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Written By: Tom Witt
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A Win is a Win
The Sacramento Kings hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves on the most hungover day in North America, After Super Bowl Monday. Kings vs Timberwolves would come down to the wire yet again, akin to the team’s two previous matchup’s this season, which went to double overtime and overtime respectively.
Game Recap – ‘Tom’s Tidbits’ – Kings vs Timberwolves
DeWayne Dedmon and Bogdan Bogdanovich, who have recently been inserted into the Kings starting lineup, would again start the game for the Kings.
The Kings, losers of 5 in a row at home, started off the game strong, going on an 18-4 run. That type of run is usually only seen on the American River Bike Trail (shoutout American River College Beavers).
De’Aaron Fox had 8 of the Kings first 10 points, and was 2/2 from three point land early in the game.
With a couple of minutes left in the first quarter the T’wolves went on a 12-2 run to stop the bleeding. The Kings would lead at the end of one quarter, 29-20.
In the first half the Kings amassed 17 assists and shot 8-16 from three point range.
Sacramento would go into halftime with the lead, 65-50.
2nd Half Nail-biter….
To start the second half, Fox made a pretty spin move through the lane, which he finished off with a smooth dunk.
The Kings would be outscored in the third quarter, 34-28.
With 7:25 left in the fourth quarter the Wolves cut the Kings lead to 95-90.
The Wolves were inching ever closer, 98-101 with just over 3 minutes left.
Harrison Barnes really stepped up late with a big tip-in off of his near miss, followed by a three point make to increase the Kings lead to 106-98.
BUT THERE’S MORE…. with 4.7 seconds left the the T’Wolves Robert Covington hit a three pointer to cut the Kings lead to 112-109.
Harrison Barnes would be inbounding the ball to essentially seal a Kings win…he scans the floor… can’t find an open teammate… 5 second in-bound call! OH MY WHAT?!?! Only the Kings….
The T’Wolves were in-bounding the ball with 4.7 seconds left, looking to tie the game…. Wiggins receives the ball, puts up a contested three point shot… it’s on-line…. IN AND OUT! Bogi grabs the rebound! Kings win!
Sacramento BARELY comes away with the victory, 113-109.
The Kings are now 4-2 with Buddy Hield coming off of the bench.
Individual Stats and Thoughts – Kings vs Timberwolves
De’Aaron Fox had another great game on offense. Fox score 31 points on 10-16 shooting, 3-4 from deep, while adding in 5 assists and 2 steals.
Fox had a solid shooting game from deep, looking confident from ‘his spot’. The Kings point guard loves to take three’s from the spot just above where the ‘arc’ of the three point line meets the straight line. If that shot can ever become more consistent, WATCH OUT!
Bogi had another solid game in his 6th start in a row. Bogdanovich scored 23 points on 5-7 shooting, 4-5 from deep and 9-11 from the free throw line.
Dedmon didn’t have a great offensive game, but his defense was on point against the T’Wolves. Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds, blocked 5 shots, had 2 steals and 3 assists.
Barnes may have saved the game late, and also almost gave it up, but did play well overall. Barnes scored 14 points on 5-11 shooting, 3-4 from deep, while adding in 5 rebounds, 7 assists and only 1 turnover.
Buddy Hield had a solid game off the bench. While playing 20 minutes he scored 16 points on 6-12 shooting, 2-5 from deep.
Team Stats and Thoughts – Kings vs Timberwolves
The Kings shot well from the field. Sacramento went 50% from the field, 38-75, and 52% from deep, 14-27.
The Kings did a good job by getting to the free throw line 31 times, making 22 of them, 74.2%.
Sacramento was out-rebounded 54-45, with the T’Wolves grabbing 14 offensive rebounds, compared the the Kings 7.
Bogi Wants to STAY!
As the NBA trade deadline quickly approaches, Thursday 2/6, Kings fans are unsure of how our roster may look by the weekend. Multiple teams have shown interest in the Serbian sharpshooter, Bogdan Bogdanovich.
This quote from Bogi made me feel better than any moment in this tumultuous Kings season…
““Obviously, I would like to stay,” Bogdanovic told NBC Sports California. “I’m settled here. I have a house, my sister’s in college, so it’s easier.””(NBC Sports California, https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/kings/bogdan-bogdanovic-making-kings-nba-trade-deadline-decisions-difficult)
The Kings have 3 days off before taking on the Miami Heat in Sac-Town on Friday, the first game of a back to back for Sacramento.
There are rumors Kings forward Richaun Holmes may be back in the lineup this weekend.
I predict a Kings loss to the Heat, whom the Kings narrowly lost to a few weeks ago in Miami, a game they should have won.
It ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be… GO SACRAMENTO KINGS!
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