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Hawks 108, Kings 102: Kings fall short in the most predictable ways possible

The Kings wasted great performances from both De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton

What’s left to say about the Sacramento Kings? The Kings, as they have done many times this year, came out flat against an opponent missing many of their best players. The Kings dug themselves out of an early hole, but could never really pull ahead. The Kings allowed a run in the third quarter. The Kings tried to fight back but it was too little too late.

I wrote that summary halfway through the third. I could have written it before the game. It’s the same show we’ve seen all season. The opponents change, the stats vary, but the results are largely predictable.

Tonight it just happened to be the Atlanta Hawks.

Let's get into the specifics. The first three quarters should not be spoken of again. They were some of the ugliest basketball the Kings have played all season. The Kings showed some fight in the fourth quarter, but as I said before it was too little, too late.

The real shame of this game is that both De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton were fantastic. Fox had 30 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal, and was dominant in the fourth quarter. Tyrese Haliburton had 24 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. For all the questions of how these two can fit together, this game gave us answers. The problem was the complete disappearing act of the rest of the roster and a complete lack of defense.

Buddy Hield was the only other Kings player to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Buddy put the nail in the Kings coffin with a late three that missed absolutely everything. Complete airball.

None of the Kings bigs could get going. Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu stifled Sacramento inside throughout the game. They each finished with two blocks but felt like a far bigger impact.

Kevin Huerter came off the bench for Atlanta and picked apart the Kings defense, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists. Aside from Huerter, the Hawks won as a team. All five starters scored in double digits. Cam Reddish had 18 points, and Delon Wright had 15 in his return to Sacramento. It was easy to forget that the Hawks were without Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and John Collins.

Watching Kings games at this point in the season feels like a waste of time. The losses are predictable not just in the outcome, but in the way the game will play out. I'm tired of watching the same old thing, but at least we got a nice showing from Fox and Hali.

The Kings next game is on the road against the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

 

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TerzoM
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January 5, 2022 9:59 pm

Apathy yawns. Fox stock value is up though. Do your thing Monte, but yes pending dumbass Vivek approval

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January 5, 2022 10:04 pm

Good. Don’t need anymore bullshit barely-wins against depleted teams. We need embarrassing losses like this to pile up. Let the stupidity of chasing a playoff spot with this crappy roster be apparent. Embarrass Vivek’s dismissive little ass as much as possible.

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January 6, 2022 8:48 am
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One step closer to doing something? Anything?

TerzoM
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January 6, 2022 11:17 am
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January 6, 2022 11:30 am
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I wonder now if we are totally fucked because if Kings lose, Vivek has his fall guy in Monte.

I used to think losing would force Vivek’s hand but now I don’t know if anything will.

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January 5, 2022 10:07 pm

Look, it’s tough having to go up against a team missing half its players. That means you’re trying to play defense against a bunch of guys you don’t have much film on.

– Kayte H.

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January 5, 2022 10:13 pm

The bright spot is she is far more insightful than Kyle ! Very low bar !

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January 6, 2022 1:35 am

I like Kayte, but this does make things awkward.

satdawg
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January 6, 2022 2:08 am

Yea, she’s pretty bad huh

TerzoM
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January 6, 2022 1:34 pm
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Started out ok, but dropping major shill shells recently. Draper is getting into the act too. Sad

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January 6, 2022 1:38 pm
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Right, I guess Kyle was on Dlo and KC last week dropping all kinds of nonsense abt how great the team is looking.

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January 6, 2022 5:01 pm
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I like Kayte but the shill is indeed getting to be too much. That is a shit product out there. Saying that the nobody players do well because there is no film on them is a loooooooooooooooooooooong stretch of reality. There is film on Huerter and Reddish

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January 6, 2022 5:39 am

It’s what the fans just don’t understand!

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