Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings preseason basketball: so nice they have got to do it twice!
The Dubs possess a sterling undefeated record of 3-0 during the preseason, beating up on their division rivals Kings and Los Angeles Lakers to rack up the victories and gain some much needed reps.
Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings
October 18th, 2023 | 7:00 PM PT
Watch: NBA TV, NBC Sports Bay Area | Listen: 95.7 The Game
Steve Kerr said the Warriors will crank up the usage for their starters the final two preseason games. Near 30 minutes. Said it’s a dress rehearsal week. Regular season like prep, scouting, shootaround.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 16, 2023
Kings coach Mike Brown who tinkered with Sacramento's starters ahead of Chris Duarte's injury, says Kevin Huerter will start Wednesday against the Warriors, as was originally planned before Duarte's bone bruise. Talks De'Aaron Fox, Jonathan Kuminga, Colby Jones & more. pic.twitter.com/W41ExWcRXs— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) October 17, 2023
The last time these two Pacific Division playoff teams clashed, the Warriors stormed back from a 15-point deficit to stun the Kangz in overtime 121-115. Jonathan Kuminga shined in that contest scoring 28 points. Of particular note was his 13-of-17 performance from the free throw line; it’s clear he’s making a concerted effort to draw contact with the confidence to finish with quality charity stripe shooting.
It’s crazy to think that just a few months ago Kuminga could barely touch the floor against Sactown in the postseason, and now he’s running wild on them like Hulkamania:
“He’s feeling more comfortable than ever before,” Warriors Coach Kerr told 95.7 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs” on Monday. “He’s just more confident, he’s shooting the ball well. We have a really good vibe going. I think he’s more comfortable in his own skin, which makes him more aware of the mistakes he makes and what he’s got to clean up, and he’s embracing coaching more. I just think it’s all part of a natural maturity that’s happening with JK.”
Let’s hope JK matures his way into another 25+ on Sacramento’s heads.