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Labissiere blows up stat sheet in first G-League game

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Labissiere blows up stat sheet in first G-League game

With two-way player JaKarr Sampson playing big minutes for the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday evening in Cleveland, Skal Labissiere was busy destroying the Lakeland Magic’s front line in his G-League debut this season.

In a surprise move, Sacramento sent the second-year big to Reno on Tuesday to give him some extended minutes and a chance to build some confidence.

Playing against two-way player Adreian Payne, Labissiere went off for 29 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in 37 minutes of action. He won’t be in the G-League long if he continues this type of play.

More of a conventional power forward, Labissiere has worked tirelessly to develop his game since being taken with the 28th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. With so much information being thrown at him, the 21-year-old Haitian-born big has looked robotic at times with the Kings. There are moments where he is overthinking the game instead of reading and reacting.

Against G-League players, Labissiere looked fluid on both ends of the floor. Maybe a game or two with the Bighorns is just what the doctor ordered.

The Kings front office is making good use of their G-League affiliate in Reno. Sacramento has pulled both Sampson and Jack Cooley, the team’s two two-way players, up to the parent club on more than one occasion this season.

They have also sent Georgios Papagiannis, Malachi Richardson and Justin Jackson up to Reno for seasoning.

Papagiannis is with the Kings on the current road trip, but in six games with the Bighorns this season, he’s posted 14.2 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 29 minutes per game.

Jackson and Richardson were sent to Reno late last week. Richardson got off to a slow start, but he’s averaging 12 points and six rebounds over three games.

Jackson dropped 26 points and six rebounds in his first game with the Bighorns and backed that up with a 24-point, seven-rebound performance in game two. But he shot 0-for-12 from the field Wednesday evening and finished with just four points.

With so many young faces on the Kings squad, don’t be shocked if they use Reno all season long as a development tool.

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.