The curves crossed for the Kings and Spurs, and tonight De’Aaron Fox’s teammates will claim their 5th straight victory, while the Spurs are now 13th in the Western Conference. Winners 130-112, the Kings needed two “runs” to make the difference. The first at the beginning of the match with De’Aaron Fox and Kevin Huerter maneuvering to quickly give a 10-point lead (14-4). The Spurs will come to their senses, and the result will be more balanced (63-56 at the break).
A few times, Devin Vassell’s partners would equalize, but it didn’t work out. So Sacramento will deliver the coup de grace. The Fox / Monk tandem went on a 7-0 run to end the 3rd quarter.
The cut does not slow this “run” which becomes 11-0 then 20-5. After three minutes in the last quarter, Sacramento (102-87) recovered and Domantas Sabonis and Harrison Barnes, with a 3-point shot, were responsible for validating its 5th consecutive victory, which is synonymous with the 7 places in the West.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– The quality of the collective. We don’t want to be on fire but sometimes, these Kings 2022/23 remind the Warriors… It moves all the time, and the Fox/Huerter duo has the air of the “Splash Brothers”. What is interesting, as in the Golden State of the great era, is the play without the ball after the pick-and-roll to offer solutions to the ball carrier. As a result, there was a lot of attacking potential, and for the first time in 35 years, the team scored at least 120 points in five consecutive games!
– Jeremy Sochan’s dunk. If you’re nostalgic for Blake Griffin’s dunks, Jeremy Sochan has given us a huge poster with this ball toss in the characteristic circle of some Blake Griffin “posters”.
– The Kings series. Sunday, the Kings will take on the Pistons for their 6th straight victory. This has not happened to them since the 2004/2005 season!
✅ De’Aaron Fox. 5 of 5 on shots in the first quarter put his team on the right track. He plays fair, doesn’t overdo it, and he defends better and better. He delivered 8 passes and didn’t lose a ball, and his +/- says a lot about his impact: +36!
✅Malik Monk How can the Lakers let go of such a joker? It was him, between the end of the 3rd quarter and the start of the 4th that provided the energy to drive the Spurs away. If he ramps up and Sacramento makes it into the Top 8 long term, he will be a candidate for the title of best 6th man.
✅ Devin Vasell. The “sophomore” is gaining maximum confidence in the absence of Keldon Johnson, and he has shown that he can do everything. The basics are there, and with the ball in hand, he can make his shot in the half or near the circle. Very little waste.
⛔ Jakob Poeltl. After his career-best game against the Blazers, the Austrian didn’t weigh in on the meeting. Because of Sabonis’ defense, he suffered from the constant motion of the Kings’ attack.
Sacramento (8v-6d) : Detroit reception on Sunday
San Antonio (6v-10d) : Saturday trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers