Sacramento Kings vs. Phoenix Suns: Key Takeaways

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Davon Reed
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Davon Reed /

Here are some facts to take away from tonight’s Sacramento Kings game against the Phoenix Suns.

The Sacramento Kings won their summer league finale tonight as they defeated the Phoenix Suns by a score of 93-87. Listed down below are some key facts to take away from tonight’s contest.

Down Goes Papa G

In the third quarter of the contest, Georgios Papagiannis suffered a nasty fall which sidelined him for the rest of the game. It was a shame Papa went down as he was starting to gain a rhythm in the game after struggling a bit prior to his injury. For the game, Papagiannis recorded 6 points.

Cool Man J

As a result of Papagiannis’ injury, Jack Cooley was summoned to take on his workload. Fortunately, the former Notre Dame star did an exceptional job in doing so.

For the game, Cooley created havoc towards his opponents in the paint area as he scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the game. He continues to be a fan favorite and should be considered to rejoin the Kings once training camp is in session.

Struggling Skal

With a handful of Kings players suffering injuries this past week, Labissiere had the chance to take control of the game statistically. For the match, Labissiere recorded just 12 points and 5 rebounds.

The numbers for Skal aren’t bad by any means, but knowing the way Skal played in his rookie season, it was disappointing to see him have a subpar summer league overall. Hopefully, he is able to get the rust off his game and he will be ready to produce at a high level once the regular season starts.

Justin Jackson

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Justin Jackson had an incredible game last night against the Dallas Mavericks, but his performance tonight was even better. For the game, Jackson recorded a whopping 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists for the game. He did a good job in giving his team a boost on the offensive end while being pesky as a defender. Jackson has definitely been a joyful surprise for the Kings and their fans to see.

Final Thoughts

Although the Kings won their finale tonight, it still doesn’t ignore the reality that they had a disappointing summer league. With a roster that definitely had the chance to win the summer league championship, the Kings finished their campaign with a 2-4 record.

To be fair, the Kings were competitive in all the games they played in, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. Hopefully, the veterans on the team can teach them how to take that next step into their careers.

So, Kings fans, what were thoughts about your team’s play during the summer league? To express your thoughts on the topic, feel free to comment on our website, Twitter account, or Facebook page.