Trail Blazers vs Kings, Get a summary of the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings basketball game.The Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers meet Friday in NBA preseason action at the Moda Center. The Sacramento Kings finish up …with results and the evolution of their head-to-head record.
Trail Blazers vs Kings, The Sacramento Kings are based in the Western Conference of the Pacific Division and were founded in 1945, entering the NBA in ’48. They wear purple, black and silver and have picked up one NBL championship and one NBA.with results and the evolution of their head-to-head record.
The Utah Jazz did most of their domination in the first half as they quickly got out to a 39-10 lead after one quarter. If there were any worries about the Utah Jazz starters after games against playoff competition like the Raptors and Trail Blazers, those are completely gone after Utah came out and throttled the Kings. Donovan Mitchell finished the game with 13 points in only 6 FGA and 17 minutes played. He left with a +/- +30.
The real domination was Rudy Gobert. Rudy Gobert absolutely dominated with a +/- +30 as well. He had 18 points on almost all lobs with 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block in 17 minutes of play. As evidenced by the score at halftime (71-35), the Sacramento Kings could not get anything against the Jazz when Rudy Gobert was in the game.
The rest of the Jazz’s starting lineup was great. Joe Ingles had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Derrick Favors had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ricky Rubio got his teammates good looks, but his shooting woes continue as he only made 1 of his 6 attempts.
The Kings were atrocious. They struggled every step of the way. Luckily, it’s preseason, but the Jazz had to wonder if they were playing the Sydney Kings instead of the Sacramento Kings.
Alec Burks most likely has earned his spot in the rotation as he had YET ANOTHER good game off the bench. He had 17 points on 10 shots. Jae Crowder who had struggled through preseason with his shot seems to have found his rhythm. He finished with 12 points on 4 shots. He was active on defense and displayed his patented hustle.
At the moment Grayson Allen (14 points) and Dante Exum (6 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists) are housing the Sacramento Kings’ bench and Tony Bradley is even getting minutes. This is over. Jazz won.
The Kings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and the under is 4-0 in Kings last 4 road games. The Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 30-12 in the last 42 meetings.
One more game left, Kings fans. That is until the regular season starts for your team and their games will count towards their 2018-2019 season record. But until then, the purple and white will go through 48 more minutes of basketball tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers.
This game does not matter for both teams as this is a preseason contest. But with that said, here are some things to look out for tonight if one is a Sacramento Kings fan.
Another reason to keep in tune with this game is to see more of how the Kings’ young talent is developing. Players like De’Aaron Fox, Harry Giles, and Marvin Bagley III have shown flashes of their potential this preseason, and it will be fun to see if they continue to make strides tonight.
Tonight will be the last time the Kings hit the court before playing in their season opener against the Jazz. This game is not a must watch by any means, but it can be a fun game to witness if you are a fan of the Kings. Especially if you want to vehemently follow the development of the team’s young core.
Kings coach Dave Joerger tipped his hand in Monday’s game against Maccabi Haifa. He will likely present a clearer picture of his regular-season rotation when the Kings play the Utah Jazz on Thursday night at Golden 1 Center before concluding their preseason schedule on the road Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Joerger used 14 players in a 132-100 victory over Maccabi Haifa, but only nine saw significant minutes. De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III started in the backcourt with Justin Jackson, Nemanja Bjelica and Willie Cauley-Stein. Buddy Hield, Yogi Ferrell, Harry Giles III and Marvin Bagley III played key roles off the bench.
Joerger indicated that those players would make up his core rotation until guard Bogdan Bogdanovic returns from knee surgery in the coming weeks.
“It may not come out exactly like it did tonight, but it’s pretty much the candidates going forward,” Joerger said after the game. “I’ve had a good chance to see guys in different roles and we’ve got two more games to look at some different combinations of guys.”
Most notable among those who could be left out of the rotation: Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos and Skal Labissiere. Randolph, the team’s leading scorer last season, and Koufos have yet to appear in a preseason game. Labissiere, who started two of the first three preseason games, averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, logged only six minutes against Maccabi Haifa.
Mason appears to have played his way into the rotation – at least to begin the season – despite the fact that Sacramento added another backup point guard when it signed Ferrell as a free agent. In four preseason games, Mason has averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 assists. He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field and has made 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
“Frank does what Frank does,” Joerger said. “He’s hard-nosed and he’s a good guy that the coach always knows he can go to and you’re going to get 110 percent from him. He gets to the paint and he fights for every inch of the court, and I think that’s what people respect about Frank.”
Bogdanovic will likely be inserted in the starting lineup when he returns, which could cut into Mason’s minutes. It is unclear whether Joerger plans to start Hield or use him in a backup role as he did last season. Hield started the first three preseason games, averaging 9.7 points on 11-of-33 shooting. He came off the bench against Maccabi Haifa, posting 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
“That’s on me to make a decision (based) on what I see,” Joerger said when asked about Hield’s role after Wednesday’s practice, declining to elaborate.
The Utah and Portland games will represent the Kings’ second back-to-back this preseason. Last week, they suffered a 128-123 loss to the Lakers on Thursday and a 122-94 loss to the Warriors on Friday. Sacramento was 5-11 on the second night of a back-to-back last season.
“We have 14 back-to-backs throughout the course of the year, so we’ve got to get better,” Joerger said. “That first back-to-back wasn’t great for us, so we definitely have to perform better in those situations.”
Joerger said he doesn’t know how much the Kings will learn about Utah when they face the Jazz on Thursday, six days before they meet again in the season opener at Golden 1 Center.
“It’s hard to say because you don’t know who they’re going to play,” Joerger said. “I know who we’re going to play. If you’re them and the experience they’ve got, you might not show a lot. If you’re us, we’re so young, we need to get better. Whatever it is that we can work at, we’re not going to be secretive about stuff. We’ve just got to play and continue to improve.”