July 4, 2018, 12:58 am
The Kings shot an abysmal 27.7 percent from the field in Tuesday nights loss to the Warriors, falling 54-71 in their second California Classic game.
Justin Jackson got off to a solid start after struggling last night, scoring seven of the Kings’ first nine points. He was aggressive and scoring at a few different spots on the floor, which was promising to see. The Kings, however, couldn’t get anything going offensively and trailed 11-27 after the first quarter. The Warriors did a great job on both ends, and you could certainly see the impact De’Aaron Fox’s absence had on the team.
The offense improved in the second quarter but it was far from competent. The Warriors deserve credit defensively, but the Kings just weren’t running anything effective and were constantly getting shut down. Frank Mason wasn’t terrible running the offense, but it took too long to get set and the Kings had to settle for contested jumpers late in the shot clock.
It was evident at times in last night’s game, but Marvin Bagley was getting pushed around frequently when trying to post up. Against a bigger frontline in Jordan Bell and Damian Jones, that area of Bagley’s game was greatly emphasized and he struggled to move either of them around down low. It probably didn’t help playing in a disorganized offense, but he finished the first half 1-of-8 from the field.
Jackson was easily the best player on the floor in the first half, totaling 16 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting (2-of-2 3PT). The rest of the Kings shot 5-of-31 from the field for 15 points, however, they trailed by just 10 at halftime.
It was much of the same in the third quarter for Sacramento. It’s incredibly common in Summer League, so it’s not worth digging too deep. They managed just seven points in the quarter and trailed 38-58. The Warriors played with a little more poise and urgency, and it helped them win in the end.
Harry Giles and Bagley didn’t look as good tonight but Fox’s absence probably impacted that. With Fox likely done for the remainder of Summer League, we’ll see how they both fare moving forward.
Jackson finished with 20 points and five rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting (2-of-5 3PT). He really needed a strong outing after last night’s blunder, so it was promising to see him bounce back quickly.
Mason had another good game, posting 16 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals in 27 minutes. He shot 5-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from three.
Bagley shot just 3-of-16 from the field and 0-of-5 from three tonight. He had seven points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 26 minutes of play. It just wasn’t his night at all. Bagley couldn’t establish anything in the post and it meant he was off-balance or well-guarded on pretty much every attempt in the paint. He’ll undoubtedly bounce back, but playing next to a solid point guard should help him next season.
Giles also had a quiet night with four points, three rebounds, four steals and one block on 2-of-9 shooting. He looked good at times defensively with his active hands and quick feet, but offensively he ran into much of the same problems as Bagley. Bell and Jones overpowered the Kings’ frontcourt tonight, and they’ll have to adjust with Bam Adebayo on deck for Thursday.
The Kings’ next game against the Heat tips off at 2pm PST on Thursday.