Pre-Season Game #1: Kings-Blazers Recap

Well, it’s pretty difficult to recap a game that I didn’t see. I was able to listen to the Kings 98-86 loss to the Portland Trailblazers on the old-fashioned radio but without actually getting to see the action, I really couldn’t tell you what actually happened.

Here are the highlights from NBA.com before I attempt to break down a game that is unbreak-downable:

It’s good to see the highlight lay-ups from Tyreke Evans. I feel like he’ll fill up the majority of the game highlights this year with at least one or two of those every night.

Instead of trying to turn this box score into words, I figured I’d take another approach. It doesn’t really matter if the team wins or loses in pre-seasons. All that matters is finding the players that are improving and belonging on the floor in whatever combination works. So I thought I’d chart all 16 different lineups that the Kings used during this game. Well, technically it was 17 different lineups but one of them only lasted a couple of seconds when Sean May fouled out of the game.

Here are the different combinations from the game with their respective stats:

Lineup #1: Tyreke Evans – Kevin Martin – Francisco Garcia – Jason Thompson – Sean May
+3 on court | 9/19 (47.3%) FG | 4/6 (66.7%) FT | 1/3 (33.3%) 3FG | 1 turnover | 3 assists | +5 rebounds (+3 offensive)
2 forced turnovers | 5/13 (38.4%) Opp.-FG | 9/12 (75%) Opp.-FT | 1/3 (33.3%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #2: Tyreke Evans – Beno Udrih – Kevin Martin – Jason Thompson – Spencer Hawes
-5 on court | 1/11 (09.1%) FG | 4/4 (100%) FT | 0/4 (0%) 3FG | 1 turnover | 0 assists | +1 rebound (+3 offensive)
1 forced turnover | 4/10 (40%) Opp.-FG | 3/5 (60%) Opp.-FT | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #3: Tyreke Evans – Beno Udrih – Kevin Martin – Jon Brockman – Spencer Hawes
-7 on court | 1/7 (14.3%) FG | 5/6 (83.3%) FT | 0/2 (0%) 3FG | 5 turnovers | 0 assists | Even rebounding (+1 offensive)
3 forced turnovers | 5/10 (50%) Opp.-FG | 5/7 (71.4%) Opp.-FT | 1/3 (33.3%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #4: Beno Udrih – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Jon Brockman – Spencer Hawes
-2 on court | 3/6 (50%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/0 3FG | 1 turnover | 1 assist | +1 rebound (+1 offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 4/6 (66.7%) Opp.-FG | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-FT | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #5: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Jon Brockman – Spencer Hawes
-2 on court | 1/5 (20%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/0 3FG | 0 turnover | 0 assist | -2 rebounds (even offensive)
1 forced turnover | 1/2 (50%) Opp.-FG | 2/2 (100%) Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #6: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Jon Brockman – Melvin Ely
+1 on court | 1/1 (100%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/0 3FG | 1 turnover | 1 assist | +2 rebounds (even offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-FG | 1/2 (50%) Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #7: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Donte Greene – Melvin Ely
Even on court | 0/1 (0%) FG | 2/3 (66.7%) FT | 0/0 3FG | 0 turnovers | 0 assists | Even rebounding (even offensive)
1 forced turnover | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-FG | 2/2 (100%) Opp.-FT | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #8: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Donte Greene – Kenny Thomas
+3 on court | 1/5 (20%) FG | 4/5 (80%) FT | 0/2 (0%) 3FG | 0 turnovers | 1 assist | Even rebounding (even offensive)
3 forced turnovers | 1/3 (33.3%) Opp.-FG | 1/2 (50%) Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #9: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Kenny Thomas – Sean May
Even on court | 0/0 FG | 0/0 FT | 0/0 3FG | 1 turnover | 0 assists | -1 rebounding (-1 offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 0/2 (0%) Opp.-FG | 0/0 Opp.-FT | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #10: Tyreke Evans – Kevin Martin – Francisco Garcia – Jason Thompson – Spencer Hawes
-1 on court | 2/4 (50%) FG | 0/0 FT | 1/1 (100%) 3FG | 1 turnover | 1 assist | Even rebounding (even offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 3/4 (75%) Opp.-FG | 0/0 Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #11: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Andres Nocioni – Jason Thompson – Sean May
-3 on court | 1/5 (20%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/1 (0%) 3FG | 2 turnovers | 1 assist | +2 rebounds (+2 offensive)
1 forced turnover | 2/4 (50%) Opp.-FG | 0/0 Opp.-FT | 1/2 (50%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #12: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Omri Casspi – Andres Nocioni – Jason Thompson
+2 on court | 2/3 (66.7%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/1 (0%) 3FG | 1 turnover | 1 assist | +2 rebounds (even offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 0/3 (0%) Opp.-FG | 2/3 (66.7%) Opp.-FT | 0/1 (0%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #13: Sergio Rodriguez – Francisco Garcia – Omri Casspi – Jason Thompson – Spencer Hawes
-3 on court | 1/1 (100%) FG | 1/1 (100%) FT | 0/0 3FG | 2 turnovers | 0 assists | Even rebounding
1 forced turnover | 2/2 (100%) Opp.-FG | 1/1 (100%) Opp.-FT | 1/1 (100%) Opp.-3FG

Lineup #14: Beno Udrih – Francisco Garcia – Omri Casspi – Jason Thompson – Spencer Hawes
Even on court | 1/2 (50%) FG | 0/0 FT | 0/0 3FG | 0 turnovers | 1 assist | -1 rebounding (even offensive)
1 forced turnover | 1/1 (100%) Opp.-FG | 0/0 Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #15: Beno Udrih – Francisco Garcia – Omri Casspi – Jon Brockman – Spencer Hawes
+6 on court | 3/4 (75%) FG | 0/0 FT | 2/2 (100%) 3FG | 0 turnovers | 3 assists | +2 rebounds (+1 offensive)
0 forced turnovers | 1/2 (50%) Opp.-FG | 0/0 Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Lineup #16: Lanny Smith – Omri Casspi – Donte Greene – Jon Brockman – Kenny Thomas
- 4 on court | 2/6 (33.3%) FG | 0/0 FT | 1/2 (50%) 3FG | 2 turnovers | 0 assists | Even rebounding (+1 offensive)
2 forced turnovers | 1/1 (100%) Opp.-FG | 7/9 (77.8%) Opp.-FT | 0/0 Opp.-3FG

Tweets After The Game

From Jason Thompson (@JTtheKid): “On the bus. Headed bac to Sac. Got another game vs Portland at Arco tomm night. It was good to get bac on the court n get my feet wet :)”

From Sean May (@BigMay42): “just finished the 1st pre season game.. it was good to get out there aginst somone else. we did some good things. gatta clean some things up that’s what the pre season is for. I’m excited about the direction of our team!”

From Jon Brockman (@MrJonBrockman): “First nba game in the books. You have no idea just how nervous I was!”

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