Five takeaways from the Kings' 20-point preseason loss to the Spurs

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Five takeaways from the Kings' 20-point preseason loss to the Spurs

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After dispatching the San Antonio Spurs in the preseason opener on Monday night at Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings traveled to Texas for a rematch on Friday. With half the team sitting out to rest, the Kings came up short, falling 113-93 for their first lost of the preseason.

1- De’Aaron Fox went to work. With George Hill sitting (along with the rest of the veterans), Fox picked up his first start and didn’t disappoint. The rookie scored 12 points and dished out six assists in 24 minutes of action. He’s an elite talent, but for him to take the next step as a point guard, he has to learn how to run a team. You’ll take a 6-to-2 assists-to-turnover ratio in a player’s second game as a pro. 

2- Buddy Hield joins the competition. After watching Temple start on Monday in Sacramento, Hield took full advantage of his opportunity on Friday. The second-year guard went off for 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting and hit a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. He was aggressive going to the rack, but he needs to find a way to involve others outside of the occasional ally-oop. 

3- Bogdan Bogdanovic knows how to play. With ball and player movement slowing to a crawl, the 25-year-old Serb came into the game and instantly started setting up his teammates. He started with a hook pass to Frank Mason for an open jumper and then sent a low post entry pass to a well established Papagiannis for a baby hook. Bogdanovic has an advanced feel and could easily steal minutes as a primary ball handler and distributor. He finished the night with four points, three assists and two rebounds in 16 minutes. Expect the Kings to take it easy on Bogdanovic in the preseason after a long summer of basketball in Europe. 

4- Willie Cauley-Stein wants to score. After finishing last season as the starter at the center position, Cauley-Stein is brimming with confidence. Against the Spurs, he pulled up for jumpers, ran the floor like a gazelle and even finished around the rim. The Kings would love to see the third year pro post 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and chip in nine rebounds on a nightly basis.

5- A Georgios Papagiannis sighting. The Kings spent the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on the 7-footer out of Greece. He’s had a few moments here and there, but overall has struggled with the speed of the game. Against the Spurs, he looked confident, finishing the night with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. It’s only preseason, but it's nice to see improvement from young players. 

After hard fall, Kings provide MRI results on Georgios Papagiannis' hip

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After hard fall, Kings provide MRI results on Georgios Papagiannis' hip

What looked like a scary situation for second-year center Georgios Papagiannis Friday night in Las Vegas turned out to be just a minor injury.

The Kings announced Saturday that an MRI conducted on the first-round pick revealed a bruise in the gluteus Maximus muscle.

Papagiannis is expected to make a full recovery, according to the team.

With 6:20 left in the third quarter the Kings' Summer League finale against the Suns, Papagiannis attempted to contest a driving layup. He came down hard on his back and remained on the floor for several minutes while trainers attended to him.

In six games during the Las Vegas Summer League, Papagiannis averaged 5.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22.7 minutes.

Kings end Summer League on high note behind Jackson's 29 points

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Kings end Summer League on high note behind Jackson's 29 points

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The Kings' time at Summer League closed on a high note with a 93-87 win over the Suns on Friday night in Las Vegas. 

Rookie Justin Jackson led the Kings to victory with 29 points while going 9-for-22 from the field. The No. 15 pick in this year's draft nailed three from deep and grabbed four rebounds. 

Naz Mitrou-Long poured in 21 points and Skal Labissiere added 12. 

Sacramento's top pick in the 2016 draft, Georgios Papagiannis, lasted 16 minutes before being wheeled off the floor from a hard foul. He was unable to put weight on his left leg, and has been officially listed with a left hip contusion. 

The Kings finished Summer League with a 2-4 record.