The Kings face two must-see matches against the Timberwolves
While wondering where it all went wrong when last weekend began, the Sacramento Kings received a sudden boost of energy on Sunday and are back crunching the numbers on playoff possibilities.
The next game for a Kings team that just finished a convincing nine-game losing streak are back-to-back home games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Sacramento never lagged behind the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday as De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points in a 121-107 road win. The Kings started five games on Monday in 10th place in the Western Conference, which would give them a spot in the postseason play-in tournament.
Catching 10th place for the San Antonio Spurs, while passing the New Orleans Pelicans, remains a daunting task with 15 games to go, but Sacramento intends to play with renewed passion this week, and the play-in concept is one. great reason.
“Sometimes a game can make a difference,” Fox said. “For us, we really got deep in losing nine straight games and the guys trying to find each other and what to do. It was definitely a collective group effort (against the Mavericks). “
Such a convincing victory was hardly expected. Both Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes were injured, with Hassan Whiteside making only his second start of the season. Whiteside responded with 12 points and 10 rebounds, a team high.
Harrison Barnes added 24 points, Terence Davis had 23 and Delon Wright added 13 for the Kings, who shot 49.4% from the field.
Now comes a clash with the Timberwolves two weeks after the Kings fell 116-106 to Minnesota. It was one of three wins for the Timberwolves in the last 10 games, but the season has gone so badly that the 10-game streak looks like a progression for a club with a .259 winning percentage.
The Timberwolves’ last loss came on Sunday in a 124-105 loss in Los Angeles to the Clippers, who made half of their 42 3-point attempts.
Minnesota rookie Anthony Edwards scored 23 points in Sunday’s loss. Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points, including a monster dunk in the second quarter, but the big man was only 5 of 15 from the field and 1 of 6 of 3 points.
Towns looked at the stats sheet when his post-game press call began on Sunday, crumpled the piece of paper into a ball and flipped it over his shoulder, rolling his eyes.
“We just didn’t play hard enough and have that sense of urgency,” Towns said. “We got into a cool game like we’re supposed to have two (wins) in a row. It just wasn’t the right way to approach the game.
Three other Timberwolves scored in double digits in the loss, including 13 off the bench for second-year big man Naz Reid.
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