• On the heels of their third straight loss, the 1-4 Kings look to get out of their funk against the 3-2 Wizards on Sunday.

    Coach Dave Joerger and the Kings will have their hands full against one of the most potent offenses in the league as Washington is averaging 112 points per game on the year; good for fifth best in the NBA.

    The amount of offense that the Wizards produce has little to do with their shooting beyond the arc, however, as the match up will put two lower-end three-point attempting teams against one another.

    The Wizards are 21st in the league with 24 threes attempted per game while the Kings are second to last in the league with just 22 hoists.

    At the helm for the Wizards is John Wall, the four-time All-Star who is currently averaging 22.2 points and 10.6 assists. Last season, they escaped two overtime games against the Kings with victories.

    Wall had a tough time against the Kings in the first game. While the stat-line showed 19 points and 11 assists for Wall, he also had 11 turnovers and 6-for-16 shooting. In the second game, Wall was under much more control as he dropped 25 points and 12 assists and had only two turnovers.

    Bradley Beal scorched the Kings in the two games, averaging more than 34 points and six three-pointers per game. Beal will be a tough assignment for Sacramento and especially for Buddy Hield if Joerger keeps him in the starting lineup.

    That starting lineup will see a bit of a change as it was announced on Saturday that George Hill and Zach Randolph will rest. Hill had a pair of tough games, only putting up two points against the Suns on Monday and six versus the Pelicans Thursday.

    It’s expected by many that rookie De’Aaron Fox will get his first-career start in Hill’s place. Fox has put up decent numbers early on in the season and leads the Kings in scoring and assists with over 14 points and five assists per game. Fox has also challenged opposing point guards with his speed and ability to get to the basket. Running the offense to start a game will is a different challenge for the 19-year-old, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles it.

    With Hill having the day off, it also opens up the door for Frank Mason to see an extended period of time on the floor. Mason’s only action this season was in a blowout loss to the Nuggets. That game was the second of a back-to-back and Joerger kept most of his players’ minutes very limited.

    Kelly Oubre, who put up a double-double against the Kings last season, has seen a big increase in minutes this year. Oubre has started four of the first five games for the Wizards, taking full advantage of the open spot with Markieff Morris on the sidelines. He’s bumped up his minutes from 20 a game last year to 36 so far this year, and is averaging 12 points per game for Washington.

    The man expected to have first go at defending Oubre could be Randolph’s replacement, Skal Labissiere. Labissiere put up 11 points in just 15 minutes on Thursday and will look to show Joerger he deserves crunch-time minutes. Labissiere has found himself on the bench down the stretch as Joerger has looked to veterans, such as Randolph, to close out.

    It will be a big day for the Kings’ youth and could be a sign of what’s to come in the very near future. With the Wizards, it’ll be a challenge as the Kings take on a team fully expected to contend in the Eastern Conference.

    PROJECTED STARTERS

    PG – De’Aaron Fox

    SG – Buddy Hield

    SF – Bogdan Bogdanovic

    PF – Skal Labissiere

    C – Willie Cauley-Stein

    INJURY REPORT

    Zach Randolph (rest) – OUT

    George Hill (rest) – OUT

    Harry Giles (knee) – OUT

    HOW TO WATCH

    When: 3:00 p.m. PST (6:00 p.m. EST)

    Where: NBC Sports California

Fantasy News

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse said Kyle Lowry is playing through a lot of pain in his left thumb.

    "Kyle's hand is not great," Nurse said, "it's hurt and it's sore and it causes him a lot of pain." Lowry hurt the thumb in the series against Philadelphia and has been wearing a protective mitt on it since. He's not on the injury report and is in no danger of missing games, which speaks to his toughness.

    Source: Tim Bontemps on ESPN

  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Dan Gilbert said he thinks the Cavaliers "killed it" in the Kyrie Irving trade.

    Gilbert preceded that statement with, "I don't know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston. We could have ended up with nothing." Gilbert is thinking very results based instead of what went into the process of the trade. While Irving may leave Boston, he's a phenomenal player. The Cavs traded him while they still had LeBron James and received a good draft pick and a ball dominant, but injured Isaiah Thomas. It looks good now to have Collin Sexton instead of nothing, but when you have LeBron James on your team and are automatically in title contention, it's almost impossible to "kill it" by trading away a superstar.

    Source: Terry Pluto on Cleveland.com

  • Kiki VanDeWeghe - Team - Brooklyn Nets

    The NBA has cancelled the 2019 NBA Global Camp due to "logistical issues" but they plan to have it return in the future.

    The NBA Global Camp is essentially a draft combine for international players. There originally was the Adidias EuroCamp that ran from 2003-2017, but was stopped after the FBI's investigation into college basketball corruption. The NBA picked it up and had success in it's first year last year. Unfortunately, it appears the venue in Monaco was double-booked due to AS Monaco turning their season around and needing the facility for TV production and practice for their playoffs. Many international draft prospects entered the draft early with the hopes of getting to workout and interview with teams at the Global Camp.

    Source: Jonathan Givony on ESPN

  • Myles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers

    Myles Turner tweeted that it is a "Blatant Disrespect" he did not make an All-Defensive team.

    While Turner had a phenomenal defensive season, there are only two spots overall for centers, so someone was going to be left off. Rudy Gobert was the center on the first team and is a finalist for DPOY, while Joel Embiid was the center on the second team and had a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball for the Sixers. Turner had a marvelous season defensively and there is an argument to be made for him over Embiid, but the nature of positions on the All-Defensive teams means someone was getting left off.

    Source: Myles Turner on Twitter

  • Richaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns

    Richaun Holmes was arrested on Wednesday night for a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Miami-Dade.

    It's the second time a Suns player has been arrested in Miami-Dade, the southeastern-most county in Florida, this month – Josh Jackson was arrested at Rolling Loud, a music festival. Holmes was ironically booked as "Richard" Holmes, which we would certainly spin as an ode to how underrated he is. James Webb, who last played for the Nets in 2017-18, was also arrested. They were charged with possession of cannabis and spent a few hours in jail before posting bond. We'll see if this has any affect on Holmes' upcoming free agency.

    Source: David Ovalle on Miami Herald

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet credited the birth of his son, Fred Jr., on Monday night for his turnaround in Game 4.

    FVV said regarding his shooting woes, "Obviously it's been rough shooting the ball. I had a pretty bad stretch, so it was good to see one go in." It would make sense that he could relax mentally now that his son, his second child, was born. A big congrats to the VanVleet family on the birth of their second child; we'll see if FVV can keep the strong play going in a pivotal Game 5 in Milwaukee.

    Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter

  • Miles Bridges - F - Charlotte Hornets

    Miles Bridges tweeted on Tuesday that he was not snubbed from the All-Rookie teams.

    "I didn't get snubbed. I played like ass all year. I don't deserve to be on any team. Next year will be different," was Bridges' full tweet. He had an alright rookie season, especially when given the opportunity. All 25 of his games played after the All-Star break were starts and he averaged 9.6 points, 5.3 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 threes on 49.0%/35.1%/83.3% shooting splits in 26.2 minutes per game. There's a lot of athleticism and untapped potential that could bear fruit in year two, especially if Kemba Walker is not with the team and there's a lot more usage to go around.

    Source: Miles Bridges on Twitter

  • Kristaps Porzingis - F/C - Dallas Mavericks

    Knicks president Steve Mills claimed that Kristaps Porzingis threatened to return to Europe had the Knicks not completed a trade elsewhere according to Kurt Heln of NBC Sports

    The tense history between Porzingis and the Knicks front office has been well documented, which makes a startling headline like this one not all that surprising. It's safe to assume that Dallas' front office will not be hearing such requests, as they represent an opportunity for optimism for both Porzingis and their franchise as a whole.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Tacko Fall - C - College

    Tacko Fall of UCF, Marques Bolden of Duke, Nick Weiler-Babb of Iowa State, Jalen Hudson of Florida, Amir Hinton of Shaw University and Myles Powell of Seton Hall will all be participants of the Kings pre-draft workout.

    All of the players that will be working out for the Kings are not projected to be drafted next month. The Kings are looking at guys for their second round selections as they have three picks in that round. Unfortunately, those are the only picks they have this year as their first round selection is owned by the Celtics. Expect the Kings to continue to look at players with high ceilings like Tacko Fall. Fall, a 7’7″ center has a 10’2″ standing reach and an 8’2″ wingspan. These measurements are why Fall will get to the NBA at some point. The question of how big of an impact he will make remains to be seen. Perhaps the Kings will draft the large center with one of their three second round picks.

    Source: Deuce Mason on Twitter

  • Patrick McCaw - SG/SF - Toronto Raptors

    Patrick McCaw (personal reasons) will remain sidelined for Thursday's Game 5 vs. the Bucks.

    McCaw has missed the entire ECF thus far due to personal reasons. The basketball community hopes the best for the youngster. Even if he were to come back, he wouldn't be in line for many minutes as Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet have established themselves as part of the team's shortened eight man rotation.

    Source: NBA Injury Report