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Kings vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV
The Kings try to close out their time in the Orlando bubble on a high note.
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The Kings (29-41) will try to close out their time in the NBA’s Orlando bubble on a high note, starting with Sacramento’s penultimate game of the restarted season against the New Orleans Pelicans (30-40).
Both the Kings and Pelicans entered the Walt Disney World Resort with high hopes of ending playoff droughts, but neither young team has lived up to expectations so far. Sacramento’s only win of the restarted season so far came against New Orleans on Aug. 6, and both teams will leave the NBA’s campus after wrapping up the regular season on Thursday.
Neither Zion Williamson nor Brandon Ingram nor Jrue Holiday will suit up for the Pelicans, and neither will De’Aaron Fox, Richaun Holmes and Kent Bazemore for the Kings. It’s to go young, and players at the end of both benches will be battling to impress and get a leg up on their competitors for playing time next season.
Here’s how to watch Tuesday’s Kings-Pelicans game live online and on TV.
When: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PTTV: NBC Sports CaliforniaLive stream:
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A win is a win.
After an early collapse in the bubble cost them any chance at an NBA playoff spot, the Sacramento Kings picked up their second win of the Orlando bubble Tuesday evening in a meaningless game.
Sacramento outlasted a short-handed New Orleans Pelicans team and a big performance from Jahlil Okafor to come away with a 112-106 victory.
Here are three takeaways as the Kings found a way to pick up a win and improved to 2-5 in the Orlando bubble.
Barnes looks better
The Kings waiting anxiously for Harrison Barnes to clear coronavirus protocol and join them in the Orlando bubble. He reported for duty right before Sacramento’s last scrimmage game, but he really hasn’t looked like himself throughout the tournament.
That changed on Tuesday night when Barnes went for a team-high 25 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He added eight rebounds and two assists in the win.
Barnes isn’t a star, but he’s an incredibly valuable piece to the Kings’ rotation. It’s good to see him getting his timing back, unfortunately it came way too late.
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Harry Giles’ time with the Sacramento Kings might be coming to an end and if it is, he’s going to go out with a bang.
The second-year big man is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and he’s auditioning for all 30 NBA teams. With the Kings short-handed, Giles got an extended look and had a nice little ball game for coach Luke Walton’s squad.
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In 24 minutes of action, Giles finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Leaving it all out on the court
Bogdan Bogdanovic had a disaster of a game in the Kings’ overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks. If you take that game away, he’s had a great offensive showing in the bubble.
The third-year Kings guard, who enters this summer as a restricted free agent for Sacramento, came into the contest averaging 19 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting from 3-point range, and those numbers include his 1-for-15 showing against the Mavs.
Bogi had another solid game for the Kings against New Orleans, scoring 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. The Kings are going to have to pay up, but there is a very good chance they lock up the Serbian shooting guard long term this offseason.
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Is it time for the Kings to pull the plug on the Orlando bubble experience?
No, they can’t just pack up and leave Florida, but after being Sunday afternoon, the Kings are faced with playing two completely meaningless games.
Sacramento’s medical staff already has ruled starters De’Aaron Fox (shoulder soreness) and Richaun Holmes (hip soreness) out for Tuesday’s matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, but it might be time to clear the bench.
With training camp set for November, and Dec. 1 still being discussed as the beginning of the 2020-21 season, the Kings, as well as the Pelicans, need to shift their approach to player safety for the future.
That means sitting players like Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Cory Joseph, Harrison Barnes and Nemanja Bjelica, at least for much of the game.
On Sunday, coach Luke Walton said his squad hoped to play out the final games, but that was when elimination was a possibility, not a reality.
“With so much uncertainty, we don’t know when we’ll be playing again and these last three games are a great chance for us to continue to grow and to push,” Walton said. “We need to look at it as any other game.
“This is a great chance for us.”
After losing to the Houston Rockets, this approach probably isn’t appropriate or necessary. The chance of a player getting injured might not be extremely high, but if somehow it costs a veteran part of next season for a basic exhibition game, then the decision will have been a complete disaster.
The Kings brought a full roster. Yogi Ferrell deserves to show NBA teams that he can still play, despite being out of the rotation for most of the season. Justin James needs time on the court to develop, as does two-way player Kyle Guy.
DaQuan Jeffries has been a breath of fresh air for Sacramento, but like Guy, he’s on a two-way contract. Let him play 48 minutes if need be. Every minute is crucial for evaluating and building his level of experience.
Walton will need a few minutes from some of his veterans just to get the party started, but this should be development time, especially when you consider that the NBA standings for non-playoff teams was set on March 11 and wins and losses will not change how many lottery balls the Kings get on Aug. 20.
This isn’t tanking. This is the reality of the final two games of the 2019-20 season. They have zero value and the possibility, no matter how remote, of a player getting injured, should outweigh any other priority.
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