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.
April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 25, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.
April 25, 2019, 1:53 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2019, 1:44 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.
He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.
April 25, 2019, 1:38 amJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.
April 25, 2019, 1:29 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:20 amKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:14 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.
April 24, 2019, 11:13 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.
April 24, 2019, 11:02 pmClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela looked healthy in Wednesday's 100-93 win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that Capela was feeling a lot better and it certainly looked it tonight. The lob-catching big man is essential to Houston's playoff success and could be in for a huge role in a potential showdown with the Warriors.