Instant Replay: Kings blow 28-point lead, crumble in San Antonio

Instant Replay: Kings blow 28-point lead, crumble in San Antonio

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A tale of two halves. After leading by as many as 28 early in the game, the Sacramento Kings let one slip away Wednesday night in San Antonio. Despite playing without Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs kept charging at the Kings. In the end, San Antonio came away with the 114-104 victory over the Kings, sending Sacramento to their sixth straight loss.

Manu Ginobili is an ageless wonder. The 15-year NBA vet torched the Kings for 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting off of Gregg Popovich’s bench.

Patty Mills hit big shots when the Spurs needed them. The veteran point guard scored 17 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point land and added 10 assists.

David Lee started at the power forward spot and hit Sacramento for 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Simmons chipped in 14 points and Danny Green tossed in 14 points in the win.

Tyreke Evans turned back the clock in the first quarter as Sacramento stunned the playoff bound Spurs. Starting at the small forward position, Evans scored 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 13 in the first quarter.

The rookies produced. Skal Labissiere showed off his arsenal, dropping in a career-high 15 points, while grabbing six rebounds in 15 minutes. Buddy Hield caught fire from the outside, finishing the night with 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc.

Kosta Koufos attacked the Spurs in the post early, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the Kings’ 37-point first quarter. The veteran center added 10 rebounds in the loss.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Labissiere needs more minutes. The rookie power forward brought the energy in his limited time on the floor. He’s looking more and more like a player every time he steps on the court.

TURNING POINT:
The Spurs used a 34-23 third quarter to steal momentum. They looked every bit the part of a team heading for a deep playoff run, despite playing without Leonard and Aldridge.

INJURY UPDATE:
Rookie Malachi Richardson is out 4-6 weeks with a right hamstring thickness tear, but hopes to return before the season is finished. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT:
The Kings return to Sacramento for back-to-back games against the Wizards and Nuggets on Friday and Saturday at Golden 1 Center.

 

Joerger: Rebuilding Kings hope to make the playoffs in...

Joerger: Rebuilding Kings hope to make the playoffs in...

The Kings' playoff drought is at 11 years and according to head coach Dave Joerger, it's going to last a few more years.

Speaking on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Tuesday, Joerger was asked about the differences between his coaching gigs with Sacramento and Memphis, and outlined the Kings' timeline for reaching the postseason.

"It's different. It's been a great learning experience for me. It's going to be an interesting process. You know, three years from now we hope to be in the playoffs. And so how do we do that? We were just talking about Memphis and it's the same thing. So if you're management, there's a couple times a year, two or three times that are really hot. Trade deadline, draft, free agency, boom, boom, boom. We're in Memphis sitting there getting 50 wins a year. Okay, maybe the trade deadline came and went, maybe we got a guy, maybe not, not too stressful. Get the 23rd, 24th pick in the draft," Joerger said.

"It's different now. In this situation, it's a higher pick, now free agency has a little bit more focus on it. So how we execute in free agency, how we execute our draft picks and how we execute at the trade deadline as this thing builds, you try to go too fast, you can make mistakes. But I think slow and steady wins the race," Joerger concluded.

So Kings fans can look forward to the 2019-20 season when the team returns to the playoffs.

Joerger is at the helm of a Kings team that is in full rebuild mode. The team traded center DeMarcus Cousins during the All-Star break and turned the team over to several first and second-year players. They posted a 32-50 record during the 2016-17 season, good for a third-place finish in the Pacific Division.

The Kings hold the No. 5, 10 and 34 picks in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft and will add to their stable of young players.

 

Kings to host six players in first 2017 Pre-Draft workout

Kings to host six players in first 2017 Pre-Draft workout

With the NBA Draft Lottery in the books, the Kings can now start hosting players and will bring in six prospects for a workout on Thursday, May 18.

Here are the six players that will participate in the workout in Sacramento.

Wesley Iwundu (G – 6’7” 205 lbs.) Kansas State
Brynton Lemar (G – 6’4” 195 lbs.) UC Davis
Landen Lucas (C – 6’10” 240 lbs.) Kansas
Eric Mika (C – 6’10” 233 lbs.) BYU 
Naz Mitrou-Long (G – 6’4” 203 lbs.) Iowa State
Tai Webster (G – 6’4” 188 lbs.) Nebraska

The Kings hold the No. 5, 10 and 34 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 22.