Instant Replay: Kings go cold in OT, fall to Wizards in DC

Instant Replay: Kings go cold in OT, fall to Wizards in DC


Burn the tape. Every now and then there is an NBA game that completely lacks a rhythm or flow. Good teams find a way to fight through the struggles and come away with the win. The Kings aren’t quite there yet.

Sacramento scored just three points in the overtime session Monday night, falling on the road by a final of 101-95 to the Wizards.

Bradley Beal was a major bright spot in this game. The sharpshooting wing led the way for Washington, scoring 31 points on 12-for-24 shooting.

John Wall dropped in a triple-double, finishing the night with 19 points, 11 assists and 11 turnovers. Otto Porter added 17 points and three steals and Marcin Gortat muscled his way to 10 points and seven rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins took Marcin Gortat to the woodshed, dropping in a game-high 36 points, grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing out three assists. On the downside, Cousins turned the ball over five times and missed seven free throws, including two down the stretch in overtime, as the Kings fell to 7-11 on the season.

Ty Lawson came off the bench and fired up the second unit for Sacramento. The former starter scored 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and added three assists in 24 minutes.

Rudy Gay came out hot in the third quarter, scoring six of his 18 points in the 12 minutes after the break. But he struggled mightily in the overtime session, missing three of his four field goal attempts. Gay added five rebounds and two steals, but turned the ball over a team-high six times.

Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in eight points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Beal was on fire for most of the night, knocking down 7-of-13 from long range.

After a tough fought win in Brooklyn on Sunday, Sacramento ran out of gas in the overtime session. Gay hit a 3-pointer late, but the Kings never found a way to get Cousins going in the extra session.

The Kings continued to navigate the schedule with a full roster of healthy bodies.

Sacramento continues their six-game road trip Wednesday in Philadelphia against the 76ers before flying to Boston to take on former-King Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics on Friday evening.

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


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.