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.
February 28, 2020, 7:57 pmBruce BrownSG, Detroit Pistons
Bruce Brown (knee soreness) is very unlikely to play in the Pistons' game against the Suns on Friday evening, according to coach Dwane Casey.
This will be Brown's second straight game on the shelf. The Pistons have no reason to run guys out there if they aren't completely healthy, so this is not a shocker by any means. Brandon Knight and Svi Mykhailiuk will see more opportunities on Friday for the Pistons.
Source: James Edwards on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 7:47 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (back soreness) is available and in coach Mike Budenholzer's starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.
If he had sat this one out, it likely would have been more due to rest than anything else. He may sit some games the rest of the way because the Bucks are so far ahead in the standings and have locked up a playoff spot. Fantasy owners should be wary and alert prior to his games, especially in games against subpar opponents.
Source: Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 7:25 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. will be in the starting lineup for the Heat-Mavs contest on Friday.
Kelly Olynyk is shifting back to the bench to make room for Jones. Now that Jimmy Butler is back Jones role is limited, and he is more of a 16-team option under these circumstances. This roster is just too deep with Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala now joining the fray. Jones is still useful if you are hunting steals or blocks. Olynyk will have his moments in the right matchups, but is mainly a deep league play.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 7:16 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) said he will take the court on Friday against the Grizzlies.
Fox will get his wish as will his fantasy owners. The Kings are still on the fringes of the playoff picture and hopefully Fox can stay healthy enough to keep playing these games out. It hasn't been the finest season, but he has been slowly improving if you ignore the ugly free throw shooting.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 7:11 pmJalen BrunsonPG, Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson has confirmed he has a torn labrum and that he has no timetable for a return.
Brunson's focus is on recovering from the injury so he can make a return this season to help the Mavs in the postseason, and off season surgery is on the table. It's a tough break for Brunson, who should be dropped in all leagues unless he is a deep dynasty format stash. The outlook for Delon Wright and J.J. Barea remains a bit rosier with this news.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 7:07 pmBismack BiyomboC, Charlotte Hornets
Bismack Biyombo will start for the Hornets when they face the Raptors on Friday.
Cody Zeller seems to be getting limited activity for the Hornets and that is allowing Biyombo to get some larger opportunities when he rests. If you can get the timing down Biyombo will make for a nice streamer and DFS target. The situation is a mess in terms of reliability until we get better notice on Zeller's "rest" status.
Source: Hornets PR on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 6:55 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
As expected, Luka Doncic will play through his left thumb sprain on Friday against the Heat.
Get Doncic in your lineups and enjoy the show. With Doncic active everyone else will slide into there usual roles for the Mavs. Doncic has been a bit better from the free-throw line post All-Star break. The free-throw shooting is what can keep him from being a first-round talent.
Source: Mavs PR on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 6:45 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
As far as head coach Rick Carlisle knows, Luka Doncic (left thumb sprain) will play on Friday against the Heat.
This is a repeat of what Carlisle said earlier this afternoon. Assuming warmups are not a problem it seems like Doncic will be good to go for the Mavs. If for some reason he did sit out, the Mavs would turn towards Delon Wright, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea.
Source: Dwain Price on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 6:41 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) will be a gametime call for Friday's contest with the Grizzlies.
Fox wants to be out there and assuming everything goes well during warmups it sounds like he can push through the injury. It'd be nice if Fox was simply healthy, but at this point we'll have to be satisfied with the fact that he intends to push through the pain. Cory Joseph will get the first crack at point guard duties if Fox is forced to sit.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 6:37 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) is active for Friday's Heat-Mavs game.
Adebayo rolled right through the injury on Wednesday, and it is great that he will be back in the thick of things for the Heat on Friday. May the dream season, where Adebayo has lived up to the fantasy hype and then some, continue.
Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter