January 28, 2018, 9:40 pm
One big run was all it took for the Kings to unravel against the Spurs on Sunday as they fell 113-98. San Antonio closed the third quarter on a 15-5 run and fended off a couple attempted comebacks from Sacramento in the fourth quarter.
The Kings led 50-49 at the half against the wildy Spurs but the fluid offense of Gregg Popovich’s team proved to be too much to overcome for the Kings. Combine the experience of Popovich and the Spurs with the early exit of Kings’ head coach Dave Joerger due to lightheadedness and it was a recipe for disaster.
In the first half, Justin Jackson and Vince Carter combined for 25 points as the former Tar Heels helped the Kings to a lead through 24 minutes.
Jackson’s performance was not only offensive, though, as he played tough defense in the opening half. Carter added some solid minutes for the Kings and was able to knock down open baskets when given the opportunity.
The Kings played solid team defense in the half, especially the second quarter when they limited the Spurs to just 20 points.
In the second half, the Kings and Spurs exchanged leads to open the third period and with 5:23 left to play in the quarter, the teams were tied to each other at 64 a piece. However, the Spurs took advantage of some missed chances by Sacramento and turnovers from the Kings as well to stretch their lead to 79-69 heading into the fourth.
Although the Kings weren’t able to hang with San Antonio in the third, De’Aaron Fox kept the game from getting incredibly out of hand as he knocked down three 3-pointers in the period. Fox finished the game with a career-high 26 points and finished the night going 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. With Fox’s ability to finish at the rim never being an issue, his ability to knock down the long range ball would be a devastating weapon against opponents.
Fox was able to show everyone watching just how incredibly gifted he is as he stormed past what seemed like the entire Spurs’ roster in the final seconds of the first half to get to the bucket. He was fouled and knocked down both of the free throws to give the Kings their lead.
In the fourth, the Spurs were able to keep the Kings an arm’s length away and countered every made basket the Kings had with one of their own.
The last time the teams faced off it was Davis Bertans exploiting the Kings’ defense, but on this night it was Bryn Forbes having his way with Sacramento. Forbes finished the night with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting and connected on five 3-pointers.
- The Kings were without a handful of players as Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Frank Mason, Malachi Richardson and Garrett Temple all sat out of the game.
- The lack of size was evident as the Spurs out-rebounded the Kings 52-to-34. San Antonio finished with more than twice as many offensive boards as the Kings as well (SAC 6, SA 13).
- The Kings lack of depth was an issue on the night as only two of the four reserves for the team scored. Carter finished with 21 on the night and George Hill added 19 of his own. Buddy Hield and Jakarr Sampson combined for 28 minutes of action and went a combined 0-for-6.
- Sacramento ended with 21 assists and just nine turnovers, adding 18 3-pointers. The Spurs, however, shot 50 percent from the field and had an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio of 33-to-7 which helped them secure the victory.
November 17, 2019, 1:49 amDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright scored an efficient 15 points off the bench for Dallas on 6-of-8 shooting, adding four rebounds, one assist and three steals in Saturday's win over Toronto.
Wright played well and was extremely efficient for the Mavs. The three steals are great and his value lies within his abilities to generate defensive statistics.
November 17, 2019, 1:46 amJerome RobinsonSG, Los Angeles Clippers
A career night for Jerome Robinson who scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, adding five 3's, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
Robinson got an extended run in tonight's 150-101 blowout win over the Hawks. A nice game for the second-year player.
November 17, 2019, 1:42 amTerance MannPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Getting the start, Terance Mann scored a career-high 13 points in 33 minutes of action, adding six rebounds and eight assists in Saturday's blowout win over the Hawks.
With teammate Patrick Beverley out, Mann got the start and made the most of it earning career highs in points, rebounds, and assists. This is a great game for him, and something for him to build off of, but this type of output should not be expected again pending prolonged injuries to Beverley.
November 17, 2019, 1:37 amPaul GeorgeSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Paul George was on fire in Saturday's 150-101 blowout win against the Hawks scoring 37 points in 20 minutes, adding four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
In only his second game back from injury, George has scored 70 points in 44 minutes of total play. Needless to say he has already found his groove. Had the game not been a blowout from the start there is no telling how many more points he would have racked up. It is also worth noting that he shot 11-of-11 from the line tonight-coupled with the 10-of-10 from last game- he has not missed a FT yet. This torrid pace is probably not sustainable but the high usage and excellent efficiency, paired with "load-management" nights for teammate Kawhi Leonard, make George a possible top-10 player this year pending any re-occurring shoulder issues.
November 17, 2019, 1:31 amTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young scored 20 points (4-of-16 from the floor and 10-of-12 from the line) on Saturday with six assists and two threes in a 150-101 blowout loss vs. the Clippers.
The Hawks were destroyed on Saturday so throw this game out the window. Young is a top-30 player so far with averages of 26.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 3.3 threes. Forget about this game and enjoy watching Trae post top-20 value this season.
November 17, 2019, 1:23 amIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac fouled out in only 17 minutes of play after scoring seven points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks in Saturday's win over the Hawks.
In less than 16 minutes a game this season Zubac is providing top-100 value thanks to highly efficient FG and FT percentage, high rebounds and good blocks without hurting owners anywhere. He is an easy player to own that can be picked up and dropped on the waiver-wire without raising too many eyebrows.
November 17, 2019, 1:20 amDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter struggled from the floor on Saturday, shooting 5-of-14 on his way to scoring 12 points.
Hunter added a steal and a three but he is hurting more than he is helping by shooting .369 from the field this season. The drag on field goal percentage is too big to warrant rostering Hunter right now outside of deeper leagues.
November 17, 2019, 1:17 amMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points in a blowout win over the Hawks, adding four rebounds, two assists and a block in 23 minutes off the bench Saturday night.
Harrell would have picked up a few more boards and points had the game been tighter but found his services not needed in this blowout win. He will continue to provide great energy off the bench for the Clippers and a high FG percentage, points, and rebounds for fantasy owners.
November 17, 2019, 1:12 amLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams scored an easy 25 points off the bench in Saturday's win over the Hawks on 5-of-13 from the field and a perfect 15-of-15 from the line, also adding six rebounds and six assists.
In 23 minutes off the bench Williams scored 25 points, making more free throws than shots attempted. In this crazy game Williams was able to get to the line with ease and made a mockery of the Hawks' young defenders, who failed to adhere to the scouting report and fell for pump-fakes. This was an excellent game for the 14th-year guard.
November 17, 2019, 1:11 amDamian JonesC, Atlanta Hawks
Damian Jones started and scored 11 points (4-of-7 from the field) on Saturday with three rebounds and four blocks in 23 minutes.
Jones and Alex Len (five points in 18 minutes on Saturday) are currently fighting for playing time at center. Jones and Len are both low-end streaming options for big man stats, but neither player can be relied on right now.