James Ham

One positive, three negatives from Kings' 101-86 loss to Lakers

One positive, three negatives from Kings' 101-86 loss to Lakers

It wasn’t pretty. Not at all. The Kings couldn’t hit a shot on their home court. They looked taxed mentally and in the end, the fell to the Los Angeles Lakers by a final of 101-86 on Saturday night. 

De’Aaron Fox continued his breakout sophomore season, but there wasn’t a whole lot else to like as the Kings stumbled in front of their home crowd.

Sacramento currently stand at 7-6 on the season after the loss to LA.

Here is one positives and three negatives from the game. 


Swipa The Snipa

Coming into the league, there was concerns about Fox’s ability to shoot from the perimeter. He’s done a nice job of quieting those conversations early in Year Two.

Against the Lakers, Fox attacked the rim on multiple occasions, but his shooting from long range kept the Kings in the game during the first half. 

Fox knocked down 3-of-6 from deep and is now shooting 41 percent from 3-point range on the season. He shot with confidence and was one of the few Kings players to put the ball in the bucket. 

On the evening, Fox scored a team-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebound in the loss. This was the seventh time this season that Fox has cracked the 20-point plateau. He managed the feet just five times in 73 games as a rookie. 


Dribble, Dribble, Dribble

When the Kings are at their best, they move the ball all over the court and find the open man. That is not the style of basketball they played against the Lakers. 

The Kings over dribbled and tried to play hero ball all evening. The results showed up in the box score. Not only did the Kings’ offense come to a complete standstill, but they finished the night with just 11 assists and 19 turnovers.

The ball got sticky and it cost the team any chance of coming away with a win. The issue looks like an anomaly. Sacramento came into the night third in the league in assists per game at 25.5. 

Either the Lakers figured out some magic pill to stop the Kings’ ball movement or the home team had a rare bad night on the offensive end. 


The Kings haven't had any issue putting the ball through the hoop this season, until Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center. Coach Dave Joerger pointed to mental fatigue following the game and he’s likely on to something.

Against a sub-par defensive team, Sacramento’s ball movement came to a standstill. They forced shots, over dribbled and turned the ball over. 

On the evening, the Kings shot just 34.8 percent from the field and 24 percent from long range. They turned the ball over 19 times and scored a season-low 86 points. 

This wasn’t the brand of basketball that the Kings have played through the first few weeks of the regular season. 

Cold night

Buddy Hield has been played extremely well to start the season, but he struggled against the Lakers. He managed to post 12 points and added four rebounds in 25 minutes of action, but he struggled to hit a shot.

Known for his ability to knock down a shot, Hield hit just 3-of-17 from the field against LA. The Lakers' length on the perimeter appeared to bother the Kings’ leading scorer.

Even when Hield found open looks from the perimeter, they clanged iron. Hield came into the game a 45.5 percent shooter from behind the arc, but hit just 1-of-6 from 3-point range in the loss.

Kings notes: Four new season lows set in loss to Lakers

Kings notes: Four new season lows set in loss to Lakers

SACRAMENTO -- Struggles with the jumper. The Sacramento Kings couldn’t buy a basket Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center and the Los Angeles Lakers ran them over for a 101-89 victory.

Sacramento shot just 34.8 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times as their high-powered offense screeched to a halt. 

LeBron James led the way with a modest 25 points for Los Angeles and five other players scored in double-figures to help the Lakers improve to 6-6 on the season.

Here are five notes as the Kings fall to 7-6 on the season.

Fox was ready

De’Aaron Fox has taken the big leap. So far, he’s shown up big for Sacramento and Saturday was no different. The 20-year-old guard torched the Lakers for a team-high 21 points to go with seven rebounds and two steals. 

He dominated the matchup with Lonzo Ball, but his team struggled to hit shots, which hurt his assist total and ended any chance the Kings had to win the game. Fox also managed to score just four points in the second half as Sacramento’s offense fell apart.

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Buddy Bricks

Buddy Hield has been a breath of fresh air this season, but he couldn’t find the range against LA. The third-year guard shot just 3-for-17 from the field to finish the evening with 12 points. He chipped in four rebounds, but it wasn’t a good night for Hield. 

Trouble with the foul

Willie Cauley-Stein posted a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double, but he struggled with foul trouble and played just 26 minutes. Like the rest of the club, Cauley-Stein forced things on the offensive end and finished with four turnovers. 

No quit

Rookie Marvin Bagley continues to produce when given minutes. The 19-year-old kept attacking the basket late, dropping in 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in his 22 minutes of play. 

Following the game, coach Dave Joerger mentioned giving Bagley a longer look at the center position in small ball lineups, which should get him at least a few more minutes to work with.

A game of season-lows

The Kings shot a season worst 34.8 percent from the field and 24 percent from behind the arc. They had a season-low 11 assists and their 86 point total snapped a seven-game streak of scoring 100 points or more.

Kings send Harry Giles to G League Stockton to get some playing time

Kings send Harry Giles to G League Stockton to get some playing time

SACRAMENTO -- Following the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday evening, the Kings sent rookie big man Harry Giles III to their G League affiliate in Stockton.

Giles, 20, has struggled to find playing time early in the season, playing just 87 total minutes over nine games for the Kings. 

Lost in a crowded frontline that includes fellow rookie Marvin Bagley III, as well as veterans Willie Cauley-Stein, Nemanja Bjelica and Kosta Koufos, Giles has posted 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

After redshirting last season in Sacramento, the former Duke big man is expected to play with the Stockton Kings Sunday afternoon when the team hosts the Agua Caliente Clippers at the Stockton Arena. 

It’s unlikely the move is long term, but Giles needs reps on the floor, which is difficult to do in Sacramento with so many bigs on the roster and the team finding success early in the season. 

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