NBA confirms Donovan Mitchell not fouled late in Kings' win vs. Jazz


NBA confirms Donovan Mitchell not fouled late in Kings' win vs. Jazz

SACRAMENTO -- It took a team effort for the Sacramento Kings to pick up their first victory of the season on Friday evening. De’Aaron Fox was the star, but in a win a one-point victory, it usually comes down to a series of small plays made by a variety of players.

Dewayne Dedmon’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining gave the Kings a 100-97 lead. Harrison Barnes crashed the glass and laid the ball in to give the Kings a 102-101 lead with 2.8 seconds remaining.

The Kings needed one more stop to come away with the win and they got it from an unlikely source.

Utah’s Mike Conley handled the inbounds pass and waited patiently for Bojan Bogdanovic and then Donovan Mitchel to break towards the top of the key. Conley found Mitchell as the second man through at the top of the key after he was freed up by a Rudy Gobert screen.

With Barnes cut off, center Richaun Holmes popped up on the switch and chased the 6-foot-3 shooting guard around the arc. Mitchell took an initial bump from Holmes but continued his dribble to the right elbow.

Mitchell gave Holmes ahead fate to get him in the air, but Sacramento’s big man avoided contact and then flashed a hand in Mitchell’s face as he went to release the shot.

The 3-point attempt hit the front of the iron and the Kings came away with the victory.

Following the game, Mitchell spoke to the media and believed he was wronged in the situation.

“I should have won the game,” Mitchell said. “I should have had three free throws. We shouldn’t have lost.”

The NBA disagreed with Mitchell’s assessment Saturday when the Last Two Minute report came out. According to the league, the officiating crew made a correct non-call.

“Holmes (SAC) makes marginal contact with Mitchell (UTA) that does not affect his SQBR (Speed, Quickness, Balance, Rhythm),” the official print out reads. 

It should also be noted that the ball appeared to still be in contact with Mitchell’s hand when the clock hit zero and the red light when on. If Mitchell would have hit the shot, the final play would have been reviewed.

In addition to confirming the Kings’ victory, the league also pointed out a missed call against Utah’s Bojan Bogdanovic with 1:30 remaining in the fourth.

With the game tied at 97-97, Bogdanovic received an outlet pass from Gobert. He picked up his dribble and then took at least four steps with the ball.

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Luke Walton can be seen in the video imploring the officials to call a travel on the play, to no avail.

In the end, the Two-minute report holds very little value. It is a tool used by the league to show transparency, but there is little to no recourse for a missed call.

Kings' Marvin Bagley cleared for contact, getting closer to return


Kings' Marvin Bagley cleared for contact, getting closer to return

The Sacramento Kings finally got some good news on the injury front. According to an official press release from the team.

Marvin Bagley has been cleared to resume full-contact basketball activities on Thursday after missing the last 19 games with a broken right thumb.

Bagley stayed back in Sacramento to have his hand re-evaluated, but according to a league source, the 20-year-old power forward is on his way to San Antonio to rejoin the team. While he is medically cleared, that doesn’t mean he will suit up when the Kings face the Spurs on Friday evening.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has continued to work on his game during his absence, but he has yet to go through a full-contact practice with the team and the early word is that he is doubtful to play against San Antonio.

Bagley posted solid numbers in his rookie season, finishing the year averaging 14.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and a block in 25.3 minutes per game. He missed a combined 20 games last season while dealing with two separate knee injuries.

With Bagley out, Nemanja Bjelica has stepped into the starting lineup and played well for Sacramento. The Serbian forward is averaging 10.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 26.3 minutes per game alongside starting center Richaun Holmes.

Head coach Luke Walton will have to make some adjustments to fit another big back into the rotation, but Bagley is low post threat and one of the better rebounders on the team. He also has fresh legs after sitting out the last six-plus weeks.

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There is no early word on Bogdan Bogdanovic, who missed Sacramento’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday evening due to a right knee contusion, although the Kings’ super-sub was confident he would play and told NBC Sports California that his left hamstring is feeling much better.

Starting point guard De’Aaron Fox stayed back in Sacramento to rehab his injured left. The 21-year-old injured himself at the end of practice on Nov. 11. He has missed the last 11 games for the Kings and will be re-evaluated in two-to-three weeks.

Report: Woman who accused Luke Walton of sexual assault drops lawsuit


Report: Woman who accused Luke Walton of sexual assault drops lawsuit

Kelli Tennant, the woman who accused Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2014, is dropping her lawsuit against the Kings coach, TMZ Sports reported Thursday morning.

Tennant sued Walton after claiming he forced himself on her in a Santa Monica, Calif., hotel when she was a sports reporter. Walton was a Warriors assistant coach at the time.

TMZ reported that Tennant now has filed new court documents calling off the suit, asking a judge to dismiss with prejudice, which means she can't refile.

TMZ reached out to Tennant's attorney for comment but did not receive a response.

Walton, for his part, is ready to move on.

“I remain 100 percent focused on coaching the Kings and will have no further comment," Walton said when asked about the dismissal. 

In August, the Kings and the NBA concluded their joint investigation into Tennant's allegations. The investigation found insufficient evidence to support the claims against Walton. 

The Kings said that Tennant, through her counsel, chose not to participate in the investigation, despite numerous attempts.

"Based on this and the available evidence, the investigators determined that there was not a sufficient basis to support the allegations made against Coach Walton," a statement by the Kings and NBA read.