Instant Analysis: Kings go cold, get crushed by Wizards
Blowout loss in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO -- Lesson learned. Fans have clamoured non-stop to see the Kings’ young players get a longer look. On Sunday afternoon coach Dave Joerger rested George Hill and Zach Randolph, starting two rookies, two second-year players and third-year big Willie Cauley-Stein. The result wasn’t fun to watch.
The Kings couldn’t find the basket early, falling behind by 31 at half. Sacramento’s inexperience was on full display as the Washington Wizards continued the drubbing from wire-to-wire for the 110-83 victory at Golden 1 Center.
Bogdan Bogdanovic answered the call. The 25-year-old Serbian rookie was one of the few Kings players to find success against Washington. He finished the night with a career-high 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting, while adding three rebounds and four steals.
Sacramento went young with the starting lineup and they responded by starting the game 0-of-9 from the field. Joerger gave them plenty of opportunity, but the Wizards pushed their lead to more than 30 before the teams could into the locker room for halftime.
The Kings rested Hill and Randolph to give their young players a longer look. They joined rookie Harry Giles on the sidelines, who is out until January at the earliest.
After a short homestand, the Kings venture out on the road for three games starting Tuesday in Indiana. They’ll make stops in Boston and Detroit before returning home a week from Tuesday to face the Oklahoma City Thunder.