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)
February 23, 2019, 1:05 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell went 14-for-35 from the field to finish Friday's 147-148 double-overtime loss to the Thunder with 38 points.
Mitchell added four boards, five dimes, four 3s and one steal to his line for the night. His inefficient scoring lately has dragged his value outside of the top-150 in 9-cat over the last couple of weeks, but knowing Mitchell, he should be able to heat up sooner than later.
February 23, 2019, 1:02 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert stepped up late for the Jazz on Friday and posted 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in a loss to the Thunder.
Gobert is money when you're looking for those key big-man stats. He's also going to be a force come the fantasy playoffs given the Jazz's stacked schedule. Derrick Favors is a low-end option as well. He posted 24 points (10-of-11 shooting), 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks tonight.
February 23, 2019, 12:59 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder knocked down four 3s to finish Friday's loss to the Thunder with 20 points (6-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, three dimes and one block.
He was the only Jazz reserve to crack double-digit scoring. Crowder's been a solid source of threes lately, averaging 2.8 triples over his last five games.
February 23, 2019, 12:56 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder played 35 minutes on Friday after missing the Thunder's last two games to welcome the birth of his child but struggled with his shot as he went 3-of-16 from the field to finish with nine points, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.
Schroder is a .426 shooter from the field on the season, so we're not too worried. We're chalking this ugly shooting night to some rust. He should bounce back closer to top-120 value as he finds his shot.
February 23, 2019, 12:52 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook was in the groove in Friday's 148-147 double-overtime win over the Jazz on Friday, dropping 43 points (15-of-29 shooting), 15 boards, eight assists, six triples, one block and two steals before fouling out in 43 minutes.
Westbrook has been holding steady as a top-20 play over the last couple of weeks in 9-cat. This is the second time he's scored 40-plus points in his last five games and is looking to finish strong as we head down the stretch this season.
February 23, 2019, 12:47 amJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant (sprained right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Friday and put up a solid performance with 18 points (6-of-10 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, three treys, two steals and three blocks.
Grant looked good as he logged 41 minutes in this double-overtime barn burner. Feel free to slot him into your active lineups and enjoy his late middle-round value moving forward.
February 23, 2019, 12:44 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George shook Joe Ingles to sink the game-winning floater in Friday's 2OT win over the Jazz and ended the night with 45 points (17-of-31 shooting), nine rebounds, seven dimes, five triples and a steal.
PG13 makes yet another case to be included in the MVP discussion with this amazing performance. Owners who trusted him late in the first or early in the second rounds of drafts are now cashing in his top-5 fantasy value all the way to the bank (and hopefullly a fantasy trophy).
February 23, 2019, 12:14 amEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) returned from a 12-game absence on Friday and showed no signs of rust as he delivered 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and a full line.
The .375 shooting clip from the field was nasty but that's par for the course with Mudiay. It was a pleasant surprise to see him fill up the box score as he added six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, three steals and a block to his line for the night. The Knicks' rotations have been a hot mess all season, so don't bank on Mudiay to deliver this kind of spread in the next one.
February 22, 2019, 11:42 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac had a game to forget in Friday's loss to the Bulls, scoring only four points (on 1-of-6 from the field) to go with a trey, three rebounds and two steals.
The money counters salvaged a bad night and despite this dud, Isaac has still been a top-35 play in 9-cat over his last five games. He played 31 minutes in this one so hopefully he can get back on track his next time out.
February 22, 2019, 11:31 pmDorian Finney-Smith - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 13 points (4-of-9 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's 104-114 loss to the Nuggets.
DFS has been a top-140 play over the last couple of weeks and is a viable end-of-bench guy in standard leagues for the rest of the season. He's more of a plodder, albeit a reliable one, so don't expect too many explosive games on the horizon.