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Written by: Tom Witt – TomTooWitty Sports Blog
Kings vs Bulls – Buddy Bench Balla
The Kings headed to Chicago looking for their first win on their road trip against the injury riddled Bulls squad. Even more exciting, Kings vs Bulls would be the first game in the campaign for “Buddy 6th Man”!
Two Teams Bit By The Injury Bug
Both the Bulls and Kings are looking for some type of turn around. The Bulls, 17-29, may be the only team that has more injuries than the Kings, and the only coach in the NBA who is more ridiculed than Luke Walton, in Jim Boylen.
The Kings would be missing Marvin Bagley, who is dealing with foot soreness, and Richaun Holmes. The Bulls would be missing Lauri Markannen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Otto Porter. (Remember when the Kings almost gave ‘the bag’ to Otto Porter…)
This game would be the game that Buddy Hield begins his campaign to be the best 6th man in the league! Bogdan Bogdanovich would start at the shooting guard position for Buddy. This is a move I am highly in favor of and have advocated for in previous articles.
The Kings had a lead for most of the game, lost the lead a few times in the 2nd half, and then ended the game comfortably with a win in Chicago to end their 6 game losing streak.
*‘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!*
This game started off with back to back turnovers by each team, a fitting start by two teams in turmoil.
The Kings started off the first quarter on a 13-3 run. Sacramento continued their solid 1st quarter and held the lead at the end of 1 quarter, 29-21.
The Bulls went on a 12-2 run early in the 2nd quarter to tie the score at 33.
That Bulls run was countered by a Sacramento 11-0 run to give the Kings the lead at 44-33.
Back to back three pointers by Hield and Bjelica grew the Kings lead to 12 late in the 2nd quarter.
The Kings took the lead into halftime, 55-44. In the 1st half Fox had 9 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 4 rebounds!
2nd Half ‘Tidbits’
The Bulls went on a 15-2 run early in the 3rd quarter to gain their first lead of the game at 59-56. That was a short lived lead, as Buddy Hield made a 3 to tie the game quickly after.
The Kings were scoreless for over 4 minutes late in the 3rd quarter, but fortunately the Bulls did not take advantage.
Harry Giles had a HUGE block at the rim that ended up being a Sportscenter Top 10 play! “Duh-nuh-nuh-nah-nuh-nuh!”
VIDEO OF HARRY GILES BLOCK
With the game well in hand for the Kings, the newest Pizza Guy, Kyle Guy, made his first NBA shot with just over a minute left in the game!
Is there any worse pizza out there than Pizza Guys? Maybe Sbarro… maybe.
The Kings pulled away at the end and won the game comfortable, 98-81.
Full game highlights below:
Individual Stats and Thoughts – Kings vs Bulls
Buddy “Bench Balla” Hield had probably his best game of the year, coming off of the bench! Buddy played 23 minutes, scored 21 points on 7-12 field goals, 5-9 from 3 point range and added in 8 rebounds.
I have advocated for it before and I will continue to, bring Buddy off of the bench! It’s more demoralizing mentally to be taken out of the game as a starter, especially for an ’emotional’ guy like Buddy. Let him get a feel for the game on the bench, come in and do his thing shooting, coming off screens, running around, and when he get’s taken out it won’t feel as ‘harsh’.
Will Buddy be alright with his role of coming off the bench, or will his ego get in the way? We shall see!
Fox also had a solid game, while only playing 25 minutes he scored 18 points, 5-14 from the field, 8-9 from the free throw line and added in 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
Team Stats and Thoughts
The Kings did well to get to the free throw line and knock down those shots. Sacramento went 18-21 for 85%.
During Sacramento’s latest 6 game losing streak they were ranked last in MANY free throw related categories.
During this 6 game stretch Sacramento had the fewest free throw attempts per game, 15 per game, and free throw percentage per game, 65%. They also were committing too many fouls in that 6 game stretch, ranking 2nd most in personal fouls per game, 23.2, and opponent free throw attempts, 24.3 per game.
Both teams did not shoot well from beyond the arc. The Kings shot 31% and the Bulls shot 21% from deep.
The Kings won the assist battle 24-23.
Sacramento continues their road trip in Minnesota on Monday. This is another game they should win.
Will Buddy come off the bench again? I think he should!
I predict a Kings WIN in Minnesota on Monday.
It ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be… GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!
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