Fox Career High Not Enough For Kings
By: Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’ – SacTown Crown Kings Report
– In This Article –
Game Highlights and Breakdown
SpikeballTom’s ‘The Positives and Needs Improvement’ Section
Fox Career High Not Enough Against Spurs
The Kings lost ANOTHER game they had many opportunities to win – 129 -120 to the Spurs.
Sacramento was led by a De’Aaron Fox career high scoring night – 34 points on 52% shooting.
Kings Comeback Shows Tenacity … Ineptitude
The Kings had an opportunity to win this game. They even held a five point lead with just a few minutes left in the game.
That was despite a 19-0 run by the Spurs in the first half, which saw the Kings trail by as much as 16 points.
In addition, late game basketball ineptitude on both ends of the floor by the Kings.
An ICE cold and mistake prone Buddy Hield.
All of these are all too familiar sights for Kings fans.
Fox Career High
De’Aaron Fox had himself a GAME!
Fox scored a CAREER HIGH 34 points on 52% shooting from the field! In addition to 6 assists and 3 rebounds.
The Kings budding superstar looked CONFIDENT in all aspects of the game.
Fox showed improvement in his technique on pull up jump shots and three pointers. Similarly, he has improved his overall shooting CONFIDENCE. Which consequently has improved his already elite driving and finishing skills.
Bogi Plays Well In His Role
Bogdan Bogdanovich was another bright spot for the Kings.
Bogi scored 24 points, sinking six threes!
The Kings shooting guard has a tendency to hold the ball too long. This slows down the Kings offense, and does not lead to high quality, repeatable basketball.
In terms of not holding the ball too long, Bogi did a better job compared to the three preseason scrimmages. He still needs to improve this aspect of his game for the Kings to be successful.
Lack of Consistency
Sacramento showed great grit and tenacity during their multiple comebacks against the Spurs on Friday.
However, the Kings also showed multiple, LONG stretches, of INEPT basketball!
During the 1st quarter the Spurs went on a 19-0 run and held a 16 point lead.
Buddy Buckets … Runeth Dry
Buddy Hield was a HUGE NEGATIVE for the Kings on Friday versus the Spurs.
Hield played 20 minutes, scoring six points on 2/13 field goals, 1/8 3pt FG. In addition to 1/3 free throws, and three turnovers.
I have my opinions on Buddy… but I will wait until after Sunday’s game to cool off. Lord knows Buddy can’t cool off much more than he is now!!
Link to Article By Tom Witt – “NBA RETURN TO PLAY – DO KINGS START BUDDY OR BOGI? ‘GOOD’ PROBLEM TO HAVE“
Lack of Support Next To Fox
One of the ‘positives’ to not having a superstar is that the Kings have some depth. This allows head coach Luke Walton to mix and match line ups to the Kings advantage.
Similarly, the Kings are able to match up in different ways against a variety of opponent lineups.
This ‘advantage’ was not in play on Friday versus the Spurs.
Other than Fox/Bogdanovich the rest of the Kings combined to shoot 21-of-47 from the field. In a similar vein, they shot 5-of-20 from 3-point range
Sacramento Misses HUGE Opportunity in Playoff Hunt
With the New Orleans Pelicans loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, Sacramento was presented a HUGE opportunity in their playoff hunt.
Sacramento’s primary ‘contenders’ for the 9th seed play-in position are Portland, New Orleans and San Antonio.
VIDEO – Game Highlights
I originally predicted this to be a WIN for the Kings. They almost proved me right… almost.
Check out the links BELOW to ALL 4 parts of my PREDICTIONS and breakdown of the Kings 8 games regular season restart!
Upcoming Kings Schedule
The Kings play the Orlando Magic on Sunday at 3pm PST.
Sacramento has a chance to bounce back from a bad loss – which can be BIG for a young team’s confidence.
The Kings essentially NEED a win to stay in the playoff hunt!
– Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’
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