October 12, 2017, 10:01 pm
With the preseason all but wrapped up, the Kings were bit by the injury bug and looked a bit sloppy as they fell to the Clippers and dropped their fourth straight game.
De’Aaron Fox didn’t play for the Kings who were led in scoring by Zach Randolph with 14 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had a productive 24 minutes as he put up 10 points and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Sacramento fell to the Clippers 104-87.
The Kings had a productive game from beyond the arc hitting 12 three-pointers on 46 percent shooting, but finished the game shooting just 40 percent from the field in total. The Clippers finished shooting 52 percent from the field.
In addition to being out-shot, the Kings also lost the turnover battle as they gave up the ball 26 times. Projected point guard starter George Hill only played nine minutes due to a groin injury and, as mentioned, Fox rested so it’s not a big surprise that the team had trouble keeping possession of the ball.
Frank Mason continued to put up numbers as he dropped 13 points, four assists and three boards in 24 minutes. Also, Bogdan Bogdanovic shined in Los Angeles in the losing effort as he hit three of four long-balls and finished with 13 points on five of nine shooting. Bogdanovic would leave the game however with a sprained ankle after 19 minutes of play.
The Kings prepare to wrap up their preseason tomorrow against the Warriors in Oakland. It’ll be the last chance to right the ship before the games start having meaning.
After dropping four straight games, it’ll be interesting to see what lineup Coach Dave Joerger runs with to get some momentum heading into the regular season.