NBA Gameday: King James and the Cavs pose big test for Kings

NBA Gameday: King James and the Cavs pose big test for Kings

The Sacramento Kings look to make it two in a row Friday evening at Golden 1 Center, but standing in their way is LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings are 1-3 on their season-long seven-game homestand and currently sit a half game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

Dave Joerger turned to veterans Garrett Temple and Anthony Tolliver next to Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins  in his starting lineup over the past two games. Will he stick with the same group for a third straight game? He was noncommittal on Tuesday following the win over Detroit and continued to dodge the question following practice on Thursday.  

Cleveland has lost two straight, including a 102-86 drubbing in Portland on Wednesday night. They are four games into a six game road trip and have a Finals rematch on Monday in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors.


Cavs by 6.5


Kings: 16-22, third place in Pacific

Cavs: 28-10, first place in Central


Rudy Gay vs. LeBron James -- James is one of the more decorated players in NBA history. The four-time league MVP and 12-time All-Star is nearly impossible to stop. He’s posting 26.1 points, 8.1 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game, leading the Cavs to a three game lead in the Eastern Conference standings. Gay has had a nice season, but struggled in his last outing against the Detroit Pistons, shooting 3-of-11 from the field while turning the ball over seven times. Sacramento will need their starting small forward to play major minutes and limit the damage done by one of the best in the game.


Kings: No injuries to report.

Cavs: SG J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) out, C Chris Andersen (right knee) out.


This is the first of two meetings between the Kings and Cavs this season. Cleveland owns a 57-56 advantage in the all-time series and 37-22 lead over the Kings during the Sacramento-era.   


“I think that guys are believing and they’re competing. The Detroit game was the most disappointing thing I’ve seen all season. I thought for two or three quarters, that was awful. That was awful. Am I happy we came back and won? Yeah, but we’ve got to get it together for 48 minutes.” --Dave Joerger on his team’s performance against the Pistons on Tuesday night

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.