Malika Andrews: Zach LaVine (right patellar tendon strain) is out tonight against the Lakers, Jim Boylen said. He continues to be day-to-day.
March 20, 2019 | 5:31 am EDT Update
Harrison Faigen: Josh Hart was asked if he thought free agency was serving as extra motivation for some guys down the stretch of the season, and said (among other things) “if you’re not motivated to play basketball, you shouldn’t be in the game.” (via @SpectrumSN pic.twitter.com/MQ0lXfRdE9
Sean Cunningham: D’Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career high 44 points in the 4th quarter – the most scoring in a 4th quarter this season by an NBA player. Previous was 25 points recorded by Kevin Durant & Paul George
“I’m speechless, really. The locker room wasn’t speechless, that’s a jubilant locker room,” said Atkinson, who praised the bench of Hollis-Jefferson, Jared Dudley and Treveon Graham that played out the fourth quarter, when the Nets outscored Sacramento 45-18.
Sean Cunningham: A real sense of frustration and embarrassment inside the Kings locker room tonight. Buddy Hield said the blame is on the guys on the court. “You just have to mature and grow quick…have to learn to adjust.”
When asked how to to fix things, he put it pretty simply. “Win. It’s like the cure it all goes away,” he told Leahy. “A week ago we was he talk, all the negativity now we win two games and everybody love us. That’s just how it go.”
He was also asked about Kyrie Irving, and he said Kyrie’s attitude can have a big impact on the team. “I learned so much about his attitude how much his attitude affects how we play,” Rozier said. “When he’s a happy camper, when everything is going good for him, we’re rolling, everything else is good. Sometimes when he wants to apply that pressure, when he wants to get mad, whatever his reasons being, everybody gets so uptight, so it’s like, we’re going to go as far as he takes us.”