Instant Replay: Kings squander lead, fall to Warriors at home

Instant Replay: Kings squander lead, fall to Warriors at home


SACRAMENTO -- The best way to slow the offensive juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors, is to make shots on the offensive end and set your defense. The Sacramento Kings did exactly that through two quarters, but an NBA basketball game doesn’t end after 24 minutes.

Golden State throttled the Kings in the third quarter, erasing a seven-point halftime lead with a 39-22 explosion coming out of the intermission. Sacramento never recovered, losing by a final of 117-106.

The big three came to play for Golden State.

Sacramento’s guards picked up Steph Curry full court for much of the night, but he got loose in the third quarter to put up 30 points on 5-for-11 shooting from long range.  

Kevin Durant was outplayed early by Gay, but came alive late to post 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks in the win. Klay Thompson hit the Kings with back cuts all night, finishing the game with 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting.

Draymond Green added nine points, seven rebounds and a game-high 10 assists, while Zaza Pachulia finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Rudy Gay channeled his inner George Gervin, attacking the rim and finishing with the finger-roll. Gay scored 15 of his 23 in the first quarter. Gay looked very good in his second game back after missing four straight and 10-of-11 with a hip flexor injury.

DeMarcus Cousins struggled early with foul trouble and never really got it going. He finished the night with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. He also beat a chair up, which cost him his 10th technical foul.

For the second straight game Dave Joerger mixed up his starting lineup. Garrett Temple started at the shooting guard spot alongside Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver started up front with Gay and Cousins.

Both moves worked. Tolliver hit 2-for-5 from 3-point land on his way to 16 points and five rebounds. Temple added 14 points and played solid defense on the high-powered Warrior guards.

Ty Lawson came off the Kings bench to give them a huge spark. He led the second unit with 15 points and three assists. Darren Collison put up numbers in the fourth to finish with 14 points as the Kings fell to 15-22 on the season.

Curry did most his damage in the deciding third quarter, scoring 12 of his 30 in the period.

The Kings walked into halftime feeling confident. They came out timid and the Warriors demolished them quickly. Sacramento hung around, but the third quarter decided this game.

For the second straight game, the Kings walked in with 13 healthy bodies and walked out unscathed.

The Kings continue their season-long seven game homestand Tuesday when the Detroit Pistons roll through town. They follow that up with the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers Friday evening.

Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect


Report: Kings finally give up hope on long lost prospect

SACRAMENTO -- The one that got away.

News broke Friday afternoon of another player move from the Sacramento Kings. A transaction 22 years in the making was finally completed when according to a published report, the Kings renounced the rights to 6-foot-7 Serbian, Dejan Bodiroga.

The now 44-year-old wing has been retired since 2007. He’s known around the basketball circles as one of the greatest European players to never to come to the NBA.

Drafted by Geoff Petrie with the 51st overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft, Sacramento tried multiple times to get the sharpshooter to come to the states. It was always a longshot, but after selecting Corliss Williamson and Tyus Edney with his first two selections, Petrie took a late-round gamble. 

Bodiroga has a trophy case full of awards, including a Spanish League MVP, a FIBA World Cup MVP and a Greek League MVP. He also won championships in the Italian, Greek and Spanish Leagues, as well as silver medal in the 1996 Olympic games.

He is also on the list of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors along with fellow Serbian and current Sacramento Kings General Manager, Vlade Divac.   

Kings fans reacted on Twitter to the news in standard fashion:

Kings preseason schedule: Circle Oct. 8 on your calendars


Kings preseason schedule: Circle Oct. 8 on your calendars

SACRAMENTO -- The season is still months away, but the slow buildup has started. Thursday afternoon the Sacramento Kings announced their preseason schedule for the 2017-18 season and there is plenty of intrigue to look forward to.

The Kings open their preseason schedule on Oct. 2 at the Golden 1 Center against the San Antonio Spurs. Under head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs won 61 games last season before falling to the Golden State Warriors in four games during the Western Conference Finals. They didn’t land Chris Paul, like early rumors suggested, but they roll into Sacramento with former King Rudy Gay and a team chalked full of veterans.

Four days later, the Kings travel to the AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs again. San Antonio will start the season without point guard Tony Parker, who ruptured a quad tendon during the playoffs and is expected to sit out until January.

The Kings fly to Sin City on Oct. 8 for their annual matchup in Vegas against the Lakers. The game will certainly take on a more of a circus feel as the Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox fanfare hits a fever pitch.

Following the Lakers game, the Kings travel back to Sacramento where the vaunted backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum await on the second night of a back-to-back. Portland took the season series 2-1 last year and come in with rookie Zach Collins, who Sacramento dealt away on draft night for opportunity to select Justin Jackson and Harry Giles at picks 15 and 20.

The Kings take on the new-look Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 12 at the Staples Center. The backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J. Reddick is no more and veteran sixth-man Jamal Crawford is now with the T-Wolves. The additions of Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic make the Clippers and intriguing watch.

Sacramento finishes out their preseason schedule Oct. 13 at Oracle Arena against the reigning world champs. The Warriors come back with most of their championship roster intact, but a few additions. Nick Young will come off the bench to add more offensive firepower and former Kings forward Omri Casspi will make his return to Sacramento after being traded away at the All-Star break last season.

Per NBA scheduling changes, the preseason and regular season have been moved up. Sacramento will finish their exhibition schedule five days ahead of last season’s schedule. With only two home games on the docket, plenty of Kings fans will have to wait until the regular season to get their first glimpse at the team’s five rookies and three free agent acquisitions.