October 23, 2017, 2:07 am
The Kings were thoroughly outplayed in Saturday’s 79-96 loss to the Nuggets. Playing in Denver is never easy, but on the second night of a back-to-back it’s near impossible and fatigue was certainly a factor in the defeat too.
Sacramento now turns their attention to a Phoenix Suns team that just fired coach Earl Watson after an 0-3 start. The Suns have looked disinterested on both ends and it’s a move that was expected. It’s very reminiscent of the Ty Corbin, George Karl situation in Sacramento.
Jay Triano is set to serve as the interim coach for Phoenix, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the Suns show a little more interest under him. Through three games, the Suns have been playing with pace and minimal defense, a system similar to that of Karl’s in his time with the Kings.
They could switch it up with the coaching change, but it won’t happen over night. Either way, the Suns lack talent and the Kings should be circling this game as one to win.
Eric Bledsoe is at the center of trade rumors at the moment, and as a result, he’ll be sitting out tonight’s game. Suns GM Ryan McDonough says Bledsoe “won’t be with the team moving forward”. Things in Phoenix aren’t pretty at all.
De’Aaron Fox has been the most impressive King so far. Through three games he’s averaging 13.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 26.3 minutes per game (46.3 percent from the field).
Fox is going to be given every opportunity to succeed, and if he continues to take full advantage of that, he’ll be right in the conversation for Rookie of the Year.
Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to make his debut for Sacramento and it’ll be interesting to see how Dave Joerger slots him into the rotation.
Justin Jackson, who’s been starting to this point, could take a hit in the minutes department as a result. Jackson hasn’t been spectacular, but he hasn’t been bad either. Don’t be surprised to see a change in the starting lineup involving Jackson and Bogdanovic.
The Kings head home for a two-game set after this contest, including the return of DeMarcus Cousins to Sacramento in what will be a must-watch game.
Heading home 2-2 will be a pleasing start to the season for the Kings themselves, and the fans.
SACRAMENTO PROJECTED STARTERS:
PG – George Hill
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
KINGS INJURY REPORT:
Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) – PROBABLE
Harry Giles (knee) – OUT
WHERE: NBC Sports California
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)
May 22, 2019, 9:32 amKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that Kyrie Irving is open to joining the Lakers but they aren’t as high on his list as a few other teams.
Irving will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and he has the Celtics, the Knicks and the Nets all ahead of the Lakers as potential destinations. Joining the Lakers would mean reuniting with LeBron James, his former teammate with the Cavs. Kyrie and LeBron overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Warriors to win the championship in 2016 but their relationship went south leading to Irving’s trade to the Celtics last year.
May 22, 2019, 9:22 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Warriors star Kevin Durant has not made a decision on where he’s taking his talents next season, according to his manager Rich Kleiman.
“Kevin is 100 percent undecided,” Kleiman told the Wall Street Journal. “He really doesn’t know, and I really don’t know.” KD has strongly been linked to the Knicks, while the Clippers and the Nets seem to have increased their odds as well, but it’s hard to know what Durant really has in his mind.
Source: Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2019, 9:07 amAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
FS1’s Chris Broussard suggested that the Nets could be a dark horse when it comes to landing Anthony Davis.
Brooklyn could offer the Pelicans a package that includes D’Angelo Russell (as part of a sign-and-trade), big man Jarrett Allen and their two first-round picks in the June 20 NBA Draft, the No. 17 and No. 27 overall selections. The Nets’ hope is to bring both AD and free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving to Brooklyn as Sean Marks seems determined to build a contender. AD and his agent Rich Paul are expected to meet with David Griffin in Los Angeles soon, so we should know more about the All-Star’s’ future once this meeting finally takes place.
Source: FOX Sports
May 22, 2019, 8:52 amTobias Harris - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Keith Pompey of the Phily Inquirer is reporting that Tobias Harris will be on the radar of at least five teams, including the Kings, the Mavs, the Jazz, the Nets and the Pacers, all of which have room to add a maximum-salary free agent.
The Sixers will have a full plate this offseason as they have three starters headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer in Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick. Philadelphia owns Harris’ Bird rights, meaning they can offer him the most-lucrative deal, a five-year, $188 million pact while the most another team could offer would be a four-year deal at $141 million. Harris will soon be turning 27 and entering his prime and his services will absolutely be in demand even thought he averaged just 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in 12 playoff games this year.
Source: Phily Inquirer
May 22, 2019, 8:39 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Marc Stein of the New York Times wrote on his newsletter on Tuesday that the Clippers have emerged as an equally dangerous threat to the Knicks to sign Kevin Durant away from the Warriors.
KD is expected to enter free agency this offseason by declining his $31.5 million option for 2019-20. The 30-year-old All-Star will be in high demand once he hits the open market, and the Knicks, the Nets and the Clippers all have more than $50 million in practical cap space this summer. Durant will likely consider how well each team is set up for success, which would seem to favor the Clippers and the Nets, both of whom made the playoffs last season. Meanwhile, Warriors owner Joe Lacob remains confident about the team re-signing KD and Klay Thompson this summer.
Source: New York Times
May 22, 2019, 12:27 amKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry went for 25 points (6-of-11 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), five rebounds, six assists, three 3-pointers and just one turnover in 34 minutes in Tuesday's 120-102 win over the Bucks.
Lowry was feeling it and getting wherever he wanted most of the night. He's had a couple huge games in this series now and the Raptors will likely need another one if they're going to pull out a series win. Their next shot at the Bucks will come in Thursday night's Game 5 in Milwaukee.
May 22, 2019, 12:19 amSerge Ibaka - F/C - Toronto Raptors
Serge Ibaka double-doubled with 17 points (7-of-12 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes on Tuesday as the Raptors evened the series with a Game 4 home victory over the Bucks.
Ibaka provided some energy with some early dunks in traffic. This was his best game of the series by far, and it'll be interesting to see how the Bucks try to slow the Raptor's big men in Game 5 on Thursday.
May 22, 2019, 12:12 amMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol had a great all-around performance with 17 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, three treys, zero turnovers and some excellent defense over 31 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Bucks.
Gasol looked great out there, making life in the lane tough for Giannis Antetokounmpo and causing Bucks turnovers on the perimeter. That's two straight quality performances from Gasol after two duds to begin the series. We'll see if he can keep it up as the Raptors return to Milwaukee on Thursday night.
May 22, 2019, 12:04 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard toughed out 19 points on 13 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Bucks, adding seven rebounds, one assist, four steals, two blocks and a three in 34 minutes.
Leonard looked stiff and cautious for much of this game, though he still hit 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Kawhi said that he feels good in response to a question about fatigue and his apparent leg injury. He has until Thursday night to recover a bit, but the Raptors will need as much of him as they can get as the series returns to Milwaukee.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 11:55 pmNorman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 18 points with four threes, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a big Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Powell got big minutes again (32) and had it going early. His final line of 6-for-18 from the field (4-for-13 from deep) looks pretty inefficient, but Powell was a major factor in building tonight's big lead. With Kawhi Leonard hobbling a bit, the Raptors may need to continue leaning on Powell more than usual.