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