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Gameday: Can Willie Cauley-Stein contain Joel Embiid?

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Gameday: Can Willie Cauley-Stein contain Joel Embiid?

Buddy Hield saved the day for Sacramento on Tuesday, scoring 15 of his 21 points before the half as the Kings shook off a horrible first quarter performance. Zach Randolph rallied in the third and fourth quarter to help the Kings hang on for the win. Rookie Justin Jackson set a new career-high with 16 points.

Philly is riding a five-game win streak, including a big win over the Utah Jazz in the first of their five-game road trip that began on Tuesday. Joel Embiid is putting up 20.5 points and 10.1 rebounds so far this season, but it’s rookie Ben Simmons that is turning heads with his near triple-double stats.    

BETTING LINE 

76ers by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Joel Embiid -- Cauley-Stein has had an up and down season so far, but he’s still getting the call with the first unit. Embiid looks like an All-Star in the making, but he’s played just 39 games since being drafted with the third overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. Cauley-Stein came into the league as a defender that can guard multiple positions. He’ll face a big that can score from anywhere on the court and stuffs the stat sheet every night.  

WHERE THEY STAND 

Kings: 2-8, fifth place in Pacific

76ers: 6-4, second place in Atlantic

INJURY REPORT 

Kings: PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out.

76ers: PG Markelle Fultz (shoulder) out, G Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

RINSE AND REPEAT -- Hield was everything the Kings needed and more against the Thunder, but he’s struggled with consistency. If he’s hitting his shots, the second-year guard is all over the court. If he comes out cold, he has to find ways to help out. Hield’s averaged 17 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over his previous three games. 

BETTER STARTS -- Sacramento set a new NBA record when the second team posted 29 points against the Thunder before the team’s starters could score a single point. The Kings continue to fall behind early and they’ve been less than successful on most night digging out of those holes. If the starters can’t get it going early, Joerger is going to have some difficult decisions to make.

MOMENTUM -- OKC isn’t a world beater yet, but they boast three All-Stars, including the league’s reigning MVP in Russell Westbrook. Sacramento fought through a rough start to come away with a big win on Tuesday. They have winnable games against young, inexperienced teams over the next week. There is an opportunity to steal a few victories and get the season back on track. 

SERIES HISTORY 

These two teams split the season series 1-1 last year with each holding home court. The Sixers have a 30-32 lead during the Sacramento-era and Philadelphia holds a 163-125 advantage all-time.

After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

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After getting stitched up, De'Aaron Fox cleared to play in Rising Stars Game

De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston in front of his hometown crowd put everything on hold.

After being evaluated by the Kings medical staff this morning in Sacramento, the team has tentatively cleared their young guard for action in this weekend’s All-Star festivities. 

“Barring any changes in his condition, Fox is expected to play in the Risings Stars Game in L.A. on Friday evening,” the team said via text.  

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are scheduled to play in the Rising Stars Game together, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.

De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

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De'Aaron Fox's All-Star weekend plans in limbo after late spill in Kings' loss

Good news, bad news. De’Aaron Fox ran the gamut of emotions Wednesday. He got the call early in the day that he was added to the Rising Stars Game as an injury replacement for the Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Lonzo Ball. But a spill late in Houston has everything on hold.

With 34.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Fox hit the floor hard, banging both his chin and forehead on the Toyota Center floor. The Kings starting point guard required stitches above his right eye and on his chin. 

There is no word yet from the team on his availability going forward, including Friday’s Rising Stars game in LA. 

The 20-year-old out of Kentucky is posting 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game for Sacramento. 

He, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield are all scheduled to play in the Rising Stars game, giving the team three players in the event for the first time in franchise history.