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


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

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings are struggling. They've dropped five of their last six games and they find themselves back under the .500 mark at 20-21. They'll host a Detroit Pistons team Thursday night at Golden 1 Center in a similar downturn.

The Kings led by 19 at the half and 21 in the third quarter Tuesday evening against the Phoenix Suns and they let the game slip away. Sacramento turned the ball over 26 times, including a career-high eight from point guard De'Aaron Fox. Seldom used Ben McLemore provided a lift off the bench, scoring 20 points in 18 minutes of the bench, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win.

Detroit has lost three straight and six of their last seven games coming into Sacramento. They currently sit at 17-22 on the season and they're playing the second night of a back-to-back after dropping a game to the Lakers Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.

The Pistons will be without forward Blake Griffin, who is sitting out the game due to rest.

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

Following the Pistons, the Kings play host to the Hornets on Saturday and Trail Blazers on Monday before heading out on a season-long, six-game road trip.


Kings +5

Projected Lineups


PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein


PG Reggie Jackson
SG Bruce Brown
SF Reggie Bullocks
PF Jon Leuer
C Andre Drummond

Injury Report


SF Iman Shumpert (finger) probable.


PF Blake Griffin (rest) out. C Zaza Pachulia (ankle) out, PG Ish Smith (abductor) doubtful.

Rotation Outlook

Kings: Dave Joerger's club comes into Thursday evening at full strength for the first time in a while. Rookie Marvin Bagley III will return to action after sitting out the second night of a back-to-back in Phoenix. Iman Shumpert is also expected back after missing the previous three games with a finger issue.

With Shumpert's return, Joerger will likely move Bogdan Bogdanovic back to the second unit, where he has stabilized the reserves all season.

Detroit comes in with the big frontline of Griffin and Drummond. Joerger will likely stick with his standard starters, but expect to see veteran Kosta Koufos see some action as he attempts to keep the Pistons off the glass.

Pistons: The Pistons score 107 points per game, but they yield 109.8. They are 20th in pace, but 29th in 3-point percentage. Detroit hits the offensive glass hard, which is an issue for the Kings, but they aren't all that impressive as a rebounding team overall.

With Griffin sitting this one out, Sacramento has a chance to get back on the winning path.

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy.

Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic.

But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name. Born Chavano Rainer Hield, the fourth-year guard has been known by "Buddy" since he was an infant.

The story of where he landed that nickname is funny, to say the least.

“Buddy, good question,” Hield answered on the Road Trippin’ Kings podcast with Doug Christie and De’Aaron Fox. “So, there’s a show called 'Married with Children...'”

Wait, pump the brakes. This can’t be going where I think it’s going.

“The character’s name was Bud Bundy and he was red and I was a red baby, so my mom’s neighbor, my cousin Carol, she was like, ‘Doesn’t he look like Bud?’,” Hield said.

Yes, the Buddy Hield origin story starts with "Married with Children" and Bud Bundy?

According to the former Oklahoma Sooner guard, there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood in the Bahamas named Bud who had just been ‘shot up,’ so the family added an extra "d" and a "y" and he’s been known as Buddy ever since.

While his mother still calls him Chavano when she gets upset with him, the name Buddy has stuck with him since he was two months old.

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Buddy's nickname clearly has a more unique origin story than Fox’s ‘Swipa the Fox’ moniker, which comes from the cartoon "Dora the Explorer."

Somewhere out there, actor David Faustino is about to have a new favorite NBA player.

Listen to Fox, Christie and Hield on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox isn't here for Fran Fraschilla's college basketball takes.

After Zion Williamson thanked the program in a video announcing his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Fraschilla sent out a tweet noting how much he believed playing for Duke helped the phenom build his brand and profile.

Well, Fox didn't agree with the notion that Duke had a lot to do with boosting Zion's worth, and he threw some shade at Fraschilla in a NSFW tweet.

In fairness, both sides have a point to make.

A year ago, Williamson was a YouTube dunking sensation, but questions about his overall skill level remained. But during his lone season in the spotlight at Duke, Williamson showed he was more than just a highlight-reel dunker, and has all the skills necessary to be the No. 1 overall pick.

However, Williamson should've had the ability to go straight to the NBA out of high school if he wanted. He still would have been a top-10 pick, and a lucrative shoe contract would have followed shortly after his name was called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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We'll give the win to Swipa.