• A 23-point deficit after one quarter wasn’t enough to do the Kings in but a Russell Westbrook game-winner at the buzzer was as the Thunder defeated Sacramento 110-107.

    After the first 12 minutes, it seemed the Kings hadn’t gotten over their All-Star break but the reserves, led by Buddy Hield and Skal Labissiere came out to play in the second quarter and trimmed a huge Thunder lead to just seven at the break.

    Hield and Labissiere combined for 20 of the Kings’ 60 points in the first half as Hield went 5-of-8 from the field and Labissiere made three of his five attempts. Labissiere made his presence known on the defensive end for much of his 14 first half minutes and also ran the floor incredibly well for Sacramento. At the half he had the team’s highest plus-minus of plus-10.

    The Kings weren’t able to contest the Thunder in the first period as the big-three of Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Westbrook had their way. George had seven assists in the first quarter of play and the team had 20 total assists at half. The Kings had 13 assists of their own;

    Oklahoma City ended the first half shooting almost 55 percent from the field and outscored Sacramento 23-to-10 on fast break points.

    Zach Randolph, who was the only King to score in the first six minutes of the game, finished the half with 14 points and eight rebounds.

    To begin the third period, the Kings and Thunder exchanged buckets. IN the first game since the All-Star break, the Kings found themselves relying on the veterans to steal the lead from Oklahoma City and stretch it for the home team.

    Vince Carter played an intricate role in the comeback as his effort on the defensive end began runs. His offense, including a drive to hole which resulted in a dunk and a savvy back-down which led to a three-point play, helped close the gap. A Carter three-pointer in the third quarter gave the Kings their first lead of the game as well.

    Using their second consecutive 30-point quarter and a 16-0 run to end the third, the Kings had a five point lead of 90-85 heading into the fourth.

    In the fourth quarter the Kings and Thunder went back-and-forth in what ended up being a Rocky-styled battle. Randolph was an almost unstoppable force for the Kings and Hield knocked down a big three late in the game to extend Sacramento’s lead. With less than a minute to play, the Kings fell behind by two points.

    After Justin Jackson tipped in a missed basket to tie the game at 107 with just a second to play, Westbrook, who like Jackson had been off for much of the night, drained a mostly uncontested three from the top of the key to seal the victory for the Thunder.

    NOTES

    • The Kings fell to the Thunder for the second time in three games and will face the Thunder one more time in Oklahoma City in March.
    • The Kings limited the Thunder to just 41 points in the second and third quarters combined after allowing 44 in the first quarter.

Fantasy News

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.

    Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.

    Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.

    This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.

    Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.

    Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.

    White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.

    Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.

    Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills went off in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points as Australia beat USA 98-94.

    Although it was only an exhibition, it was still a huge moment for Mills and the Australian team in front of a huge crowd as they handed the US team their first loss since 2006. Mills was serenaded with MVP chants as Joe Ingles also played well with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists while Andrew Bogut came off the bench for 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.

    Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.

    Source: USA Basketball on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.

    The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Marcus Derrickson
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Marcus Derrickson to an Exhibit 10 contract on Friday.

    It looks like Derrickson will be a G-League option for the Hawks, so there's nothing to see here. At one point he was competing for the last roster spot on the team. We don't need to keep of track of every computer-generated player.

    Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter