Kings catch fire in win over Timberwolves

Kings catch fire in win over Timberwolves

It began like so many other Sacramento Kings games this season. Turnovers led to an early 16 point deficit. The second unit came in and changed the energy of the game. But instead of fading down the stretch, the Kings caught fire, pushing their lead as high as 15 as they shocked the Minnesota Timberwolves by a final of 123-117.

“It’s a struggle playing five games in seven night,” coach Dave Joerger said following the game. “This was tough, it was a good test for our young guys to mentally fight through.”

From Buddy Hield’s career night to Langston Galloway’s sharpshooting, almost every Kings player that stepped on the floor contributed in some way.

Hield tied his career-high with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. While his teammates were handing the ball over at an alarming rate early, the rookie shooting guard kept the Kings from getting completely blown out.

Since coming over from the Pelicans with Hield at the All-Star break, Galloway has played sparingly off Joerger’s bench. The veteran guard caught fire against the Minny, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range.

“We’re out there competing and playing hard,” Galloway told NBC Sports California’s Kayte Christensen following the game. “Definitely just having a great night. I think we can definitely be a deadly team in this league.”

The trio of Hield, Galloway and Arron Afflalo hit 11of-15 from behind the arc as the Kings exploded for 105 points between quarters two through four.

Rookie big man Georgios Papagiannis played with a veteran laden second team and had a nice night. He stayed on the ground as a defender, which has been an issue of late and in the offensive sets, he cleared out space for his guards to work.

“I thought he rebounded pretty well and he got guys wide open shots,” Joerger said of Papagiannis. “Screening was a big key.”

Papagiannis finished with just four points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action, but he was part of the unit that outscored the T-Wolves bench 66-26.

Ty Lawson played a huge role with the second team. With Galloway and Afflalo stretching the floor and Papagiannis clearing space, the pint-sized point guard managed to roast rookie Kris Dunn and veteran Ricky Rubio for 21 points and 11 assists in just 25 minutes of action.

Willie Cauley-Stein crashed the glass for Sacramento, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the win. Over his last five games, the 7-footer is averaging 11 rebounds per game as he grows into his starter role at the five.

“Now you get to play through your mistakes and that’s how you learn it,” Cauley-Stein said of his increased opportunity. “You don't learn it from peeking over your shoulder the whole time.”

It was a team win for Sacramento. Five players scored in double figures and even those who didn’t still contributed in some way. Anthony Tolliver stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three blocks as the Kings tried to slow Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Skal Labissiere chipped in six points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action as the Kings picked up their 30th win of the season.

Following the game, the Kings boarded a flight for Sacramento where they’ll take on the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night at Golden 1 Center.

Kings waive big man Deyonta Davis months after Garrett Temple trade


Kings waive big man Deyonta Davis months after Garrett Temple trade

Deyonta Davis, we hardly knew you.

The Sacramento Kings announced a roster move Saturday afternoon, waiving big man Deyonta Davis before he could even make an appearance in purple and black.

Davis, 21, joined the Kings along with Ben McLemore as part of the deal that sent veteran Garrett Temple to the Memphis Grizzlies on July 17. With plenty of power forwards and centers already on the roster, Sacramento chose to open a roster spot and waive the 6-foot-11 big out of Michigan State. 

In his two seasons with the Grizzlies, Davis posted 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.1 minutes over 98 total games. Barring another team claiming Davis, the Kings are on the hook for his $1.5 million salary this season. 

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic re-injures left knee, needs another procedure

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Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic re-injures left knee, needs another procedure

SACRAMENTO -- After a week of speculation, the verdict on Kings shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic’s knee is in.

For the second time this offseason, the Serbian is heading for a procedure on his left knee after an MRI revealed a minor injury. The timetable for his return is unknown at this time.

Bogdanovic re-injured his knee Monday while playing for the Serbian national team in World Cup qualifying. He felt discomfort in the knee during the first quarter against Estonia and left the game early. Once Bogdanovic was back in Sacramento, the Kings medical staff evaluated the 26-year-old wing this week and determined that action was needed.

According to the Kings, Monday’s procedure will be performed by Dr. Riley Williams in New York, and Bogdanovic is expected to make a full recovery. The team will send an update when more is known.

Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for Sacramento in his rookie NBA season.