Well, it’s settled: the Sacramento Kings won’t be playing in the postseason for the 15th consecutive year after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
The Kings’ chances of sneaking into the play-in at the last second were always slim, but they weren’t zero until they lost to the Grizzlies on Thursday. Now, they’re expected to shift their attention to the offseason; specifically the NBA draft and free agency, the latter of which will force them to make some tough decisions.
Before then, they have two games to evaluate which pieces are worth keeping around long-term. Here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s game.
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
When: Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m. PT
How to watch/listen: NBC Sports California, KHTK Sports 1140 AM
Opposing perspective: Grizzly Bear Blues
Projected Starting Lineups
Kings (31-39): Delon Wright, Buddy Hield, Moe Harkless, Chimezie Metu, Richaun Holmes
Grizzlies (37-33): Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Jonas Valanciunas
Kings: Buddy Hield — PROBABLE; Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes — DOUBTFUL; De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton, Robert Woodard II — OUT
Grizzlies: Jonas Valanciunas — QUESTIONABLE; Grayson Allen, Sean McDermott — OUT