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Gameday: Chance to hit reset button will come after Kings host Bulls

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Gameday: Chance to hit reset button will come after Kings host Bulls

SACRAMENTO -- The NBA schedule keeps rolling on. For the third time in four nights, the Sacramento Kings will host a team at Golden 1 Center. A struggling Chicago Bulls team comes in beat up and  short-handed Monday evening, trying to snap a six-game losing streak.

Sacramento looked great through three quarters Saturday night against the Mavericks, shooting over 63 percent from the floor over the game’s first 36 minutes. Then they seemed to run out of gas. A long road trip followed by a back-to-back at home has the Kings “mentally fatigued.” They’ll have three days off after playing Chicago to try and hit the reset button.

The Bulls have lost six in a row coming into Monday’s matchup. They will play without rookie phenom, Lauri Markkanen and they traded leading scorer, Nikola Mirotic, to the Pelicans last Thursday.

BETTING LINE

Kings by 2.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Bogdan Bogdanovic vs. Zach LaVine -- Bogdanovic looks like a keeper in his first season in the NBA. After putting up big numbers in January, the 25-year-old Serbian has struggled to score over the last week, scoring in double-figures in just two of his last six games. He’ll be tested Monday night when the high-flying LaVine rolls into Golden 1 Center. Since returning from a devastating knee injury, LaVine has started 10 games for the Bulls. He’s posting 14.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game as Chicago attempts to bring him back slowly after nearly a year off.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 16-36, fifth place in Pacific

Bulls: 18-34, fifth place in Central

INJURY REPORT

Kings: PF Skal Labissiere (shoulder strain) out 1-2 weeks, PG Frank Mason (plantar fascia tear right heel) out, Malachi Richardson (ankle) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

Bulls: PG Kris Dunn (concussion) out, Lauri Markkanen (personal) out, PG Cameron Payne (foot) out, PG Jameer Nelson (newly acquired) questionable, C Omer Asik (newly acquired) questionable SG Tony Allen (newly acquired) questionable.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Home Cooking -- The Kings have dropped the first two games of the four game homestand and their fans could use a little love. They played well through three quarters against Dallas, but the fourth was abysmal and fans headed for the doors early.

Take Advantage of a Wounded Opponent -- For one reason or another, the Bulls are without three of their top four scorers. They’ve lost six straight and they are finishing a three game road trip on the west coast. This is a winnable game on their home floor for the Kings.

Toughen Up -- In a reoccuring theme for the season, head coach Dave Joerger said the Mavs out physicaled his team Saturday night. The Kings have to learn how to push back as they develop in the second half of the season.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings snapped their five game losing streak to the Bull on the first of December, coming away with a 107-106 win to take a 1-0 advantage in the season series. Chicago holds an 82-76 lead in the all-time series and a 35-29 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

Kings guard Bogdanovic named to All-Rookie Second Team; Fox falls short

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Kings guard Bogdanovic named to All-Rookie Second Team; Fox falls short

Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic was named to the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced today.

Bogdanovic finished the season with averages of 11.8 points (.446 FG%, .392 3pt%, .840 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 27.9 minutes per game in 78 contests (52 starts), earning MVP Honors of the 2018 Mtn Dew Kick Start Rising Stars game as a member of Team World.

The Serbian native ranked in the top-10 among rookies in several statistical categories, including eighth in scoring, 10th in field goal percentage, eighth in assists, fourth in 3-point percentage, and third in free throw percentage.        

Bogdaonovic becomes the 17th player in Kings franchise history and the 12th during the Sacramento era to earn All-Rookie Team distinction, a list that include teammates Buddy Hield (2016-17 All-Rookie First Team) and Willie Cauley-Stein (2015-16 All-Rookie Second Team).   

He is joined on the All-Rookie Second Team by Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, Atlanta Hawks forward/center John Collins, Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson and Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

De'Aaron Fox received 34 Second Team votes and Frank Mason got one vote.
 

2017-18 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM

Player, Team

1st Team (2 Pts.)

2nd Team (1 Pt.)

Total Points

Donovan Mitchell, Utah

100

--

200

Ben Simmons, Philadelphia

100

--

200

Jayson Tatum, Boston

99

1

199

Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers

93

7

193

Lauri Markkanen, Chicago

76

21

173

 

 

2017-18 NBA ALL-ROOKIE SECOND TEAM

Player, Team

1st Team (2 Pts.)

2nd Team (1 Pt.)

Total Points

Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas

9

78

96

Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers

7

73

87

John Collins, Atlanta

5

66

76

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento

6

63

75

Josh Jackson, Phoenix

1

43

45

 

Sacramento Kings media services
 

Kings' Bogdanovic congratulates Doncic after winning EuroLeague title, Final Four MVP

Kings' Bogdanovic congratulates Doncic after winning EuroLeague title, Final Four MVP

BOX SCORE

Luka Doncic had quite the weekend.

On Saturday, he was named regular season MVP of the EuroLeague. On Sunday, he helped lead Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title and was named MVP of the Final Four. 

Doncic finished with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds in Real Madrid's 85-80 win over Fenerbahce.

During Real Madrid's celebration, current Kings guard and former Fenerbahce guard Bogdan Bogdanovic was on the court and congratulated Doncic on his accomplishments.

Earlier in the day, Bogdanovic was reportedly asked about the possibility of the Kings drafting Doncic with the No. 2 pick.

"It will be nice to have him, but you never know. He might go No. 1," Bogdanovic said according to David Pick.

With rumors swirling that Doncic might stay with Real Madrid next season, ESPN asked him about his future plans after the big win.

"I will tell about all at the right time. Right now I just want to celebrate with my team. Soon I will tell," Doncic said.