The kings fell against the Warriors tonight, but two injuries to a pair of key rotation players may be more devastating than a close loss to the NBA's most talented team. Marvin Bagley attempted an offensive rebound early in the second quarter, clashed with a Warriors player, fell awkwardly and immediately grabbed his left knee. He remained in the game because of an attacking ball possession, but immediately asked to be taken out of the game for this bucket. The Kings later announced the injury as a strain on the left knee, but Bagley is expected to receive an MRI in the coming days. Here is a video of the injury and its heavily assisted return to the dressing room:
Iman Shumpert lost a left hip bruise in the third quarter. He slipped out of a wet spot after a frills and fell awkwardly. We will keep you updated on the conditions of both players in the next few hours and days.
The game itself was a showcase of two offensive juggernauts, with both teams performing massive runs throughout the evening. The warriors scored 23 points in the first four and a half minutes. Although the defending champion scored 42 points in the first quarter, the Kings matched 38 own points, including 1
The second section was pretty much the same for both teams, albeit a bit slower. Sacramento refused to let the lead grow to more than six or eight points, but could not quite close the gap. De'Arton Fox closed the quarter by driving past Draymond Green and the kings descended to the tunnels between the ages of 76 and 64.
The third quarter started badly for Sacramento, though 9 stars emerged from emerging star De & # 39; Aaron Fox and Golden State worked their lead on a 100-87 lead, only two minutes remaining. The
Kings of the old and most teams in the league would probably have collapsed when faced with such a deficit of the league's most stacked team. But Dave Joerger's crew had no idea. A pair of late quarter-three hands from Buddy Hield and Yogi Ferrell finished the third with a 10-3 run, pulling the kings to six points.
This run extended early in the last period behind the buckets of Buddy Hield, Justin Jackson and Bogdan Bodanovic, with a Bogi three-point showing the Kings 107-105 for the first time on Friday night. Sacramento also strengthened the defensive pressure in the last 12 minutes, holding the Warriors at only 10 points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. The kings built a lead of 10 points. The collapse began less than a minute later when De'Arton Fox made his fifth foul, just three minutes remaining. Dave Joerger decided to remove his starguard from the game to preserve Fox's availability for the final moments, and Golden State took those few minutes to take the momentum off Sacramento. Kevin Durant scored 7 key points and the Warriors finished the game in their own 17-2 run.
The kings had not won a victory, but they had twice faced the warriors and hung in both games with the defending champion. A series of seven games would certainly lead to an interesting fight between the two California superteams.
Player of the Game
De'Aaron Fox: 25 points (9/19 FG), 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals
Highlight (s) of the Game
Game Notes:  Iman Shumpert's injury showed that the kings were not so deep in the wing. Justin Jackson had some nice defensive moments, but Sacramento could definitely use an upgrade for a small striker. If only one trade between two teams had collapsed and there were a few free strikers between them …