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Fox, Kings look to sweep season series with Heat

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Fox, Kings look to sweep season series with Heat

SACRAMENTO -- Icing on the cake? The Miami Heat have had the Sacramento Kings’ number for nearly two decades. After years of failures in South Beach, the Kings snapped 15-game losing streak in Miami in January, winning at AmericanAirlines for the first time since 2001.  

Buddy Hield led the way with 24 points the last time these two teams faced off, but it was rookie De’Aaron Fox that stole the show. The 20-year-old point guard tracked a Bogdan Bogdanovic miss and hammered it back with 3.3 seconds remaining to give the Kings an 89-88 win.

Miami is fighting for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. They currently sit in the eighth spot, but they are tied in the win column with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards are only two games ahead for the fifth seed in the East.

OPENING LINE

Heat by 7

MATCHUP TO WATCH

De’Aaron Fox vs. Goran Dragic -- Fox put up his second double-double of the season against OKC and he tied his career-high with 10 assists. He’s looking to set up his teammates and he’s been more aggressive in the second half of the season. Dragic made his first All-Star appearance this season and he’s the motor that drives the Heat. Fox has a major advantage in quickness, but Dragic is as crafty as they come.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 21-47, fourth place in Pacific

Heat: 36-32, second place in Southeast

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (hip) questionable, SG/SF Iman Shumpert (knee/plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (knee rehab) out for the season.

Heat: SG Dwyane Wade (hamstring) out, C Hassan Whiteside (hip) out, SG Dion Waiters (ankle) out for the season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Defensive Effort -- The Kings showed up on the second night of a back-to-back on Monday in OKC. They brought toughness and effort, despite falling down the stretch. They need to bring that same effort on their home floor against a quality Eastern Conference opponent.

Shooters off the Bench -- The Heat love to launch from the perimeter, especially with their second unit. Reserve Wayne Ellington shoots 7.5 3-pointers per game off the bench and last time these two teams faced off he knocked down 6-of-13 from deep on his way to 20 points. Sacramento has struggled to defend the 3-ball all season long. If they don’t stay with Miami’s shooters, they’ll get burned.

Play Spoiler -- Miami is firmly planted in the playoffs, but they would love nothing more than to move up in the East. The Kings aren’t playing for anything but pride. Sacramento has a chance to change the look of the playoff picture for more than one team as they head towards the finish line.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings lead the season-series 1-0 after a stunning win over the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in January. The Heat hold a 40-18 advantage all-time over the Kings.  

Summer of change begins in Sacramento

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Summer of change begins in Sacramento

If the first two weeks of the offseason in Sacramento are any indicator, it’s going to be a summer of change in Kingsland. Fans were sent into a frenzy on social media Tuesday evening when the news broke that long time PA announcer, Scott Moak, had been relieved of his duties as Vice President of Game Entertainment, Production and Content with the Kings.

According to the team, Moak has been offered to stay on as the public address announcer, a position he’s held since 2002. But he has yet to make a decision on his future with the club. 

“We are restructuring our community programs given the importance of that role, now more than ever. Scott is a cherished announcer and we offered him the opportunity to stay in that role, as originally envisioned for him,” the Kings organization said through a prepared statement.

Prior to his role as the VP of Game Entertainment, Moak served as the team’s Vice President of Community Impact and Executive Director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation from 2014-2017. 

Bee Makes Cutbacks

In addition to the Moak news, veteran NBA columnist, Ailene Voisin, was let go by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday afternoon after 21 years with the newspaper. 

A pioneer in the field of sports journalism, Voisin began her career with the San Diego Union in the early 1980’s and has been a staple in the Sacramento media world since 1997. 

Voisin is one of the longest tenured female columnists covering the NBA and a legend in the industry.

Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic out 8-10 weeks after surgery

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Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic out 8-10 weeks after surgery

The Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday morning that rookie shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a successful procedure to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee.

The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Bogdanovic, 25, is expected to resume basketball activities in 8-10 weeks

Bogdanovic joined Sacramento last summer after playing professionally in Europe. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assist and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings this season.