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.
October 19, 2019, 8:29 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Atlanta Hawks
Allen Crabbe (right knee arthroscopy) is unlikely to play until mid-to-late-November, according to coach Lloyd Pierce.
Peirce will see how Crabbe performs once he starts practicing before integrating him into games. He underwent surgery in April and has yet to be completely recovered. He will likely see a limited role and can be left undrafted.
Source: Sarah K Spencer on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 8:16 pmCaleb MartinPG, Charlotte Hornets
Caleb Martin has agreed to a partially guaranteed three-year deal with the Hornets.
Caleb Martin went undrafted but has now joined twin brother Cody on the team. He will likely spend some time in the G League.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 8:01 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have requested waivers on Rayjon Tucker, Trevor Lacey and Jemerrio Jones.
Tucker appeared in three preseason games and averaged 3.3 points in 9.7 minutes per game. Lacey and Jones did not appear in any preseason games. All three players are likely to be headed to the G League.
Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 7:52 pmAnzejs PasecniksC, Washington Wizards
Anzejs Pasecniks and Jalen Jones have been waived by the Wizards.
Both players signed with the team on Wednesday and played in Friday's preseason game against the Sixers. Pasecniks racked up 4 points and 3 rebounds while Jones scored 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Both players may end up in the G League.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 7:29 pmJohn HensonPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Henson (right groin strain) is unlikely to play in the season opener on Wednesday.
Henson has not been able to practice fully and missed every preseason game. Once healthy, Henson is expected to back up Tristan Thompson at center. It's worth noting that Henson is also dealing with an ankle injury as well, so this may be more than just a one game absence.
Source: Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com
October 19, 2019, 6:22 pmJalen AdamsPG, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have waived Jalen Adams, Javon Bess and Kavell Bigby-Williams.
It's the time for coaches to decide who will and will not make the 15 man roster. Adams, Bess and KBW will look to latch onto a G-League affiliate.
Source: Pelicans PR on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 5:30 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside (left ankle sprain) was limited to non-contact work during Saturday's practice, but expects to play in the Blazers' opener.
Whiteside left Wednesday's preseason game after injuring his ankle through 16 minutes of play. Whiteside expects to be fine for Wednesday and is in line to have a bounce back season in his new threads.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 5:06 pmMax StrusPG, Boston Celtics
The Celtics have waived Max Strus.
The writing was on the wall with this one, as Javonte Green had been the frontrunner for the 15th and final roster spot.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 4:54 pmJemerrio JonesPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have signed Jemerrio Jones.
The Wizards waived Jones three days ago and he did not last long on the market. Jones spent time with the Lakers last season and averaged 4.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 23.8 mpg.
Source: Bucks PR on Twitter
October 19, 2019, 4:40 pmMilton DoyleSG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have waived Milton Doyle, Justin Simon and Simisola Shittu.
Bulls head coach Jim Boylan mentioned using one of the possible two-way contracts on a player outside of the organization and the Bulls leaving themselves with 16 players on their rosters points to exactly that.
Source: Bulls PR on Twitter