NBA Playoffs podcast: Joe Hawkes takes a look at today’s playoff action

On the NBA Playoffs with J Hawkes:

#1 Washington Wizards 118 @ Philadelphia 76ers 125 (game 1)

#2 Los Angeles Lakers 90 @ Phoenix 99 game 1

#3 Atlanta Hawks 107 @ New York Knicks 105 game 1

#5 Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz game 1

Join Joe for the NBA Playoffs throughout the post season for the NBA Playoff podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Wizards find way to come back in fourth quarter beat Warriors 118-114

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry embraces with Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (right) following their game in Washington on Wed Apr 21, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (29-30) ended their five-game road trip in Washington Wednesday night. The Warriors were hoping to avenge a tough 110-107 loss to the Wizards (25-33) at the Chase Center on April 6th. In that game, the Wizards won when Bradley Beal completed a four-point play to give Washington the win.

On Wednesday, it was a similar ending. The Warriors fought back from an early 19-point deficit to play well in the second and third quarters. They led by ten late in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards kept attacking the rim—the Warriors kept committing fouls, and the Wizards won the game from the free-throw line. The final score was 118-114 in favor of Washington.

The Wizards found a way to contain Stephen Curry. In the first quarter, two Wizard players were hounding Steph. They forced Curry to commit four turnovers. The Wizards led by 19 at one point in the quarter. The Warriors’ five starters could not get anything going. Kelly Oubre, Jr., playing on the second unit, gave the Warriors offense a jolt, but it wasn’t enough as they finished the quarter trailing 38-20.

With Curry and Draymond Green on the bench, The second unit’s Jordan Poole, Kelly Oubre, and Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors on a 24-28 run to tie the game at 44. Washington’s defense stiffened, and the Wizards finished the first half leading 60-58. Kelly Oubre led the offense with 18. Kent Bazemore and Andrew Wiggins each had 10. Curry had four.

The Warriors second unit paced the Warriors’ offense in the third quarter. Jordan Poole, Oubre, and Bazemore helped propel the Warriors into the lead 93-86 after three periods of action. Unfortunately, they were not able to put the game in the win column.

They led by eight 101-93. The Wizards kept attacking, and the Warriors kept fouling. The Wizards crept within a single point 106-105 with 2:44 left to play. The big Latvian, Davis Bertrans, knocked down a three to put Washington ahead 110-108. The Warriors tied it at 110. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal each made a two-point bucket to give Washington the advantage 114-110.

Curry made a basket to make it 114-112. Bertrans connected again. Curry answered with another deuce. The Warriors trailed by two, but time was running out. They fouled Bertrans, and he made both free throws to ice the win for the Wizards.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, the Warriors finished the five-game road trip with a record of 3-2. The Warriors knew that they could have won all five games or at least four of the five. That didn’t happen, and their season record stands at 29-30 with thirteen games left in the season. The Warriors have the ninth-best record in the Western Conference. The Wizards, winners of six straight and eight of their last nine, are 25-33 for the year.

Curry did not lead the team in scoring. The Wizards snapped his streak of 11 consecutive games with 30 or more points. Curry finished with 18 points. He was seven-for-25 from the floor, and he made two threes in 14 attempts. It was a season-worst for Curry.

Kelly Oubre led the team with 24 points, nine rebounds, and an assist. Jordan Poole had 22 points and three boards. Poole had a season-high six threes. Kent Bazemore ended with nineteen points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Wiggins had 14, Kevon Looney six points and eight boards, Greem eight points, four rebounds, and eight assists. The team shot 39.6% from the floor, and they made 15 threes in 45 attempts. 

The Warriors committed 23 fouls. Those fouls led to 32 points for Washington. The Wizards outscored the Warriors by 13 from the free-throw line 32-19. Those points made the difference in the game.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards’ offense with 29 points. Davis Bertrans and Daniel Gafford each had 19. Gafford had a double-double as he pulled down ten boards. Raul Neto had 18. Russell Westbrook finished with another triple-double. Westbrook tallied 14 points, pulled down 20 boards, and had ten assists. 

The Wizards’ 20-year-old forward from Israel, Deni Avdiya injured his ankle with 40 seconds left in the first half. Avdija left the court in a wheelchair. The seriousness of the injury is not yet known.

After the game, Curry had this to say: “It was a great run,” Curry said after the game. “It was something that hadn’t been done before. It was going to end at some point. Now you got to start another one. So it’s just a matter of the next-play mentality.

Just try to get rejuvenated when we go home — to do it home, road, some big games, put a streak together, it was a special ride for sure. And never really get too hyped up on individual streaks or accolades like that. There were some historical names that I was able to pass. And doing something at this age was pretty special.”

The Warriors return to action Friday night when they host the Denver Nuggets. There will be fans in the stands for the first time this season. The Warriors will have the fans be tested for Covid-19.

The game will start at 7 pm.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: How bad does it have to get Kings drop 8 straight

The Sacramento Kings center Hassan Whiteside (20) feels the pain after being fouled by the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) at Golden One Center on Wed Apr 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony R:

#1 The Sacramento Kings are having a bad go of it dropping their eighth straight game to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento and it wasn’t even close 123-111.

#2 Tony, this is a different Kings team that you might remember beat a team like Golden State 141-119 at Golden One back on Mar 25th and the Lakers 123-120 back on Mar 3rd. The Kings have evolved but in the wrong direction.

#3 The Kings last night just couldn’t contain the Wizards top scorer Bradley Beal who finished with 31 points and the Kings defense just couldn’t stop the Wizard offense losing by 12 points.

#4 Once again the Kings De’Aaron Fox did a lot of the heavy lifting leading the Kings scoring with 33 points. The Kings actually need another player with Fox’s caliber to balance out the offense.

#5 The Kings are on back to back nights and play their second game in as many nights tonight against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are on a three game win streak and defeated the Miami Heat on Tuesday night in Phoenix 106-86. Set the stage for tonight’s game in the Valley of the Sun.

Join Tony R every Thursday for Kings basketball podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings game wrap: Kings drop eighth straight game to Wizards 123-111

It’s one on one as the Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) defends against the Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) on Wed Apr 14, 2021 at the Golden One Center in Sacramento (AP News photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. The Kings last played on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings had a day off on Tuesday before taking on the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The Wizards, one of the worst teams in the NBA came into Sacramento and beat the Kings 123-111.

Flashback Monday: On Monday, the Kings took on the New Orleans Pelicans. The game didn’t go well for the Kings. The Kings weren’t able to keep up with the Pelicans on Monday as they lost by the final 117-110. The story of the Kings which is usually the defense again played a critical role.

Wednesday night recap: The Kings were set to welcome in the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first half, the Kings defense was atrocious. Unfortunately, Kings fans have become accustomed to my last sentence. The Kings defense has been historically bad this year.

That historical failure was on full display in the first quarter. The Kings allowed the Wizards to score 42 points in the first quarter as the Kings were only able to put up 31 points. In the second quarter, the Kings managed to outscore the Wizards but only 29-28 and would enter halftime down 70-60. The Kings appeared on the same track as many games where they got in an early hole and were unable to dig themselves out of it.

Unfortunately, that was also true in the second half. The Kings and Wizards traded baskets in the second quarter as each team scored 23 points. It was a marked improvement for the Kings on defense but would prove to be too little too late for this team. In the fourth quarter, the Wizards outscored the Kings 30-28 and downed the Kings 123-111 on the road.

It was another disappointing game for the Kings. They have now dropped eight straight games and will need to get up for Thursday for the second of back-to-back games this time in Arizona against the Phoenix Suns. De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings scoring 33 points. For the Wizards, Bradley Beal led the way in points with 31 and Russell Westbrook finished with 25 points, 11 Assists, and 15 Rebounds.

Up Next: The Kings fly to Arizona to take on the Pheonix Suns on Thursday at 7 PM PST.

Warriors and Wizards play thriller; Washington pulls it off in final 13 seconds 110-107

Washington Wizards forward Bradley Beal (3) takes a shot over Golden State Warrior center James Wiseman (33) in the first half on Fri Apr 9, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco (AP News)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors, buoyed by the exciting win over the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night, hosted the Washington Wizards at the Chase Center Friday night. The two teams raced up and down the court all night long. The Warriors were focused on stopping the Wizards’ Bradley Beal.

Beal is averaging 31 points a game to lead the Wizards. The Warriors bottled up Beal for most of the game. The Warriors’ main problem was finding a way to stop the bigger Wizard team. Washington had two players at least seven feet tall, Alex Len, who is from Ukraine, and Robin Lopez, scored at will. Len finished with 15 and Lopez 20 to pace the Wizards to an exciting 110-107 win over Golden State.

The Wizards’ roster featured players from all over the globe. Six foot nine inches forward Deni Avdija is from Israel, six foot eight inches forward Rui Hachimura is from Japan, and six-foot ten-inch forward Davis Bertrans is from Latvia. All of these players contributed to the Wizards’ win.

The game was nip and tuck until the end of the game. The Wizards’ biggest lead of the night was ten points. The Wizards won the first quarter by nine points 32-23. The Warriors fought back in the second, but they still trailed the Wizards by seven 57-50 at halftime. The Wizards’ big men Len, Lopez, and Rui Hachimura paced the Wizards’ offense with 10, 16, and 13 points, respectively. Stephen Curry had 17 and Kelly Oubre 10 for Golden State.

Washington, in the third quarter, increased the lead to nine 70-61. The Warriors went on a 14-0 run to take the lead 75-70. Curry made a three, and Oubre tallied nine during the run. With the score tied at 79, the Wizards went on a 6-0 run to finish the third quarter leading 85-79.

The Warriors scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to the game at 85. The Warriors then earned a four-point advantage 93-89. Washington fought back to trail by one 97-96. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr moved Draymond Green to the center position as the Warriors went with their small lineup.

The teams kept trading buckets down the stretch. With 16 seconds to play, The Warriors led 107-104. The Wizards’ Bradley Beal made a four-point play to give the Wizards the lead 108-107. Beal connected on the three and was fouled. The Warriors had 6.1 seconds left. The Warriors got the ball to Damion Lee. As he was driving to the basket, Lee fouled Beal. Beal sank the two free throws to seal the win for Washington 110-107.

Game notes and stats: With the loss, The Warriors are 24-28 for the year. The Wizards are 19-32.

Curry led the Warriors with 32 points, six boards, and five assists. Curry was 11-for-25 from the floor, and he connected on five threes. Kelly Oubre finished with 23 points, and he was four-for-eight from downtown. James Wiseman had 18, Andrew Wiggins, 15, Damion Lee, 10. Green had five points, five rebounds, and eight assists. The Warriors shot 46% from the floor and were 11-for-37 from behind the three-point arc.

Rui Hachimura paced the Wizards with 22. Alex Len 15, Robin Lopez 20, Bradley Beal 20. Russell Westbrook had a triple-double. Westbrook tallied a9 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists.

The Warriors face the Houston Rockets Saturday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7 pm.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings road trip doesn’t get easier, tip off with Boston tonight

Guard De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings (5) takes the winning shot over the Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (left) during the final seconds of Wed Mar 17, 2021 game in Washington (AP News photo)

#1 The Sacramento Kings (15-24) won by just two points on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards (14-24) 121-119 in a game that was all hands on deck for the Kings six scorers finished in double figures and every point counted to win this game.

#2 De’Aaron Fox went all out scoring 28 points to lead the Kings and getting the winning basket at the end of Wednesday night’s game. Fox has led the Kings in scoring and without a presence like Fox the Kings would offensively be left in bad shape.

#3 Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes both finished second in scoring with 18 and they’ve had some good outings for Sacramento this season.

#4 The Kings have won four of their last ten games during that run that included wins against Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and the Wizards.

#5 Next up the start of a three game road trip starting in Boston on tonight against the Celtics (20-19) it isn’t easy winning in the NBA but the Kings have won some surprising games. The Celtics have been playing .500 ball much like the Kings of late and their coming off a 117-110 loss in Cleveland (14-25) on Wednesday night. Jeremiah how do you see these two teams matching up tonight at the Boston Garden?

Join Jeremiah Salmonson for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson Fri Mar 19, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Kings get most needed road victory over Wizards 121-119

Photo credit: @NBA

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings (16-24) continue to wallow in the middle of the pack of the teams not in position to make the postseason. After a day off on Tuesday, the Kings were set for action on Wednesday, and this time, they had a break out game and defeated the Washington Wizards (14-25) 121-119 for a road victory in DC at Capital One Arena.

Flashback Monday: The previous game on Monday, didn’t end the way the Kings would have liked. The Kings were in town to face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. A game the Kings were looking to win to get some momentum going in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, the Hornets won by a final of 122-116. It was a close game, but once again, the Kings offense couldn’t put pace a struggling defense.

Wednesday night recap: The Kings were set to take on the Washington Wizards in Washington as the jump was scheduled for 4:30 PM PST.

In the first half, the Kings and Wizards took place in a good old-fashioned track meet. Both teams were pretty much getting whatever they wanted on offense as neither team seemed to want to play defense. The Kings were outscored by the Wizards 38-34 in the first quarter. That was followed, but by the Kings outscoring the Wizards 32-28 in the second quarter. At this point, going into the half with a 66-66 tie, whichever team played better defense would come out with the win.

In the second half, the Kings came out of the hate strong in the third quarter. The Kings outscored the Wizards 36-27 in the quarter to take a nine-point advantage into the final 12 minutes. The Kings would look to capitalize on the advantage. In the final quarter, the Kings nearly blew the lead. The Wizards outscored the Kings 26-19 as the comeback just fell short by a final of 121-119.

Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with 29 points, while De’Aaron Fox led the way for the Kings in victory with 28 points. It was a win the Kings needed to get done against a team that is struggling. They will look to keep the momentum going in their next game.

Up Next: The Kings will continue their six-game road trip as they travel to take on the Boston Celtics at 4:30 PM PST on Friday.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Embiid and Simmons barber had Covid-19 leading to removal from All Star Game; Kings and Warriors reviews

Joe Embiid (21) and Ben Simmons (25) of the Philadelphia 76ers both were removed from playing in the NBA All Star Game due to Covid-19 protocol issues on Sun Mar 7, 2021 in Atlanta (@sixers)

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The Philadelphia 76ers (24-12) Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons received haircuts from a barber who had tested positive for Covid-19 and the NBA announced that both players were not going to play in last night’s All Star game in Atlanta.

#2 Barbara, the Sacramento Kings (14-22) have been playing .500 ball in their last four games. The Kings lost their last game to the Portland Trailblazers (21-14) 123-119 on Thursday night. The Kings previous game to that one was a shocker as they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers (24-13) 123-120 also memorable because LeBron did not play.

#3 The Kings although they lost to Portland on Thursday looks to have improved over the last two games with the win over the Lakers and the close contest against the Trailblazers.

#4 The Golden State Warriors (19-18) just below the playoff line in ninth place in the Western Conference the Warriors after winning six of seven went on a three game losing streak losing most recently to the Phoenix Suns (24-11) 120-98 last Thursday. Jordan Poole scored 26 leading Golden State in scoring.

#5 The Warriors face the fourth place Los Angeles Clippers (24-14) on Thu Mar 11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Clippers have lost five of their last seven games and in their last game they lost a close one to the Washington Wizards (14-20) 119-117.

Join Barbara for Headline Sports each Monday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason Mon Mar 8, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Beal scores 34 to pace Wizards in win over Warriors 124-110 at Chase Center

sfgate.com photo: Washington Wizards guard Shabazz Napier (5) shoots in front of Golden State Warriors forward Dragan Bender during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Sunday, March 1, 2020.

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Francisco- The Golden State Warriors, playing their second game on consecutive nights, fell to the visiting Washington Wizards 124-110 Sunday evening at the Chase Center. The Warriors were hoping to win their second in a row. They beat the Phoenix Suns Saturday night in Phoenix. Their hopes were dashed by the Wizards’ Bradley Beal and Davis Bertrans.

For the second night in a row, the Warriors were down to eight players. Jordan Poole returned to action, but Draymond Green, Ky Bowman, and Kevon Looney did not play.

Both teams were competitive in the first two-quarters of play. The Wizards won the first period by seven points 35-28. The Warriors won the second quarter 29-28 to finish the first half trailing by six 63-57. The Warriors thought they had a chance to win with a strong third quarter.

That did not happen. The third quarter went to Washington 31-19, and now the W’s trailed by eighteen heading into the fourth quarter. The W’s won the fourth quarter by four, but it wasn’t enough. The Wizards win 124-110.

Game Notes and Stats- The Warriors’ record dropped to 13-48. They have 21 games left on the schedule. The Wizards improved to 22-37. Neither team will be in the playoffs this season.

The Warriors had six players in double figures. Andrew Wiggins led the team with 27 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Wiggins is eager to finally play with Curry and see how “that’s going to open up the floor for everybody else.”

“It will make a big difference, especially for people who can drive and attack the basket because Steph attracts a lot of attention,” Wiggins said.

Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, and Mychal Mulder each had 17. Damion Lee had 12. Marquese Chriss finished with a double-double.

Bradley Beal had quite a night for Washington. He had 34 points, eight assists, made seven threes, and had five steals.  Beal has scored at least 25 points in a franchise-record 18 straight games. Davis Bertrans, the third-year player from Latvia and coming off the bench, tallied 29. Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player in the NBA, had 18 points and eight rebounds. Thomas Bryant had 12.

It was the first win on the Warriors’ homecourt in six years.

Steph Curry missed his 56th straight game since breaking his hand. Curry was hoping to play Sunday night, but Warriors’ head coach felt he needed more scrimmage time. The hope now is Curry returning Thursday night. Curry will practice with the Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday. Wizards coach Scott Brooks enjoys watching the West Coast games when his team is done out East — and he has missed Curry.

“I’m sure he was intimidated by the defense our team has been playing this year. He didn’t want no part of it,” Brooks joked before the game when asked about Curry’s imminent return. “It would be exciting for not only his fan base, his coaches, and team to have him out there.

He’s one of the greatest players to ever play, one of the greatest shooters to ever play and causes so many problems for opponents. He makes shots that are almost impossible to go in, and you have to be next to him whenever he crosses half court, which opens up the floor for the other players to drive. He’s been missed by the whole basketball world. … You could turn on games at 10 o’clock at night, and you get a lot of basketball, and he’s always been fun to watch.”

The Warriors meet the Denver Nuggets in the Mile-High City Tuesday night. The game time will be at 6:30 pm. They return home to face the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors Thursday night at the Chase Center. That game will start at 7:30 pm.

Kings over match Pistons 106-100 at Golden One; Fifth win in six games for Sactown

seattletimes.com photo

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Kings are back home. Following a solid 3-1 road trip for the Kings, they were set to return home for the next seven of eight games. The first matchup would be the Kings against the rebuilding Detroit Pistons. Tip-off was set for 3PM PST on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

In the first half, it was truly a tale of two teams. The game started with the Pistons going on a 18-1 run to open the game.

At one point in the first the Kings would be down 21 points. Luke Walton pulled all the starters except Harrison Barnes during the meltdown looking for some sort of spark. A few minutes later he got that spark from Harry Giles.

Giles hustle and intensity not only got the Kings going but brought the Golden 1 Center crowd to life. The Kings roaring back to get within one point going into halftime. Unfortunately, Derrick Rose fell prey to an ankle injury after a missed jump shot. Rose was questionable to return the rest of the way. You hate to see an injury, but a big break for the Kings. The Kings headed into half down 51-50.

In the second half, the Kings came out strong. The Kings took their first lead of the game in the first possession of the third quarter and never looked back. The Kings took the lead and managed to hold on to win the first game back from a long road trip.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Kings were able to get the job done by a final of 106-100. For the Kings they were led in victory by De’Aaron Fox who managed to drop 23 points.

Following Fox was Buddy Hield who scored 19 points even on an off shooting night. Also, he might not show up in the scoring stats but Alex Len was maybe the most impactful of all in this game. Len finished with eight points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks. In defeat, the Pistons were led by Christian Wood who finished the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Kings will use a much needed day off at home before taking on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7PM PST.