The near 30 year drought is over. The Sacramento Kings are finally playing for a championship! The Kings, an 8 seed in the Vegas Summer League tournament, take on the 14th seeded cinderella-story Houston Rockets tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Not a great shooting team at just 39.8%, the Rockets have been led by Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan. Motiejunas in particular will be one to watch tonight. The big man is averaging 16.9 points, and 8.4 rebounds through six games and the Kings are pretty thin in the frontcourt. Rockets fans and media alike have been buzzing about Isaiah Canaan's summer league performance as well. The 6' tall 2nd year point guard out of Murray State has been filling it up! He's averaged 17.3 points to go along with a modest 2.9 assists. Rookie Nick Johnson hasn't been too bad either, chipping in 11.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.6 steals.
With four players in double figures, the Kings were ROLLING last night getting huge contributions from the bench. Shooting 48.1% from the field throughout Summer League, and almost five players averaging double digits in scoring, the Kings fast-paced offensive attack has been very potent and balanced. Tonight will be the last chance for these kids to show what they can do in the City of Sin.
There's been no shortage of subplots this summer for the Kings. Ben McLemore has struggled in a couple of games but his 13.2 points leads the team and he's shown he can score in a variety of ways. Rookie Nik Stauskas, averaging 9.8 points, has used his time in Vegas to show he can be a very efficient scorer and excellent decision maker/distributer with the ball in his hands. Quincy Acy, averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds to go along with a shiny new jump shot, has emerged as a vocal presence and leader amongst this group of youngsters.
We like to joke about Summer League banners and championship parades, and it is a silly thing to get excited about, but hey... who doesn't like winning?! These are the kinds of games that help build confidence and camaraderie in young players, and we're all dying to see how our guys play tonight. So screw it... let's embrace the summer league madness! This is our time!!
Will Ben McLemore rebound from his poor performance in last night's game to close out Summer League with a bang? Will Nik Stauskas continue to claim the Thomas and Mack 3 point territory in the name of Canada? Will this be the last time we see Sactown Royalty favorite, Eric Moreland, play in a Kings uniform (please sweet baby Jesus say no!)? Will MarShon Brooks continue to impress? Will Quincy Acy continue to make me love him more than a backpack full of baby monkeys? STAY TUNED!!
The 6pm game will be televised on NBA TV so make sure to put some fresh batteries in your TV remote.
Also, if you're looking for some rowdy friends to watch the game with, the Sacramento Kings are hosting a FREE NBA Summer League Finals watch party at Sleep Train Arena tonight. Fans will get to watch the game from the stands on a 20'x11' projection screen. Make sure you get out there by 5:30 pm and enter off of Truxel Blvd at Toll Plaza 9. Admission and Parking are both free. A great plan for a Kings fan who doesn't have NBA TV.
Looks like they'll have a limited selection of snacks and beverages available for purchase. And fans in attendance, who become new season ticket holders tonight, will have the opportunity to shoot a half-court shot for a chance to win one free season ticket. Should be pretty fun.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Almost time for our Open House Watch Party! Pumped to see the Kings face the Rockets in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBASummerLeague?src=hash">#NBASummerLeague</a> Finals! <a href="http://t.co/u0nR5Np45r">pic.twitter.com/u0nR5Np45r</a></p>— Cap City Kingdom (@CapCityKingdom) <a href="https://twitter.com/CapCityKingdom/statuses/491350801088925696">July 21, 2014</a></blockquote>
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You can RSVP for the watch party here - http://www.mykingsevents.com/OpenHouseSummerLeagueWatch