Buddy Hield is making the Kings’ biggest mistake look a little less stupid

DeForest Buckner Game Jersey Buddy Hield scored 16 points, on 5-for-14 shooting, going 4 of 7 from 3-point range with four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes to help the Kings to a 98-87 win against the Mavericks on Wednesday, their fourth victory in their past six games after a four-game skid.
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His output against Dallas came three days after he tied a season high with 22 points on 60 percent shooting from the field in a six-point win against the Timberwolves last Saturday.

It feels good, and he’s been working hard … trying to learn a new place and how to be play in the league, Joerger told the Sacramento Bee after Hield won Rookie of the Month. He’s improving. I thought he had one of his better games against Minnesota. You know, he scores baskets, and sometimes, you know, we think he’s playing great, but I thought he played great all the way around in Minnesota.

Fellow rookie and former Kentucky man Skal Labissiere has shown flashes of the potential that once made him a five-star recruit, rated behind only Ben Simmons and ahead of the Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown. Willie Cauley-Stein, also a UK product, has averaged close to a double-double (10.9 ppg, 9 rpg) the past 10 games. Those aren’t reasons for Kings fans to be cautiously optimistic just yet.

But Hield is beginning to make things better, and that’s all they can ask for.

Warriors (51-11) at Hawks (34-28), 7:30 p.m. ET 鈥?Golden State has been in a rut since Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury. A lack of music dulled that fact Sunday, but the Warriors have to go on the road against a solid team in the Eastern Conference next. Atlanta has lost five of its last seven games.