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Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away


Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

SACRAMENTO - All hands on deck. The Sacramento Kings open the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center and it looks like they might do so with a full arsenal of players at their disposal.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox returned to practice on Sunday and then participated in the team’s annual Fanfest. If his dance moves are any indication, the 19-year-old’s back is feeling just fine.

Veteran George Hill tweaked his groin Friday against the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability for opening night in question. Hill, 31, who has a history of groin injuries, was on the court Monday practicing and said he is ready to play.

“Everything is feeling good right now,” Hill said Monday following practice.

The only player who didn’t practice on Monday is rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle against the Warriors. According to head coach Dave Joerger,  the team is hopeful that the Serbian sharpshooter will return in time for Game 1.

“We’re still shooting for Wednesday for both of them,” Joerger said of Hill and Bogdanovic.

New look Rockets

The Rockets went 55-27 last season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t stop them from going all in during the offseason. With MVP runner-up James Harden already manning the backcourt, Houston added nine-time All-Star Chris Paul as their new starting point guard.

“Leadership, he’s a floor general,” Hill said about Paul. “Anywhere he goes, he’ll make a team better. We know they were already a good team without him, coming in with him is going to be a bigger task.”

It’s a new look roster and the expectations are huge for the Rockets. Houston averaged 115.3 points per game last season and led the league in both 3-point attempts and makes. This season, they also added two strong perimeter defenders in P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s a huge test coming out of the gate for Sacramento. Following the contest against the Rockets, the Kings hit the road for three straight before returning to Golden 1 next Thursday to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Camp notes

With the season just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings made their final roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn were waived, leaving the Kings with 15 rostered players and two two-way players in Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.

Stockton, Jones and Hearn are all expected to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s G-League.

Kings waive three players days before season opener


Kings waive three players days before season opener

SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.  

Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).

Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest. 

Hearn appeared in one preseason game. 

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Instant Analysis: Warriors end preseason with win over Kings


Instant Analysis: Warriors end preseason with win over Kings


OAKLAND -- Missing three of their top six players, the Warriors concluded their preseason schedule with a 117-106 win over Sacramento in what looked a lot like a glorified scrimmage Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting (4-of-6 from deep) before sitting out the second half. Pat McCaw came off the bench for 17 (7-of-15, 3-of-8) and Nick Young, starting for Kevin Durant, also tossed in 15 (5-of-14, 5-of-9) and Jordan Bell added 10.

The Warriors were outshot by the Kings (48.2 percent from the field to 46.9 percent) but won the rebounding battle, 47-40.

The Warriors posted a 2-2 record during the preseason.


Bell, earning his first start (for Draymond Green), showed why Warriors coach Steve Kerr is comfortable playing him in a regular-season game. The rookie played 25 minutes, went 5-of-8 from the field and added a game-high 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. He was a game-best plus-13 for the night.

Third-year forward Kevon Looney got some extended run, finishing with 9 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.

Young, catching up on conditioning, played a game-high 30 minutes, the most of any Warrior in any game this preseason.


Veteran forward Omri Casspi sustained a mild sprain of his right ankle (non-contact) early in the second quarter, limped into the locker room and did not return.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, usually a high-percentage shooter, struggled with his jumper, going 0-of-4 from the field.


Warriors: Casspi (R ankle sprain) F Kevin Durant (illness), Andre Iguodala (back strain) and Green (back strain) were listed as out.

Kings: G Bogdan Bogdanovic (R ankle sprain), G De’Aaron Fox (lower back contusion), F Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehabilitation), G George Hill (R groin strain) and F Zach Randolph (not with team) were listed as out.


The Warriors open the regular season Tuesday night at Oracle Arena against the Houston Rockets. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.