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Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals: Kings easily advance, beat Bulls 80-61

The Kings were in control throughout as the Bulls played without Doug McDermott.


The Sacramento Kings dominated the Chicago Bulls in Saturday's Las Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals, winning 80-61.  The Kings jumped out to an early lead and never let up.  The Bulls' efforts were hindered by the absence of Doug McDermott, who has led the Bulls throughout Summer League.

It was a well-rounded effort from the Kings, with five Kings scoring in double-figures.  Ben McLemore finished with 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.  His progress from a year ago is fantastic.  He simply looks so much more comfortable on the floor.

MarShon Brooks added 11 points off the bench.  Brooks definitely has shown that he still belongs in the league, but it remains unclear if he'll end up with the Kings this season.  The Kings have McLemore and Nik Stauskas ahead of Brooks on the depth chart, and Jason Terry is currently taking a roster spot where Brooks might otherwise land.

Speaking of Stauskas, I'm having a ton of fun watching him.  He shooting is as good as advertised, and he looks incredibly comfortable getting to his spots on the floor.  He finished with nine points on five shots.

Eric Moreland had a great game, disrupting the Bulls on the defensive end throughout the contest.  He finished with three blocks, but it felt like he had 10.  He displayed great patience and control, and I was very impressed.  I'm not sure if he can make the Kings' opening day roster, but I think he'll definitely be at training camp.  I wouldn't be shocked if he made the team, especially since the Kings know they need a rim protector.

Jared Cunningham had 10 points, but just one assist.  Ray McCallum had a quiet scoring night, finishing with five points, but also had five rebounds and four assists.

Sim Bhullar got a couple minutes in garbage time, and managed to score two points on a nice back-down move, kissing the ball off the glass.  Despite his size, I just can't get excited about Bhullar.  He's a little too slow and lumbering, and I'm not sure size alone is enough to overcome his faults.  It says a lot that he didn't see the floor until garbage time in Summer League.

Overall, it was a fun game for Kings fans.  The Kings will next play the winner of Saturday's match-up between the Washington Wizards and  the San Antonio Spurs.  The Semifinal game will take place Sunday, and will be on NBATV.