The Golden 1 Center was electric at the start of the Sacramento Kings game against the Utah Jazz. But that excitement immediately disappeared due to the purple and white’s performance.
Tonight was not a good night for the Sacramento Kings as they got their behinds whipped by the Utah Jazz. Once triple zeros hit the clock, the Kings found themselves defeated by a score of 132-93.
Sacramento struggled straight out the gate. Due to the interior presence of Rudy Gobert, the Kings had no answers to score in the paint. Not only did the Kings play like they had a lid on their basket, but their defense was not any better. The Jazz looked like they were in midseason form as they were getting easy baskets left and right. As a result, the Kings found themselves trailing by a score of 20-4, then 30-7, and then 47-12 during different times of the game. Ouch!
The pattern for Sacramento continued throughout the game. Utah dominated on both ends of the court and the Kings were playing like they could not wait till the game clock ticked down to the very final second.
Some Positives? No Joke.
If they were any positives for the Kings to take away from the game, it would be the individual performances of their big men. For the game, guys that stood out were Marvin Bagley III who finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, Willie Cauley-Stein who scored 16 points, and Harry Giles who recorded 12 points and three steals.
Overall, not a great performance by Sacramento as they got manhandled by Utah on both sides of the ball. Hopefully, they are able to put out a better effort against the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow for their preseason finale.