Losing streak hits four as Kings get crushed by Clippers in LA
Another loss to LA
Same team, same result. For the second time in three days, the Sacramento Kings fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, this time by a final of 126-105 Saturday at Staples Center.
Sacramento couldn’t get their offense going early and the Clippers took advantage in transition. Willie Reed and Lou Williams fueled Los Angeles, helping them climb back to the .500 mark on the season.
With the loss, the Kings dropped to 13-29 on the season. They’ve lost four straight and nine of their last 11 as they struggle through the midway point of the 2017-18 campaign.
STANDOUT PERFORMER I
When these two teams faced off on Thursday, it was Montrezl Harrell that ate the Kings up. With DeAndre Jordan missing the game, it was backup big Willie Reed who did the damage against the Kings’ front line. The 27-year-old journeyman hit 6-for-6 from the field to score 14 points and he added 13 rebounds and two blocks in the Clippers win.
STANDOUT PERFORMER II
Willie Cauley-Stein is becoming a weapon. In his third season in the league, the 7-footer out of Kentucky is showing there is more to his game, almost on a nightly basis. With his team struggling, Cauley-Stein led the way with 23 points, 13 rebounds and four assists in the loss.
STANDOUT PERFORMER III
Skal Labissiere is showing signs of improvement. The lanky big put up 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including two strikes from behind the arc. He added seven rebounds, a block and a steal in 21 minutes of action.
The Kings trailed by 19 at the half, but they hung around for most of the third quarter. Los Angeles closed out the third on a run to push the lead to 23 going to the fourth and Sacramento had no answer.
Frank Mason III is out 4-6 weeks with a partial tear of the right plantar fascia. Harry Giles is out due to bilateral knee rehab and the team has yet to update his status moving forward.
The Kings fly to Oklahoma where they’ll take on the Thunder Monday on Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day. They return home for a matchup with the Utah Jazz Wednesday evening before heading out on the road for a six game trip.