February 27, 2018, 12:28 am
After 24 solid minutes of play, the Kings returned from the locker room and began to look like a lottery team and the Timberwolves played like a team poised for the playoffs.
Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds in 39 minutes of play for Minnesota. While alone those stats are impressive, what’s more impressive and somewhat demoralizing for the Kings is the fact that Towns out-rebounded the entire Sacramento starting lineup up until he was removed from the game by coach Tom Thibodeau. The Kings starting five finished the game with 18 rebounds.
Towns also made 8-of-8 free throws in the game and the Kings in total went to the line 13 times.
Led by Buddy Hield, who had 13 first half points, the Kings trailed the Timberwolves just 63-60 at the break. Hield connected on 6-of-9 field goals and knocked down a three-pointer.
Hield and the Kings did a good job of rallying to end the second quarter and were able to keep their deficit manageable. After falling behind by nine, Willie Cauley-Stein got an and-one and then ran the floor and threw down a flush to trim the Minnesota lead to four. However, the Timberwolves would bite back.
Towns, who had 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half, connected on a running floater to stretch the Timberwolves lead to 10 at 61-51. Sacramento then went on a 9-2 run to finish the half.
The second run was highlighted by Skal Labissiere who scored five of the points for the Kings. Hield added the next bucket and De’Aaron Fox capped off the half with a 75-foot sprint to the basket and layup.
Labissiere finished the half with 11 points and Fox finished with six points and four assists. Andrew Wiggins stepped up in the absence of Jimmy Butler and had 12 points at the break.
The Kings competed in the first half but were out-scored 34-to-17 in the third quarter which led to a fourth quarter of mostly back-and-forth scoring and little to no defense from either side. The Kings finished the game shooting 47.6 percent from the field and the Timberwolves shot 52 percent.
After shooting 25-of-44 (56.8 percent) in the first half, the Kings shot just 15-of-40 (37.5 percent) in the second half.
Labissiere finished as the leading scorer for the Kings and though he had a good offensive game, he was beaten on defense plenty of times over the course of the game as Taj Gibson got the best of him. Gibson finished with 15 points on the night.
In addition to being out-rebounded 42-to-31, the Timberwolves also took advantage of Sacramento’s turnovers as they scored 25 points off the Kings’ mistakes.
– The Kings have now allowed their opponents to score 100 or more points in 11-of-12 contests.
– The Kings out-made the Wolves in 3-pointers 8-to-7, but attempted six more threes than Minnesota (SAC 22, MIN 16).
– New King Bruno Caboclo made his debut for the Kings and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes of play. Caboclo showed off his length as he swiped his first steal for Sacramento. He fell behind his man and was beat backdoor but wa able to make up the ground to snatch the passed ball.
– The Kings were outscored 55-to-40 in the second half.
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.
August 20, 2019, 4:55 pmJeff LedbetterG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have offered summer league guard Jeff Ledbetter an Exhibit 10 deal, but he is still mulling over his options which include playing in Europe.
Ledbetter had a productive summer league and now finds himself with a chance to play for the Austin Spurs of the G-League. Ledbetter is sure to be staring at a bigger payday in Europe, so his choice will be an interesting one. We should have a decision soon.
Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 4:49 pmEric MikaC, Sacramento Kings
The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.
The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 4:44 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."
Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.
Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 2:17 pmDerrick AlstonTeam, New York Knicks
The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.
Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 1:21 pmCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph is not expected to play for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.
Team Canada has been taking a beating the last few weeks with NBA guys continuing to pull out. This news won't have any effects on Joseph's role heading into the season, but it does create another dent in Team Canada's chances of making noise in the World Cup.
Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 1:08 pmMarcus Georges-HuntSG, Free Agent
Jay King of The Athletic is hearing that Marcus Georges-Hunt is in Boston working out with the Celtics for the next few days.
Georges-Hunt last played in the NBA for the Wolves in the 2017-18 season. Last season Georges-Hunt was waived from the Celtics in mid-October and played nine games for the Red Claws. Georges-Hunt is a longshot to make the team and carries no fantasy relevance regardless of the outcome.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 11:55 amDwight HowardC, Memphis Grizzlies
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Lakers are planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.
Marcin Gortat is also in the Lakers’ radar as the team is actively looking to sign another big after DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL last week. Speights spent the last season in China after 10 years in the NBA while Gortat remains overseas and it’s unclear whether he will be back to Los Angeles for a workout with the team.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter