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The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

The Kings come back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Grizzlies, 102-99

It’s been twelve straight years that the Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs.  The last time they were in the playoffs was in 2006 when Rick Adelman was the head coach.  The Kings ended up losing in the first round to Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs, 2-4.  Since then, they have yet to be above .500 until this season, winning 52 percent of their games.

The Kings are, however, trying to break a two-game losing streak and avoid a third straight loss at home.  They are pretty confident that they can do so as the Memphis Grizzlies will be visiting California to take them on tonight.  The Grizzlies have lost four in a row and if they fail to win tonight, they will suffer their longest losing streak of the season at five.

The Sacramento Kings and the Memphis Grizzlies have met up a grand total of 87 times in the past as the Kings won 47 games while the Grizzlies were kept to 40 victories.  This game tonight will mark the third of four meetings between these two teams this season.  November 16 was the last time they saw each other as the Grizzlies defeated the Kings, 112-104.  Jaren Jackson finished that game with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks while De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals.


Memphis Grizzlies:

-Dillon Brooks (knee; 6.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.9 FG%, 36.8 3P%, 77.8 FT%)
-Chandler Parsons (knee; 5.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 41.2 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
-D.J. Stephens (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
-Omri Casspi (illness; 5.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 56.3 FG%, 36.0 3P%, 60.5 FT%)
-Joakim Noah (heel; 4.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.1 APG, 45.5 FG%, 64.3 FT%)
-Ivan Rabb (coach’s decision; 2.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 63.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Yuta Watanabe (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)

Sacramento Kings:

-Marvin Bagley (knee; 12.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 53.6 FG%, 34.6 3P%, 68.3 FT%)
-Skal Labissiere (coach’s decision; 3.2 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.4 APG, 40.0 FG%, 30.0 3P%, 54.5 FT%)
-Frank Mason (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 39.3 FG%, 19.0 3P%, 71.4 FT%)
-Ben McLemore (coach’s decision; 2.2 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 20.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Troy Williams (G-League; 5.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 34.1 3P%, 60.0 FT%)
-Harry Giles (G-League; 5.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 47.6 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 52.0 FT%)
-Wenyen Gabriel (G-League)
-Zach Randolph


The Memphis Grizzlies would have complete control in the first half as they shot 54 percent from the field, keeping the Sacramento Kings at a very low 29 percent completion.  Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. ended up scoring 12 points while recording 4 rebounds, one assist, and 2 blocks.  Jackson Jr. knocked down a trey in the first period while Mike Conley also dropped 12 points, earning all of them from beyond the arc.

New Jersey-native Kyle Anderson chipped in with 8 points on a perfect 100 percent shooting from the floor.  Marc Gasol was kept to just five points in the 18 minutes that he played but was able to hit a three-pointer late in the first quarter.  He was also able to grab 5 rebounds but ended up turning the ball over four times.  Shelvin Mack played the most minutes off the bench as he earned seven points, hitting a trey in the first period.

On the other end of the floor, Iman Shumpert, who has missed the previous three games, scored 11 of the Kings’ 40 first-half points.  He was able to knock down two three-pointers in the second quarter while De’Aaron Fox helped out with nine points on 38 percent shooting.  Fox ended up hitting a trey in the first quarter while dishing off 4 assists and committing 3 steals.

The 2016-2017 All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield contributed with six points but shot a team-low 18 percent from the floor in the first half.  He earned all six points from behind the three-point line while grabbing five rebounds.  Willie Cauley-Stein only had four points in the 19 minutes that he played but did happen to get his hands on 8 boards.  Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Nemanja Bjelica played 15 minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless as the Memphis Grizzlies walked into the locker room with a commanding 53-40 advantage.

The home team would make an incredible comeback as they sparked up a huge 62 to 46 run, shooting 48 percent from the field.  During this comeback, Hield added to his scoring total as he lit the floor up with 22 points, hitting four treys in the fourth period.  Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process.

Shumpert quieted down in after an impressive first half, going completely scoreless in the second half.  Cauley-Stein chipped in with eight points while recording five rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Bjelica played the most minutes off the Kings’ bench as he dropped eleven more points.

As for the visiting team, Garrett Temple tried to keep the Grizzlies in it as he dropped 15 points, shooting 83 percent from the field.  He was able to drill 3 three-pointers while Conley had eleven more points.  JaMychal Green scored four points off the bench but it wouldn’t matter as the Sacramento Kings succeed in the attempted comeback, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-99.  Buddy Hield finished the game with 28 points, 8 rebounds, one assist, and one steal while Mike Conley had 23 points, a season-high-tying 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal, and one block.

So…what’s next?

The Memphis Grizzlies will stay in California to take on LeBron James (28.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.0 APG, 52.0 FG%, 36.7 3P%) and the Los Angeles Lakers (18-13) on Sunday at 9:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of three times that these teams will see each other during this season.  The last time they battled each other was on December 8 when the Lakers handed the Grizzlies a blowout loss, 111-88.  During that game, Kyle Kuzma scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, dished off 6 assists, committed one steal and blocked one shot.  LeBron James also had 20 points, along with 8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals while Wayne Selden finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.

The Sacramento Kings will host Anthony Davis (28.0 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 50.4 FG%, 33.8 3P%) and the New Orleans Pelicans (15-17) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This will be the second of four games that these two ball clubs will play against each other this season.  October 19 was the last time they played each other as the Pelicans escaped with a huge 149-129 victory.  Nikola Mirotic finished the game with 36 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists while Willie Cauley-Stein settled for 20 points, 7 rebounds, and one assist.

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

The San Antonio Spurs easily coast past the Memphis Grizzlies, taking a 3-2 lead in series

Last night marked the fifth game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs in their playoff series.  Game 1 was a victory for the Spurs as they hand Memphis a 111 to 82 blowout loss.  In that game, Kawhi Leonard scored thirty-two points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out five assists.  Marc Gasol would put up thirty-two points, five rebounds and two assists.  The Spurs would win the second game, as well, pulling away with a 96 to 82 score.  Kawhi Leonard finished with thirty-seven points, eleven rebounds and two assists.  Mike Conley ended up with twenty-four points, one rebound and eight assists.  The Memphis Grizzlies would bounce back in Game 3 as they defeat the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-94 victory.  In that game, Mike Conley scored twenty-four points, pulled down one rebound and got off eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard ended up with eighteen points, four rebounds and three assists.  Memphis would pull off an 110-108 overtime win in Game 4 against the Texas team.  Mike Conley would put up thirty-five points, nine rebounds and eight assists.  Kawhi Leonard finished with forty-three points, eight rebounds and three assists.  Each team looked to grab a 3-2 lead in series as they faced off in San Antonio last night.

The score would be held close in the first quarter of the game as both teams would put up twenty-three points in the period.  Two-time All-Star, Manu Ginobili, would come off the bench to drop eight points for the San Antonio Spurs.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, knocking down one three-pointer to go along with it.  Kawhi Leonard would contribute with five points, but would only shoot thirty-three percent from the field.  On the other end of the floor, Marc Gasol would put up seven points, shooting fifty percent from the field.  Former Heat player, James Ennis, would contribute with five points, which would include one three-pointer.  Mike Conley would also drop five points, collecting three of those from beyond the arc as both teams end the first quarter with a 23-23 tied game.  The home team would go on a 32 to 26 run in the second quarter as two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, puts up seven points which would hold one three-pointer.  LaMarcus Aldridge would shoot fifty percent from the field, earning himself six points, along with three rebounds.  Point guard Tony Parker would shoot a perfect one-hundred from the field, collecting six points which would all come from behind the three-point line.  As for the Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter would chalk up eight points, three coming from behind the arc and the other five coming from the free-throw line.  Ennis would collect six more points, which would contain one three-pointer.  Zach Randolph would shoot forty-three percent from the field, also receiving six points but it was the Texas team that went into halftime with a 55-49 advantage.

Things would not get any easier for the visiting team as the Spurs go on a 32 to 27 run in the third quarter.  During that run, Leonard would chalk up eight points, collecting six of those from behind the three-point line.  Tony Parker would shoot seventy-five percent from the field, but would only receive six points.  Aldridge would earn four points, along with bench player Pau Gasol, both shooting fifty percent from the field.  On the other end, Indiana-native Mike Conley would get hot for seventeen points, containing one three-pointer but it was the Texas team that ended the third period with a commanding 87-76 lead.  The Spurs would easily close things out in the last quarter as former Trail Blazers, Patty Mills, would light the floor up with twelve points which all from behind the three-point line.  He would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 116 to 103, taking a 3-2 lead in series.  Kawhi Leonard would finish with twenty-eight points, one rebound and six assists (his new Playoff career-high).  Mike Conley would end up with twenty-six points, two rebounds and six assists.