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Written by: Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’
Luka What I Found….
Kings vs Mavericks was slated to be a battle between two of the NBA’s best young point guards, and poster-men of the league for years to come, Luka Doncic and De’Aaron Fox! And those two did not disappoint!
Luka Doncic has never beaten the Kings in his NBA career up to this point. The Mavs, 25-15 overall, would be looking to change that during this trip to the 916.
The Kings, 15-25 overall, came into this game winning 4 straight against the Mavs, who will be without star Kristaps Porzingis. The Kings would be missing two key pieces to their puzzle, Bogdan Bogdanovich and Richaun Holmes, who are out with injuries.
‘Tom’s Tidbits’ – Kings vs Mavericks
*‘Tom’s Tidbits’– My attempt to create a ‘quick read’ summary of Kings games for people who don’t have a lot of time to read. And then provide more in-depth info, stats and analysis later in the article for those who want to read more!*
Wednesday’s Kings vs Mavericks matchup in Sac-Town would be the Kings final game on this 3 game home-stand before heading out on the road for 5 games.
Sacramento looked good in the first quarter, playing with energy on both ends of the floor and sharing the ball on offense.
Mid-way through the 1st quarter the Kings went on an 8-0 run, which was capped by a Luka airball 3 pointer, push up the court by the Kings and a nice feed from Fox to Bagley for a two handed dunk in transition. This got the Sacramento crowd fired up!
The Kings were down at the end of 1 quarter 35-31… A good scoring quarter, but giving up 35 points a quarter is NOT a formula for winning basketball.
The 2nd quarter was back and forth as well, with both teams holding the lead at different points.
With less than a minute left in the 2nd quarter Fox drove the lane, made a NICE shot fake that got Luka off his feet, and afforded Fox enough daylight to thread a tough pass to the cutting Buddy Hield for a nifty reverse layup.
The Kings scored 67 points in the first half, their most this season! But also gave up 71 points to the Mavs….
2nd Half – ‘Tom’s Tidbits’
The third quarter wasn’t a great one for the Kings. They were outscored by the Mavs by 11, who scored 37 points in the quarter.
The Kings didn’t make a field goal in the 3rd quarter until a Barnes ‘And 1’ with 8:15 in the 3rd, where he missed the free throw.
Free throws would be an achilles heel for the Kings in this game.
Luka Doncic had a triple double with just over 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter…. and went into the 4th quarter with 22 points, 13 rebound and 15 assists in just 27 minutes of action to that point.
Feisty, Fiery, Fox
Fox had a great game but was getting very frustrated with the officiating throughout the game. He was getting clobbered on screens, hit on the arm during multiple shot attempts- with no calls. That frustration boiled over into a technical foul midway through the 3rd.
I like the ‘ticked off for greatness’ attitude Fox displayed through the game.
Though, as Fox did start getting those foul calls he and the rest of the Kings were not converting from the free throw line.
The Kings went 11-20 from the charity stripe in this contest.
The Kings played great defense on the last possession of the 3rd quarter on Luka. A nice back court double team forced him to pass to former King 1st round draft pick Justin Jackson who ended the third quarter with a nice shot make from just inside half court to give Mavs the lead going into the 4th, 108-93.
The Kings fell down by 16 at one point in the 4th but battled back.
With just over a minute left the Kings had a glimmer of hope! Fox took advantage of open driving lanes, and the Mav’s missing free throws.
Kings down 6, Buddy misses a 3 pointer, Bagley fights for the rebound, gets it, swings over to Buddy who HITS the 3! Kings down 3…
The Mavs miss one of two free throws, Fox dribbles down court, down 4 points with under 15 seconds left…launches a transition 3 pointer to get within 1 point, a decent look…. CLANK, no good. The Mavs grab the board and that was all she wrote.
Mav’s win 127-123.
Full Game Highlights – Kings vs Mavericks
Individual Stats and Thoughts – Kings vs Mavericks
Fox had another GREAT game, aside from his free throw woes. De’Aaron tallied 27 points on 11-17 FG’s, 2-4 from 3 point range, dished out 12 assists, grabbed 7 rebounds. Fox went 3-9 from the free throw line.
Barnes had a solid game in a complimentary role to Fox. He scored 25 points on 10-18 FG’s and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Hield had 25 points, but that was on 10-23 FG’s, 3-11 from 3 point range and only 2-3 from the free throw line, along with 3 turnovers.
Cry Me A River, Buddy… The Sac or the American?
After the game, emotional Buddy came out again. He called out Kings fans saying, “One minute they like you, one minute they hate you. That’s how Sacramento fans are.”
Buddy deserves the cheers he receives when he does well, but also deserves the boo’s he receives. I’ll remind you this is all after he said ‘pay me or I’ll go somewhere else where they like me’, in the off season.
Buddy has made it a CONSISTENT PATTERN this season of making bad decisions, dribbling too much and taking forced, bad shots. And that’s just his offensive woes….
I truly don’t understand how Buddy keeps being this inconsistent. Does he watch film? Is he being coached? If you watch Kings games, he CONSISTENTLY makes bad, selfish decisions, gambles too much on defense, and turns the ball over when trying to do too much on offense. That doesn’t even mention his bad habit of going 1 on 1, over-dribbling and terrible shot choice.
A guy making 80 something million dollars, who is on pace to take the most 3’s in NBA SINGLE SEASON HISTORY should not be shooting this many airballs and bad shots.
Buddy does SO much better when he is coming off of screens, shooting, or shot faking and driving to the bucket trying to draw fouls. He needs to accept his role. Which he can THRIVE in if he does accept it.
BUDDY IS NOT A FACILITATOR OR POINT GUARD. I like Walton as a head coach, but I’m not sure if the coaching staff is trying to make Buddy into a facilitator, or if he is just taking it upon himself to play outside of his ‘zone’ and prove himself as not being a one dimensional player.
He’s great at one dimension, keep doing it!
Hield is not as bad at dribbling as he was last year, one positive I guess….?
Luka What I Can Do!
Doncic had a great game against the Kings. He added another triple double to his league lead in that category. Luka scored 25 points, dished out 17 assists, grabbed 15 rebounds, all while hitting 9-10 free throws. Though, he was 0-5 from 3 point range.
Luka is one of the best passers in the league. Doncic really uses his size and strength well in the passing game. Luka likes to throw an overhead, soccer style throw in, pass. He LOVES using the skip pass to find open three point shooters, which helped the Mavs score multiple times from deep in the contest vs the Kings.
Former King, Seth Curry, torched the Kings off the bench. He scored 21 points on 5-8 shooting on 3 pointers.
Team Statistics and Thoughts
Both teams shot over 50% from the field, which showed itself in the final score.
The biggest difference in the game was the free throw line. The Mavericks went 20-24, while the Kings shot an ABYSMAL 11-20.
Should the Kings keep praying to Jesus to make that better too, Hield? UGH! (“We’ve just got to go Jesus, ask Jesus to heal us real quick,” Hield recently commented about the Kings injury woes.)
Somehow the Kings won the assist category, 28-24. They also only committed 8 turnovers, compared to the Mavericks 11.
The Kings bench scoring was lacking again in this contest. Trevor Ariza and Corey Joseph shouldn’t be relied upon to be the big scorers off the bench but with injuries to Bogi and Holmes, they are forced to be.
I cannot wait until the Kings are healthy and have a few games together to show what they are really made of.
The Kings have a few days off to lick their wounds, listen to more of Buddy’s 80 million dollar complaints and hopefully watch some tape before their next game at Utah on Saturday.
I’m frustrated as a Kings fan, but still VERY optimistic.
It ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be… GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!
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