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Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks in Milwaukee

Instant Replay: Kings blown out by Bucks in Milwaukee

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The short-handed Kings dropped their fourth straight game Saturday night, falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in embarrassing fashion by a final of 117-91 at the Bradley Center. 

Like 13 other NBA teams, the Kings passed on forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 stat stuffer ran circles around the Kings on his way to a 17-point, 8-rebound, 8-assist near triple-double performance. He added four steals and a blocks in his 25 minutes of action for head coach Jason Kidd. 

With the “Greek Freak” carving up the Kings defense, Mirza Teletovic found soft spots all around the perimeter. He caught fire in the first half, pouring in 16 of his 22 points during a wild shooting barrage before the intermission. Teletovic finished the night 7-of-9 from behind the arc. 

Jabari Parker hit the Kings for 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting and Matthew Dellavedova kicked in 10 points and four assists in the win. 

DeMarcus Cousins was without his right-hand man Rudy Gay, who missed the game due to a rib issue. He still managed to post numbers, but the Bucks doubled him all night long, including away from the ball. Cousins finished the night with 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 28 minutes. With the game completely out of hand, the two-time All-Star didn’t play in the fourth.

With Gay sidelined, Omri Casspi picked up his first start of the season and brought much needed energy. Unfortunately, it didn’t equate to Gay-type production. Casspi finished the night with six points on 3-for-8 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. 

Garrett Temple added 19 points and played aggressive defense off the Kings’ bench. Newly signed Jordan Farmar hit 3-for-8 from long range on his way to nine points and seven assists in his first regular season game in a Kings uniform.

Arron Afflalo couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. Despite having plenty of open looks, the Kings starting shooting guard went just 2-for-10 from the floor on his way to seven points. Through seven games, the 30-year-old shooting guard has hit double-digits in scoring just once. 

Rookies Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis made their NBA debuts in the blowout loss. Labissiere scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds, while Papagiannis finished the night with two points, one rebound and three fouls in four minutes. 
 
STANDOUT PERFORMER 

Teletovic is a marksman. The 30-year-old Bosnian looked like he was tossing stones into the ocean, hitting his first five 3-point attempts on his way to a 22-point night off the Bucks’ bench.  

TURNING POINT 

This game was over when it was announced that Rudy Gay was out. Without their second leading scorer, Sacramento had no chance to keep up with the high-octane Bucks. Sacramento trailed early, but Milwaukee turned the screws on them in the third quarter, outscoring the Kings 29-15 for a 27-point lead going to the fourth. 

INJURY UPDATE  

Rudy Gay missed his first game of the season with strained rib cartilage. He was joined on the sidelines by Anthony Tolliver who has a knee issue. Darren Collison missed his seventh straight game due to suspension. 

WHAT'S NEXT 

Sacramento finishes off their five-game road trip with a trip up north to face the Toronto Raptors. They return home following the game where they will take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. 

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Kings' 2018-19 schedule has fewer back-to-backs, but start is road heavy

Basketball season is just around the corner. Well, maybe not. We’re still nearly five weeks away from the opening of training camp for the 2018-19 season, and the regular season doesn’t begin until mid-October. 

On Friday, the NBA announced the 82 game schedule for all 30 teams, including the Sacramento Kings, who will open the season at home Oct. 17 against Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz.

Here are some of the nuts and bolts from this season’s campaign.

•    For the second season in a row, the Kings will play only one set of five-games-in-seven-nights, and that comes at the tail end of March and into early April. This is part of the NBA’s new plan of allowing players more time to rest. The league has eliminated the dreaded four-games-in-five-nights grouping from the schedule as well.

•    Sacramento will have 14 sets of back-to-backs, two shy of last season’s total of 16 sets. Of those 14 sets, one is home-and-home, seven are away-and-away, two are away-and-home and four are home-and-away.

•    After a balanced November and December schedule, the Kings will hit the road for their longest trip away from home in mid-January, stopping in Charlotte, Detroit, Brooklyn, Toronto, Memphis and Los Angeles (Clippers) from Jan. 17 to Jan. 27. 

•    The Kings’ longest homestand will be six games and come on the heels of their longest road trip. From Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, Sacramento will host the Hawks, 76ers, Spurs, Rockets, Heat and Suns at Golden 1 Center. 

•    Sacramento will play seven of its first 10 games away from Golden 1 Center. With plenty of new faces expected to see time in the rotation, the young Kings will have to learn on the fly while traveling around the NBA landscape.   

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There are plenty of games to look forward to as well, beginning with opening night. There are old faces in new places and plenty of intrigue.

•    Sacramento will match up with the two-time reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors four times this season. The initial battle is set for Nov. 24 at Oracle, with a follow-up three weeks on Dec. 14 at Golden 1 Center. The teams will meet again Jan. 5 at Golden 1 and then finish the series in the first game coming out of the All-Star break on Feb. 21. It likely won’t happen early in the season, but at some point, former Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins will make his debut as a member of the Warriors, which should be fun to watch.

•    The Kings will face off with the new-look Los Angeles Lakers four times as well, beginning on Nov. 11 at home. The Lakers have made substantial changes to their roster, including the addition of LeBron James. These teams will play each other again twice in late December before completing the series March 24 in L.A. 

•    Isaiah Thomas joined forces during the offseason with former Kings coach Michael Malone in Denver. Sacramento will play the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Oct. 23 and then again on Jan. 3 at Golden 1 Center and Feb. 13 back in Denver.

•    The Kings will have to wait until Dec. 4 to get their first look at No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton when they travel to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Suns. They’ll see No. 3 overall selection Luka Doncic on Dec. 16 when they stop over in Dallas for a game against the Mavs.

Below is the complete Kings 2018-19 schedule, with all times local to where the game is played:

Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

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Report: Lil Wayne is suing Kings guard Frank Mason III

Second-year Sacramento Kings pro Frank Mason III is being sued by rap star Lil Wayne. Seriously. 

The 24-year-old guard is being sued for $92,000 and must give back his Young Money diamond chain, according to TMZ Sports.

Before the Kings selected Mason in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, Lil Wayne's agency, Young Money APAA Sports Group, signed the former Kansas star. The agency reportedly gave Mason $40,000 in advance, paid his pre-draft expenses which totaled $52,000 and gave him an $11,000 diamond chain. 

However, Mason's contract reportedly stated if he left the agency, Mason would have to repay the money and give back the chain. This past April, Mason left the agency. 

Mason signed a three-year, $4,181,147 contract with the Kings after the 2017 draft. He is guaranteed $2,562,627.