SACRAMENTO -- The Kings are getting into the Summer League game. Sacramento will host the first annual “California Classic” on July 2, 3, 5 at Golden 1 Center.
The three-day tournament includes teams from the Kings, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers with a double-header format planned for each evening.
“We’re excited to welcome basketball fans, teams and the NBA to tip-off the summer league season in Sacramento and enjoy the best that Northern California has to offer,” Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé said via press release. “Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons are a perfect setting for NBA action, blending entertainment, technology, community and basketball.”
According to the team, the games will follow a similar format to the Las Vegas Summer League. Games will consist of four 10-minute quarters and include modified rules.
The tournament will act as a tune up for Las Vegas Summer League, which runs July 6-17. The Kings will host a Fan Zone outside of the arena featuring games, live entertainment and a special post-game outdoor party on July 3.
Tickets go on sale Monday for season ticket members and May 17 for the general public.
SACRAMENTO -- Buddy Hield has been a revelation for the Sacramento Kings this season. From the moment he arrived for training camp, the third-year guard looked ready to take a leap.
Hield came into Saturday evening needing just two 3-pointers to tie Peja Stojakovic’s franchise record of 240 makes in a season.
It took less than five seconds for Hield to hit his first triple of the game, to draw within one of the record.
Hield tied Stojakovic’s mark midway through the second quarter and then broke it moments later.
The 26-year-old guard has a shot at an NBA record this season as well. Counting the three on Saturday, Hield needs just 35 more to surpass All-Star Damian Lillard’s mark of 599 makes through the first three seasons of his career.
Hield is a strong candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player this year. He’s averaging 20.8 points on 46.1 percent from the floor and 43 percent from behind the arc on the season. In addition, he’s posted 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 32.1 minutes per game for Sacramento.
The Kings enter the final stretch of the season in do-or-die mode.
Every win keeps them alive in the playoff hunt, while each loss moves them closer to elimination.
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On Saturday, the Kings have a good chance to come away with a much-needed win as they host the Phoenix Suns, the worst team in the Western Conference.
The Kings are coming off a big win over the Mavericks on Thursday night, and begin the night six games behind the Spurs for the final playoff spot.
Here's how you can watch Kings-Suns, as well as NBC Sports California's pregame and postgame coverage, live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
When: 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 23 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Live Stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app