Houston Rockets Fall To Sacramento Kings 96-83, Will Face Timberwolves In 1st Round of Western Confe
Kings' Color Analyst Jerry Reynolds Steps Down After 20 Years Of Full-Time Work
Jerry Reynolds announced that he will no longer serve as a full-time color analyst for the Sacramento Kings. Reynolds has been working alongside play-by-play announcer Grant Napear for 20 years. Reynolds has been with the organization for 33 years and has earned his honor as a fan favorite. Publicity Agents photo art by T. Ray Harvey. April 11, 2018.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Sacramento, Calif. —Houston wasn’t about to expend energy on the Sacramento Kings in the last game of the regular season. Especially with the Kings not in contention for anything but a reasonable lottery spot in the draft.
The Kings beat the Rockets 96-83 at Golden 1 Center for both teams’ last game of the season. Willie Cauley-Stein had 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal while De’Aaron Fox added 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for the Kings (27-55).
Chris Paul, James Harden, Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza all sat for the season finale. Luc Mbah a Moute was out with a right dislocated shoulder. Gerald Green, PJ Tucker, Tarik Black, Joe Johnson, and RJ Hunter were the Rockets’ starters.
Green led the Rockets with 31 points, making 11 of 22 shots, including 7 of 17 from behind the 3-point line. Hunter contributed 19 points, four rebounds, and two steals. The Rockets only played eight players.
Houston signed Aaron Jackson for the playoffs. He had an hour to make to the airport for the Sacramento game and had eight points, three rebounds, and one assists in 34 minutes. Black had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and two block shots for the Rockets (65-17).
Houston will now turn its attention to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the Denver Nuggets 112-106 in overtime at home to seal the eighth position in the Western Conference playoffs.
“They are a good team and they fought their way into it. Good for them,” Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni said of Minnesota. “Whoever we meet, which will be Minnesota, we have to play our game and be ready.”
| Sacramento Kings, Vince Carter, 41, announced that he will give it one more season. It would be Carter’s 21st season in the NBA. He is currently the oldest player in the league. He signed with the Kings, the seventh team of his career, last summer with an one-year deal at $8 million. Carter has been an excellent locker room guy and mentor to the Kings’ younger players.
Jerry Reynolds, the Kings’ color commentator, and a great one at that, is calling it quits after 20 years. He will no longer be a full-time commentator. He has served the organization in many roles including general manager, head coach, assistant coach, interim head coach and director of personnel. He was also a coach and general manager of the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. Reynolds did told PUBLICITY AGENTS that he would come back to do homes games for the Kings on a limited basis.
|Houston Rockets have beaten the Kings eight-straight times and Sacramento has not won a game against the team since the 2015-2016 season. The Rockets have made the playoffs in all six seasons since acquiring James Harden in 2012-2013.
By T. Ray Harvey | PA Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist
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T. Ray (Antonio) Harvey is a Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist for Publicity Agents. Harvey is also the author of The HOMICIDAL HANDYMAN OF OAK PARK: MORRIS SOLOMON JR.