November 5, 2016, 7:43 pm
The Sacramento Kings dropped their fourth straight game of the road trip Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The team struggled mightily with Rudy Gay out for the game with rib issues, and they appeared to be over-matched from the start.
Sacramento had no answer for a Milwaukee team that looked to push the ball all night, taking advantage of their youth and athleticism. The Bucks also used their athletic ability to smoother Sacramento on the defensive end, where the King’s lack of wing scorers was more evident than it has been in any other game this season.
Here are some notes from the game:
- Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis both found their way into game action for the first time this season. Labissiere entered after the Kings were already down by quite a bit in the third quarter, with the Papagiannis joining late in the fourth. They combined to score 10 points, with eight of those coming from Labissiere.
- The Bucks had a drastic advantage on the glass, with 53 boards against Sacramento’s 36. The Kings have struggled with rebounding this season, so it may be time to look at adjusting some rotations to hide their weaker rebounders.
- Garrett Temple had a great game, scoring 19 points and racking up 4 assists, while bringing his usual brand of tough defense on the other end of the floor. With Ty Lawson struggling to score and defend so far, the Kings may want to give Temple the majority of the minutes at point guard going forward. The team will need to decide who backs up Darren Collison when he’s eligible to return, and Temple made a convincing case for himself Saturday night.
Sacramento now turns their attention to the Toronto Raptors, who are likely the toughest opponent for the Kings on the road trip. With the team losing their first four games of the trip, they will need a great game in Toronto to go back home with a win.