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)
October 15, 2019, 1:30 amDamion LeeSG, Golden State Warriors
Damion Lee scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with nine boards, two assists and three steals in Monday's preseason game against the Lakers.
Lee had a solid game and should find himself into some rotational minutes, but Jordan Poole (eight points, one rebound, three assists and two triples) is a more intriguing prospect while both are irrelevant in fantasy.
October 15, 2019, 1:04 amDwight HowardC, Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard double-doubled with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with six assists, four steals and a block in Monday's 104-98 win over the Warriors.
He went 2-for-4 from the field and a solid 8-for-10 at the line. Howard outplayed JaVale McGee (11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks) tonight and with DeMarcus Cousins (ACL) out for the season, we expect a timeshare at the center position. McGee is the more attractive option due to his high block rate, but Howard makes for a good rebounding specialist for fantasy owners.
October 15, 2019, 1:03 amZach NorvellPG, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Norvell scored 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting with three triples, four rebounds, an assist and a steal in Monday's game against the Warriors.
Norvell looked great tonight, shooting without hesitation and scoring efficiently. It's still difficult to envision him playing consistent and meaningful minutes, but performances like tonight can't hurt.
October 15, 2019, 1:03 amMarquese ChrissPF, Golden State Warriors
Marquese Chriss scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks in Monday's game against the Lakers.
Warriors players and coaches have been voicing their admiration for Chriss and his game this preseason and it actually looks like he has a solid chance to make the final roster. There are still plenty of things getting in the way of Chriss being a strong fantasy asset and we've seen this hype train plenty of times so for now he's a guy to watch.
October 15, 2019, 1:02 amStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, a rebound, three assists, two steals and two blocks in Monday's preseason game against the Lakers.
Curry didn't shoot the ball well, but we're not worried at all about him. He dropped 40 points a few nights ago and the Warriors are going to let their MVP run wild this year.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky led the Suns in scoring with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with two triples, six boards, three assists and a block in Monday's 102-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Kaminsky won't beat out Deandre Ayton (14 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block) but if the Suns are willing to play him at power forward, he might be a fringe standard-league guy.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amKelly Oubre Jr.SF, Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block on Monday.
Oubre Jr. went 3-for-11 from the field but 5-for-6 at the line. He's not going to be an efficient shooter from the field, but he gets to the line frequently and puts up counting stats which makes him an appealing fantasy option.
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer against the Suns on Monday.
Porter Jr. looks great out there and right now the only real fear is whether or not he can stay healthy. Nuggets fans have waited a while, but Porter has looked fluid and athletic during the preseason as a forward that can do a little bit of everything. He's definitely someone you'll want to watch closely.
October 15, 2019, 12:30 amJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting with eight rebounds, six assists and two triples in Monday's game against the Suns.
Murray is the clear No. 2 guy in Denver behind Nikola Jokic (four points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block) and leads a high powered Nuggets offense which has given him a clear green light. Gary Harris (18 points, two triples, two rebounds, two assists and a steal) is going to have to battle his way into production as the Nuggets have plenty of guards that can play.
October 15, 2019, 12:30 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant scored 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting with two triples, two rebounds and three steals in Monday's preseason game against the Suns.
Grant got the starting nod with Paul Millsap (DNP-CD) sitting out and should contribute solid minutes to a deep Nuggets team. There's too much depth on the team for him to make a fantasy dent like he did last year, but if Millsap misses time. Grant should post standard-league value as a fill-in.