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Kings' Buddy Hield fined $25K for kicking ball into stands vs. Celtics

Kings' Buddy Hield fined $25K for kicking ball into stands vs. Celtics

Buddy Hield has to write a check for $25,000 to the NBA.

The league announced Monday that it has fined the Kings shooting guard for kicking the game ball into the stands after the win over the Celtics on Sunday.

The incident occurred as the Kings were celebrating their thrilling 100-99 victory over the best team in the Eastern Conference.

After Celtics guard Marcus Smart's potential game-winning shot rolled off the rim at the buzzer, the ball bounced out in the direction of midcourt. Hield, running towards the Kings' bench to celebrate with his teammates, punted the ball into the stands.

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Replays sent out by the league show the ball tailing over the Kings bench and into the crowd. No word on if anyone was hit by the ball.

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

Again?

For the third time in a month, the NBA admitted the Kings were victims of an incorrect call late in a loss. This time, it came in Sacramento's 105-104 overtime defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. 

With 1:10 remaining in overtime and the Kings and Spurs tied 102-102, San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan started to drive into the lane. According to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Saturday, DeRozen should have been called for a travel when he came to a stop.

Upon further review, it appears DeRozen's feet slide when he lands after a jump-stop. No call was made and 13 seconds later, Patty Mills was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt.

"DeRozan (SAS) gathers the ball and comes to a stop on two feet, and then slides both feet forward prior to releasing the pass," the league wrote.

Mills only made one of three free throws, but in reality, he never should have gotten three free throws. The Kings should have been granted possession with the game tied and 70 seconds left on the clock.

Instead, San Antonio took a one-point lead and went on to win.

On Nov. 26, the NBA announced that refs missed a traveling call on Boston's Marcus Smart, who would hit the game-winning shot.

Just 10 days before that, the NBA admitted that refs missed a foul call on LeBron James late in the Kings' 99-97 loss to the Lakers.

[RELATED: Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable]

At a certain point, the NBA needs to hold its refs accountable, right? How many calls do they have to blow before someone is disciplined?

But if the refs are going to continue to miss calls, maybe one or two can go the Kings' way.

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Kings' Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable, hopes to return 'soon'

Kings' Marvin Bagley upgraded to questionable, hopes to return 'soon'

The Kings will get second-year pro Marvin Bagley back soon.

Sacramento just isn't sure exactly when.

But Bagley, who was cleared for contact earlier in the week, was upgraded to questionable Saturday, according to the NBA's official injury report and first noted by The Sacramento Bee.

The Kings face MVP candidate Luka Doncic and the Mavericks in Dallas on Sunday.

After practice on Saturday, Bagley told The Athletic's Jason Jones that he doesn't feel the need to play against Doncic, the player he was drafted before and will forever be compared to.

"I’m going in the right direction, I’m almost there," Bagley told Jones. "It’s around the corner for me, I think it’s around the corner. It’s hard to say when, but I’ll be back soon."

Bagley fractured his right thumb in the Kings' season-opening loss to the Suns and has missed 20 games because of the injury.

[RELATED: Hield struggles, Holmes impresses vs. Spurs]

The Kings are in desperate need of Bagley's scoring. After winning seven of 10 games to bring their record to 7-8, the Kings have lost five of their last six and currently sit at 8-13.

The imminent return of Bagley and the looming return of De'Aaron Fox will be a welcome sight for the Kings.