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Kings take on Lakers short-handed in second NBA preseason game

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Kings take on Lakers short-handed in second NBA preseason game

The Sacramento Kings continue their preseason schedule Thursday night with a stop over at the Staples Center. They’ll get their first look at a revamped, but incomplete Lakers team.

Yogi Ferrell is a late add to the injury report. The veteran guard scored 26 points in the team’s win over Phoenix on Monday, but during the second quarter he sprained his right thumb. X-Rays were negative on the injury and Ferrell is listed as day-to-day. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic was in the weight room working out following Wednesday’s practice. The team’s medical staff and training team is working hard to get the second-year guard back on the court, but he’s still weeks away from making an appearance. After two procedures on his knee this summer, the Kings will take a cautious approach.

Iman Shumpert sat out Monday’s opener with a sore left calf. He’ll miss the Lakers game as well, but he’s expected to be ready in the near future. 

Kosta Koufos strained his right hamstring Sunday during practice. The team plans to re-evaluate the injury in the next week. 

Forward Nemanja Bjelica will miss his second straight game with a sore left knee and is listed as day-to-day.

Roster move

The Kings continue to play the roster shuffle game. Taren Sullivan signed an exhibit 10 contract early in the week before being waived by Sacramento. He’ll likely play this season with the Stockton Kings as an allocated player from the parent team. 

Sacramento used the open roster spot to ink former UC Santa Barbara guard, Gabe Vincent. After going undrafted this summer, the Stockton native, is expected to see time with the team’s G-League franchise following the preseason schedule.

Kings coach Dave Joerger sidesteps Yahoo report about his job status

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Kings coach Dave Joerger sidesteps Yahoo report about his job status

Dave Joerger wasn't in a mood to talk about his job status moments after his Kings lost to the Rockets on Saturday night.

Asked by reporters about a Yahoo Sports story claiming "substantial disconnect" between him and the Kings' front office, Joerger tried to deflect the question back to basketball.

"Well, usually, I would say, 'I'd be happy to answer all your questions about tonight's game,' but in this case, I'm going to tell you that my focus is with our team," Joerger said. "And coaching our team and getting better every single night. And we've got young guys, and they're mixed with older guys, and go in there and rally them up.

“This is a tough five-game stretch for us, so I want to make sure we stick together, grab onto each other ..."

Pressed on the reported disconnect, Joerger refused to address it.

"I'm not going to get into that stuff," the coach said before exiting the scrum after no other questions were asked.

The Yahoo story came out about 30 minutes before the Kings and Rockets tipped off in Houston. During the game, Kings general manager Vlade Divac issued a statement to NBC Sports California's James Ham and denied there was any issues between Joerger and the front office.

"Dave has our full support and confidence,” Divac said in the statement. “We continue to work together to develop our young core and compete.”

Kings takeaways: What we learned from 132-112 loss to Rockets

Kings takeaways: What we learned from 132-112 loss to Rockets

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Never get in a shootout with the Houston Rockets.

The Sacramento Kings learned this fact the hard way Saturday night at Toyota Center, dropping their second consecutive game, this one by a final of 132-112.

Chris Paul, James Harden and Clint Capela all posted huge numbers for the Rockets, who they pushed their record over .500 for the first time this season. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings dropped back-to-back games on the road and fell to 8-8 on the season.   

Offensive defense

The Kings left their defense somewhere between Memphis and the hotel in Houston. They allowed the Rockets to get in the lane, finish at the rim and shoot as many 3-pointers as they wanted.

Houston is waking up after a very slow start to the season. They were an offensive juggernaut last season, and they seem to be finding their stride.

The Rockets shot 56.8 percent from the field and knocked down 20 of 47 from long range. 

The Guards

Kings coach Dave Joerger is using De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic in a three-man rotation, and the trio played well in Houston.

Fox posted 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and chipped in three assists. Hield let it fly from long range, hitting 3 of 7 from behind the arc on his way to a 23-point, seven-rebound performance. Bogdanovic played in his first set of back-to-backs and finished with 14 points and five assists in 19 minutes.

The group pushed the tempo and hit shots, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Bounce-back game for Bagley

Rookie Marvin Bagley had a rough Friday night in Memphis, scoring just seven points with a single rebound in 22 minutes of action.

He looked like a different player against the Rockets. 

Coming off the bench, Bagley posted 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 27 minutes. He would have seen more time on the court if the game was competitive late. 

Joerger turned to Harry Giles and Skal Labissiere to play most of the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.