• No Frank Mason, an off night for Justin Jackson and a Harry Giles ejection all led to the Kings being eliminated from the Las Vegas Summer League tournament.

    The Cavaliers defeated the Kings 96-84 on Wednesday afternoon.

    Jackson shot and shot and shot some more but ended the game 7-of-24 from the field for Sacramento. Zach Auguste, who’s battling for a roster spot — or potential two-way deal — had himself another top notch game for the Kings as he finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

    Giles had a rough shooting game, but showed some other facets of his game, especially his dishing ability and finished with six dimes in a game cut short by an ejection.

    Wenyen Gabriel had some good looks and finished with 15 points and three rebounds.

    The absence of Mason and the play of rookie Collin Sexton for Cleveland got the Cavaliers off to a rapid start against the short-handed Kings.

    Giles and Jackson each looked a bit off to begin the game as well. Giles missed a couple easy looks and Jackson missed his first five shots before connecting.

    It was the same play Jackson and Giles connected with yesterday on the baseline as Giles gave the rock to Jackson and set a pick to free him.

    Although the Kings would trail 20-6 with under four minutes to play, the Kings, led by Jackson would go on an 8-0 run to make it a closer contest.

    Jackson knocked down a free and a wide open look from the right angle of the 3-point arc to make it the six point game it was.

    Another breathe of fresh air off the bench was Auguste, who’s continued to excel played in just four minutes and had five points, a steal, an assist and a rebound.

    At the end of the first period, the Cavs led 24-19.

    The second quarter was more of the same from Sexton, but the Kings continued to keep up but ended the half down eight.

    Giles looked more comfortable in the post and showed an ability to pass as he found open teammates and fit passes into creases to dish out a few assists. Overall, the ball seemed to be moving better than in the first period. Jackson also knocked down an open 3-pointer exhibiting the consistency that the Kings need to see out of him this year.

    The third period was a sloppy one for the Kings and the ugly period became even more strange when the lights went dim in the middle of the period.

    After a bit of a delay, both teams decided the atmosphere was light enough to continue play and the game went on. Matt Jones knocked down a 3-pointer to give himself seven points and the Kings trailed by six with about three minutes to play.

    Auguste’s strong game continued in the period and got to the foul line a couple times, but missed three attempts in the quarter.

    Although a couple players, like Auguste and Giles had good looking quarters, the Kings found themselves down 12 at the end of the third.

    After trimming the lead to six points in the fourth quarter, the Cavs exploded to take a 20-point lead and all but seal the deal on the Kings’ Summer League championship hopes.

    The most exciting part of the fourth was a put-back dunk by Brandon Austin, however, the dunk was ultimately wiped off due to a foul for over the back by Austin.

    The Kings will now have tomorrow off before playing their consolation game Friday against a team TBA.

Fantasy News

  • RJ Barrett
    SF, New York Knicks

    In an interview with David Fizdale, the coach mentioned that he would sprinkle in some point guard time for RJ Barrett due to his comfort with the ball in his hands.

    Barrett handled the ball plenty at Duke and his 4.3 assists per game show he had some success (though his 3.2 turnovers show he has room for improvement). The Knicks have plenty of rotation players that will handle the ball in Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr. and Julius Randle, but this year should be all about developing their young players. Barrett should have nice assist numbers for a wing you can draft in the late rounds.

    Source: Mike Vorkunov on Twitter

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott sank four treys on his way to 14 points (5-for-10 FGs) in a loss to the Wolves on Tuesday.

    McDermott is a 3-point streamer and not much else these days. He provides very little else, especially now that he's likely to get under 20 minutes per game for the second season.

  • Aaron Holiday
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    Aaron Holiday (upper respiratory infection) returned to the court on Tuesday against the Wolves, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Fellow point guard T.J. McConnell (10 points and eight assists in 20 minutes tonight) has been soaking up enough of the point-guard minutes, that Holiday's role isn't simply the full-time backup point guard that many fantasy players hoped. Edmond Sumner (upper respiratory infection) also played after previously being listed as questionable. Sumner had 11 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Goga Bitadze (ankle) impressed in his Pacers debut on Tuesday as he went for 14 points (6-for-9 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    It was a nice way to begin his career in Indy. Bitadze won't likely play this many minutes on a regular basis, but he should get enough minutes to warrant rostering in deep leagues right away. He's in a situation similar to fellow rookie big man Brandon Clarke. Both are currently blocked but have big dynasty value.

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis double-doubled on Tuesday in a 119-111 loss to the Wolves, putting up 11 points (3-for-7 FGs, 4-for-6 FTs), 13 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes.

    Sabonis is in line for a slightly bigger role this season, but he's still likely to be a very Enes Kanter-like big man. That is, he'll do everything a traditional center does without the blocks but with good free throw shooting.

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
    C, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Karl-Anthony Towns dominated on Tuesday with 33 points (13-for-20 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and four threes in a 119-111 win over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

    What, no steals? Kidding. This is about all you could ask for from a top-5 fantasy pick. Towns had all of his strengths on display in limited minutes tonight. He should certainly be in consideration for the first pick in drafts.

  • Jarrett Culver
    G-F, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jarrett Culver came off the bench and dropped 15 points (7-for-14 FGs, 1-for-2 FTs), four rebounds, three assists and one steal on the Pacers in 20 minutes in a win on Tuesday.

    Culver's lines are looking respectable already with minutes in the low 20s. The 20-year-old will likely have some growing pains, but he looks like an all-around player to keep an eye on as the season gets underway. Josh Okogie also played 20 minutes off the bench and put up five points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier dished out seven assists in addition to nine points (2-for-8 FGs, 3-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and two triples in 19 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Napier could find himself in a good position should anything happen to Jeff Teague this season. Even as it stands now, there aren't many other trusted ball handlers on the Wolves. Those in deep leagues should make sure he's rostered as he's shown great production in the past.

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jordan Bell (left calf strain) got his first action of the preseason on Tuesday and had four points (2-of-4 from the field) and five rebounds in seven minutes.

    Bell has a new opportunity with the Wolves this season and he returned to his crazy per-minute stats tonight. He's a definite watch, as he could get backup minutes at both the four and five spots. Bell only needs about 20 minutes per game to be worth starting in deeper leagues. Keita Bates-Diop (back spasms) was available but did not play in this one.

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague didn't shoot well but had a solid night on Tuesday, providing nine points (3-for-14 FGs, 2-for-3 FTs), three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Teague isn't the solid bet to finish inside the top-50 that he used to be, but he's a great value around pick 90 where he's been going in drafts.