NBA admits Kings benefited from missed call late in win over Mavericks


NBA admits Kings benefited from missed call late in win over Mavericks

The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report has been unkind to the Sacramento Kings so far this season. On three separate occasions, a game-altering play in the waning moments of a loss was missed by the officiating crew and later acknowledged by the league.

Finally, Sacramento has had one go their way.

In Monday’s report, the league admitted another error by the officiating crew in the Kings’ 110-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening, this time in Sacramento’s favor.

With 5.6 seconds remaining and the Kings up 108-106, Luka Doncic drove the lane against Cory Joseph and came up short on his attempted floater. A review of the film has Joseph fouling Doncic, which would have put him at the line with a chance to tie the game.

“Joseph (SAC) makes contact with Doncic's (DAL) right elbow during his upward motion and affects his driving shot attempt,” the official report reads.

Richaun Holmes grabbed the rebound off the Doncic missed and head coach Luke Walton instantly called a timeout for Sacramento. After advancing the ball into the frontcourt, Bogdan Bogdanovic found a wide-open Nemanja Bjelica under the basket with the inbounds pass for an open dunk to seal the win for the Kings.

There is no remedy for the Last Two Minute Report, just a confirmation of a correct call or an acknowledgment of a mistake and sometimes multiple errors. Since there was no call on the play, the Mavericks couldn’t review the potential for a foul in real-time.

At the time of the play, the Mavericks were on a 16-2 run and had erased a huge 24-point third-quarter deficit. If a foul would have been called by the officials, Doncic would have received two free throws. If he hit both, the Kings would have had one last possession to score the winning basket on the other end.

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The Kings were dealt a loss on a suspect call against the Lakers on Nov. 15. Harrison Barnes was called incorrectly for a foul against LeBron James in the final seconds, which the league later confirmed.

In addition, the officials also admitted a mistake in the Kings’ Nov. 26 loss to the Celtics, as well as an error against Sacramento in their overtime loss to the Spurs on Friday.

Kings rookie Kyle Guy scores his first NBA points in win over Bulls


Kings rookie Kyle Guy scores his first NBA points in win over Bulls

Since being picked No. 55 overall in last year’s NBA draft, Kings two-way guard Kyle Guy has spent most of his season in the G League.

In 23 games down in Stockton, Guy has averaged 20.9 points and 4.4 assists per game. Before Friday night’s win over the Chicago Bulls, Guy had just one shot attempt in an NBA game under his belt, a missed 3-pointer in a Jan. 12 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Guy came in late during the victory in Chicago, finally adding “scoring in an NBA game” to his resume.

The Kings understandably were excited for Guy, especially forward Harry Giles, who got the assist on the jumper.

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Buddy Hield made sure to secure the game ball after the win, ensuring that his teammate can cherish the memory forever.

As Giles mentioned, Kings fans can look forward to seeing a lot more buckets in the future from Guy.

Buddy Hield embraces bench role, puts Kings on his back in win vs. Bulls


Buddy Hield embraces bench role, puts Kings on his back in win vs. Bulls

Something had to change. The Sacramento Kings were in a tailspin of epic proportions and head coach Luke Walton made the difficult decision to move Buddy Hield out of his starting lineup for Bogdan Bogdanovic.

This wasn’t necessarily a Hield issue and Bogdanovic isn’t the savior that will turn the entire season around, but the chemistry on the floor with the starting unit wasn’t working.

The swap seemed to work early. The spacing was better with Bogdanovic playing alongside De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, Nemanja Bjelica and Dewayne Dedmon.

When Walton went to the bench, Hield instantly took off. There was no hesitation on his 3-point shot and he was active on the defensive side of the ball as well.

“You’ve got to come in, be ready and when coach call your number, go out there and hoop,” Hield told Grant Napear on the NBC Sports California telecast following the Kings’ 98-81 win.

Hield scored a quick 10 points in the first half to help the Kings take a double-digit lead into the intermission. After the break, Chicago’s Zach LaVine caught fire and wiped out the Kings’ lead in the first two minutes of the period.

“Today I was just locked in and more confident,” Hield said. “I’m just trying to be myself and do what I do best, which is score the basketball.”

Walton called a timeout and turned back to Hield and a few reserves to spark the team. Hield once again let it fly from the perimeter and helped his team get some separation.

“When they made that run in the third and we kind of looked like we got shook a little but, Buddy put us on his back and knocked down some big shots and really kind of got us going again,” Walton told media members following the game. “I’m really pleased with him.”

Hield finished the game with 21 points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. He hit 7-for-12 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range.

“For him to be all about the team after we took him out of the starting lineup says a lot about him and the group,” Walton added.

Hield had started 126 straight games for the Kings before Friday evening and he’s been the teams leading scorer for the last two seasons. Going to the bench was an unexpected move, but with the team dropping six straight and 14 of their previous 17 games, something had to give.

“He was ready,” Fox told reporters. “He came out, he made shots, he defended well. Everybody was fine with it. He was fine with it. There was nothing big made of it. We all still came to the game ready to play basketball.”

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It will take time for the players to adjust to the new situation. Bogdanovic posted a modest 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He missed some open looks, but his ability to handle the ball took pressure off of Fox for stretches.

The Bulls aren’t exactly a playoff contender, but you play then schedule in front of you. Saramento faces another struggling franchise in the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. There is no word on if Walton will stick with the starting lineup we saw Friday in Chicago, but he can’t really argue with the results.