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Grizzlies 128, Kings 101: Kangz are back

Three high-effort games in a row is still too much to ask for from this team.

Thanksgiving break is sadly coming to an end. I hope we can all look back on this time with fond memories made with family and friends. And if not that, at least we can all relish in the fact that the Kings beat the Lakers. Before heading back to the grind on Monday, we had one last chance to enjoy some Kings basketball this afternoon as the Kings took on the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis was without their star point guard, Ja Morant, who is resting a knee injury, but I didn't expect this to be an easy game by any means. It is still the Sacramento Kings we are talking about after all. Let's all soak in the last few hours of the long weekend, finish those leftovers, and see how the Kings did:

Quick Stats

Outcome: Kings lose, 128-101

Sacramento Kings: 101 pts, 34.0% fg, 21.4% 3 pt, 70.3% ft, 17 ast, 49 reb, 8 to

Memphis Grizzlies: 128 pts, 48.1% fg, 33.3% 3 pt, 75.0% ft, 30 ast, 68 reb, 9 to

The Kangz are back and ruining my life. This game was painful. Memphis pulled away early, gaining a 13-point lead by the end of the first quarter, and never looked back. The Kings responded to the punch in the gut by rolling over and letting the Grizzlies walk right over them for one of their most embarrassing losses of the season so far. The Kings got glaringly outplayed in every category except the one extra turnover that the Grizzlies had - but even then, that could be attributed to the Grizzlies just having more energy and moving the ball around more which resulted in one extra mistake. Five Grizzlies players finished in double digit scoring, led by Dillon Brooks' 21 points. De'Aaron Fox never touched the floor in the second half, and we saw Damian Jones (6 points), Louis King (12 points), and Jahmi'us Ramsey (6 points) all get extra time on the floor.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Good
  1. It's Over: The only good thing about this game is that it was an afternoon start so I am able to make it to my dinner plans on time.
The Bad
  1. A Sunday Wasted: I hope you practiced some self kindness and relieved yourself from your fandom duties for the day. You deserve so much better than this. If, like me, you spent your Sunday afternoon watching this garbage, all I can say to you is: I'm sorry and get some help.
The Ugly
  1. This Team: The thing I loved so much about the win over the Lakers, aside from the fact that it was a win over the Lakers, was that the Kings showed consistent fight and an insistence on being respected. But all that fire, all that fight, all that flow, was completely nonexistent tonight and the Kings lost all respect they earned from their past two hard fought wins. No matter which five guys Alvin Gentry tried to put on the court, (and he really tried, playing all 12 available Kings), the defense was consistently atrocious and the offense never produced any successful flow. The lack of visible leadership, accountability, or just straight giving a damn on the court is disheartening to see as a fan. If the guys on the court don't even care about being embarrassed, why should we?
The King of Kings

Two crowns go out tonight to Mark Jones and Kayte Chritensen for being professional, eloquent, and analytical throughout the entire game. They traveled all the way to Memphis to call this game and maintained a level of professionalism through the entire thing that I clearly could not emulate. As Kings fans in the middle of this storm, we are lucky to have them as reliable anchors who always show up and do their job well.

Up Next

Tuesday, November 30th vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 7:00 P.M. (PT)

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SexyNapear
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November 28, 2021 5:50 pm

Fire the entire franchise.

eddie41
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November 29, 2021 9:31 am
Reply to  SexyNapear

No, just change the name from Kings to Democratically Elected Representatives, and maybe that will produce better results, and stay consistent with whatever Vivek’s Basketball 3.0 means.

eddie41
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November 29, 2021 10:57 am
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Or maybe change the team name to something lower to make us feel like overachievers, like the untouchables, or dung beetles, or you could go with a collective noun like “amoebic dysentery”, and that courtside fan who upchucked on the court could be the mascot.

Rosevillain
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November 28, 2021 5:54 pm

Make the players fly home coach on Southwest, with three stops.

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November 28, 2021 8:52 pm
Reply to  Rosevillain

And check them in just a few hours before takeoff, so they board in the “C” group.

02kingsfan
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November 29, 2021 8:23 am
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Southwest is too nice for this crew. Try spirit airline, and charge them $500 flat fee for every item requested, from every cube of ice to napkins. Make them sit by the engine and bathrooms, preferably the middle seat with drunk people and crying infants. Make sure their luggage get routed to the east coast so it takes them forever to locate them. Instead of listening to the flight crew and the captain give announcement, make the kangz players apologize to the customers for their lack of professionalism and beg the kids give more efforts than them in school.

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November 28, 2021 6:01 pm

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ZillersCat
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November 29, 2021 12:05 pm
Reply to  Jman1949

It looks like something the chicken did?

Hobby916
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November 28, 2021 6:28 pm

Send a message by benching some of the starters

kgdobter
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November 28, 2021 6:37 pm

This game is not worth a comment!

Amonk81
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November 28, 2021 7:24 pm
Reply to  kgdobter

But that’s a comment.

anan1234
November 28, 2021 6:57 pm

Another embarrassing loss. This team has no identity. Fox seems overwhelmed leading a team at the moment and unable to find a way out of his shooting struggles. Fox has just played himself out of the untradeable category to me but I do think he’ll find his groove eventually. Hopefully sooner than later.

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November 28, 2021 7:30 pm
Reply to  anan1234

Enough games like this and maybe the FO-Owner will allow for the right thing—a rebuild.

And I’d like to see Gentry get players to improve-do certain things on court.

Like Hali shooting-always. 4 or more 3 balls to begin with. or Davion attacking more. Etc etc. Actually help them
improve.

The sooner this team
gives up this idiot quest for the play-in the faster youngsters can develop.

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November 28, 2021 10:19 pm
Reply to  Amonk81

You’re giving Vivek WAY too much credit. He’s the most incompetent owner in professional sports. He has no idea how to run a sports franchise. And he has the final say in everything this team does. We’re screwed.

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November 28, 2021 10:54 pm
Reply to  Gregoryl

Yeah, I don’t think Vivek will actually back off but decided to pretend to believe it might happen so I could experience what Hope feels like with one’s NBA team

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November 29, 2021 8:25 am
Reply to  anan1234

How dare calling this team out for having no identity?! They suck and suck the souls out of their fans and basketball gods is their identity!

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