NBA Gameday: Kings close season-long road trip against Harden, Rockets

NBA Gameday: Kings close season-long road trip against Harden, Rockets

The road trip is almost over. After playing seven games over 11 nights away from Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings finish up their season-long eight-game road trip Tuesday against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.

DeMarcus Cousins went off in the loss to the 76ers Monday night, scoring 46 points and grabbing 15 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. The three-time All-Star also handed out five assists, but his eight turnovers hurt the team, as did his absence during the stretch. Houston has no one to match up with Cousins, but the pace of the game might be too much for the star big after the impacted schedule.

The Rockets are just 4-7 over their previous 11 games. They have the firepower to run you off the court, but if you catch them on a bad shooting night, they are beatable. Unfortunately for Sacramento, the Rockets don’t usually have off night’s when these two teams match up. In two games this season, the Rockets have gone 43-for-93 (46.2 percent) from behind the arc. James Harden draws the defense in and Houston’s shooters light it up from long range.  


Rockets by 11.5


Garrett Temple vs. James Harden -- Temple has started the last seven games for Sacramento in place of Rudy Gay at the small forward spot. He is a defensive specialist that will do his best to slow Harden down, but he needs to make the star guard play on both ends of the floor. Harden continues to score in bunches while leading the league in assists. If Temple has any chance of limiting Harden, he has to do his best to keep him off the free throw line where he averages 10.6 attempts per game.  


Kings: 19-29, third place in Pacific

Rockets: 35-16, second place in Southwest


Kings: F Omri Casspi (right calf strain) out, F Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) out for season.

Rockets: No injuries to report.


Houston hold a 2-0 advantage in the season series. The Rockets hold a 126-88 all-time lead over the Kings and an 85-42 advantage in the Sacramento-era.


“We felt like we were in a good position to come in here and get a win and to walk out with a loss is unfortunate.” -Anthony Tolliver following the Kings’ loss to the Sixers

Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure


Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic to miss 4 to 6 weeks after knee procedure

SACRAMENTO -- The Kings updated the health of one of its core players Monday night.

As his teammates ran through the team’s annual media day, second-year shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a procedure on his left knee. 

According to the team, the procedure performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was successful. Bogdanovic will need four to six weeks of recovery time, which likely will cost him the first few weeks of the regular season.

Bogdanovic injured himself while playing for the Serbian national team last week. He left the game early and eventually made it back to Sacramento, where an MRI revealed the extent of the damage.

This was the second procedure done by Dr. Williams on Bogdanovic’s left knee this summer. The first was a minimally invasive meniscus debridement on April 24, and he was given a timetable of a six-to-eight-week recovery.

During his rookie season, Bogdanovic averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game for the Kings. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team and is expected to start at shooting guard for the Kings when he’s cleared for duty.

Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises


Kings announce 2018-19 training camp roster with few surprises

SACRAMENTO -- Basketball is back for the Kings, who will play host for their annual Media Day festivities Monday afternoon. Player will shuttle from one station to the next. They will take pictures, do interviews and disappear into the giant photo booth for preseason video intros. 

Prior to the meet and greet, the team released the latest roster update, and there are very few surprises. Here is a look at the squad that will open training camp Tuesday morning.

Outside of the usual suspects, Jamel Artis, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Pittsburgh, will be in camp and compete for the Kings' final two-way contract. Wenyen Gabriel, a rookie out of Kentucky, signed a two-way deal with the Kings after a successful summer league audition.