Fox Career High Not Enough For Kings

Sacramento Kings v San Antonio Spurs

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 night34 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.

‘The Positive

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.

Kings takeaways: What you might have missed in 129-120 loss to ...

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.

‘Needs Improvement’

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.

Updated 8/1 – NBA Standings

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!

PART 1 PART 2  PART 3 PART 4 SPIKEBALLTOM’S SACRAMENTO KINGS SEASON RE-START PREVIEW

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!

Go Kings!

– Tom Witt – ‘SpikeballTom’

IG – @sactowncrown_kings_report
Twitter – @tomtoowitty

Links to More Kings Articles by Tom Witt

SAC-TOWN CROWN KINGS REPORT- CAN BUDDY HIELD BE A FUTURE NBA SIXTH MAN? KINGS FANS SURE HOPE SO!

NBA RETURN TO PLAY – DO KINGS START BUDDY OR BOGI? ‘GOOD’ PROBLEM TO HAVE

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SpikeballTom
My name is Tom and I am a 30 year old dude who loves sports, and the Sacramento Kings. I have a lifelong love for the sport of basketball which was instilled by my grandpa Ernie at a young age. He would me to the local hoop court at the park, teaching me to "keep my hand in the cookie jar", that "it's all in the wrist" when shooting, and that you can learn more from a loss than a win. Grandpa Ernie grew up playing on the dirt courts of Berkeley, CA and played basketball at University of San Francisco in the 1930s, before Bill Russell. My first live basketball game was a Cal Bears game in the Cow Palace with my grandpa, watching NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales and my favorite, point guard Randy Duck! I grew up as a young kid falling in love with the NBA by watching Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and the Chicago Bulls on the national WGN Chicago television station. But when I received a Kings Kids Club flyer in the mail in 1998 it was game over, GO KINGS! I started off watching Lawerence Funderburke and Corliss Williamson, as they slowly built the pieces that got them to the "Greatest Show on the Court" with J-Will, C-Webb, Peja, Vlade, Christie and the 6th man! My favorite Kings player growing up was Gerald Wallace, I would always watch to the end of games just to see if my favorite high-flyer would get into the game for even a minute or two! We made it through the Donaghy travesty, the Maloof monstrosity, "Here WE Stay", and we are climbing our way back to the top! "If you don't like that you don't like KINGS basketball!" GO KINGS!
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