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Giannis Antetokounmpo feels guilty for dropping hammer on Kosta Koufos

Giannis Antetokounmpo feels guilty for dropping hammer on Kosta Koufos

Greek on Greek crime. 

With just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter of the Kings’ blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday afternoon, superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo used a Brook Lopez screen to get around veteran Iman Shumpert. 

The 6-foot-11 forward got a full head of steam and ran at the rim. Waiting for Antetokounmpo was Kings big man Kosta Koufos and the scene played out very similar to what you would expect.

Antetokounmpo went up and over the top of Koufos, hammering a vicious dunk down on a player that he knows very well. 

“That’s my guy, that’s my countryman,” Antetokounmpo told reporters following then game. “I don’t talk bad about him.”

When asked if he felt guilty about dunking on Koufos, who like Antetokounmpo, is of Greek descent, the Bucks star acknowledged that he did.

“Definitely, he’s a great guy, he’s a great guy,” the All-Star forward said. “I’ve met his family, I’ve met his mother. It’s going to be kind of awkward when we go back to Greece and talk to him, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

While Koufos didn’t talk following the game, he would have said what he always does in these situations. This isn’t the first time that he’s been dunked on and it won’t be the last. It’s his job to step in and defend the rim and sometimes that means getting posterized.

Antetokounmpo finished the evening with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 rebounds in the Bucks 144-109 victory. The loss snapped Sacramento’s five game winning streak and sent them home 3-1 on their four game road trip.

Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Looking to get back on track, the Kings will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Golden 1 Center. The Spurs have won 14 in a row against the Kings dating to 2014.

The Kings couldn’t buy a bucket in their last game out and fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll now face a veteran Spurs team that continues to win despite missing major pieces due to injury. 

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm.

The Kings get a three-day break before heading back out on the road for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday in Memphis and Houston.

Line

Spurs by 3

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Spurs
PG Derrick White
SG Bryn Forbes
SF DeMar DeRozan
PF Dante Cunningham
C LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury Report

Kings 
C Kosta Koufos (right calf soreness) OUT

Spurs 
SF Rudy Gay (sore right heel) PROBABLE, C Jakob Poeltl (ankle) PROBABLE, C Pau Gasol (sore left foot) OUT, PG DeJounte Murray (knee) OUT, SG Lonnie Walker (knee) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Kings
Coach Dave Joerger still is mixing and matching his lineups after the return of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The 26-year-old wing slowly is having his minutes restrictions lifted after missing 11 of the first 13 games following a knee issue.

Harry Giles is back with the team after spending Sunday with the Stockton Kings of the G-League. There is a chance he could see court time with veteran big man Kosta Koufos sitting with a calf issue.

Buddy Hield is hoping for a bounce-back game after shooting just 3 of 17 from the field in the loss to the Lakers.

Spurs
Gregg Popovich continues to put his team in contention to win games. Injuries at key positions have forced the veteran coach to mix and match his lineups all season.

Derrick White is coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in his second game as the team’s starting point guard. Rudy Gay is scheduled to return after missing the previous three games due to injury.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge anchor a quality squad that currently sits at 7-4 on the season.

 

Harry Giles returns to Kings after big night in G League

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Harry Giles returns to Kings after big night in G League

SACRAMENTO -- Harry Giles is back. At least for now. 

The Kings announced Monday morning that they have recalled the 6-foot-10 power forward from their G League affiliate after just one game with the club.

The 20-year-old big made his lone appearance with the Stockton Kings on Sunday, dropping in 30 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes of work. It was a chance to stretch his legs and get some much needed time as a primary scoring option.

“It was fun just to go out there and compete first off and play and just have some things go your way,” Giles said following shootaround Monday morning. “I got some touches and got a rhythm out there. It was a lot of fun.”

Going to the G League isn’t what any young player wants. But with a crowded front line, minutes have been sparse for the former Duke star. He took the move in stride and went out and produced big numbers for Stockton. 

“That’s not my decision to make - do I go there or not,” Giles said. “I just do what I’ve got to do. Just play hard and keep getting better. Whatever happens happens.”

The Kings haven’t laid out the plan for Giles, but there’s a possibility he’ll see court time on Monday evening when the Kings face off against the San Antonio Spurs. Veteran Kosta Koufos is listed as out for the contest with right calf soreness.