Friday, March 18, 2022

2022 Kings versus Celtics

Friday evening, Larkin and I met for dinner at the Foundation Restaurant. I had Fish Tacos [fried cod, cabbage, cotija cheese, & pico de gallo] and a cup of black bean chili. Afterwards, we headed to the Sacramento Kings versus Boston Celtics NBA basketball game. We were seated in section 126, row S, seats 5 and 6.
Missing De'Aaron Fox due to a hand injury in Wednesday game against the Bucks, the Kings trailed by 18 at the end of the first half. Although the Kings outscored the Celtics in the third quarter (31 to 25), it never really felt like the Kings were in the game after the first quarter. The Kings lost to the Celtics by the score of 126 to 97.

Jason Tatum was the high scorer for the Celtics. He had 32 points on 12 for 16 from the field, 7 for 10 from three and 1 for 1 from the free throw line.

Domantas Sabonis was the Kings' high scorer. He had 30 points on 12 for 20 from the field, 1 for 1 from three and 5 for 7 from the free throw line. Sabonis also had 20 rebounds. He was the Kings' assist leader with five?!?

With Tatum leading the way, the Celtics shot 22 of 40 (55%) from three. Tatum and Jalen Brown combined for 62 points.

Harrison Barnes did not score in 24 minutes. It's the first time that Barnes has failed to score while playing 20 minutes or more since Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in 2015. Barnes hadn't been blanked in the regular season since Nov. 23, 2014.

The Kings have lost nine of 12 since the All-Star break and seem destined to miss the playoffs for an NBA-record 16th consecutive season. The Kings have 1 win and 4 losses in games that I have seen in the 2021-2022 season.

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