Kings come back to earth on return to Sacramento in 120-100 loss to the Thunder

By Morris Phillips SACRAMENTO–Two segments of basketball–one exhilarating, one dreadful–separated only by the Kings’ successful, five-minute overtime on Monday in Minneapolis, go along way to explaining the lost 2019-2020 season for Sacramento. In the final 5:42 of regulation on Monday, the Kings scored 33 points, making shots from everywhere, in belief they could overcome anContinue reading “Kings come back to earth on return to Sacramento in 120-100 loss to the Thunder”

Hield, Kings shock the Wolves with fourth quarter, overtime blitz

By Morris Phillips Buddy Hield coming off the bench? Yeah, that’s working quite nicely. After shooting poorly over an extended period dating back to December which in part prompted coach Luke Walton to take his leading scorer out of the starting lineup, Hield put on a good face and took his demotion in stride. ButContinue reading “Hield, Kings shock the Wolves with fourth quarter, overtime blitz”

Cal puts the squeeze on Stanford late, escapes with an improbable 52-50 win

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–An upset realized despite the slimmest margin of error? Yes, that would describe the Cal Bears’ unlikely, come-from-behind 52-50 win over rival Stanford on Sunday. For the Bears, the win provides a measure of affirmation in a season as trying as any. For Stanford, a damaging loss that knocks the surprisingContinue reading “Cal puts the squeeze on Stanford late, escapes with an improbable 52-50 win”

Royalty Flushed: Kings drop sixth straight in Detroit,127-106

By Morris Phillips Losing streaks are hard enough to digest, and the individual moments within those streaks even more so. For the Kings, losing at the middling Pistons, the ninth-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, for their sixth straight loss while allowing Detroit 19 points more than their season average may rank as the nadirContinue reading “Royalty Flushed: Kings drop sixth straight in Detroit,127-106”

Bruins Got the Message: Quality defensive effort by UCLA shuts down Cal, 50-40

By Morris Phillips This wasn’t by statistical measures a great defensive effort by UCLA, but the Bruins did draw a line that the Cal Bears weren’t capable of crossing. That line came minutes into the second half when Cal’s final lead of the afternoon (25-24) morphed into an 11-minute scoreless drought that propelled UCLA toContinue reading “Bruins Got the Message: Quality defensive effort by UCLA shuts down Cal, 50-40”

Empty Sac: Kings battle back only to come up short, lose to Magic 114-112

By Morris Phillips SACRAMENTO–Slow starts, heartbreaking finishes, the Kings have seen enough of those this season. But the reality is that’s what the Kings are about, and Monday’s heartbreaking 114-112 loss to the Magic–decided on Aaron Gordon’s three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining–was another painful reminder. “You don’t want to come down to these one-pointContinue reading “Empty Sac: Kings battle back only to come up short, lose to Magic 114-112”

Bradley’s Banker In Overtime: Cal defeats Washington with dramatic 3-pointer, 61-58

By Morris Phillips BERKELEY, CA–Winning ugly has a new signature: the dagger three off the bank in the final seconds of overtime. Cal’s Matt Bradley pulled off the feat in the Bears’ 61-58 win over Washington, and while he didn’t gush over his game-winning basket, coach Mark Fox did. “It was a thing of beauty,”Continue reading “Bradley’s Banker In Overtime: Cal defeats Washington with dramatic 3-pointer, 61-58”