Some Kings followers have been annoyed as a result of they could not see Wednesday’s sport towards the Toronto Raptors. Others have been annoyed as a result of they may.
Tv viewers throughout the Sacramento area complained through social media when, for the second time in 48 hours, unexplained broadcast points prevented NBC Sports activities California from airing a lot of the primary half. Those that attended the sport weren’t very glad both.
Pascal Siakam posted 26 factors, 11 rebounds and 7 assists to steer the Raptors to a 113-95 victory over the Kings earlier than a sellout crowd of 17,767 at Golden 1 Middle.
“They simply flat-out kicked our ass,” Kings coach Mike Brown mentioned. “Their size, their athleticism, their switchability and their ball stress, their physicality sped us up and we did not do an excellent job of dealing with that in any respect.”
Valuable Achiuwa got here off the bench to attain 19 factors for the Raptors (22-27), who opened a seven-game highway journey with a powerful victory. Fred VanVleet added 17 factors. Gary Trent Jr had 16.
Kevin Huerter scored 19 factors to steer the Kings (27-20), who’re nonetheless third within the Western Convention as they set out on a seven-game highway journey. De’Aaron Fox had 16 factors and eight assists. Domantas Sabonis completed with 9 factors, eight rebounds and 9 turnovers as his franchise-record streak of 23 consecutive double-doubles got here to an finish.
Sabonis, who’s enjoying with an avulsion fracture in his proper thumb and a lower on his left center finger, has dedicated a complete of 17 turnovers over the previous two video games. Brown was requested if the accidents have gotten extra bothersome for Sabonis.
“Simply watching the sport or teaching the sport, it would not appear like it,” Brown mentioned. “One of many issues we at all times preach is, play off of two ft, and generally he jumps within the air. And while you bounce within the air, you are inclined to getting a cost or your inclined to, OK, groups know he desires to cross, and so we sort of noticed this at Golden State with Draymond (Inexperienced) at occasions.
“The great groups will act like they’re coming to defend Dray after which they’re spraying out to the 3-point shooters, so Domas simply has to know, he could have to complete performs, however off of two ft or come to a bounce cease and pivot, hit the open man just a little ahead of what he is doing. However by way of if the lower’s bothering him or if the thumb is bothering him, I do not know.”
The Kings shot 47.9% from the sector and made 13 of 32 (.406) from 3-point vary, however they dedicated 19 turnovers. The Raptors outscored the Kings 58-42 on factors within the paint and 18-2 on second-chance factors.
Sacramento’s bench struggled with Trey Lyles, Malik Monk, Davion Mitchell, Chimezie Metu and Richaun Holmes combining for 23 factors on 7-of-23 taking pictures. Achiuwa and Chris Boucher mixed for 35 factors off the bench for Toronto.
Monk mentioned the Kings have the physicality to match groups just like the Raptors – even when they did not have it on this sport.
“We positively have it,” Monk mentioned. “We have simply obtained to come back out of the gate and hit first. We have to cease getting hit within the mouth first. I believe we try this just a little an excessive amount of and we have to exit and hit first.”
The Raptors led 24-23 on the finish of the primary quarter. They went up by as many as 9 earlier than carrying a 58-50 lead into the halftime break.
Followers watching at dwelling missed the primary quarter and a lot of the second quarter as NBC Sports activities California labored to resolve broadcast points. Followers additionally missed the primary quarter of Monday’s 133-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, when the Kings made 12 3-pointers to tie the NBA document for 3-point objectives in 1 / 4.
The Raptors led the Kings by as many as 20 within the third quarter. The Kings lower the deficit to 12 on a pair events within the fourth quarter, however they could not get any nearer.
The Kings had gained seven of eight to maneuver eight video games over. 500. They’ve given themselves a two-game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 3 seed within the West.
Monk mentioned they’ve to maneuver on after a poor efficiency towards the Raptors.
“We obtained 82 video games,” he mentioned. “We obtained lots of basketball to play. Cannot let that one sport have an effect on what is going on on subsequent, so we’ll dwell on this tonight, overlook about it tomorrow.”
This story was initially printed January 25, 2023 11:29 PM.