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Kings takeaways: What we learned from Kings' strong win over Suns

Kings takeaways: What we learned from Kings' strong win over Suns

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SACRAMENTO -- Needing a victory to finish the road trip strong and move back to .500 on the season, the Kings struggled with their shot and it almost cost them.

A big finish by rookie Marvin Bagley gave Sacramento some breathing room late, and an emphatic windmill dunk from De’Aaron Fox put the Phoenix Suns away.

Devin Booker put up a game-high 32-points and 10 assists and Deandre Ayton notched a double-double, but it wasn’t enough to shift the outcome in the Suns direction.

Here are three takeaways as the Kings pick up the 112-103 win to move to 36-36 on the season. 

Record Breaker

Buddy Hield loves to shoot the 3-ball. He loves it so much, he set a record doing it Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center.

Hield came into the night trailing Peja Stojakovic by two 3-pointer for the Kings’ all-time record for most makes in a single season. It took him just five seconds to knockdown his first triple and then he hit a pair in the second quarter to surpass the Kings legend.

Sacramento’s leading scorer didn’t stop there. He finished the night 7-for-14 from long range for 25 points on the evening.

The starting forwards

Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica are starting to figure out how to play together. Against the Suns, they both made major contributions.

Barnes got hot from long range, hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc for 25 points. He added six rebounds and was responsible for slowing Booker for stretches.

Bjelica always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He struggles with quickler fours, but he seems to find a way to help the team. The veteran finished the evening with 13 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and five assists on the evening. 

Shooting woes

Sacramento pulled out the win, but it wasn’t easy. A big reason why was because of their shooting percentage. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic went 2-of-11 from the floor, with both makes coming from 3-point range.  Fox hit just 3-of-12, although he still managed to score 13 points and dish out nine assists.

As a team, the Kings recovered late to shoot 42.4 percent on the evening. They let the Suns hang around and it almost cost them.

Kings, NBA announce joint investigation into Luke Walton allegations

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Kings, NBA announce joint investigation into Luke Walton allegations

SACRAMENTO -- The Luke Walton situation isn’t going away anytime soon.

After two days of back and forth between accuser Kelli Tennant and her attorney and Walton’s representation, the Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced a joint investigation into Tennant's allegations of sexual assault against Walton.

KINGS AND NBA ANNOUNCE JOINT INVESTIGATION
-- Team Hires Independent Investigator --

 

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento Kings and the National Basketball Association announced today that they have commenced a joint investigation into the allegations contained in a civil lawsuit filed Monday against Kings Head Coach Luke Walton.
 
The Kings have hired Sue Ann Van Dermyden, founding partner of Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, who is an expert on employment law with decades of experience in conducting investigations, and Jennifer Doughty, a veteran investigator and senior associate attorney at Van Dermyden Maddux. They will lead the Kings investigatory team.
 
The NBA's investigatory team will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Integrity and Investigations. Prior to joining the NBA, Ms. Maringer served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including three as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
 
The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation.

It appears that the Kings are ready to wait out the process. Walton signed a four-year contract to become the team’s new head coach on April 15. A week later, Tennant, a former broadcaster for Spectrum SportsNet, filed a civil suit against Walton in a Southern California court.

The initial incident, which allegedly took place in 2014, occurred while Walton was an assistant coach on the Golden State Warriors staff. During Tennant's press conference on Tuesday, she alleged Walton engaged in continued inappropriate behavior all the way up to 2017, while he served as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to a league source, it is too early to give an estimation on how long this may last, but the investigation has already commenced.

Source: Kings interview Jeff Hornacek for assistant coach position

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Source: Kings interview Jeff Hornacek for assistant coach position

SACRAMENTO -- While chaos pelts down on the Sacramento Kings and newly hired head coach Luke Walton, the team continues to press forward.

NBC Sports California has confirmed through a league source that former NBA player turned head coach, Jeff Hornacek, was in Sacramento earlier this week to interview for a lead assistant coach job on Walton’s staff.

Known for his gritty play style over a 14-year NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz, Hornacek began his pro coaching career in Utah under legendary head coach Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season.

He spent three seasons as an assistant in Utah before heading to Phoenix to take over the Suns head coaching job in 2013. His Suns shocked the NBA in his first season, posting a 48-34 record and barely missing the postseason.

In his second season, the Suns took a step back, finishing the 2014-15 season with a 39-43 record. Hornacek dealt with an unbalanced roster that included three starting level point guards. At midseason, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were dealt away in a three-team deal, leaving Eric Bledsoe and newly acquired Brandon Knight to finish the season.

The next season was more of the same. The team spent major money on aging free agent center, Tyson Chandler, which didn’t work out as planned. Bledsoe went down midseason with a knee injury and Hornacek was relieved his duties after a 14-35 start to the season.

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Following his experience in Phoenix, Hornacek coached the Knicks to a 60-104 record during from 2016-18. David Fizdale posted a 17-65 record this past season following Hornacek's departure.

A basketball lifer, the 55-year-old Hornacek has a career record of 161-216 record over five seasons at the helm. He spent last season away from the game, but he is ready to jump back into the game as an assistant.

The former All-Star guard would make a solid addition as an experienced voice on Walton’s bench.

Sam Amick of The Athletic was first with the news of Hornacek’s interview.