Spencer Hawes threw down a powerful putback dunk with about a minute left to put the Kings ahead of Toronto by five points and all but seal the game for Sacramento in the first game of the day.
Hawes finished with 23 points and nine rebounds in the Kings’ 93-86 victory. Quincy Douby scored 20 for Sacramento. Joey Graham had a game-high 24 points for Toronto.
After pointing out some improvements in Jason Thompson’s play in the last post, he completely fell apart. Thompson did show some flashes on the offensive end, but is light years behind the curve defensively after spending too much time easily locking down opponents in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He committed eight fouls and guarded Graham for much of the time he was in the game. He did have 12 points and seven rebounds but also turned the ball over five times.
We previously mentioned that there was not a Patrick Ewing Sr. sighting, but his former college coach is taking in the action. John Thompson Jr., the former Georgetown coach and father of the current head man, is here today.
The Warriors team is not scheduled to be in action today, but much of their roster, including former UNLV forward Lou Amundson, is here in uniform. Perhaps they had a practice and just decided to swing by and watch some games. You would think they would be able to find something better to do with their time in Las Vegas, but much of the roster is underage.
Speaking of Amundson, he may not look familiar to Rebel fans. That is because he is now sporting long hair that he puts in a ponytail when he’s on the court. Our hypothesis is that he’s trying to look European.
The Charlotte Bobcats will take the floor next against the Los Angeles Clippers, who played the late game last night. The Bobcats have a high-profile front office, so the lookout has begun for Michael Jordan and Larry Brown as the team gets ready to take the floor.