Your resource for Sacramento Kings game recaps, stats, analysis and some ‘Witty’ thoughts. GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!
Written by: Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’
Kings vs Heat – Bienvenido A Miami
The Kings took their 4 game losing streak to the sunny shores of Miami, Florida to face the NBA Eastern Conference’s 2nd place squad, the Miami Heat. Kings vs Heat would be a close game throughout, but would it be another heartbreaker of the often broken-hearted Kings?
‘Tom’s Tidbits’ – Kings vs Heat
*‘Tom’s Tidbits’–A ‘quick read’ summary of Kings games for people who don’t have a lot of time. I provide more in-depth info, stats and analysis later in the article for those who want to read more!*
The Kings only constant this season has been inconsistency. After a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz in Utah, the Kings would be looking to turn around their fortunes down in South Beach and maybe even party in the city where the heat is on… (Thanks, Big Willie Style, and I’m not talkin’ Cauley-Stein).
The Kings, who have been decimated by injuries all season would only have 1 player out in this game, Richaun Holmes. The Heat, who were playing their second game in a back to back, would be without star Jimmy Butler (hip).
The first quarter started off with 5 straight points by Meyers Leonard, who was ENERGIZED early. Buddy Hield hit an early three, a clean swish.
The first quarter was a little sloppy on both sides, with the Kings leading 24-21 after 1 quarter. The Kings low-key MVP this season, Bjelica, had 8 points in the 1st quarter.
Miami came out in the 2nd quarter in a zone defense, and though the Kings were getting some good looks, they weren’t converting well.
Bagley had a solid 2nd quarter, converting 2 alley-oops in a row, a finish at the rim in transition and a loose ball save to Bjelica for an ‘And-1’ opportunity.
The Kings led at half time 58-56, behind 13 points from Bjelica and 12 points from Bogi, who was 3-6 from 3 point range.
2nd Half Tom’s Tidbits – Kings vs Heat
The Kings vs Heat third quarter was…. sloppy. Both teams scored only 20 points each. The Kings missed on 5 on 4 opportunities, settling for transition 3’s instead of attacking the basket. The Kings went into the 4th with a 2 point lead, 78-76.
The 4th quarter was exciting and a bit frustrating as a Kings fan. The Kings had multiple 6 point leads throughout the 4th quarter, but could not put the Heat away.
The Heat battled back late, with a few alley-oops and dunks by the high-flying Bam Adebayo and big 3’s by James Johnson.
The Heat were closing in at 89-91, but then Bagley had two big put back dunks to give the Kings a bit more breathing room.
Miami’s Duncan Robinson hit a 3 to tie the game at 103.
The Kings had the ball with a chance to seal the victory. Bjelica drives, 3 seconds left…misses but grabs his own rebound and puts back a layup to give the Kings a 2 point lead with 1.3 seconds left!
Miami’s Goran Dragic would in-bound the ball… the 5 second count running down… he lobs it towards the rim for one last desperation attempt to send it to overtime… Adebayo pushes off of Cory Joseph… MAKES IT to tie the game at 105. UGH!
0.8 seconds left in the 4th, Bogi with a shot for the win… It’s on target… just short. To overtime we go!
“OT, OT.. There’s Never Much Love When We Go OT”
The Heat are 6-0 in overtime this season, the best in the NBA.
Buddy Hield had back to back three’s to give the Kings a 111-109 lead with 2:36 to go.
Though, the Heat would battle back and gain the lead late.
The Kings had a chance, 7.0 seconds left, down 113-116 after two Miami free throws.
Bogi has it… WEAK pass tipped by a defender and off of Fox’s hands… Heat ball. ANOTHER UGHHHHHHH!
But there was hope! The Heat throw an errant pass, Hield grabs it, passes to Bogi for 3 and the tie…. BLOCKED… the Heat hold on to win 118-113.
FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS!
Individual Stats and Thoughts
Marvin Bagley had another solid game back from his foot injury. He scored 15 points on 7-13 shooting, grabbed 15 rebounds and played 38 minutes. He and Fox looked good in tandem in the fast break and the half court offense.
Buddy Hield played a team high 43 minutes. He scored 20 points on 7-19 shooting, 5-17 from deep. Not the most efficient, but that’s Buddy!
Bjelica was again the glue for the Kings. He played solid, he had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in 37 minutes.
Bogi played decently off the bench, 14 points on 3-11 from 3 point range, all of those 3 point makes coming in the 1st half. This was his first game back from injury and sickness after missing a couple of weeks.
For the Heat, James Johnson had a huge game off of the bench. He scored 22 points on 9-11 FG’s, 4-5 from 3 point range, with some big shots late. He also added in 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks in 29 minutes.
Team Stats and Thoughts
Sacramento shot HORRIBLY from 3 point range, 13-51 for 25%.
Sacramento had more assists at 27-26 and more rebounds at 49-42.
Miami had 21 turnovers, which the Kings only turned into 11 points. The Kings had 15 turnovers, which the Heat turned into 17 points.
Sacramento also dominated the paint 58-44, though it seemed late in the game the Heat were dunking left and right.
The Kings take their 5 game losing streak from the sunny shores of Miami to the snowy suburbs of Detroit. The Piston are 16-28, 9th place in the east.
At this point in the Kings season, it’s time to develop their team, find lineups and rotations that work well and hope we can get some wins to put us in position for a playoff run if other teams in the race falter down the stretch.
All of the injuries the Kings have accrued through the season is really the biggest reason for their struggles. I’ve pointed toward a lack of consistency, losing to the Jazz by over 20 but also beating some of the NBA’s best teams, and this has all been while short handed.
Sacramento has not had a full strength line up since game 1 of the season.
The Kings recently made a trade to Portland for Kent Bazemore, Anthony Tolliver (WELCOME BACK!), and two 2nd round draft picks (2024,25) for Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan, and Wenyen Gabriel. This trade seems to be a salary dump, hopefully to make room to sign Bogi in the off-season.
Kent Bazemore has shown flashes of being a solid NBA player, but has been plagued with injuries the last few seasons. I have hopes Sac-Town will help him resurrect his career a bit. His style of play and personality could make him a fan-favorite in Sac-Town!
I predict a WIN for the Kings in snowy Detroit on Wednesday!
It ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be… GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!
-SpikeballTom – INSTAGRAM – @tomtoowitty_sports_blog
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