October 14, 2017, 12:19 am
The Kings dropped their fifth straight game with a 106-117 loss to the Warriors on Friday.
Golden State played without Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala but they still had the goods to get by an inexperienced, and sloppy Kings team.
Sacramento hung around for most of the game but they just couldn’t put together a complete performance as the Warriors pulled away in the fourth.
Guard David Stockton led the way for the Kings amassing 23 points, three rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 28 minutes of action. Stockton shot 9-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from three on the night.
Frank Mason had another solid game posting 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 18 minutes. He’s been impressive whenever he steps foot on the court and it’s really going to make Dave Joerger think long and hard about his regular season rotation.
Malachi Richardson and Georgios Papagiannis produced their best outings of the preseason. Richardson totaled 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting (23 minutes) while Papagiannis had 13 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
Both guys are on the outside looking in when it comes to the rotation this season. Concluding preseason with solid performances like this will help their case for playing time down the road when injuries occur.
JaKarr Sampson also put forth a notable performance dropping 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes (4-of-8 FG).
Sacramento finished preseason with an underwhelming 1-5 record overall. It’s certainly not how they envisioned it going, but with such a young, inexperienced roster, winning games will be a premium this season.
George Hill (ankle), De’Aaron Fox (back) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) all missed tonight’s game with injuries but none are considered serious so they should be good to go come opening night on Wednesday.
The Kings are set to open the season against the Rockets on October 18.