Programming note: Watch the re-air of the Kings’ victory over the Memphis Grizzlies from Jan. 25, 2019 tonight at 6:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports California.
With the NBA on shutdown, NBC Sports California has decided to start replaying some entertaining games from the last few seasons of Kings basketball to quench the thirst of fans.
Tuesday’s re-air of the Kings’ road win over the Grizzlies from the 2018-19 season is the fourth installment of the series.
While we know the final outcome of the game, sometimes the details become murky over time. Here are five things to watch in a nail-biting 99-96 win from FedEx Forum.
Coming of age
In his second NBA season, De’Aaron Fox showed flashes of brilliance and this was one of those moments. While he struggled to hang onto the ball, turning it over seven times on the night, Fox went at veteran point guard Mike Conley and got the best of him.
In the closing minutes, coach Dave Joerger turned to his young point guard and he responded with four of his 22 points in the final 39 seconds. His 19-foot jumper with 11 seconds remaining put the Kings up by four points and helped seal the win.
Buddy in the third
Buddy Hield had a breakout 2018-19 season for the Kings, posting a career-high 20.7 points per game as the team’s starting shooting guard.
In this contest, Hield got off to a slow start, but exploded for 13 of his game-high 26 points in the third quarter.
When Hield starts knocking down the triple, he can change a game quickly.
Bagley vs. Jackson
This game pits the No. 2 and No. 4 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft against each other. Bagley did more than hold his own in the matchup.
In his role as a primary scorer off the bench, Bagley posted 14 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action. With Bagley playing just 13 games this season due to injury, games like this remind us of his incredible potential.
Nemanja Bjelica isn’t the most athletic player in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be effective against a talented young big like Jackson.
The sharpshooting Serbian drew the Grizzlies rookie outside and buried all four of his 3-point attempts on the night. He fouled out late in the game, but not before dropping 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 33 minutes of play.
A blast from the past
Omri Casspi was drafted by the Kings in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft and spent two tours of duty in Sacramento. In his final game in the NBA, Casspi torched his former team.
Casspi came off the Grizzlies bench to score 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He chipped in five rebounds and four steals in 25 minutes
After playing 10 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, Casspi returned home to Israel following the 2018-19 season. He signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, th teame he played for before joining the NBA.