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Sacramento Kings Week 6 Recap: Need More Willie

  • The Sacramento Kings went 1-2 this past week, with losses to the Denver Nuggets and L.A. Clippers, and a win over the L.A. Lakers.

    The Kings offense had been halted the past few weeks, but it has been their defense that has been keeping them in games…in the first half.

    The second half is a completely different story.

    On Monday, the Nuggets came into town after being blown out by the Lakers.

    The Kings were playing with great defensive energy in the 1st half, especially Kosta Koufos.

    He had three blocks in the half and that set the tone for the rest of the team to step up.

    It was a tie-ball game at the half and the Kings had a good shot to win this game.

    Unfortunately, their defense flatlined in the 2nd half, allowing Denver to score 67 points.

    The final score was 114-98. The upside for this game was that we know the Kings are capable of playing exceptional defense, but they have trouble keeping that intensity for the entire 48 minutes.

    The King's next opponent was the Los Angeles Lakers. This was the game every Kings fan had been waiting for.

    De’Aaron Fox vs Lonzo Ball. A rematch from the NCAA Tournament when Fox and Kentucky defeated Ball and UCLA.

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    From the get-go, the Kings came out firing and were able to defeat the Lakers 113-102.

    Both Lonzo and De’Aaron did not play particularly well, but with the Kings win, this round went to Fox.

    As for the other players, Zach Randolph and Willie-Cauley Stein accounted for 48 points.

    Cauley Stein needs to continue to produce because he is a tough matchup for opponents.

    A dark horse for the Kings has Frank Mason III.

    He had 11 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds off the bench and provided a massive jolt of energy for this young team.

    This was a major victory for the Kings as this rivalry with the Lakers continues.

    The final game of the week was against the Clippers.

    Once again, the Kings came out strong defensively and offensively as well and had a 61-47 lead at halftime.

    But, the Clippers came roaring back in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Kings 29-10.

    With three and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter, Kings down 10, Buddy Hield scored 8 of the next 10 points to tie the game with 15 seconds left.

    It was the Clipper's ball with a chance to win the game, and that is exactly what happened.

    Blake Griffin hit a fade-away jump shot with three seconds left to win 97-95.

    On a positive note, Buddy Hield had 27 points while shooting 7-9 from three-point range.

    The Kings were in prime position to win this game, but in the end, the more experienced team came out on top.

    Overall, I saw a lot of fights in this young Kings team this past week.

    They were able to put up a noble effort against a couple of solid opponents.

    My player of the week is Zach Randolph who averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

    Cauley Stein and Hield added some major performances on the bench as well. The Kings have four games this upcoming week, including three on the road.

    If they can steal a road victory or two, that would give them a lot of confidence as the season progresses.

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