July 9, 2018, 12:51 am
The Kings have fallen to 0-2 in Las Vegas after a 78-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Harry Giles got off to a solid start, scoring six points before his first breather. He continues to be active on defense and aggressive offensively, and he might have put any concerns about his knees to rest with this jam in the first quarter:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 9, 2018
The Kings had their best quarter of play in Summer League so far. They showed coherency and shared the ball, something they certainly didn’t do last night against the Suns. Justin Jackson looked great early on with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field (2-of-4 3PT), too, helping Sacramento to a 24-18 lead after the first period.
The game remained on a fairly consistent trajectory in the second quarter. The Kings managed to keep their noses in front, led by Jackson, who had elevated his points total to 15 on 5-of-9 shooting. His inconsistency through five Summer League games isn’t the greatest sign, but every now and then he looks great on offense and offers some hope for the regular season. Defensively, he’s still got a lot of work to do and that’s probably the area that will earn him regular minutes moving forward. Sacramento held a 45-42 lead at the half.
Giles didn’t play in the second half after looking a little gassed through the first 20 minutes. The Kings have since come out saying there is no injury to report, and that they decided to rest him because of the busy playing schedule. He finished with eight points and five rebounds in 14 minutes of play.
Harry Giles is perfectly fine. The only reasons for his absence in the second half tonight is due to the Kings 5 games in 7 nights summer schedule and the coaching staff allowing other bigs to get a look.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 9, 2018
Giles’ absence might have stalled the offense a little, as the Clippers worked their way back and tied the game at 66 heading into the fourth quarter. Jackson, though, had 26 points and four 3-pointers to pace the Kings. Aside from Jackson, the Kings only had one other player (Frank Mason) in double figures at that stage.
The Clippers started making shots and jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the fourth. Sacramento went on an 8-0 run of their own to close the gap to four points, but the Clippers managed to hold on for the win. They simply got hot in the second half and were making shots more consistently than the Kings.
Jackson finished with 28 points, four rebounds and two assists on 10-of-19 shooting and 4-of-7 from three to lead the Kings. He was aggressive and looking to score whenever he was on the floor, and that’s when he’s truly at his best. It was a promising game for Jackson after a rough outing last night.
Mason managed 12 points, six assists and one steal in 30 minutes. He shot just 5-of-16 from the field and 0-of-3 from three. Mason’s playmaking has been absent so far and that’s a concern. It’s a big reason why the Kings have struggled on offense during Summer League play and it’s not a great look for Mason, who’s currently the backup point guard on the team.
Zach Auguste and Wenyen Gabriel had their best games to this point, each grabbing 10 boards to go with eight points apiece.
The Kings will have a day off before playing the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
April 19, 2019, 6:03 pmTony Snell - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Tony Snell (left ankle sprain) is not on the injury report for Saturday's Game 3 vs. the Pistons.
Snell has been expected to miss Games 1 and 2 (he did) so it looks like his timetable to return is correct. He's an important part of what the Bucks do but his value isn't as apparent in fantasy. Snell also might be eased into it since he's been out of action for a while.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 19, 2019, 5:59 pmPatrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) will be available to play on Friday vs. the Magic.
McCaw is just emergency depth at this point and won’t get much run while the team is healthy. He can be ignored in DFS although coach Nick Nurse mentioned that he wanted to get McCaw in the game for his defensive abilities.
Source: Eric Smith on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 5:56 pmJoel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) has been downgraded to doubtful for Saturday’s Game 4 vs. the Nets.
This news isn’t surprising seeing as Embiid missed Game 3 due to the knee pain. With the Sixers up 2-1 in the first round series, Embiid could sit out another one. Greg Monroe, who started Game 3, Jonah Bolden and Boban Marjanovic would be the prime beneficiaries with Amir Johnson also in line to pick up a few minutes.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 19, 2019, 4:48 pmTrajan Langdon - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves
Nets Assistant GM Trajan Langdon will interview for the President of Basketball Operations job with the Minnesota Timberwolves according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Langdon, a former Duke sharpshooter, has been with Brooklyn for three years and has quickly made a name for himself. With the Wolves rebuilding after the departure of Tom Thibodeau, there are several management spots that need to be filled before the start of the 2019-20 season and ideally before the NBA draft on June 20.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 3:37 pmKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver (right knee soreness) has increased his practice participation and is feeling good ahead of Game 3.
Korver has logged under 13 minutes combined in the series' first two contests and the Jazz offense has struggled mightily, with bricked open threes becoming an ongoing issue. Today, Korver said, "I did the most today in practice that I’ve done in a bunch of weeks, so I’ll be ready." We'll see if he can make a bigger impact as the series shifts to Utah.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 3:20 pmKemba Walker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Kemba Walker reportedly soured on the Hornets after their plan to acquire Marc Gasol fell through, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Walker was apparently deflated by Charlotte's lack of moves at the deadline. The deal for Gasol was apparently centered around Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and a first-rounder but the teams couldn't work through the protections on the pick. That's a fair move for the Hornets, as a playoff berth that resulted in a quick exit might not have been enough to entice Walker to stay anyway, and losing Walker and a lightly protected first-round pick, either this year or in the future, would've been catastrophic. Memphis got a far superior package from the Raptors to boot. Walker has been fairly insistent that he wants to stay in Charlotte but recent reports give off the vibe that he'll be heading elsewhere this summer. The team's inability to become a consistent playoff team appears to be the big factor in his potential departure.
Source: The Woj Pod
April 19, 2019, 2:47 pmEd Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 4 against the Sixers.
Davis has been nursing this ankle issue for a while now. This will really put the onus on Jarrett Allen to step up and be huge for the Nets to have a chance. Davis is the only one physical enough to body up to Joel Embiid if he does get back on the court in Game 4.
Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 2:40 pmJoel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is questionable for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets.
This isn't surprising at all after Embiid sat out Game 3. The Sixers won that game, so seeing Embiid sit out another one wouldn't be unprecedented. The Sixers clearly have the talent to put the Nets away without their best player. We'll have to see if this status improves before Saturday's tipoff.
April 19, 2019, 2:34 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
The NBA rescinded the double-technicals handed out to JaMychal Green and Kevin Durant in Thursday's Game 3.
The main impact of this is on Durant's side, who was sitting on two technicals before this one and he would face a suspension if he picked up four more over the course of the playoffs. It seems like a lofty number to begin with, but it's a good thing to keep in check.
Source: Kyle Goon on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 2:30 pmEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter said on Friday that his right hand is "feeling better, but isn't at 100%."
Kanter continues to play through some discomfort in his right hand, but this is to be expected given the gravity of the setting. It's the end of the season, anyone that's playing at 100% isn't playing hard enough.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter