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

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

Looking to make a late-season run, the Sacramento Kings host the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday evening at Golden 1 Center.

Fresh off a 129-102 drubbing of the Chicago Bulls, the Kings need another team effort against a tough opponent. Marvin Bagley posted 21 points and nine rebounds in the team's win over Chicago on Sunday. He's still working through a minutes restriction, but he should be available to play upwards of 24 minutes against the Nets.

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Brooklyn has dropped three straight and is clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Nets are an up-and-coming team that plays hard every night, but like the Kings, this is uncharted territory for many of their players.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

The Kings host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and the Phoenix Suns on Saturday before heading back out on the road for another five-game trip starting Sunday in LA against the Lakers.

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Kings by 3.5

Projected Lineups

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

Nets
PG D'Angelo Russell
SG Joe Harris
SF Caris LeVert
PF Rodions Kurucs
C Jarrett Allen

Injury Report

Kings 
No injuries to report.

Nets
SF Allen Crabbe (knee) out.

Rotation Outlook

Kings

Dave Joerger continues to stick with the same starting lineup, but his bench is seeing expanded minutes. Fox, Hield and Barnes command major time, but there are young players making strides at other positions.

Rookies Marvin Bagley and Harry Giles are demanding more time with their play. The tandem continues to build on-court chemistry and is looking more and more like the future for the Kings on the frontline.

Bogdan Bogdanovic is still working to get comfortable running the second unit. While healthy, he isn't getting the volume of shots he was in previous months and is looking to find his niche again with the team. In the Kings' 123-94 loss to the Nets in January, Bogdanovic played well, scoring 22 points and notching a career-high 11 assists.

Nets

The Nets play considerably better than their stats would indicate. They rank 18th in scoring and 19th in points allowed. They are third in the league in 3-point makes and free throw attempts and sixth in rebounds per game.

Russell is the star, but this is a team that shares the scoring load. Six players average double-figure scoring and another four post eight or more points.

They play a physical style and they attack the rim. If the Kings hope to come away with a second straight win, they need to match the intensity of a quality Nets team.

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.