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Kings' Marvin Bagley: Excels in bench role with 16 points
Bagley recorded 16 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot across 27 minutes in Saturday's 132-112 loss to the Rockets.
Bagley took on a larger role on Saturday due to Willie Cauley-Stein's ice-cold night on the floor. The Kings lack a true center beyond Cauley-Stein, so more often than not it is Bagley who will be called upon to play the five in the second unit. Bagley would have to be a lot more explosive to win the job under center, but the rookie should gradually see more minutes as a hybrid four/five player.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein: Posts dreadful night in loss
Cauley-Stein logged three points (1-9 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot across 18 minutes in Saturday's 132-112 loss to the Rockets.
Cauley-Stein had an awful night on Saturday and was benched in favor of Marvin Bagley down the stretch. It's a surprising regression from the King's starting center. His improvement is evident in his numbers this season, and he's fared well against some of the league's best big men. His job isn't in any danger at this point, but he'll face another tough test against Steven Adams and the Thunder on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Puts up 19 points in loss
Fox posted 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-4 3 Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists, a rebound and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's 132-112 loss to the Rockets.
Fox has established himself as one of the breakout players in the Western Conference in his sophomore season and has a firm on hold on the starting gig as the Kings' floor general. He shot well but only collected three assists on the night, which is well below his season average. Fox will continue to produce, but the Kings were simply outmatched on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Buddy Hield: Scores team-high 23 points in loss
Hield recorded 23 points (10-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists, and a steal across 30 minutes in Saturday's 132-112 loss to the Rockets.
Hield has been a pleasant surprise for the Kings this season, and he led the team in scoring once again on Saturday. He's put up double-digit points in all but one game this season, and he's on pace for career-highs in every major category.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Ben McLemore: Not with team Saturday
McLemore is not with the Kings due to personal reasons for Saturday's contest against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
It's not clear if McLemore will be out for just one game or for an extended period. That said, he hasn't been in the rotation recently, last playing Nov. 1 against the Hawks.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic: Not on injury report
Bogdanovic is not on the Kings' injury report, suggesting he'll play Saturday against Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back.
No real news here, but Bogdanovic was held out of one half of the Kings' last back-to-back, so it's a positive indication that the team doesn't feel it's necessary to hold him out again Saturday. Bogdanovic has played 20, 24 and 25 minutes in his last three games, respectively, and he's coming off of a 12-point, two-rebound, two-assist performance Friday in Memphis.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Kosta Koufos: Out Saturday
Koufos (calf) is out Saturday against the Rockets, Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee reports.
A sore right calf will sideline Koufos for a third straight game. In his stead, Harry Giles remains a candidate to see additional minutes.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic: Plays 23 minutes Friday
Bogdanovic totaled 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes during Friday's 112-104 loss to the Grizzlies.
Bogdanovic continues to work his way back from offseason knee surgery, scoring 12 points in 22 minutes. That makes back-to-back double-digit games for Bogdanovic who has also exceeded 20 minutes in both those outings. The Kings travel to Houston to face the Rockets on Saturday and Bogdanovic should be considered questionable given the back-to-back set.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Buddy Hield: Scores 16 points Friday
Hield produced 16 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 112-104 loss to Memphis.
Hield continues his solid play, chipping in across the board despite the loss Friday. The return of Bogdan Bogdanovic has slightly impacted Hield's playing time but he is still certainly a standard league hold. He has now hit at least one three-pointer in all 15 games this season and his steal numbers appear to be on the rise.... See More ... See Less
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Double-doubles in losing effort
Fox finished with 23 points (8-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, and two steals in 36 minutes during Friday's 112-104 loss to the Grizzlies.
Fox was a shining light for the Kings Friday, scoring 23 points and recording double-digit assists for the fourth time this season. He has been great for the Kings so far, developing his game in leaps and bounds all over the floor. Those who managed to draft him are likely patting themselves on the back.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Kosta Koufos: Out Friday
Koufos (calf) is out Friday at Memphis, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Koufos will be absent for the second straight game due to calf soreness. The veteran just can't seem to say healthy right now, as he also missed the first six games of the year because of a hamstring injury. Teammate Harry Giles may likely see more minutes with Koufos out.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Buddy Hield: Receives stitches
Hield received four stitches in his right eyelid after Monday's win over the Spurs, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The situation isn't expected to keep Hield sidelined for Friday's game against the Grizzlies. He's currently on pace to average career highs in points (18.7), rebounds (5.6) and assists (2.7).... See More ... See Less
Kings' Nemanja Bjelica: Makes most of opportunities in win
Bjelica compiled 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 3Pt), six rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in the Kings' 104-99 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Bjelica managed to maximize the few shots he did take, only misfiring once and racking up the points in a hurry with a trio of threes. After a hot start that saw him score in double digits in seven of his first eight games, the fourth-year pro has been more inconsistent in November. Bjelica has scored between 11 and 19 points in three contests during the current month, but he's also been held scoreless once and tallied two and four points, respectively, in another pair of outings. The offensive fluctuations may be something fantasy owners have to continue to live with, but the 30-year-old has at least been steady on the boards, now averaging a career-high 5.7 rebounds across his first 14 games.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Buddy Hield: Modest but productive performance in win
Hield netted 14 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 26 minutes in the Kings' 104-99 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Hield's shot was a bit off for the second straight game, but he still found his way to a 10th straight double-digit scoring effort. The third-year wing has shot under 40.0 percent in two straight contests, but his typically solid production elsewhere across the stat sheet helps props up his final line whenever he's not as sharp offensively. Despite a current three-game stretch where he's scored under 20 points, the 24-year-old continues to average a career-best 18.7 points per contest.... See More ... See Less
Kings' Willie Cauley-Stein: Another double-double in Monday's win
Cauley-Stein pitched in 13 points (6-14 FG, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 32 minutes in the Kings' 104-99 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Cauley-Stein once again turned in a stellar effort on the boards on his way to a second straight double-double. The 25-year-old's scoring has fluctuated to an extent, but he's still posted a double-digit point tally in all but one game this season. Cauley-Stein is also taking double-digit shot attempts in the majority of games, keeping him in the conversation for a double-double any time he takes the floor. Factoring in Monday's production, he's averaging career bests in scoring (16.5) , rebounds (8.6) and shooting percentage (56.7).... See More ... See Less
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Remains productive in win
Fox turned in 19 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block across 31 minutes in the Kings' 104-99 win over the Spurs on Monday.
Fox checked in as the leading scorer on the first unit and turned in the second-highest tally for the night on the Kings behind that of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The second-year guard continues to be highly efficient offensively on the majority of nights, with Monday's stellar 77.8 percent success rate from the floor -- which included a 75.0 percent figure from three-point range -- bringing his overall shooting percentage to 54.7 percent over the first six games of November. The elite-level accuracy has helped Fox increase his scoring average more than seven points (11.6 to 18.7) over that of his rookie season.... See More ... See Less