Sacramento Kings Weekly Recap – Sac-Town Crown – 7-4 in February!

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Sacramento Kings Weekly Report 2/24-3/2/20

Heading into the last week of February, the Sacramento Kings still had a glimmer of hope left in the playoff race.

The 8th seed in the NBA west is still up for grabs. The 8th place Memphis Grizzlies are being hunted by New Orleans, San Antonio, Portland and Sacramento for the last spot in the playoffs.

Winners of 3 out of 4 games this week, the Kings ended their week with a 26-34 record overall.

Sacramento is tied for 9th place in the western conference, still 3 games back of the 8th seed.

Game Shorts

The Kings started off the week with a commanding win against the Warriors, a game in which they never trailed. Fox and Barnes had 21 points apiece in the win.

Sacramento then traveled to Oklahoma City for the first game of a CRUCIAL back to back. The Kings relinquished their 17 point lead, committed 33 fouls, and lost by 4 points against the Thunder.

Playing the second game of a back to back, the Kings NEEDED a win in Memphis to keep any glimmer of playoff hopes alive.

Sacramento fell down by 12 points early, but battled back and held on for the 3 point win. The Kings won despite a late Grizzlies surge and missed shot at the buzzer which would have sent the game to overtime. Fox scored 25 points.

The Kings completed their week with a Sunday matinee back at home in downtown Sacramento against the Detroit Pistons.

Sacramento fell down BIG early, 18-1 to start the game, but battled back to gain a double digit lead in the second half. The Kings relied on energetic play and tough defense late to hang on for the win against the Pistons, 106-100.

Looking Ahead

Sacramento is now 26-34, tied for 9th place in the western conference with the New Orleans Pelicans, just 3 games back of the 8th place Memphis Grizzlies.

With 22 games remaining, the season is heating up for the Kings. Sacramento is back in action on Tuesday at home against the Washington Wizards.

Kings vs. Warriors Recap – Tuesday 2/25

Sacramento started off their week of basketball against the Golden State Warriors in the brand new Chase Center, along the wavy waters of San Francisco, CA.

The Kings would be looking for their third win in a row, and 9th win in the last 13 games!

The Kings started the game hot, on a 21-10 run, and never looked back.

Sacramento was in control for most of the game, which is something they don’t always do against teams who are worse than them. The Kings have a tendency to play down to their opponents, but were in control for most of this game against the Warriors.

Sacramento held off a small surge by the Warriors in the 3rd quarter, were energized in the 4th quarter by Fox and Hield, never trailed in the game and held on for their third win in a row, 112-94.

Game Recap

The Kings took their two game, post All-Star game winning streak into San Francisco, to face the twelve win Golden State Warriors.

This is the type of game that makes Kings fans hold their breath.

We have been through this scenario before; beat a couple of playoff teams, start getting our hopes up and then lose to one of the worst teams in the league….

Sacramento started out well against the Dubs, going on a 21-10 run to start the first six minutes of the game. Giles started off the game with two nice left hand hook shots, and intercepted a pass on defense.

With the addition of Kent Bazemore and Alex Len, the Kings have a large stable of above average ‘role’ players that coach Walton can mix and match around Fox and Buddy to create an array of different lineups.

Fox would head to the locker room at one point in the 2nd quarter with ‘groin tightness’ but would return.

Fox and Hield combined for 2-12 from the field in the first half. The Warriors shot 1-17 from 3 point range in the first half.

The Kings led 55-43 at the half, led by Harrison Barnes with 16 points.

2nd Half Action

De’Aaron Fox started off the second half with a steal and fast break, left handed slam. That was followed by a nice ‘And 1’, on free throw line, pull up jumper. The Kings were up 61-43.

After that, Sacramento went cold for multiple minutes, which allowed the Warriors to make a come back, bringing the Kings lead to 63-59 half way through the 3rd quarter.

With 1:25 left in the 3rd quarter, Alex Len grabbed a HUGE offensive rebound, kicked it out to Bazemore on the wing for a big three point make.

4th Quarter

Sacramento had the lead 81-73, going into the 4th quarter.

The 4th quarter was the Fox and Hield show.

Buddy Hield started off the 4th quarter with three straight three point makes! That Buddy barrage extended the Kings lead to 90-75.

Fox scored 10 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter, essentially taking over the game.

The Kings would hold on for the win, 112-94.

Full Game Highlights – Kings vs. Warriors 2.25.2020

Individual Stats and Thoughts

Fox and Harrison Barnes scored 21 points a piece.

Buddy Hield came off the bench again and played well. Buddy scored 19 points, 6-15 FG, 5-10 3 PT FG, along with 6 rebounds, and 0 turnovers! 0 turnovers! 0 TURNOVERS!

Bogi scored 17 points, 6-10 FG, while also grabbing 2 steals and dishing out 3 assists.

Giles Improvement

Harry Giles also had another solid game as a starter. Giles scored 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in 24 minutes of action.

Giles is looking much more comfortable as an NBA player as he gains experience. He often showed flashes of potential, but was held back by unnecessary fouls, and being far too affected by what he thought were bad calls against him.

H2O is now acting much more mature when he does commit a foul, when an infraction is called on him he doesn’t pout, like he would previously do.

I’m excited to see what Harry can do as he keeps playing more minutes and improving.

Team Stats and Thoughts

Sacramento shot 53% from the field, as well as 43% from behind the three point line, compared to the Warriors 14.3% three point shooting!

Sacramento only committed 10 turnovers and forced 17 Warrior turnovers.

The Kings did shoot terribly from the free throw line, going 19-34 for 56%.

Sacramento out-rebounded the Warriors 54-45 and only gave up 5 offensive rebounds.

The Kings also dished out more assists than Golden State, 25-21.

The Kings have had a tendency to ‘play down’ to opponents that are not as good as them. They did that a few times in this game, but for the most part the Kings looked like the much better team.

Team Stats

GAME STATS – 2.25.20KingsWarriors
FG40-7635-79
Field Goal %52.644.3
3PT13-304-28
Three Point %43.314.3
FT19-3420-24
Free Throw %55.983.3
Rebounds5445
Offensive Rebounds25
Defensive Rebounds3829
Assists2521
Steals77
Blocks42
Total Turnovers1017
Points Off Turnovers819
Fast Break Points1014
Points in Paint5254
Fouls2325
Technical Fouls10
Flagrant Fouls01
Largest Lead200

ESPN GAME STATS

Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma Thunder – Thursday 2.27.20

Sacramento traveled into Oklahoma City just 3.5 games back of the 8th seed, ready to continue their hot February!

The Kings would be without De’Aaron Fox, who suffered an abdominal injury vs. the Warriors. Fox should be day to day. The Kings are also missing Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes due to injury.

The first half was back and forth, with each team holding the lead multiple times.

The Kings and their bench, lead by Kent Bazemore helped extend Sacramento’s lead to double digits.

Bogdanovich hit a 3 point shot at the halftime buzzer to put the Kings up 61-50 at halftime.

2nd Half Action

Sacramento built up a 17 point lead at one point in the 2nd half. But the Thunder cut that lead to 1 point heading into the 4th quarter.

The Kings committed a barrage of stupid fouls to start the 4th quarter, which put the Thunder in the bonus with 10 minutes left in the game.

OKC looked to be in control for the rest of the game, while the Kings looked in desperation mode.

Sacramento tried to fight back, but in the end too many fouls and stagnant offense resulted in a Kings loss, 112-108.

Individual Stats and Thoughts

Harry Giles had a nice stat line for the Kings. Giles scored 19 points on 7-11 FG, 8 rebounds and only 1 turnover.

Bjelica had an efficient scoring game. He scored 18 points on 7-9 FG, 4-6 3pt FG, 9 rebounds 2 assists, 1 turnover.

Game Highlights – Sacramento vs. OKC – Thursday 2.27.20

Team Stats and Thoughts

The Kings committed 33 fouls, compared to 20 by the Thunder. OKC converted 21-29 free throws.

Sacramento seemed to do better in all offensive and defensive categories, except for one, fouls.

The Kings hit 14-14 free throws! They also out-rebounded OKC 54-47, and had more points in the paint 54-50.

Team Stats

Game Stats 2.27.20KingsThunder
FG41-9141-84
Field Goal %45.148.8
3PT12-359-26
Three Point %34.334.6
FT14-1421-29
Free Throw %100.072.4
Rebounds5447
Offensive Rebounds1210
Defensive Rebounds3327
Assists3020
Steals66
Blocks24
Total Turnovers1511
Points Off Turnovers1713
Fast Break Points53
Points in Paint5450
Fouls3320
Technical Fouls11
Flagrant Fouls00
Largest Lead196
ESPN GAME STATS

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Friday 2.28.20

This second game in a back to back was a must-win game for the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings were still stinging from losing the previous night against the Thunder, after holding 17 point lead.

The Kings NEED this win to keep ANY glimmer of playoff hopes alive.

The Grizzlies started out the game on a 13-2 BURST.

Halfway through the 1st quarter the Kings were trailing Memphis, 18-7.

The Grizzlies lead by as much as 12 at one point in the 1st half.

The Kings missed 6 shots in a row at one point, but Hield gave Sacramento a spark by sinking a 3 pointer at the 1st quarter buzzer.

The Kings end the 1st quarter trailing 21-30.

2nd Quarter

The Kings were playing well in the 2nd quarter and were steadily chipping away at the Grizzlies lead.

Sacramento finally took the lead with 1:00 minute left in the half, 46-45.

Sacramento went on a 10-4 run to end the 2nd quarter, and lead the game going into halftime, 50-47.

The Kings only committed 2 turnovers in the 1st half!

Sacramento is 17-8 in games when holding the lead at halftime.

2nd Half Action

De’Aaron Fox went off in the 3rd quarter.

Fox scored 11 points, while playing tough defense against one of the league’s best young point guards, Ja Morant.

The Grizzlies worked the Kings lead down to 4 points at one point in the 3rd quarter.

Sacramento entered the 4th quarter holding the lead, 81-75.

4th Quarter – Sacramento

Harry Giles had himself a 4th quarter. Giles was initiating offense for the Kings at the high post with extreme precision.

Giles was hitting open elbow jumpers all night. H20 was also slinging DIMES, setting up multiple teammates for baskets.

Giles Doesn’t Back Down

Giles was also not backing down from the bigger Jonas Valunciunas.

The two big men got their arms tangled, as big men tend to do, flailing them everywhere, which lead to a chest to chest, nose to nose, stare down between Giles and Valunciunas. Both received technical fouls.

The Memphis crowd was fired up after the big man scuffle, and the KINGS took advantage.

Fox hit a step back 3 pointer to extend the Kings lead to 100-91 with 2:45 left in the game.

Memphis Mounts Late Comeback Against Sacramento

In typical Kings fashion, they struggled at the close of the game.

Memphis chipped the Kings lead to just 4 points, at 100-96 with 1:00 left.

Josh Jackson had two steals in a row, one that lead to a Morant ‘And 1’.

The Kings lead was down to 1 point, 102-101.

Sacramento hit their free throws to extend the lead to 104-101.

Memphis with a Chance at the Buzzer

With just over 4 seconds left, the Grizzlies had the ball with an opportunity for the tie or win.

Because Memphis was in the ‘bonus’, Sacramento could have chosen to foul Memphis before a shot was attempted, to put the Grizzlies at the free throw line for 2 shots, taking away the chance of a 3 point basket.

The Kings chose not to foul, Tyus Jones took a decent look at 3, which rimmed out.

The Kings win 104-101!

Sacramento finished the month of February at 7-4 overall.

Game Highlights

Individual Stats and Thoughts

De’Aaron Fox had himself a night! Fox scored 25 points on 10-19 FG, 3-6 3pt FG, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 1 turnover!

Harry Giles had another solid game, H20 is continuing to see increased playing time. While clocking 31 minutes, he tallied 16 points on 8-14 FG, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and demonstrated smart play overall.

Team Stats and Thoughts

Sacramento shot well from the free throw line, 17-21, 81%.

The Kings were out-rebounded 64-50, but only gave up 10 offensive rebounds, and did a good job to pack the paint and not let the Grizzlies have too many second chance opportunities.

Valunciunas had a career high 25 rebounds.

Sacramento only committed 9 turnovers, 2 in the first half, while creating 14 Memphis turnovers.

Each team committed 16 fouls. That was much better than the 33 fouls the Kings committed the night previous in a loss against OKC.

Sacramento didn’t shoot well from 3 point range, going 28.9%, 11-38. The Kings were helped out by even worse 3 point shooting by Memphis, who went 8-30 for 26.7%.

Team Stats

Game Stats 2.28.20KingsGrizzlies
FG38-9139-91
Field Goal %41.842.9
3PT11-388-30
Three Point %28.926.7
FT17-2115-20
Free Throw %81.075.0
Rebounds5064
Offensive Rebounds810
Defensive Rebounds3942
Assists2427
Steals117
Blocks35
Total Turnovers914
Points Off Turnovers1115
Fast Break Points1527
Points in Paint4858
Fouls1616
Technical Fouls11
Flagrant Fouls00
Largest Lead1112

Sacramento Kings vs. Detroit Pistons – Sunday 3.1.20

The Sacramento Kings traveled back to NorCal for their Sunday matinee matchup versus the Detroit Pistons.

Detroit started the game on an 18-1 run, and lead by as much as 21 points in the 1st half.

The Kings would go on a 16-2 run to get the score back to within 1 point at 46-45.

With 1:15 left in the first half, Buddy Hield hit a 3 pointer to tie the game at 48.

The Kings would trail by 1 point at the half, 51-50.

2nd Half Action

Sacramento would take their first lead of the game with 8:30 left in the 3rd quarter, 58-57.

Fox was fouled twice on 3 point shots in the second half, and he made all 6 of those attempts!

The Kings would go on a 20-5 run and build up a lead of 10 points at 69-59!

Sacramento held Detroit to 19 points in the 3rd quarter.

4th Quarter Finishers!

Alex Len and the Kings defense set the tone in the 4th quarter.

Len was blocking shots and grabbing rebounds, while setting solid screens and helping the Kings on offense.

Harry Giles was doing all the little things the Kings needed, energizing the team and the crowd, made smart passes, and was hustling around all night.

The Kings built up to a 12 point lead at one point and never looked back.

Sacramento beat Detroit 106-100 to go 3-1 for the week!

Sacramento is now tied for 9th place in the western conference, 3 games back of the 8th place Grizzlies.

Kings vs. Pistons Highlights

Individual Stats and Thoughts

De’Aaron Fox was looking aggressive, confident and skilled.

Fox scored 23 points, going 7-16 from the field, while making 9-10 free throws! Fox also nabbed 4 steals.

Alex Len had a big game off of the bench, especially in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Len tallied 8 points, 13 points and 5 blocks in 28 minutes of work.

Team Stats and Thoughts

Sacramento shot well from the free throw line! The Kings went 23-26, 88%!

Sacramento shot an abysmal 25% from 3 point range, 9-35.

Sacramento dominated points in the paint, 52-30.

Team Stats

Team Stats 3.1.20DetroitSacramento
FG33-8037-91
Field Goal %41.340.7
3PT18-429-35
Three Point %42.925.7
FT16-2423-26
Free Throw %66.788.5
Rebounds5359
Offensive Rebounds717
Defensive Rebounds3534
Assists2318
Steals68
Blocks47
Total Turnovers1611
Points Off Turnovers1313
Fast Break Points1217
Points in Paint3052
Fouls2520
Technical Fouls01
Flagrant Fouls00
Largest Lead2114

ESPN Game Stats

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