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Suffering from 'mental fatigue,' young and old Kings have hit a brick wall

Suffering from 'mental fatigue,' young and old Kings have hit a brick wall

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings have hit a wall. Young players, veterans, it doesn’t matter. After a six-game road trip, followed by back-to-back losses at home, the Kings look winded.

“Mental fatigue,” is all head coach Dave Joerger could muster when asked about his team’s struggles.

The Dallas Mavericks used an 18-0 run in the late third quarter and early fourth to put away the Kings Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center. Like the 30-15 run by the Warriors on Friday night, it was a combination of missed shots and poor execution on the defensive end.

You don’t have to look any further than the official play-by-play rundown of the game to spot a trend during the Mavericks run.

Missed jump shot, missed jump shots, missed fadeaway shot, missed fadeaway shot, missed fadeaway shot, missed floater, missed jump shot, missed jump shot.

In the matter of a few minutes, the Kings turned a six-point lead into a 12-point deficit. They missed seven 3-point attempts during the stretch, many of them from well beyond the arc.

Missing from the run was a layup attempt, a dunk or a free throw. Dallas turned up the heat and the Kings settled for long perimeter shots.

“Just a slow start to the fourth,” rookie De’Aaron Fox said following the 106-99 loss. “They started making shots and it’s really hard to come back from something like that.”

After shooting 63.3 percent from the field through three quarter, the Kings appeared to run out of gas. They shot 22.7 percent in the final frame, including a 1-of-10 quarter from behind the arc.

When the shots stopped falling, most teams attack the rim and try to get to the foul line. On the night, Sacramento went to the free throw stripe just six times, which ties the franchise’s low for attempts in a game dating back to January of 1997.

“They’re a lot bigger and stronger than we are,” a clearly frustrated Joerger said in his post game comments. “They manhandled us physically, I thought, around the perimeter cuts and just played with a lot more force.”

The locker room was quiet following the game. Plenty of players had already cleared out by the time the media was let in. Losing isn’t fun. Neither is a brutal stretch in the schedule.

Joerger announced that the team would take Sunday off before returning for shootaround in preparation for the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Following the Bulls game, the Kings won’t play again until Friday, a day after the NBA’s trade deadline.

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.