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Instant Replay: Kings end 2016-17 season with loss to Clippers

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Instant Replay: Kings end 2016-17 season with loss to Clippers

BOX SCORE

With one team focus on developing their young core and the other looking ahead to the postseason, the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers locked up Wednesday night at the Staples Center for the season finale. The Clippers found their rhythm in the second half, pulling away from Sacramento for the 115-95 victory.

All five starters scored in double-figures for the Clippers, including a team-high tying 18 for J.J. Reddick. The sharpshooting guard knocked down 3-for-7 from long range and chipped in four assists as LA locked up the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

DeAndre Jordan shot 8-of-10 from the field to score 18 points and added 17 rebounds. Chris Paul went for 17 points and dished out nine assists. Blake Griffin barely missed the triple-double, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Luc Mbah a Moute added 14 points.

Arron Afflalo came to play against his hometown Clippers. The veteran wing scored 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and added six assists in the loss.

Willie Cauley-Stein finished the season on a strong note, stuffing the stat sheet with 19 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and a block.

Buddy Hield went for a career-high 30 points against the Suns on Tuesday and he backed that up with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting against Los Angeles.

With both Darren Collison and Ty Lawson sitting, Langston Galloway picked up another start. Galloway finished with 14 points and six assists in 41 minutes of action. 

Ben McLemore chipped in 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and Skal Labissiere added seven points and three rebounds as the Kings finished the season 32-50.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
The Kings lost the game, but Cauley-Stein put up big numbers again for Sacramento. The second-year big plans on heading to Navy Seal training next month as he looks to add strength and endurance for next season.

TURNING POINT:
The Kings kept it close through the first half, but the Clippers experience won out after the intermission.

INJURY UPDATE:
Veterans Garrett Temple, Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson and Tyreke Evans sat out for scheduled rest. Darren Collison missed his second straight game with a migraine headache. Rookie Malachi Richardson is officially out for the season with a right hamstring thickness tear. Rudy Gay is out for the year with a torn left Achilles.

WHAT'S NEXT:
The Kings season is officially over.

 

Report: After starting 0-3, Suns fire head coach Watson on eve of Kings game

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Report: After starting 0-3, Suns fire head coach Watson on eve of Kings game

Drama. The Sacramento Kings have done their best to avoid the non-basketball related issues that often come with the NBA game, but they’ll walk into someone else’s firestorm Monday night in Phoenix.

The Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson just three games into the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Phoenix has dropped all three contests, including a 48-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on opening night and a 42-point defeat at the hands of the Clippers on Saturday.

Before the firing, veteran point guard tweeted out a message that has since gone viral.

Whether Bledsoe was referring to Watson or his impending release is unknown at this time. 

Watson leaves with a 33-85 record in parts of three seasons with the Suns. He took over for Jeff Hornacek midway through the 2015-16 season. According to Wojnarowski, Suns ownership and management is currently meeting with the team’s assistant coaches and Jay Triano is likely to be named interim head coach.

Day before facing Kings, Suns guard tweets ‘I don’t wanna be here’

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Day before facing Kings, Suns guard tweets ‘I don’t wanna be here’

The Kings head to Phoenix Monday to take on the Suns. It looks like If it were up to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, he wouldn't be playing the Kings or anyone else with his current team. 

On Sunday, Bledsoe let out his frustration with the following tweet:

The Suns fell to 0-3 on Saturday after getting crushed by the Clippers, 130-88, Sunday in Los Angeles. They are losing by an average of 30.7 points as their defense is allowing 128.7 points per game. 

With the ball in their hands, the Suns' offense isn't much better, averaging a pedestrian 98 points per game. 

Former teammate DeAndre Jordan chimed in on Twitter after Bledsoe's tweet too. Bledsoe spent his first three years in the NBA with Jordan on the Clippers.

Bledsoe, 28, is averaging 15.7 points and 3.0 assists per game in the young season. Over his eight-year career, Bledsoe has put up averages of 13.1 points and 4.6 assists per game.