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Kings takeaways: What we learned in uneven 121-109 win against Hawks

Kings takeaways: What we learned in uneven 121-109 win against Hawks

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Messed around and almost got burned.

After leading by as many as 21 points in the first half, the Sacramento Kings went away from what was working Friday evening in Atlanta and the Hawks tracked them down.

Trae Young caught fire in the third quarter to make it a game and he didn’t stop there. With 9:03 remaining in the fourth, the Hawks cut Sacramento’s lead to one at 94-93. And then the Kings second unit responded.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph turned up the heat and dropped a 22-5 run to put Atlanta away. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings improved to 2-1 on the road trip and 3-6 with the 121-109 victory.  

Big shot Bogi

For the second straight game, Bogdan Bogdanovic put on a show coming off the Kings’ bench. 

With Sacramento staggering at the end of the third, Bogdanovic buried one of his five makes to give the team breathing room heading into the fourth. 

He continued his timely shooting in the final quarter to finish the night with 20 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range to go with five assists and four rebounds.

When Bogdanovic is on, the Kings need to give him the ball and get out of the way. Over his last two games, Bogdanovic has now hit 11 of 17 from behind the arc.

The Rise of Ariza

General manager Vlade Divac spent big money on Trevor Ariza in the offseason and through the first eight games, the returns were all over the place.

Against Atlanta, the 16-year veteran played extremely well, especially in the fourth quarter. Ariza was active on both ends of the court, coming away with two huge steals and a couple of big 3-pointers to help turn the tide in the final 12 minutes. 

Ariza finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. 

Coach Luke Walton has used Ariza more than expected early in the season and it paid off Friday against Atlanta.

Welcome back, Harry

After being put on ice throughout training camp and missing the first eight games of the season with a sore left knee, Harry Giles returned to action for Sacramento and made an immediate impact for Luke Walton’s squad. 

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Giles took a few minutes to find his sea legs on the offensive end, but he was active on defense, swatting away a dunk attempt by Hawks rookie De’Andre Hunter early in his first run.

The Kings have been needing another active enforcer on the court and Giles didn’t disappoint. He finished the night with four points, one rebound and a block in seven minutes of action. It was a brief first look, but Giles looked solid.

Kings' Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles active against short-handed Hawks

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Kings' Dewayne Dedmon, Harry Giles active against short-handed Hawks

From shorthanded to overloaded in a matter of moments. Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton received positive news before his team hit the floor for Friday night’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

Big man Dewayne Dedmon has recovered enough from a sprained right knee that he suffered Wednesday against the Raptors and is available to play against his former team. And in a surprise development, Harry Giles has been added to the active roster in time for the game as well.

Dedmon has struggled early after signing a massive three-year, $40 million contract with the Kings over the summer. He’s averaging 5.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. The 30-year-old veteran is shooting just 35.6 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from 3-point range.

Needing an interior presence with Marvin Bagley sidelined, Walton relegated Dedmon to the second unit after just four games. Richaun Holmes has stepped in and provided a spark for the Kings at center.

Giles has been a mystery man for Sacramento. The 21-year-old big man missed all of training camp with a sore left knee and has been inactive through the first eight games.

After a productive first season where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes over 58 games, Giles has the challenge of working himself into Walton’s rotation with very little court time under his belt.

[RELATED: What Giles return from unique situation means for Kings]

The Kings face a short-handed Hawks team. Power forward John Collins is out due to a 25-game league suspension. Veterans Evan Turner (Achilles), Allen Crabbe (knee) and Chandler Parsons (knees) are all out of action. Rookie Cam Reddish is expected to play after experiencing shoulder soreness.

Hawks' John Collins suspended 25 games for PEDs ahead of Kings game

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Hawks' John Collins suspended 25 games for PEDs ahead of Kings game

The Hawks are getting one young rising star back in their lineup with the return of point guard Trae Young, but are losing another for the foreseeable future.

Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating the NBA's Anti-Drug policy, the league announced Tuesday morning. Collins is being suspended for a Growth Hormone.

The news certainly is big for the Sacramento Kings, who play the Hawks on Friday at Golden 1 Center. 

Collins, 22, is averaging 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season while shooting an eye-opening 47.4 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game last year, his second season in the NBA. 

The former No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has played the Kings just twice in his young career. Collins is averaging 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game against Sacramento. 

Collins told Wojnarowski he is working with the NBA Players' Association to begin an appeals process, and issued the following statement. 

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Atlanta is 2-3 this season and needs as many games with Collins on the court as possible. If his suspension is upheld, he also won't play against the Warriors on Dec. 2, the 16th game of his suspension.

With Collins suspended, former No. 2 overall draft pick Jabari Parker likely will step into the starting lineup. He's averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench for the Hawks.