were led by a stellar performance from Pascal Siakam who scored 32 points.

Who knows what’s in the Kings future at this point. I sure don’t.

Up Next: The Kings stay home for the second night of a back-to-back to take on the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.