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76ers 102, Kings 94: It’s Sometimes Sunny in Philadelphia

And it's always funny in Sacramento.

Where do we even begin? Tonight's matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers was fraught with juicy narratives: Alvin Gentry's first game as the interim head coach of the Kings, the shorthanded 76ers who came in losing six of their last seven, therefore being perfectly primed to beat the Kings, the never-ending drama that surrounds Ben Simmons, and of course, finding out who would be sitting in the famous puke seat at Golden 1 Center. There were a lot of threads to potentially follow tonight, but when it comes down to it, all that matters in this league are wins and losses. The Kings have shown they are capable of racking up the latter of these, but with the excuse of Luke Walton now gone, the Kings are desperate to stack up some wins. Let's see how they did tonight:

Quick Stats

Outcome: Kings lose, 102-94

Sacramento Kings: 94 pts, 41.8% fg, 22.6% 3pt, 72.4% ft, 17 ast, 48 reb, 13 to

Philadelphia 76ers: 102 pts, 42.4% fg, 28.1% 3 pt, 77.8% ft, 19 ast, 45 reb, 7 to

The Kings and their new head coach prove that not much has changed, the Sixers got their scheduled get right game in, Ben Simmons is still having an unhealthy staring contest with Daryl Morey, and the puke guy did not return to Golden 1 Center tonight. Oh, yeah, and the Kings lost another winnable game to a team that was missing four of its five starters. They kept it close, they had some good runs, and then they fell apart entirely in the fourth quarter. New coach, same Kangz.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Good
  1. Making Adjustments: The one bright spot tonight was seeing some successful adjustments made after the first half. The Kings benefited from a hot start from Buddy Hield in the first quarter as he laced a perfect 4-4 from the 3-point line. However, this shooting streak was short lived as the Kings collectively shot 1-9 from distance in the second quarter. In response to this, we saw a clear adjustment and concerted effort from the Kings to go back to their bread and butter of two-man action. Tyrese Haliburton and Richaun Holmes became unstoppable before Holmes had to leave for the remainder of the quarter after taking a shot to the face. Although he failed to score any points on just five shooting attempts, Haliburton racked up nine assists, with a majority of them coming from this adjustment. We also saw some effective two-man action from Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson. After Alex Len struggled to be effective inside early on, Alvin Gentry went to Thompson in the third quarter. This is a move we did not see during Luke Walton's time as head coach. Walton was very strict on his lineup rotation for any particular night, so it was nice to see Gentry be willing to make a change where it was clearly needed. Thompson proved to be very effective for the Kings tonight as he finished with eight points and seven rebounds in just 11 minutes.
The Bad
  1. Forgetting Adjustments: As soon as the Kings started to reap the benefits of their adjustments, gaining as much as a nine-point lead, they went away from those changes and reverted back to old habits. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, we saw the Kings go back to settling for 3s and neglecting the paint work that got them their advantage. The offense turned back into a pumpkin and we got a replay of a classic fourth quarter meltdown. Forced shots, congested on-ball movement, and the usual reliance on the contested Buddy Hield 3-point chuck took full form by the middle of the final quarter. Needless to say, this is where the Kings lost the game, as they scored just 12 points to end yet another disappointing loss.
the Ugly
  1. Team Defense: Tyrese Maxey is fast. That is a fact. But there are also five players on the court who should be trying to keep him from scoring. Time after time we saw Maxey blow by his defender and find absolutely zero resistance at the rim. This is on everyone. This is on the guy guarding him for getting beat and not communicating when help is needed, this is on the guy one pass away who does not commit to the help side, and this is on the other three guys who do not communicate and rotate properly to allow the help side to fully commit. Commitment to help side defense would have forced Maxey to make plays for his teammates, something he only did four times tonight. Instead of testing him, the Kings continually let him waltz into open layups. Maxey ended up torching the Kings for 24 points. The Kings are not on a string, they are completely disconnected. Until team defense is something this team is willing to take seriously, I expect more losses to worse teams.
The King of Kings

Tonight's King of Kings goes to Tristan Thompson for being a spark off the bench when no one was expecting him. He was efficient, tough as hell, and backed up every word he said in his recent press conference.

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Friday, November 26th @ Los Angeles Lakers - 7:30 P.M. (PT)

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RandyBreuersNeckHair
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November 22, 2021 10:03 pm

Anybody still think we shouldn’t trade Fox for Simmons?
Anybody?

BeTheBall
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November 22, 2021 10:10 pm

I’m not married to the Simmons deal. There are a good number of players we could get for him.

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November 22, 2021 10:18 pm
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Agree but not any real good ones ! Few teams have 30 million in cap space ! I think the league likes him less than Kings fans ! Why would Philly want him as they have a younger, tougher, cheaper version in Maxey !

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November 23, 2021 8:26 am
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Simmons would be an upgrade, but he’s still a bum who can’t shoot very well or hit a free throw.

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November 22, 2021 10:21 pm

I remember arguing to not give Fox a premature extension and let him play for it another year. Jerry said the same thing in a podcast.

And here we are…

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November 22, 2021 10:49 pm
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Since when does logic and reason come into play for Vivek and Co?

They Almost always do the wrong thing because its ego driven idiocy.

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November 23, 2021 8:05 am
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I wonder that was the reason Gupta didn’t end up with the job since he probably think blowing up this core is the way to go

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