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Defense fuels Kings' fourth straight Summer League win

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Undefeated.

The Kings have taken the Las Vegas Summer League by storm. On Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks became the latest squad to fall victim to the defensive-minded Kings. 

Led by active big man Emmanuel Terry, Bobby Jackson’s squad improved to 4-0 for the tournament with 86-70 pounding of the Mavs.  

Louis King and Jahmi’us Ramsey put up double-figure scoring and Sacramento survived a rough shooting night to stay in the chase for the Summer League championship. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings make it four straight wins in Las Vegas. 

Highlight/Lowlight

Kings fans have become accustomed to a random highlight reel dunk from Chimezie Metu, but for others around the league, they might not have seen the 24-year-old sky in for a hammer. 

Metu didn’t have a great shooting game for Sacramento, hitting on just 2-of-10 from the field and 1-for-6 from long range on his way to seven points. He was still impactful in his 20 minutes, grabbing seven rebounds, picking up three steals and blocking a pair of shots.

In the fourth quarter, Metu took exception to a hard foul by Eugene Omoruyi. Metu was ejected from the game for throwing a punch at the Mavericks forward and likely is done for the remainder of the summer league tournament.

Off night

Davion Mitchell has a catchy nickname, but every once in a while, it goes the other way. After impressing in his first five summer league games between Sacramento and Las Vegas, the 22-year-old point guard struggled in the Kings’ win over the Mavericks.

 

There are going to be nights like this for the rookie out of Baylor, but he still makes an impact on the defensive end, which will earn him plenty of minutes.

Mitchell finished the afternoon with four points on 2-for-8 shooting. He chipped in five assists, but failed to register a rebound or a steal in his 23 minutes of action. 

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Pogo stick

The Kings are rolling deep with four players from the primary roster and both of their two-way players. While this group has shown plenty, Emmanuel Terry has literally jumped off the page.

After a strong showing at the California Classic, Terry used his energy and crazy leaping ability to cause problems in the paint. He finished the game with 13 points, eight rebounds and a steal. 

With the Kings’ roster already set at 15 and both of their two-way contracts already extended, there isn’t a place for Terry, at least early in the season. He’s done enough to earn a training camp invite and he would make a nice addition to the Stockton Kings, but he should have plenty of options with his strong showing in summer league.