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The rest of the season is an opportunity for the Kings’ rookies to gain experience the franchise hopes carries over into productive sophomore seasons. Buddy Hield started as a King for the first time on Friday and scored 18 points. Skal Labissiere has seen his role increase since the trade and has had some meaningful minutes lately. Malachi Richardson is injured, while center George Papagiannis sees most of his action with the Reno Bighorns. “I’m still getting a good chance to look at some of these guys, too,” coach Dave Joerger said.
For the second straight game, the Kings can’t hold on to a big lead, wasting a 15-point advantage and falling to the Washington Wizards 130-122 in overtime Friday night at Golden 1 Center.
Projected starters, broadcast information and keys to Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
The showdown between the top two teams in the Western Conference will lack a whole lot of star power.