Iowa Hawkeyes in the NBA: Keegan Murray bounces back

By | November 17, 2022

Keegan is in his fourth week within the NBA and we’re listening to some chilling private information together with his household.

Keegan Murray

After the Kings’ 120-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, we acquired some troublesome information from the Murray household. Kenyon Murray tweeted this after the Lakers sport by which Keegan scored 2 factors and questioned if Keegan was okay:

Throughout the match ??? Scary stuff, and far more essential than something that is going to observe right here. Hope Kenyon’s mother is doing nicely and recovering.

As for Keegan, he bounced again with maybe his finest sport of the season, a 21-point effort in Sacramento’s 122-115 win over Golden State, snapping a 7-game dropping streak towards the Warriors. Right here is Keegan’s line:

Let’s take a look at some highlights. Watch it come out of that display and launch. Wow.

Right here he and fellow Iowan Harrison Barnes break at 2, ending with a Keegan dunk.

He was ok for Draymond Inexperienced to say that. When he isn’t punching his personal teammates, Inexperienced is as sensible as they arrive within the NBA, in order that’s excessive reward. Flip up the quantity, as a result of it’s kind of onerous to listen to at first:

The Kings then performed the Brooklyn Nets completely on Tuesday night time, a nationally televised sport for the Kings after having none final yr. Keegan began nicely with a number of buckets within the opening rallies.

Keegan was clearly within the Nets scout, as they have been sticking intently to him on the perimeter and at one level Kevin Durant was on Keegan. Sadly, Keegan’s night time got here to an early finish when he injured his again muscle slipping practically midway down the courtroom within the second quarter. The harm was not thought of severe and sitting him down was a precautionary measure. The bottom appeared slippery greater than as soon as on the Nets aspect of the sphere, as two Kings gamers slipped sooner or later shortly after Keegan left the proceedings (Demontas Sabonis and one other participant I neglect slid inside 2 seconds of one another amassing a rebound on a missed Nets pull).

Sport nook: If there was a sport to overlook attributable to a minor harm, it was this one, because the Kings introduced out the blowtorch for the Nets in a one-game 153-121 demolition. 153 dots! The sport was tied at 40 (across the time Keegan left), however the Kings completed the half on a 33-14 streak and at one level had 10 straight targets. I put it out at 103-68 with 5 minutes left within the third quarter. The Kings have been so good within the first half that Charles Barkley proclaimed that TNT ought to present extra Kings video games on the expense of the Lakers. I nodded in settlement.

The victory pushed the Kings above .500 for the primary time this yr, going 7-6. The win additionally prolonged their profitable streak to 4 video games, the primary time they’ve accomplished so because the 2020-21 season. They received 4 in a row that yr…then shortly misplaced 9 in a row. That appears unlikely with this workforce, as they will immediately to prepare dinner offensively. They are going to roast a great variety of groups this yr. It is manner too early to inform, however the Kings are at the moment in rivalry.

FYI – Johnny Davis now resides within the G League. We have been on the F-ing case for some time now.

Luka Garza

Luka Garza moved from the Iowa Wolves to the Minnesota Timberwolves after the story was printed final week. He is been with the large league Wolves for 2 video games now, a 114-103 loss at Memphis and a 129-124 win at Cleveland. Sadly, Garza did not play in these video games and moved to Des Moines as a part of his 2-way deal.

Subsequent:

Sacramento continues its mini residence stand with San Antonio and Detroit earlier than a fast journey east, taking part in Memphis on Nov. 22, Atlanta on Nov. 23 and Boston on Nov. 25.