Kings vs. Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Kings vs. Lakers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

LOS ANGELES -- Looking for a third straight win, the Sacramento Kings venture to Los Angeles to face LeBron James and the struggling Lakers on Sunday evening at Staples Center.

Buddy Hield had a magical night against the Suns on Saturday. The third-year pro hit three 3-pointers early in the game to surpass Peja Stojakovic for the Kings' all-time record for most makes from behind the arc in a single season. 

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The Lakers are spiraling during the post-All-Star break schedule. They sit at 31-41 on the season, which puts them in 11th place in the Western Conference.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:00 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Following the game against the Lakers, the Kings fly to Dallas for leg two of their five-game trip. They'll make stops in New Orleans, Houston, and San Antonio before returning home to face the Rockets on April 2 at Golden 1 Center.


Kings by 1.5

Projected Lineups

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Harrison Barnes
PF Nemanja Bjelcia
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF LeBron James
PF Kyle Kuzma
C JaVale McGee

Injury Report

C Harry Giles (quad contusion) out.

F LeBron James (knee) probable, C Mike Muscala (tendonitis) questionable, PG Lonzo Ball (ankle) out, G Josh Hart (knee) out, SF Brandon Ingram (blood clots) out.

Rotation Outlook


Dave Joerger will likely run the same lineup out on the floor that he has over the last six games. Nemanja Bjelica put up big numbers against Phoenix starting at the four, finishing the evening with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in the win.

Giles will miss a second straight game with a thigh contusion. The injury is not considered serious.

With Giles sidelined, Joerger turned to veteran Kosta Koufos to fill the void. After being healthy scratch in 10 of his last 11 games, the veteran played well in his 13 minutes of action, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds while limiting Deandre Ayton.


Los Angeles is just trying to survive the season. A series of injuries to their young players have Luke Walton's group scrambling. The Lakers have dropped five straight and 10 of their previous 11 games and have officially been eliminated from the postseason.

McGee posted a huge 33-point, 20-rebound, 6-block performance in the Lakers loss to the Nets on Friday. The 11-year NBA veteran has had a solid season in his first season with the Lakers.

Kings, NBA announce joint investigation into Luke Walton allegations


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.

-- 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


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.