Written by: Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’
Your resource for Sacramento Kings game recaps, stats, analysis and some ‘Witty’ thoughts. GO Kings!
Kings vs Warriors Recap: The Kings vs Warriors 2020 edition wasn’t quite what it has been in years past. Even when the Warriors were in championship form the Kings always gave them troubles. But this season is a bit different, with injuries and struggles across the board for both teams.
The Warriors are last place in the west with a record of 9-28, and the Kings are still in sniffing distance of the playoff hunt and come in at 13-23.
Both teams come in struggling, Warriors dropping 4 in a row, and the Kings going 1-9 in their last 10 games.
Ouch… That Hurts!
Both teams have been decimated by injuries this season, but the Kings a little bit less than the Warriors.
The Kings have had a steady rotation of their top players being injured at different times.
Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox was out for most of the early part of the season but is getting back into the swing of things after a few games back.
Bogdan Bogdanovich has been on the injury list multiple times this season, luckily none of those being linked to his previously injured and operated on knee. Bogi will be out tonight with the flu, not because he’s sick of the trade rumors. The Kings are 0-6 without Bogi in the lineup this season.
Marvin Bagley has been out for most of the season, came back for a few games and then sustained a new injury that still has him sidelined.
The Warriors have stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out for the season. And for this game they would be missing DeAngelo Russell and Draymond Green.
Sacramento’s last big win came against the Warriors a few weeks back where they won 100-79.
Could the Kings get back to their 2020 winning ways? Or would the Warriors get the best of this NorCal matchup? And what would Willie Cauley-Stein do?!?
Read ahead and find out!
First Half Highlights – Kings vs Warriors
Kings vs Warriors Recap: The Warriors got out to a 6-0 lead, helped by some Kings sloppy passing. But after that the Kings started humming, and the Warriors… well they have a lot of injuries.
Buddy Hield hit his first 3 pointer of the game with 7:12 in the 1st quarter to give the Kings a 13-10 lead. That was followed by a crafty De’Aaron Fox ‘And 1’ layup.
The Kings were up at the end first quarter 26-19.
The Kings continued to build their lead into the 2nd quarter. When Sacramento found success on offense they were moving the ball, getting into the paint, and playing unselfishly.
Warriors head coach (and childhood best friend of Chico State Wildcats women’s basketball head coach Brian Fogel- Go Wildcats!) Steve Kerr received back to back technicals and was ejected in the 2nd quarter. He probably just didn’t want to watch any longer.
With less than 40 seconds left in the first half Fox had a nice alley-oop to Richaun Holmes off a pick and roll.
The Warriors went 0-13 in the first half from the 3 point line.
The Kings led at half time 52-40.
Second Half Recap
The Kings came out in the second half and continued their first half dominance.
The Kings built up to over a 20 point lead at times in the 3rd. Sacramento even had a 31 point lead at the 3:30 mark of the 3rd quarter, 83-52.
Unfortunately, Richaun Holmes left the game in the third holding his shoulder. He went into the locker room for while, but was back on the Kings bench at the end of the game, which is a welcome sign.
Coach Walton emptied his bench, finally answering the cries of Kings fans to get a Caleb Swanigan appearance!
The Warriors made a small run in the 4th, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
The Kings beat the Warriors 111-98 to go to 14-23 overall, just one game back of the 8th seed in the win column.
Buddy Hield had a nice game, scoring 21 points on 7-17 shooting, 4-10 from 3 point range. He also chipped in 5 assists and only 2 turnovers, a vast improvement from 7 in the Kings previous game.
Trevor Ariza stepped up again off the bench in Bogi’s absence. Ariza played 32 minutes, scored 18 points on 7-9 shooting, 4-6 from 3 point range. Ariza also stuffed the stat sheet with 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Harrison Barnes had another solid game as a complimentary player to the Kings ‘stars’. Barnes scored 18 points on 6-12 shooting, 3-5 from deep.
Fox didn’t have his greatest game with 6 turnovers, but he did go 7-8 from the free throw line!
Team Stats – Kings vs Warriors
The Kings shot well from the 3 point line again, going 15-30 for 50%. The Kings have shot 50% or greater from deep in their last 2 games. The Warriors went an ABYSMAL 5-26 from 3 point range, 19%.
Sacramento went 18-23 from the free throw line, 78%. That is an improvement from their last game, but still needs to improve.
The Kings were distributing the ball and amassed 27 assists, compared to the Warriors 19.
Sacramento committed 23 turnovers, which the Warriors turned into 16 points off turnovers. The Warriors committed 19 turnovers which the Kings turned into 26 points. The Kings seem to commit more turnovers than their opponents most of the time but manage to score more points off turnovers.
Kings vs Warriors match-ups in the future should be much more exciting than this one was… but as a Kings fan I’ll take a blowout win any way we can get it!
Kings vs Warriors Recap: The Kings end their 4 game home stand and head to Phoenix to play the second game in a back to back on Tuesday evening.
The Suns are one game ahead of the Kings in the loss column. This is a big game for both teams, looking to stay in the scrum for that 8th seed in the west.
I have not heard if Bogi or Holmes will be available for this game, but hopefully at least one of them is back to help the Kings!
I predict a WIN for the Kings in Phoenix!
It always has been and always will be… GO KINGS!
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