• A first half dominated by Justin Jackson, a solid second half performance from Harry Giles and assist after assist from Frank Mason carried the Kings to their first Las Vegas Summer League victory of the year.

    In the Kings’ third game, they defeated the Grizzlies 94-80; both teams without their 2018 first round draft picks, Marvin Bagley III and Jalen Jackson, respectively.

    For the Kings, their Jackson made sure he got his name called in the first quarter.

    He scored 12 of the team’s first 19 points and he did it in a variety of ways. His first pair of baskets came from inside as he got the rim for a layup for his first basket and his second came on a nice stop and pop on the baseline after rolling around a screen.

    An easy 3-pointer gave him his third made basket and a layup off of an out of bounds pass from the baseline followed by another 3-pointer rounded out his first quarter scoring.

    Another King that didn’t have his name called but was active early was Wenyen Gabriel.

    Gabriel got the start for the team with Bagley out due to a hip injury and was incredibly involved. In the first six minutes of play, Gabriel had two rebounds, one block, one steal and an assist. He was also looking for his offense early as he attempted three shots, but they were all misses.

    In the second quarter the Kings got off to a rocky start with all of the starters on the bench. The ball was being dribbled too much and it resulted in the Kings only scoring five points in the first two and a half minutes.

    However, the Kings, with help from Zach Auguste would get on track. Auguste knocked down a pair of free throws with seven minutes left in the period and knocked down a nice pull-up jumper a couple minutes later for his second field goal of the game.

    An 8-0 run gave the Kings a 42-35 lead in the period and they’d take a 42-39 lead into the half.

    Jackson finished the half going 6-of-8 with 15 points, Frank Mason finished with no points but dished out six assists and Matt Jones and Anthony Brown each added seven points for Sacramento.

    The third quarter was a very impressive one from the Kings, especially the team’s defense. They limited the Grizzlies to just six points in almost minutes of action.

    Harry Giles had a pair of post-ups and finished with either hand on the inside giving him six points on the day. He also had 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of play.

    After stretching their lead to 20 points on an Auguste put back, the Grizzlies chipped into the lead with four straight points. The Kings ended the quarter with a 69-51 lead.

    In the fourth quarter Mason earned his 10th assist of the day with an assist to Jones who easily got the hoop and scored his fifth basket of the game, giving him 13 points.

    Mason showed a natural ability to dish the rock in the game and had a plus-12 plus or minus in 26 minutes of work.

    The Kings had their starting lineup, minus Gabriel, in for much of the fourth quarter and the team looked like they had some chemistry together.

    They ran plays very well also as one that stuck out was a low-block screen set by Jackson for Giles and he knocked down a shot from the middle of the key.

    Memphis attempted to trim the Kings’ lead but the likes of Giles and Mason made sure they kept their opponent an arm’s length away.

    Giles finished the game with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Mason concluded his game with 13 assists and just one turnover.

    Jackson led all Kings with 20 points.

Fantasy News

  • Derrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz

    Derrick Favors said he is looking to cut more weight during the offseason.

    “It’s something I’ll be focusing on again in the offseason,” Favors said. “I’ll be slimming down even more. Getting quicker so I’ll be able to guard on the perimeter and be able to guard in the pick and roll.” Favors dropped 26 pounds during heading into the 2018-19 season and just finished his second straight season with at least 76 games played. Favors has one more on contract with the Jazz and will likely pick up his player option this summer.

    Source: Associated Press

  • Kyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz

    Kyle Korver is uncertain if he will return for the 2019-20 season and has contemplated retirement.

    “There’s a real cost as you get older,” Korver said. “There’s all of what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at, is weighing that cost.” Korver has a player option for the 2019-20 season that becomes partially guaranteed after July 7. It would be his 17th NBA season if he chooses to return.

    Source: Associated Press

  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl shot 4-for-6 from the field for eight points with nine boards, two assists and one block in 28 minutes for a 120-103 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Poeltl was not able to shut down Nikola Jokic (43 points) but it didn't matter, as the Spurs shot 57.1 percent from the field to blow out the Nuggets. The Spurs will head to Denver for a winner-take-all affair in Game 7 on Saturday.

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris scored 14 points in Game 6 against the Spurs on Thursday night as the Nuggets fell 120-103.

    Harris scored a few points in this one but didn't do a whole lot else. The Nuggets will probably need him to have more of a visible imprint on the game to make major noise.

  • Derrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White shot 4-for-7 from the floor for 13 points with one rebound, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    White wasn't particularly effective on the stat sheet in Game 6, but his grit and solid defense helped the Spurs secure a win on their home floor. He limited his turnovers to just one in this game. White will need to stay efficient in a decisive Game 7 on Saturday in Denver.

  • Paul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap was almost a non-factor on Thursday night scoring just 12 points and adding four boards in heavy minutes.

    Millsap has to be better for this team to make any major noise deep in the playoffs. He just hasn't been back to his normal self for long stretches this year, so here's to hoping he can find form.

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay shot 7-for-11 for 19 points with four boards, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    After being a non-factor for much of the series, Gay played extra efficient as a savvy veteran on Thursday night. He led the bench in scoring and helped set the tone to force a Game 7. Gay will need another game like this if the Spurs want any chance of surviving in Denver.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan shot 12-for-16 from the field for 25 points with seven assists and seven boards in 36 minutes to force a Game 7 against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge (26 points and 10 rebounds) took it to the Nuggets for their final home game of the opening round. For a team not making much noise in the regular season, all eyes will be on the Spurs and Nuggets Game 7 on Saturday. Never count out Pop and the Spurs.

  • Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray scored just 16 points (7-of-19 from the floor) on Thursday in the Game 6 loss to the Spurs.

    Murray was quiet in this one as the Nuggets tried to close it out. He did manage six assists but Nikola Jokic is going to need some help from his supporting cast to cement a date with Portland.

  • Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.

    It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.