Sacramento Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica, right, handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
he Sacramento Kings were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon. That did not stop the Kings from putting on a solid performance on Tuesday night picking up their second win since the re-start of the regular season 112-106 over the New Orleans Pelicans .
Speaking practically, the Kings game on Tuesday night was a meaningless contest. The Kings and their opponent the New Orleans Pelicans had already been eliminated from playoff contention. So, Tuesdays game was more or less an opportunity for second unit players to thrive.
Kings players did just that. The Kings outscored the Pelicans in the second and third quarters to carry themselves to a win in the NBA bubble. Harry Giles was a notable performance for the Kings on Tuesday night. Harry, who had played sporadically throughout the year put together a solid performance. Harry had 12 points to go with 11 rebounds. Harrison Barnes was able to score 25 points to go with eight rebounds to lead the Kings to their second win in the bubble. Jabari Parker also scored 12 points in 14 minutes of action.
The Kings have one final game before they head home for the delayed offseason. The Kings will take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday morning at 10:45 AM PST.
Houston Rockets’ Austin Rivers (25) passes over Sacramento Kings’ DaQuan Jeffries (19) and Harry Giles III (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:
#1 Barbara another tough loss for the Sacramento Kings on Sunday this time to the Houston Rockets and they couldn’t hold the lead past the first quarter of play.
#2 The first thing that Kings head coach Luke Walton has to think of when in front of the bench is how he has to shut down the Rockets James Harden not an easy task seeing the Kings came into ESPN World Wide of Sports Arena having lost four of their last five games.
#3 Harden after that weak first quarter lit it up and left that first quarter as just a memory driving to the basket and taking some outside shots that got him 32 points for the game.
#4 The Rockets Austin Rivers had 41 points leading the Rockets and when you get Rivers and Harden with the hot hands the Kings would virtually need their entire line up to contribute on offense to catch up.
#5 The Kings will face their only team they defeated since the re-start of the regular season and that’s Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on tonight can the Kings do it?
Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield (24) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
It was a bleak outlook coming into Sunday’s game against the Rockets. The Kings fate was no longer in their hands. With a Portland Trailblazers win the Kings would be officially eliminated from my playoff contention. That is just what happened on Sunday night. Midway through the game the Portland Trailblazers won their game and eliminated the Kings hope for a playoff spot.
The game itself was what seemed to be a typical Kings game these days. The Kings got off to a great start out scoring the Rockets 36-23 in the first quarter. The Kings did a good job taking advantage of the Rockets defensive weaknesses to build a lead. However, the game went downhill after that. The Kings were our scored 38-20 in the second to start a string of bad minutes for the Kings. The rest of the way the Kings weren’t able to do much offensively and lost the game 129-112
With the Kings officially eliminated they can turn their focus to next season and hope to give Kings fans something to cheer about.
Up next: The Kings take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night at 6 PM PST.
Brooklyn Nets’ Jarrett Allen (31) and Caris LeVert (22) react after a play against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla (AP photo)
On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah:
#1 The loss to the Brooklyn Nets sets the Kings back to 1-4 since the restart with just three more games left in the regular season and pretty much puts the final touches on the Kings?
#2 Jeremiah it was pretty much a close game but that second quarter really sank the Kings chances when the Nets outscored the Kings 39-26 on Friday.
#3 The Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic 27 pts, DeAaron Fox 21 pts, and Buddy Hield 17 were the three top scorers for the Kings but it wasn’t enough.
#4 With three games left for the Kings with the Rockets, Pelicans, and Lakers do they have enough in the tank to do some damage or just expect them to go through the motions at this juncture.
#5 The Kings had that one win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night and handled them with authority 140-125 it’s their only win so far.
Jeremiah does the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Brooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert (22) looks to pass the ball as Sacramento Kings’ Alex Len, left, and Harrison Barnes defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
By Jeremiah Salmonson
The Sacramento Kings played a solid game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. They came out of the gate strong and didn’t really look back taking their first game in the bubble. It was a glimmer of hope for Kings fans who hope the Kings can get to the 9th spot for a chance to play in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Kings could not keep that momentum going.
The Kings played an unfortunately typical Kings game this year. The Kings have been notorious for giving up a big quarter. For this team it has mostly been in the first quarter of the game. On Friday afternoon, it was e second quarter. The Kings were leading after the first quarter 27-24. However, the tide would turn in the second. The Kings and their sloppy defense would be out scored 39-26. At that point, the Kings had mailed in the game.
The rest of the game the Kings would battle but not be able to make up the ground lost in the second quarter. The Kings would lose 119-106. A bright spot for the Kings was the continued good play Bogdan Bogdanovic. After a career high 35 points in Thursday, Bogdan scores 27 points on Friday.
The Kings fall to 1-4 in the bubble and playoff hopes are slim to none.
Up next: The Kings take on the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Jeremiah every other Saturday for Kings basketball and other great podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
(@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.