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