July 3, 2018, 3:51 am
It wasn’t pretty for the most part, but the Kings were able to pull through in the second half of yesterday’s game against the Lakers to get a 98-93 win.
Turnovers and inconsistency on offense were the themes of Monday’s first half, however, that can be normal for a summer league game. The Kings, led by Fox, Mason and Bagley, were able to tighten the screws down the stretch and turned in solid performances.
The full recap of yesterday’s game, with stats and analysis, can be found HERE.
Sacramento will now turn their attention to the Golden State Warriors, who took down the Miami Heat 79-68 on Monday night. They were led by undrafted guard Kendrick Nunn, who posted a 19-11-2-2-1 line in 30 minutes. The Warriors don’t have a ton of talent on their Summer League roster, but they’ll have a bunch of guys playing hard for a roster spot elsewhere.
Sophomore Jordan Bell was underwhelming against the Heat but he’ll be a guy to watch tonight. He spent time in the Warriors’ rotation last season and will likely be in there again this season, he could even start initially with the newly acquired DeMarcus Cousins reportedly out through December.
For the Kings, it’ll be about playing with consistency on both ends of the floor and trying to improve on last night’s win. De’Aaron Fox was fantastic and will probably be the focal point again. Marvin Bagley was solid offensively and showed some upside on defense. Harry Giles had some good moments in his first game since college almost two years ago, and Frank Mason showed his playmaking ability and knack for making tough shots.
The Kings essentially know what they have in Fox and that’s why he won’t play in Las Vegas, while the more minutes Mason, Bagley and Giles get the better. Justin Jackson has a lot to prove after a lackluster performance yesterday, so he’ll need to turn it around to even sniff the rotation next season.
Summer League isn’t about winning games, that’s obvious, so growing as a unit and finding consistency should be the biggest focus for the Kings, not only tonight but for the remainder of play in Sacramento and in Las Vegas.
Update: De’Aaron Fox has been ruled out with a sore left Achilles. It doesn’t sound serious and will likely be just a precaution. Expect Mason to get an extended look.
Fans likely disappointed not being able to see De'Aaron Fox tonight, but even if he doesn't play Thursday, I'm told he still won't play in Vegas. Also told, that no cause for alarms with him – he'll be fine.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 4, 2018
PG – Frank Mason III
SG – Daxter Miles Jr.
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Marvin Bagley III
C – Harry Giles
How to Watch:
When: 8 pm PST (11 pm EST)
Where: NBA TV
April 21, 2019, 6:22 pmStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry finished with 12 points on 3-for-14 shooting in Sunday's Game 4 win against the Clippers.
Curry struggled with fouls early on in this game and never got his shot going. Luckily for him, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 55 points in this one. Curry still contributed with 10 boards, seven dimes and three steals. Even when he's off, the Warriors are incredibly hard to beat – it's not fair.
April 21, 2019, 6:19 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant dropped a game-high 33 points to go along with seven boards, six assists and one steal as the Warriors took Game 4 against the Clippers.
Durant was guarded by JaMychal Green in this one, but it doesn't matter who's guarding him. He finished 12-for-21 from the floor, 3-for-6 from the beyond the arc and 6-for-6 from the line. There's no stopping KD when he's locked in.
April 21, 2019, 6:17 pmKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson scored 32 points in Sunday's Game 4 win against the Clippers.
It was a classic "Klay game" in this one as Steph Curry never got anything going but Thompson wasn't missing early on. He finished 12-for-20 from the floor and a nice 6-for-9 from beyond the arc. Thompson finally got going after averaging 13.7 points per game across the first three.
April 21, 2019, 6:11 pmChris Boucher - F - Toronto Raptors
Chris Boucher (back spasms) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Magic.
Carry on with your day.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 21, 2019, 5:36 pmBlake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bucks.
Griffin returned for Game 3, Detroit's first home playoff game in three years, and looks good to go for Game 4. It's unlikely to help Detroit as the Bucks have been in full control of this series from the tip.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 21, 2019, 4:25 pmDarren Collison - G - Indiana Pacers
Darren Collison dropped 19 points, five assists, six rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Celtics.
Collison was asked to take on a bigger load with Victor Oladipo out. His field goal attempts, assists and points rose 1.5, 0.6 and 2.9 per game respectively after the All-Star game. He had similar numbers in the playoffs but, like the rest of the team, the efficiency was just not there. He's an unrestricted free agent this summer and with Aaron Holiday waiting in the wings, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Pacers let Collison walk. Victor Oladipo's health will certainly play a factor in what the Pacers do at guard this offseason, as well.
April 21, 2019, 4:15 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner scored 13 points with two blocks and seven rebounds on Sunday as the Pacers lost to the Celtics.
Turner had a down series against Boston with a lot of credit going to the defensive wizard Al Horford. Turner was expected to take on more of an offensive role with Victor Oladipo out, but it never really happened. His scoring actually took a small dip post-All Star Break. We'll see what the Pacers decide to do with Turner and Domantas Sabonis this offseason as the two aren't great fits together, but are each good young players.
April 21, 2019, 4:10 pmDomantas Sabonis - F - Indiana Pacers
Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points with eight boards in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the C's.
Sabonis ended his third season with a decent stat line and a nice 6-for-9 from the floor in 22 minutes. Ultimately, the Pacers were not able to make shots when they needed to in this series and lasted four games because of it. Sabonis is a popular trade candidate this summer as his fit with Myles Turner long term does not look good. He's got loads of offensive talent for his age and he should be just fine for fantasy wherever he ends up next season.
April 21, 2019, 4:01 pmBojan Bogdanovic - F - Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points with eight rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer as the Pacers season ended with a loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Bogdanovic did a fantastic job filling a massive void left by Victor Oladipo in the second half of the season and in the playoffs, but ultimately it wasn't enough. Indiana just could not hit shots when they needed to during this series, and thus, only lasted four games. Assuming Oladipo will miss at least the beginning of next season, Bogdanovic should be in for a big role to start 2019-20.
April 21, 2019, 3:58 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown scored 13 points with six boards, an assist and two 3-pointers in Sunday's 110-106 win against the Pacers.
Yet again the Celtics walked away with a win after the game being close until the end. Brown saw 27 minutes in this one and was efficient with his touches as he was 5-for-9 from the field with only one turnover. He was also one of seven Celtics in double-figures, something that needs to continue for them if they want to beat Milwaukee next round.