October 2, 2017, 11:11 pm
The Kings opened preseason with a victory on Monday night, beating the Spurs 106-100. Wins aren’t necessarily the goal during preseason, but it’s always encouraging to see the team play as well as they did.
Sacramento started the game with all of their veterans, a move that many may not have expected but shouldn’t necessarily be all that surprising. Joerger will likely want his young players to earn their spot in the starting rotation, so he isn’t likely to hand it to any of them in the first game of preseason.
With that said, Joerger didn’t play any of the starters more than ten minutes, so he made sure to not rely on the vets too much.
Joerger put an emphasis on playing the young players, and most of them were able to seize the opportunity. Sacramento’s pair of rookie point guards had a terrific debut, with De’Aaron Fox scoring 16 points in just under 17 minutes, and Frank Mason dropping a team-high 17 points.
Despite being rookies, both Fox and Mason certainly didn’t play like they were. Fox making plays on both ends and showing some nice touch around the rim while Mason made his case for regular season minutes with his impressive shot-making ability.
Skal Labissiere managed 15 points and Buddy Hield looked solid too but both struggled to limit turnovers, committing a combined seven turnovers while only getting only two assists each.
Harry Giles (knee) sat out tonight, with ‘rest’ being cited as the reason behind it. It’s unclear when we’ll actually see him suit up for the Kings but the good news is that he’s been a full participant in all of Sacramento’s practices so far.
The team will now prepare for their first road game of the preseason when they head to San Antonio for a rematch against the Spurs. The Kings were able to pull out a win against the Spurs at the Golden One Center, but the Spurs will likely be a much tougher matchup on the road.