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  • Offense stalls for Kings, fall to Pacers 91-94

    After dropping 140 points on the Charlotte Hornets less than 48 hours earlier, the Sacramento Kings completely lost their mojo Sunday afternoon as they fell to a gritty Indiana pacers squad 91-94 at Golden 1 Center. The frustrating defeat moved Sacramento back to the .500 mark at 5-5 for the season. The Kings shot just 36.9 percent from the field, but the more telling stat was the rebounding numbers, as the Pacers grabbed 54 boards to just 33 for Sac. Indiana’s giant front-line of Domantas Sabonis and Miles Turner combined for 26 of those boards. Indiana was just the more physical team this afternoon, and they bullied Sacramento for 48 minutes. Sacramento did have multiple chances at the end of the game to either tie or win the contest. With 1:28 remaining, Tyrese Haliburton buried a three-pointer to bring the Kings within 91-93. But missed opportunities by the Kings on their final four possessions sealed their fate. Davion Mitchell misses 8-foot two point shot De'Aaron Fox misses 18-foot pullup jump shot Tyrese Haliburton misses 31-foot three pointer De'Aaron Fox bad pass (Torrey Craig steals) End of game Sacramento won’t have much time to worry about this loss as the defending 2020-21 Western Conference champs Phoenix Suns visit the Golden 1 Center Monday night with the hopes of avenging their 110-107 loss on their home court when Harrison Barnes burned them at the buzzer. Post-game Interviews

  • A record-setting night: Kings buzz Hornets by 30

    The Sacramento Kings set a franchise record Friday night when they dropped 22 three-pointers on the Charlotte Hornets as they ran away with a dominant 140-110 victory at the Golden 1 Center. The win moved Sacramento to a solid 5-4 record for the season and 2.0 on the homestand. Let’s just touch on some of the highlights from this amazing night : 22-of-44 on three-pointers Richaun Holmes scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds Buddy Hield dropped eight three-pointers to finish with 26 points Sacramento outrebounded Charlotte by a crazy 56-28 mark Seven Kings scored in double-figures Sacramento shot 55.2% from the field for the game Every King who saw court time Friday night was a positive +/- Chimezie Metu made his season debut and made the record-setting three-pointer in the final minute …and those were just a few of the highlights Friday night. Post-game Interviews

  • Just not enough 3s in Big D, Kings fall to Mavs 99-105

    The Sacramento Kings were clearly spooked by all the ghosts and goblins sitting in the stands at the American Airlines Center Sunday afternoon. The team came into the contest averaging nearly 13 made 3-pointers per game on 37 shots (34%), but on this frightening afternoon, the good guys were just 7-for-37 (19.4%) as they fell to the Dallas mavericks 99-105. Dallas scored 15 more points on threes, and that was your Halloween game recap in a pumpkin. Richaun Holmes had his usual stellar performance finishing with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but the rest of the starters where a combined 16-50 from the field. The shots just were not falling. Sacramento will close out their 4-game road trip with a very tough contest Tuesday when they visit the Utah jazz. The Kings played them close back on October 22 before stumbling late in the game. If they can pull out the victory, it would make this road trip an unqualified success. Post-game Interviews

  • HB buries the 3 at the buzzer, Kings beat Suns 110-107

    Harrison Barnes is on fire this season. The cool and collected vet calmly drained the game-winning three at the buzzer to give the Sacramento Kings a thrilling 110-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night at Footprint Arena in Phoenix. The win moved Sacramento back to .500 for the season and drops Phoenix to a disappointing 1-3 mark.

  • Another 4th quarter collapse dooms Kings, fall 107-119 to Warriors

    For the third straight game, the Sacramento Kings suffered a total collapse of execution in the fourth quarter as they fell to the Golden State Warriors 107-119 Sunday evening at the Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped the team to a disappointing 1-2 mark on this early season. For three entertaining quarters, the Kings and Warriors treated the fans to a playoff-like atmosphere as the two teams traded buckets at a furious pace. Sacramento trailed by just two points going into the final frame, but Golden State then quickly established themselves as the composed team, while the Kings bumbled their way to another frustrating defeat. Sacramento committed 19 turnovers that led to 29 Golden State points. Meanwhile, the Warriors had just six turnovers as the Kings recorded zero steals for the game. Just 48 hours earlier, they had 15 steals against the Utah Jazz. A total lack of aggression Sunday night. One bright moment was the play of rookie Davion Mitchell. The defensive Stallworth changed up his focus and dropped a career-high 22 points on 9-16 shooting, including 3-6 from deep. Unfortunately, the Kings would have preferred his defense and toughness this evening. Harrison Barnes continued his solid play recording 24 points and seven rebounds. De’Aaron Fox’s final numbers may have looked good, as he finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and six assists, but he was a total non-factor throughout the game and has really struggled in the early season. His seven turnovers and 1-6 on three-pointers makes one wonder if the team would have been better tonight with him off the court. His inability to lead the squad in late games is really becoming concerning. This year. Sacramento will have a couple days to dwell on their past two home court failures, before they hit the road to face the defending Western Conference Champion Phoenix Suns Wednesday night. Post-game Interviews

  • Kings can’t close the deal, fall to Jazz 101-110

    The Sacramento Kings controlled the best team in the Western Conference for 44 minutes but could not close the deal as they fell to the Utah Jazz 110-101 Friday night in their home opener at Golden 1 Center. The loss dropped Sacramento to 1-1 on the season. Harrison Barnes followed up his career scoring effort Wednesday night with a new career rebounding mark on Friday. The Kings’ everything forward finished with 25 points and 15 boards for the game. Buddy Hield scored his jersey number (24) by hitting six three-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. His new bench role could soon result in some Sixth Man of the Year whispers. Of course, the Kings will need to win their share of games first, but he is quickly looking like head coach Luke Walton’s instant offense off the bench as he has clearly been given the green light to shoot at will. While the Kings controlled the score for much of the night, their inability to make shots and get stops at the end of games is an area they need to improve on. De’Aaron Fox injured his shoulder during the first half and was not able to deliver when his team needed him the most. Sacramento hopes to get back over the .500 mark when the Golden State Warriors visit the G1C Sunday night. Post-game Interviews

  • A Rip City Thriller; Kings top Trail Blazers 124-121

    Harrison Barnes dropped a career-high 36 points, including eight three-pointers to lead the Sacramento Kings to a thrilling 124-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night at the Moda Center.

  • Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta introduction

    Rookies Davion Mitchell and Neemias Queta speak to the media for the first time since being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2021 NBA Draft.

  • Monte McNair reflects on Kings 2021 draft picks

    Sacramento Kings general manager Monte McNair shares his thoughts on the team's selection of Davion Mitchell with the ninth pick and Neemias Queta with the 39th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

  • Kings get bigger, acquire Tristan Thompson from Celts

    The Sacramento Kings have started the process of bulking up their frontcourt, while clearing out a crowded backcourt. On Friday it was reported that the Kings have agreed to ship veteran point guard Delon Wright to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that would bring center/forward Tristan Thompson to Sacramento from the Boston Celtics. Thompson, 30, brings experience, size and toughness to the paint, something the Kings have had in limited supply of late. While not a serious scoring threat, he is very efficient around the basket and a tenacious offensive rebounder. Last season with the Celtics, he averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in limited minutes. The trade likely signals a future move by the Kings to acquire a starting-caliber center. While Thompson can start in a pinch, having him as your opening day 5 would be viewed as a failure for general manager Monte McNair. Last year’s starting center Richaun Holmes is still a realistic target for the Kings and having Thompson back him up would make a very nice 1-2 punch at the 5. However, Holmes is going to test the free-agent market this summer and there are no guarantees that he will return to Sacramento. The Kings are limited to offering Holmes just $10.4 million for 2021-22 due to restrictions by the CBA. If he will agree to a discount for the upcoming season, Sacramento could offer much more next summer as they would hold his Bird rights (3 years of service). Sacramento does have two other centers on the roster. 7-foot journeyman center Damian Jones has shown hints of some real talent, but more needs to be seen before he is ready for the spotlight. Rookie Neemias Queta is a project with mad defensive skills, but it is too early to project his place with the Kings right now. And yes, there is still a chance that Marvin Bagley could remain in the picture. The often-injured bigman could possibly shift over to the 5 at times if the Kings decide to go with a center-by-committee approach. Not likely, but still on the table as of now. It was recently reported that Sacramento and Memphis were in advanced talks to swap Begley and the ninth pick in the 2021 draft for center Jonas Valanciunas, but the deal fell through at the last minute and the Grizzlies ended up making a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans instead. Blerg! The 6-9 Thompson is in the final year of his contract that will cost the Kings $9.7 million. It was not that Boston did not want his services, it was just that they were up against the luxury tax and desperately needed to shed salary. They had originally hoped he could be a primary scoring threat in the paint, but that just isn’t his thing. He is an extremely good backup big in the MBA these days, nothing more. The move temporarily adds about $1.2 million in salary, but many more moves are expected by McNair in the coming weeks. Decisions on guards Buddy Hield and Terrance Davis, as well as Bagley need to be made, and there is still hope that a major move is coming that could dramatically shakeup the frontcourt. Stay tuned! Notes: Head coach Luke Walton was a teammate of Thompson’s with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011-13.

  • The fans are coming back to Sac

    Move over creepy cardboard cutouts, real fans are coming back to the G1C. Starting April 20, the Sacramento Kings will be welcoming back as many as 3,500 Kings fans into the Golden 1 Center following Friday’s announcement by California Governor Gavin Newsom that indoor facilities in the state can begin reopening to limited capacity. While the final details on exactly how many fans can return and whether they will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent testing results has not been announced, it is still great news for the Kings’ faithful who want to cheer on the squad as they make their push for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. “We are excited about today’s announcement regarding indoor professional sports venues and look forward to safely welcoming fans back to the arena in the near future”, in a statement by the Sacramento Kings. “ On behalf of the entire organization, we thank Governor Newsom, state and county public health officials and the NBA who have worked tirelessly to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, providing prevention guidelines and protocols and for collaborating to create a robust health and safety plan that enables guests to return to Golden 1 Center.” Based on the remaining schedule, Sacramento will host eight games to close out the regular season, with matchups against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder . Its not the Los Angeles Lakers or Brooklyn Nets, but it is NBA basketball, and after 405 days, its back in Sac!

  • Kings take down Cavs 119-105, finish roadtrip 3-3

    The Sacramento Kings closed out their season-long 6-game road trip with a solid 119-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. The win was the team’s fourth in their last seven games. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 30 points and six assists, while new starting backcourt teammate Tyrese Haliburton finished with a career-high 28 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Harrison Barnes quietly nearly snagged a triple-double with nine points, ten rebounds, and eight assists, and was vocal all night encouraging his teammates on defense. Sacramento returns home for a rematch with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at the Golden 1 Center.

  • Short-handed Kings fall back into bad habits in loss to magic

    De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley were both sidelined with injuries and the Sacramento Kings put forth a rather uninspired effort in a disappointing 123-112 loss to the Orlando Magic Friday nigh at the Golden 1 Center. The defeat dropped the squad to 12-13 for the season. Fox (knee) and Bagley (calf) were both held out of the contest, so rookie Tyrese Haliburton got his second start of the season. He finished with 14 points and seven assists but was far from his usual winning ways. In fact, the entire starting lineup was rather unimpressive all night. Especially on the defensive side as they allowed Orlando to shoot 50.5 percent from the field, including 44.1 percent from deep. Those numbers are reminiscent of Sacramento’s struggles earlier in the season when they lost 9-of-11 games and showed no pride in their defense. Orlando’s Nikola Vicevic dominated the Kings’ throughout the game hitting from all over the court for 42 points, just one off his career high. In the last week guys named Nikola have lit up the Kings for 92 points, as Denver’s Nikola Jokic dropped 50 on Sacramento last Saturday. Some bright news for Sacramento was the return of Nemanja Bjelica who came off the bench to score 15 points, grab nine rebounds, and dish out six assists in 28 minutes of action. While he probably will not be with the team much longer as trade rumors abound, putting up such a stat line after missing so many games can only improve the Kings’ return on any trade. The guy can still play ball. Sacramento will need to get it together soon as the Memphis Grizzlies come to town on Sunday. They represent one of the team’s the Kings are likely to be battling with for the playoff/play-in spots by the end of the season. Post-game Interviews