Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Will LeBron have to carry Lakers on his back against Warriors in upcoming series?

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, and Anthony Davis react to a 3-point basket against the Memphis Grizzlies by a teammate during the second half in Game 6 of first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 28, 2023, in Los Angeles. (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, the Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry just unloaded with 50 points and was probably the saving grace for Golden State in their 120-100 win in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon in game 7 of the first round.

#2 Barbara talk about the fourth quarter shut down of the Sacramento Kings offense where the Warriors defense stepped up and the Kings only scored 19 points and were far from catching the Warriors.

#3 The Kings had a better first half than the Warriors scoring 31 in the first quarter and 27 in the second quarter did it appear from all indications that they looked like they would be off to having another successful chance against the champs.

#4 Barbara, When Curry got hot did the Kings try and double team him, try to shut down his three pointers and if they did Curry didn’t have much room for error and made all his throws count.

#5 The Warriors open games one and two at Golden State against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers LeBron James has carried the Lakers on his back in the past will that be the case for him going into this series against the Warriors?

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Dallas Beats Kings in Final Minutes 123-119 To Stay Alive For Playoff Berth

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives the ball against Sacramento Kings guard Davion Mitchell (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas at American Airlines Arena on Wed Apr 5, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Sacramento Kings (48-32) took on the Dallas Mavericks (38-42) at American Airlines Center. The Kings have secured their spot in the playoffs and are chasing 50 wins with a possibility of 51 wins when all is said and done heading into the playoffs. The Mavericks picked up the win against the Kings playing desperately to stay alive for a 123-119.

The Mavericks have a distinctly different future. The Mavericks are currently in 11th place in the Western Conference and will be fighting for a play in spot. Dallas does not have any injured players and the Kings are very close to full strength. Bench player Matthew Dellavedova underwent surgery to repair a fractured index finger. There is no timetable right now for him. Two teams with vastly different agendas.

The two teams battled throughout the first quarter. After the first 12 minutes the Mavericks had a slim lead 28-27. Keegan Murray had a quiet opening quarter but he really began to heat up in the second quarter. He had eleven points at the half with two triples.

The teams two power houses De’Aaron Fox and Luca Doncic both finished the half with 17 points. Domantas Sabonis had a terrific first half with seven rebounds, eight assists and 14 points. The Kings outscored the Mavericks in the second quarter 44-32. They led at the half 71-60 with a lot of ball still to play.

After an amazing game against the Hawks on Sunday Kyrie Irving had a quiet first half in this game with 6 points. It was a far cry from the 41 points he scored against the Hawks Sunday but it was only one half of basketball.

The Mavericks came roaring back in the third quarter outscoring the Kings 32-21 taking the lead mid-way through the quarter. The teams traded the lead in the final minutes of the quarter. The game was tied at 92 after three.

Kyrie Irving got hot in the second half and with 6:09 left in the game had shot for 24 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. also had 24 points and Luca Doncic does what he typically does and that is control the game shooting for 29 points. Dallas was fighting for their playoff lives and they were playing like it.

Kyrie Irving scored 19 points in the final twelve minutes and willed his team to a 123-119 win keeping them alive although barely. The Kings were hoping to administer the last rites in Dallas but the Mavericks were on fire in the second half and refused to go away.

The Kings did not have the fourth quarter magic that we have seen so often this season. Fox finished with the high score shooting for 28 points. Every starter finished with double digits and Sabonis had yet another triple double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Friday night the Kings will be back home taking on the Golden State Warriors at Golden One Center. This will be yet another team that is fighting for position in the playoffs. The Warriors do not want to have to end up in a play in game and so this is a critical game for them. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Dallas Beats Kings in Final Minutes To Stay Alive For Playoff Berth

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Kuminga and Lamb make up difference for injured Thompson

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Isaiah Joe (11) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga (00) and guard Moses Moody during the first half at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Apr 4, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 The Warriors did not have Klay Thompson available Tuesday night. Thompson was a late scratch due to tightness in his lower back. Steve Kerr had Jonathan Kuminga and Anthony Lamb in the starting lineup and that made the difference for the missing Thompson in the Warriors 136-125 win.

#2 The Warriors had five players in double figures. Curry paced the offense with 34 points, five rebounds, and six assists, and Curry made six threes. Poole had 30 points, two rebounds, and four assists, and Poole made five threes. Green had quite a night.

#3 Andrew Wiggins won’t return on the floor soon coach Kerr said that Wiggins will get into practice shape and he’ll most likely be saved for the post season to avoid injuries during the closing days of the regular season.

#4 The Warriors have two games left in the regular season. Both games are on the road. The Warriors meet the Sacramento Kings Friday night in Sacramento for a 7:00 pm PDT tip. 

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Sacramento Kings game wrap: No Fox? No Problem as Sacramento Beats OKC 123-117

The Oklahoma Thunder’s forward Jalen Williams (8) sets up as the Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) gets ready to defend at Paycom Center in Oklahoma City on Tue Feb 28, 2023 (@SacramentoKings photo)

No Fox? No Problem as Sacramento Beats OKC 123-117

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Sacramento Kings (36-26) took on the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-33) at Paycom Center after beating them Sunday 124- 115. The Kings took the court without De’Aaron Fox out with a wrist issue. Sacramento extended the Thunder’s losing streak to four straight games 123-117 on Tuesday night.

Game recap: The Kings came out strong in the first quarter winning the first 12 minutes 44-38. Sacramento had a great offensive start shooting at 66%.

The Kings saw some beautiful ball movement in the second quarter as the Kings extended their lead to 68-59 with two minutes left in the half. They had led in the quarter by as much as 15 points. Their shooting percentage had dropped a bit but still outstanding at 60%. Sacramento took a 71- 66 lead into the locker room after the first two quarters.

The Kings got into some early foul trouble in the third quarter. Domantas Sabonis had four personals and Coach Brown had to pull him and with Fox out, the Kings would need all hands on deck for the remainder of the quarter. Sacramento had really cooled off from downtown but still held onto the lead after three 93-87.

They were shooting at 50.8 percent. The offense had fallen off and they would need to shore it up in the fourth quarter if they wanted to close this game out.

The Thunder would not go away and with nine minutes left in the game it was all tied up at 98. The Kings continued to struggle from beyond the arc. Harrison Barnes broke the drought hitting a three at 7:36 to give Sacramento a slim lead 101-98.

Sacramento had a frenzied sequence and with 5:46 left on the clock had extended their lead to ten 110-100. Again it was Harrison Barnes with yet another three that pushed the lead in favor of Sacramento. Every starter was shooting in double digits although the team was really missing the ball handling and speed of Fox. The final was 123-117 in favor of the Kings.

In the absence of Fox the man of the hour with the high score was Barnes shooting for 29 points. Sabonis had 22 and Kevin Huerter with 20 points. The Thunder got close at times but the Kings held on for the win.

Again the Kings struggled with protecting the ball. They had 17 turnovers.

Friday night the Kings will be facing a very tough Los Angeles Clipper team at Golden 1 Center. Los Angeles will be looking to avenge the double overtime they lost to Sacramento back on February 24th. The score in that game was 176-175. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Kings Wins Third Game In A Row Defeating Thunder 124-115

The Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) goes for the two pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder’s guard Isiah Joe (left) in Oklahoma City on Sun Feb 26, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Wins Third Game In A Row Defeating Thunder 124-115

By Barbara Mason

Coming off of what has got to be the craziest game of this NBA season, the Sacramento Kings (35-25) took on the OKC Thunder (28-32) at Paycom Center Sunday night. The double overtime game the Kings played on Friday night was the second highest scoring contest in NBA history. The Kings won that game over the Clippers 176-175 in a real thriller. They got one day of rest yesterday before heading to Oklahoma to take on the Thunder and picked up their third win in row 124-115.

The Kings got a nice start in the first quarter winning it 36-26. De’Aaron Fox was on fire from the get go and did not take his foot off the pedal through the first half. After two quarters the Kings led 58-50 even though the Thunder won the second quarter 24-22.

OKC continued to push back winning the third quarter 40-36. The Kings still had the lead after three quarters but it was becoming uncomfortably close at 94-90.

Sacramento got some great play off the bench from Trey Lyles and Malik Monk and Fox continued to drain shot after shot in the fourth quarter. With under two minutes the Kings held onto an eight lead 120-112. The nine point win in favor of the Kings for their 35th win of the season.

It was another monster game for Domantas Sabonis with another double double and the man of the hour was Fox with yet another thirty plus game finishing with 33. The guy is a master on offense, defense and at the line. He leads the NBA in clutch points which we saw tonight. Off the bench Lyles had 16 points.

If there was any negative for Sacramento in this game it had to be the uncharacteristic number of turnovers with 20. That most certainly will be addressed before they take the court again.

Tuesday night the Kings will meet in a second game against the Thunder at Paycom looking to win a fourth game in a row since the break. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

Kings Battle Through Double Overtime To Beat Clippers 176-175

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, celebrates after scoring as Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. stands in the background during the second half at Arena in Los Angeles on Fri Feb 24, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Battle Through Double Overtime To Beat Clippers 176-175

By Barbara Mason

Friday night the Sacramento Kings (34-25) took on the Los Angeles Clippers (33-29) at Crypto. com Arena in Los Angeles. The Kings are coming off a win over the Portland Trail Blazers 133-116. De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points in that game and Domantas Sabonis had his seventh triple-double of the season.

They will need more of the same against the Clippers. This was a huge game for the Kings. Right now they were holding onto third place in the Western Conference 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles.

The addition of Russell Westbrook to the Clippers was just one of the many challenges that the Kings faced in this game and they got through it with NBA All Star game type final score Kings edging the Clippers 176-175.

Game recap: Sacramento had a great start knocking down three straight shots from downtown in the first quarter. With 7:39 left in the first 12 minutes the Kings had only missed two shots and led 21-16. They were shooting 66.7% from the field and 60% from downtown.

The Kings were having great success shooting the three ball but as the quarter wore down, the Clippers Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Westbrook really began to flex their muscles. After the opening quarter, this game was tied at 40. The second quarter was close for the most part.

At 5:41 the Clippers had a nine point lead 64-55 but the Kings battled back and at the half trailed by four points 80-76. Fox had the high for the Kings with 16 points. Malik Monk had 13 off the bench and starter Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 7 rebounds.

The Clippers threatened to take control of this game in the third quarter leading at one time by 12 points but the King fought back throughout the quarter. After three quarters the Clippers hung onto a 117-110 lead.

At 7:26 in the fourth quarter the Kings trailed by a single point 130-129. The Clippers were highly favored to win this game but the Kings were stubbornly hanging around throughout this game. Shots from the field were even but the Clippers were having a hay day from downtown shooting at 63.2% to the Kings 44.1% giving the Clippers a huge edge. The Kings would pull to within a single point 149-148 with 33 seconds left in play. As regulation came to an end this game was tied at 153 and the two teams went into overtime.

We would see if the Kings had enough left in the tank after battling from behind throughout much of the game. With 20.4 seconds left in overtime this game was tied at 164. The two teams would take this battle into a second overtime. With 36 seconds left on the clock the Kings had a one point lead.

This was a highly competitive game between the third and fifth place teams in the Western Conference.

Fox would finish the game with 42 points and Monk off the bench had the high for the team with 45 points. Every starter for the Kings finished in double digits.

Sunday the Kings will travel to Oklahoma to take on the Thunder. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 PM.

Fox rains baskets on Trailblazers in Kings 133-116 win at Golden One

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) reacts after scoring a basket against Portland Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little (10) during the second quarter at Golden 1 Center on Thu Feb 23, 2023 (USA Today photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings (33-25)were back in town on Thursday night after the All-Star break. The Kings last played against the Phoenix Suns on the road on Saturday, the 14th. The Kings did not play well in the valley of the sun as they lost to the Suns 120-109.

The Kings sent four players to the All-Star festivities. De’Aaron Fox and Domas Sabonis as reserves, Keegan Murray in the rising stars game, and Kevin Huerter in the three-point contest. On Thursday, the Kings looked to get the unofficial second half underway as the Portland Trail Blazers. Tip-off was set for 7 PM PST in Sacramento. The Kings downed the Trail Blazers (28-31) by the final of 133-116.

In the first quarter, the Kings played terribly. It was one of the worst quarters of the year for the Kings. They were outscored 37-26, but that didn’t tell the whole story. The Kings were sloppy with the ball on offense, and the defense was nonexistent. It makes it even worse that Portland didn’t have a single starter in the game. They were all resting due to the plane ride delays and injuries.

In the second quarter, the Kings played much more competitively. They sharpened up the defensive side of the ball a little bit. However, the defense was still bad. The improvement came on the offensive end as the shots started to fall more for the Kings. In the second quarter, the Kings outscored the Blazers 37-20 to take the lead into the second half. D Fox led the way with 11 points in the first half. Nassir Little led the way for the Blazers with 12 points in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Kings and Blazers both scored 34 points. It was an uneventful quarter in which neither team played any defense. The Kings offense stayed hot after a sizzling second quarter. You have to give the Blazers second unit credit in the game. With the lack of most of the starters, the Blazers held their own. The Kings looked to close out Portland in the final quarter. The score after three was Kings up 100-91.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings efficiently handled the Blazers. The Kings outscored the Blazers 33-25 in the final quarter to defeat them. It was a solid win for the Kings. Some would even say a great win for the Kings. In times of old, the Kings would lose this game.

The 2021 and 2022 Sacramento lose this game. However, after starting the game poorly, the Kings managed to come back and defeat the short-handed Portland team. The Kings did what good teams are supposed to do. Leading the way for the Kings was All-Star Fox, who scored 31 points.

The performance by Fox is not to be overshadowed by the 18-point triple-double by Sabonis. It was an excellent win for the Kings, who did nothing at the deadline and hope for a playoff birth. Let the race to the postseason begin.

Up Next: The Sacramento Kings will fly to LA to take on the Clippers on Friday night at 730 PM PST.

Kings no match for Suns Booker and Ayton in 120-109 crushing at Footprint Arena

Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) who led with 35 points but the effort wasn’t enough as the Phoenix Suns came away with an 11 point win at Footprint Arena in Phoenix on Tue Feb 14, 2023 (@SacramentoKings photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

PHOENIX–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Tuesday night in Phoenix as they took on the Suns. The Kings were last on the court on Saturday when they took on the Dallas Mavericks on the second night of a back-to-back at home. The Kings lost the first night of the two-game series against Dallas.

However, the Kings managed to lock down an overtime win on Saturday 133-128. On Tuesday, the Kings would look to secure a win in the last game before the All-Star break. The Kings will send Domas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox to the festivities in Utah as All-Stars. Kevin Heurter will travel to Utah to compete in the NBA three-point challenge. On Tuesday, the Kings fell to the Suns 120-109 in Phoenix.

In the first quarter, the Kings played a solid opening quarter. The Kings defense was solid with the exceptions of Ayton and Devin Booker who scored eight and nine points respectively. Fox started the Kings out on the right foot scoring seven points. The Kings defense overall was solid even with a few missed assignments. The Kings outscored the Suns 29-27 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, The Suns came out hot in the quarter and were able to maintain the pressure throughout. The Suns scored 35 points in the second quarter compared to the Kings who only scored 29 points. The Kings defense could not contain Josh Okogie, Chris Paul, and Booker.

The three players scored a combined 41 points in the first half. The Kings would enter the second half down 62-58. However, the Kings did put up a fight in the first half. Fox had 16 points as he was leading the Kings. The Kings would need to go off on the offensive end in the second half if they wanted to defeat the Suns.

In the third quarter, the Kings and Suns were trading shot for shot. Both teams scored 28 points in the third to keep the score at 90-86. The Kings defense continued to not be able to contain the Suns. Also, the Kings offense was missing some of the burst you typically see. Shots were not falling as easily for the Kings on Tuesday night.

The difference in the game was the Kings shooting under 50% in the game and the Suns shooting over 50%. The Suns were simply making more out of their possessions than the Kings. In the fourth quarter, the Kings would need every ounce of offense to make the comeback happen.

In the fourth quarter, the Kings weren’t able to muster the offense needed to make the comeback. The whole game the Kings appeared outmatched. However, the Kings kept the game close and stayed in the fight. The Kings were outscored by the Suns in the final quarter 30-23.

The Kings offense couldn’t get on a run all night long. The Kings fell to the Suns in the valley by the final 120-109. The Kings were led by an impressive Fox who scored 35 points in the game. Booker torched the Kings as usual as he scored 32 points in the game.

Up Next: The Kings will be off for the All-Star break until February 23rd. When the Kings return to play they will take on the Portland Trailblazers at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

Kings Best Dallas In Overtime 133-128

The Dallas Mavericks Kyrie Irving in the air (left) can watch the Sacramento Kings DeAaron Fox (5) right gets some hang time after throwing down at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Sat Feb 11, 2023 (@SacramentoKings photo)

Kings Best Dallas In Overtime 133-128

By Barbara Mason

After losing to the Dallas Mavericks (31-27) Friday night 122-114, the Sacramento Kings (32-24) played the Mavericks Saturday night in a back-to-back and ended up with a split taking game two 133-128.

Last night the Kings had a forgettable first quarter losing it 45-25 which made all the difference in the game. The Kings won the remaining quarters but it was the first quarter that set them behind the eight ball for the remainder of the game.

The Kings were determined to play an improved first quarter in tonight’s game but they would face another challenge with the return of Luca Doncic.

The first quarter was indeed improved for Sacramento winning it 34-32. They did not win the second quarter but it was another close one with Dallas winning it 32-28 and leading at the half 64-62.

It was a toss-up at the end of the third quarter with the two teams deadlocked at 24 and the Mavericks hanging onto a 88-86 lead. It was anybody’s game going into the fourth quarter.

With 52.3 left on the clock this game was tied at 112. As the clock expired at the end of the fourth quarter the score remained knotted at 114 apiece. De’Aaron Fox took the final shot in regulation, a three-point jumper that missed.

Overtime was a dog fight as the two teams fought for the lead . The Kings took a 123-119 lead with two minutes left in overtime. The Kings had a 127-123 lead with less than a minute left in the game.

The Mavericks Kyrie Irving hit a 26-foot three pointer and with18.4 left on the clock the Kings had a 127-126 lead. De’Aaron Fox hit a couple of free throws to extend the Kings lead to 129-126. In the end it was Doncic who missed a game tying shot. It was a wild and crazy game that brought out the best of both teams.

Again it was Fox at the line winning the game for Sacramento finishing with 36 points. Fox hit two shots at the line with 18.4 left. Domantas Sabonis had 14 rebounds, every one of them critical, and 22 points. Terence Davis had 22 points off the bench and Trey Lyles had 14. This was a great team effort after the disappointing game last night. Sacramento more than made up for it.

The Kings defense had their hands full with Doncic (27 points),Irving (28 points) and Josh Green (23 points). They handled Dallas in a great defensive and offensive effort.

The Kings will next take on the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night leading up to the All-Star game. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM.

Kings Drop Game One To Dallas After a Sluggish Start 122-114

Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, left, and Harrison Barnes guard Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving during the second half at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Fri Feb 10, 2023 (AP News photo)

Kings Drop Game To Dallas After a Sluggish Start 122-114

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings (31-24) came into Friday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks ( 31-26) riding high after a most improbable win Wednesday night in Houston. De’Aaron Fox hit not one, or two but three free throws with one second left on the clock to win the game 130-128.

The Kings are also playing this game at home another bonus but just couldn’t get this first of back to back games against the Mavericks in a 122-114 loss at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

The first quarter was a real shocker as the Mavericks won the first twelve minutes by a landslide 45-25. Trailing by 20 points is not the way the Kings wanted to start this game. The Mavericks had hit 12 shots from beyond the arc while the Kings had only three shots from downtown. Sacramento had shot 50% from the field and Dallas had 51% but it was the long ball that was killing the Kings.

The Kings did win the second quarter by two points 31-29 but when you drop a first quarter by 20 points there is a lot of catching up to do. The Mavericks led at the half 74-56.

It would be an uphill climb for the Kings in the third quarter. They had to try and chip away at the deficit a basket at a time and a stop at a time and it just was not happening for Sacramento. The Kings did win the third quarter 31-27 but continued to trail 101-87. They had made up a bit of ground but had a real challenge ahead of them in the fourth quarter.

The Kings would make a nice run in the final quarter and with 7:41 left in the game trailed by ten points 104-94. They had made up a lot of ground and had to keep their foot on the pedal. There was still a lot of time left on the clock. Did the Kings have another “miracle win” left in the tank.

Late quarter turnovers and missed possessions were the culprits for Sacramento. They continued to fight hard but Dallas, although giving up some ground, hung onto the lead 110-100 with 3:55 left in the game. The Kings would get within six points but ran out of clock.

Sacramento played three winning quarters but it was the sluggish start in this game that was the difference. Fox had the high with 33 points. The Kings will be back on the court with the Mavericks Saturday night. Sacramento will need a better start but winning the last three quarters of tonight’s game speaks volumes. They need to get their shots from downtown going and limit the empty possessions. The Kings usually keep the turnovers to a minimum however in this game they had 14.

Kyrie Irving had 25 points for the Mavericks.

There will be no rest for the Kings as they take on the Mavericks in a back-to-back at Golden 1 Center Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.