• The Sacramento Kings headed to Memphis Friday night looking to start their six-game road trip on a positive note, but an inconsistent performance offensively led them to their seventh straight loss.

    The Kings were able to get off to a hot start behind some strong play from Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Aaron Fox. The duo combined for nine points in the first quarter, but the rest of the team struggled to open the game.

    The issues for the rest of the team were apparent in most aspects of the game to start out, but the rebounding was particularly concerning. Memphis opened up the game with a 16-8 advantage on the glass en route to a 30-17 lead heading into the second quarter.

    The game appeared to be heading in a bad direction at that point, and the beginning of the second quarter didn’t inspire much confidence. The team continue to put up bad shots and struggled to chip away at the Grizzlies lead.

    The Kings eventually turned things around with a 12-0 run, tying the game at 32 points before finishing the half tied at 40. Bogdan Bogdanovic helped get things going for the team during the run, and generally acted as a calming presence for the team throughout the half.

    The third quarter opened up with more lackluster play from the Kings, as the team struggled to find any rhythm on offense. Sacramento was able to turn things around a bit in the last five minutes of the quarter, but still never found their rhythm and entered the fourth quarter with an eight-point deficit.

    The Kings still had a good chance to come back heading into the fourth quarter, but the team’s inability to stop the Grizzlies kept them from making a dent in the lead, allowing the Grizzlies to coast to a 106-88 victory.

    GAME NOTES

    • Dave Joerger announced earlier in the week that he would be resting the team’s veteran players on a more regular basis in an effort to give the Kings’ young players more opportunity, and tonight’s game was an obvious display of that. George Hill and Kosta Koufos both sat out, but more importantly the team found some decent minutes for Georgios Papagiannis and Justin Jackson. Neither player was able to do much in their time on the court, but the fact that the two players combined to play over 34 minutes is a clear sign that Joerger plans to put a much larger emphasis on development moving forward.
    • Skal Labissiere stuggled to get going offensively, but there was plenty to be happy about with his performance.  Labissiere was all over the court on the defensive end of the floor, finishing the game with three steals and a block in the loss.  Labissiere is known for his skills on the offensive end of the court, but nights like this show just how much potential he has on both sides of the ball.

    The Kings will play the second game of their six-game road trip Monday night when they visit the Hornets in Charlotte. The Hornets struggled with injury and inconsistency early in the season, but a recent surge from the team has them looking much more dangerous than their 18-25 record would indicate.

Fantasy News

  • Jabari Parker
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    Jabari Parker said on Wednesday morning that he is most likely playing tonight, even though he is being listed as questionable due to right shoulder pain.

    Jabari has been returning borderline top-30 value the last couple weeks with John Collins sidelined due to a suspension. He doesn’t seem to be in danger of missing tonight’s game but we should wait for another update closer to tip-off.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Marvin Bagley III
    PF, Sacramento Kings

    Luke Walton said on Tuesday that Marvin Bagley is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday and he will accompany the team on a four-game East Coast road trip that starts on Friday.

    Bagley has been out since suffering a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb in the opening night. The Kings initially said that Bagley would be out four to six weeks and today will mark the four-week mark for the 20-year-old power forward who has gotten increasingly more physical in on-court workouts over the past several days. The buy-low window is rapidly closing and it will be interesting to see how the Kings use him once he is ready to return. Just make sure he is not sitting on any waiver wires.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

  • Zylan Cheatham
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    The Pelicans have transferred two-way players Zylan Cheatham and Josh Gray to the Erie BayHawks of the G League on Wednesday.

    Both of them had joined the Pelicans recently due to a myriad injuries that decimated the team’s depth.

    Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter

  • Josh Magette
    PG, Orlando Magic

    With Michael Carter-Williams sidelined with what the team has labeled left hip "irritation," the Magic have had point guard Josh Magette, who is on a two-way contract, join the team on its current road trip.

    Magette has played really well in the G League so far this year but he will provide nothing more than insurance depth behind Markelle Fultz and D.J. Augustin.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Jonathan Isaac
    PF, Orlando Magic

    Steve Clifford said on Wednesday morning that, unless an unforeseen setback occurs during shootaround, Jonathan Isaac is on track to play tonight against the Raptors.

    Isaac has missed the Magic’s last two games because of a sprained right ankle that happened at a team event. We should probably get another update later today but owners should prepare to have Isaac back tonight. Al-Farouq Aminu played well in his absence and it will be interesting to see whether Clifford can manufacture more playing time for the Nigerian forward.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets have become a considerably more effective fast-breaking team this season, but the improved pace could also be helping their halfcourt offense.

    Houston is eighth in the NBA in fast-break points per game this season with 14.9, an increase from 19th last season when the team averaged 12.0 fast break points. They also have the top-ranked offense in the league, averaging 112.7 points per 100 possessions, in part because they have gotten into their halfcourt sets much quicker. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni credits the increase in pace to the addition of Westbrook who seems to be blending nicely with James Harden so far.

    Source: Houston Chronicle

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    The Bulls announced on Wednesday that Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms.

    This actually might be good news as we now have a crystal clear timetable about his potential return. Porter should be stashed in all leagues and hopefully he will be able to return soon. Look for Chandler Hutchison to continue starting for the Bulls at small forward.

    Source: Bulls PR on Twitter

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony finished with 10 points on just 4-of-14 shooting in his debut with the Blazers, but Terry Stotts said that he felt "very encouraged" by the chances his power forward was getting throughout the game.

    Melo also had five fouls and five turnovers while he talked about adjusting to the speed of the game again after sitting out for an entire year. The Blazers meanwhile seem poised to continue using him in a starting role and it remains to be seen what kind of value can Melo generate in his new home.

    Source: ESPN

  • Ty Jerome
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Suns GM James Jones said on Tuesday that rookie point guard Ty Jerome is still a couple weeks away from returning to action.

    There still hasn’t been an official update and Jerome is now closing in on an absence of almost one month. The Suns have struggled in the last couple games with Ricky Rubio bothered by back spams while the backup point guard position looks to be up for grabs.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Serbian Basketball Federation made official this morning the hiring of Igor Kokoskov as the head coach of their national team.

    Kokoskov is currently an assistant with the Kings while he coached the Suns last year. He has tremendous experience at the international level where he helped lead Slovenia to the 2017 EuroBasket gold medal. Serbia failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year and they will compete for a wild card earlier this upcoming summer.

    Source: Sportando