Instant Analysis: Kings can't complete back-to-back sweep of Blazers
Win one, lose one
Same opponent, different result. After dispatching the Trail Blazers on Friday night at Golden 1 Center, Portland returned the favor Saturday evening on their home floor, beating the Kings by a final of 102-90.
The effort was there for Sacramento, but sometimes the shots just won’t fall. Starters Skal Labissiere and Garrett Temple went scoreless on the evening, combining to shoot 0-of-17 from the field. Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome C.J. McCollum and the hot shooting of the Blazers.
Willie Cauley-Stein put in another solid performance for Sacramento. After posting a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double against Portland on Friday, he backed it up with 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals on Saturday. He even knocked down his first career 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Looking for answers, Dave Joerger turned to rookie point guard Frank Mason and despite the loss, he played extremely well. The NCAA’s Player of the Year for 2017 scored 13 points and handed out two assists in 19 minutes of action.
The Blazers led the Kings 21-20 after the first 12 minutes of play, but then Sacramento went cold. By halftime Portland pushed the lead to 12 and by the mid third quarter it went as high as 22. The Kings showed fight, but when you shoot 38.2 percent as a team, it’s hard to compete.
Buddy Hield missed his first career game with a sprained right ankle. Vince Carter missed his sixth straight game with kidney stones. Harry Giles is out until January at the earliest due to bilateral knee rehab.
The return home Monday for the first game of a three-game homestand against the Nuggets. They face the Lakers on Wednesday and then finish up the homestand against the Clippers on Saturday.