Kings' Thornton cleared to practice


Kings' Thornton cleared to practice

The Kings' Marcus Thornton has been cleared to resume practice "to see how it goes," the shooting guard announced via Twitter.

Thornton left the Kings' game in Memphis Jan. 21 with what was described as a "stiff left thigh." A week ago, a diagnostic ultrasound test revealed a significant hematoma in the bothered thigh.

REWIND: Thornton to miss 1-2 weeks with hematoma

The Kings haven't won since Thornton went down, going 0-5 in their last five games.

Previously, Thornton sat out three games (Jan. 10, 11, and 13) with what was thought to be a "left thigh contusion." The Kings went 1-2 over that span, making Sacramento 1-7 in games Thornton does not play.

Thornton, 24, is right there at the top of the Kings' scoring leaders. He was averaging a team-best 16.4 points per game before leaving; Tyreke Evans has shouldered the scoring load in his absence and has since claimed the scoring lead, averaging 16.9 points per game. DeMarcus Cousins is the only other player averaging double-figures at 15.0.

Rookie Jimmer Fredette has experienced increased playing time in Thornton's absence, and has put together his best stretch of NBA games; he has three thirty-plus minute games and four double-digit scoring efforts in the five games Thornton has been out. It will be interesting to see how the backcourt playing time is distributed when Thornton returns to game action.

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Marcus ThorntonHave been cleared to practice to see how it goes thank GOD
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Kings waive three players days before season opener


Kings waive three players days before season opener

SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.  

Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).

Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest. 

Hearn appeared in one preseason game. 

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings' preseason loss to Warriors


Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Kings' preseason loss to Warriors


The Sacramento Kings traveled the 90 minutes down highway 80 to face off with the Championship Golden State Warriors Friday evening. Missing three of their rotational guards, the Kings fought hard, but couldn’t stay with their closest geographical rivals late, falling to the Warriors by a final of 117-106. With the loss, Sacramento finished the preseason 1-5.

1- David Stockton, AAAA player. The Warriors couldn’t figure out who the speedy point guard was running circles around them. No, it wasn’t Frank Mason, it was former Gonzaga star and son of NBA legend John Stockton, David Stockton. Sacramento inked the undersized guard midweek and he took advantage of his opportunity. Stockton lit the Warriors up for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight assists in 28 minutes off the Kings’ bench.

2- Welcome to the competition Malachi Richardson. The second-year wing out of Syracuse has been the forgotten man in Sacramento. Against the Warriors, he came out confident and firing from all over the floor. Richardson finished the evening with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and showed some defensive prowess against Klay Thompson.

3- Who is this Papagiannis guy? After looking completely uncomfortable in limited playing time, Papagiannis looked like someone fed him a Red Bull in pregame. The 7-footer was all over the floor, even banking in a 3-pointer in the first half. He finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of action. He’s showing signs of improvement as the preseason comes to a close.

4- An aggressive Skal Labissiere is a good Skal Labissiere. Starting in place of Zach Randolph, the second-year big looked comfortable from the opening tip. If this is the Labissiere that shows up in the regular season, the Kings are going to have quite a few interesting nights. Labissiere posted nine points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Kings kept the Warriors within striking distance for much of the game.

5- There is no quit in Frank Mason. The season is just a few days away and Mason continues to make his case for a spot in the rotation. With George Hill’s status in question, Mason has proven that he is ready for game action. Sacramento wanted Mason bad during draft season and now fans are seeing why. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and there hasn’t been a moment too big.