Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz: Short-handed Kings turn to Jimmer during loss in Utah
NBA » Fredette scores eight points while playing nearly 13 minutes.
First Published Jan 27 2014 11:27 pm • Last Updated Jan 27 2014 11:29 pm

Jimmer Fredette’s second appearance in Utah this season was considerably more noticeable than the first.

Fredette finished with eight points, two assists and two rebounds Monday night during the Jazz’s 106-99 victory over Sacramento at EnergySolutions Arena

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

In the Kings’ first visit — a 112-102 win on Dec. 7 — Fredette never got off the bench.

In the rematch, however, Sacramento lost starting point Isaiah Thomas to a stomach ailment in the third quarter.

Fredette ended up playing almost 13 minutes, including the final seven, when the Kings rallied from a 20-point deficit.

"You just go out and play the best you can and keep working hard," Fredette said.

The Kings’ demise started when the Jazz broke away from a 50-50 tie in the third quarter and grabbed an 81-70 lead.

"They came out and played a lot harder than we did," Fredette said. "They got a lead … and we didn’t play well [to] that point. We made an effort to come back, but it was too late."

Already playing without center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay because of injuries, Sacramento lost Thomas during the Jazz’s big third quarter.

Said coach Mike Malone: "When Isaiah had to leave the game, some of our guys were like, ‘Oh boy. What are we going to do now?’ Now we have Isaiah, Rudy and DeMarcus all out.’ It was like shell shock."

story continues below
story continues below

Jason Thompson led the Kings with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Derrick Williams finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

"Sometimes it’s tough," said Williams. "At the same time, there’s a reason you have 15 guys in the locker room. Injuries are going to happen in this league."

Cousins, who averages 22.6 points and 11.6 rebounds, did not make the trip to Utah because of a sprained ankle.

Gay, who averages 20.1 points, tested a strained Achilles tendon before the game. But he could not play.

"As I said a few days ago, if we wasn’t feeling confident, I wasn’t going to put him in the position to jeopardize it further," Malone said. "He tried to warm up — see how it felt — and it didn’t feel right. So we’ll give him another day to rest."

The Kings, who slipped 15-29 this season, play host to Memphis on Wednesday night.

"Hopefully, [Gay] will be ready," Malone said.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.