The Sacramento Kings took on the LA Clippers in a Saturday afternoon matinee. Here are the player grades from the Kings’ unlikely victory.
The Sacramento Kings have looked pretty good in their two contest since the All-Star break, defeating the Grizzlies on Thursday and then beat the Clippers on Satruday afternoon. While it is likely too little too late, there are some bright spots on the Kings roster that give us something to look forward to, either down the stretch or next season.
Here are the grades for a handful of players from today’s game.
De’Aaron Fox was able to set the tone early on by being aggressive and getting himself to the basket as well as the free throw line. He struggled early with his touch around the rim, taking an 0-6 in the opening quarter.
But he remained aggressive, not letting his misses affect his game. He had breakaway dunks and quick steals that gave the Kings a chance at victory in the fourth quarter.
Kent Bazemore enjoyed his best game as a Sacramento King just one game after his previous best performance. In Thursday’s game against Memphis, he scored 18 points on 66/60/80 shooting splits in a Kings victory. In Saturday’s game, he one-upped himself by scoring 23 points on 2 for 3 from three-point range. Bazemore also exhibited the hustle and effort plays that have often been missing for Sacramento this season. He finished the game with 4 steals.
This was Alex Len‘s first game in a Kings uniform after being traded from the Hawks at the deadline, and he did not disappoint. Coming off of the bench, Len made an immediate impact with offensive rebounds and an interior defensive presence that the Kings have been lacking. There were certainly growing pains as there is with any new player, but overall it was an otherwise solid performance.
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Buddy Hield wasn’t terrible, but the Kings desperately needed his sharp shooting. He got up just two three-point shots, and hit one of them. He was cold from all over the floor, finishing 2 for 7 overall. He committed a couple of turnovers at crucial points in the game, which has been one of the knocks on Hield so far this season.