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.