October 6, 2017, 8:44 pm
It was all on the heels of the young Kings to pull a win out of San Antonio, but in the end they were outmatched and outplayed.
The Kings opened their second preseason game with a strong first quarter, but from the second quarter on the Spurs took care of business on their way to handing Sacramento a 113-93 loss in a rematch of Monday’s contest.
The two teams put on a sloppy affair in San Antonio and after being limited to just 15 points in the first quarter, the Spurs took control with a 36-point second period.
Buddy Hield led the Kings at the break with 12 points and Skal Labissiere had eight himself. The teams remained close at the half with San Antonio up 51-48, but the Spurs were able to extend their lead to nine heading into the fourth.
When the Kings tried to make a push in the final quarter, the Spurs were able to knock down big threes to counter the momentum. For the game, the Kings had difficulties guarding the perimeter. In total, the Spurs shot better than 50 percent for the game on their way to victory.
After Dave Joerger went with all veterans in the starting lineup in the preseason opener, he decided to run with the youngsters in the second game and even rested the entire starting five from the debut game.
Four of the Kings starters finished the game with double figures with Hield finished with 12 points. Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and nine rebounds, De’Aaron Fox had 12 and Labissiere dropped 13. The lone starter to not reach double figures was Malachi Richardson. Richardson got the start over rookie Justin Jackson at the three spot and attempted to prove he deserves to settle into the rotation. He finished with two points.
Georgios Papagiannis led the way off the bench for the Kings with 10 points, Frank Mason had five, Bogdan Bogdanovic had four and Justin Jackson added four.
The Kings’ next game will be Sunday against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. The game, which will be played at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as usual, is being used to support the victims of the shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday. The teams will donate the proceeds from the game to those affected by the shooting.
February 17, 2019, 11:20 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard (knee soreness) suited up for the All-Star Game on Sunday and scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes of action in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis.
He added five rebounds, five threes and two assists to the box score. Leonard has been in and out of the lineup for the Raptors quite a lot this season, but hopefully he can have a healthy second half of the season. If he can stay on the court, he should continue to hover around top-5 value in all formats. Expect Leonard to return for the Raptors' first game after the break ends.
February 17, 2019, 11:19 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 17-of-23 shots on Sunday to score an All-Star game-high 38 points and 11 boards in the 164-178 loss to Team LeBron.
Steph Curry logged 29 minutes with 17 points but it wasn't enough as his teammates Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 51 points tonight. Giannis was second on his squad in minutes with 27 and everyone should be well rested coming out of the All-Star break.
February 17, 2019, 11:11 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving (right knee strain) put up 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and six assists in a Team LeBron win over Team Giannis in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
He hit a 3-pointer and made some clutch plays down the stretch to help his team seal the win. Irving missed two games from this injury and should be good to go after the break for the Celtics and is a top-10 option for the remainder of the season.
February 17, 2019, 11:08 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant added some hardware to the mantle at home by taking Sunday night’s All-Star game MVP trophy.
Durant scored 31 points with six triples in the come from behind victory for Team LeBron 178-164 over Team Giannis. Durant got into it with Joel Embiid a few times, while swatting two shots in their matchup.
February 17, 2019, 11:03 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis made an appearance in the All-Star game on Sunday, logged only four minutes.
Davis finished with five points in four minutes, all in the first half, while appearing disinterested in giving it his all. Now owners will have to wait and see if the Pelicans try to shut him down despite the NBA’s insistence that he’s on the court if he’s healthy.
February 17, 2019, 7:48 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis confirmed in a live TV interview that he’s playing in Sunday’s All-Star game.
Davis owns the All-Star record for most points and while he might not push himself too hard tonight, he might still be motivated to put on a show. Davis can cast plenty of shade at the Pelicans if he plays well, as it’s rumored to Pelicans want to shut him down after the All-Star break, and the NBA wants to keep their top players active.
February 17, 2019, 7:05 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis (left shoulder contusion) is "good to play" for Sunday's All-Star game, according to Marc Stein.
The Pelicans probably don't like this as they don't want him on the court for regular games. If you're playing DFS for the All-Star game, count on Davis playing, and we respect your dedication to the game.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
February 17, 2019, 4:38 pmTyus Jones - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
In an article on The Athletic, Jon Krawczynski noted that Tyus Jones (left ankle sprain) should be returning in the Wolves' first game after the All-Star break.
The Wolves return to action on Friday at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Krawczynski also noted that Robert Covington (knee) should not be far behind Jones' return, which will give the Wolves much-needed depth as they make a playoff run.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on The Athletic
February 17, 2019, 4:28 pmJared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets
Jared Dudley (left hamstring strain) tweeted that he will be back for the next game as long as "everything goes according to plan."
The Nets will resume their season on Thursday as they host the Blazers. Dudley won't be on any fantasy radars, but he could be a pest by stealing minutes from Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Rodions Kurucs.
Source: Jared Dudley on Twitter
February 17, 2019, 4:23 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo plans to play for Greece in the FIBA World Championships this summer.
Giannis said the only way he won't play is if he has any injury concerns. He should be able to dominate the championships that start on August 31st in China.