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Hawks 121, Kings 106: We now return to your regularly scheduled Kangz

One good quarter followed by three bad ones.

The Sacramento Kings held a 24-10 lead at one point in the first quarter. The Sacramento Kings were defeated by the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 121-106. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the second, third, and fourth quarters.

De'Aaron Fox did everything he could, finishing with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Richaun Holmes had 20 points and 12 rebounds. But even though all five Kings starters (barely) scored in double figures, it was a disappointing offensive showing from the Kings.

Ultimately, though, it was the Kings lack of defense that doomed the Kings. The Hawks could get to the basket with ease the entire game. Trae Young led the Hawks with 28 points and 9 assists. Clint Capela abused the Kings all night, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds. The only way the Kings slowed Capela down was a stint in the fourth when the Kings intentionally fouled him multiple possessions in a row to send him to the free throw line. It was painful even if it was effective.

In case you had been fooled by the Rockets game into thinking the Kings were rejuvenated, this game served as a stark reminder that the Kings stay the Kangz.

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kgdobter
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March 13, 2021 7:12 pm

I can see us going 0 and 6 on this trip.

TheGrantNapear
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March 13, 2021 7:19 pm
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Let’s hope so.
Critical to have one the top six worst records to land a top four pick, the odds drop substantially after that. Right now we are essentially tied for the 5-7 slots.

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March 13, 2021 7:15 pm

Tank on.

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March 13, 2021 8:14 pm
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This is the first year I’ve been down to embrace the tank.

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kgdobter
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March 13, 2021 7:26 pm

I’ve never been for tanking, but I’m slowly changing my mind.

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March 13, 2021 11:28 pm
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Gotta tank it up. I’ve lost all desire to watch this team or hope unless Walton goes, Bags goes etc and they give McNair a real opportunity to run the show. If not, we are essentially fucked until Vivek leaves.

its a joke to not do a hard reset and stay in this land of nowhere. It’s delusional to think this team doesn’t need to be completely blown up.

Top 5. Luke gone. Vivek backing off. GM actually hiring the coach. It’s a start. It’s a dream. This organization is a nightmare.

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March 13, 2021 7:30 pm

The starters are playing 40 minutes in a dead season

the coach’s agenda doesn’t match the teams

1951
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March 13, 2021 8:34 pm
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And yet they still lose to crap teams!

It’s so pathetic.

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March 14, 2021 1:25 pm
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But they’re all great players! Just ask Doug.

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March 13, 2021 9:15 pm
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Lame Duck Luke.

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March 13, 2021 7:32 pm

So Luke, please tell us what you were thinking during the second quarter when we were squandering a 12 point lead. Did it ever occur to you to call a time out or put some of the starters back in? Please get back to us on this after you’ve watched some film.

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March 13, 2021 7:50 pm

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March 13, 2021 8:49 pm
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March 13, 2021 8:08 pm

has a team ever traded or cut every player on the roster at seasons end and started completely from scratch? seems like that might be a faster way back to relevance than trying to build around the few positive pieces of this roster

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March 13, 2021 10:16 pm
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I’d keep Fox, Haliburton and maaaaaybe Holmes.

The rest … don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya

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March 14, 2021 12:08 am
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This is bad

1951
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March 13, 2021 8:33 pm

Ha!

That Luke and the Kings were actually trying really hard to win this game is all you need to know about how bad is the roster and the coaching staff.

Convoy
March 13, 2021 8:54 pm
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Tbh, I can’t remember a Kings game since they moved to Sactown in €˜85 that I’ve seen a squad try less hard in. There is zero sense of urgency. Listening to the postgame presser really cemented my belief that this team is totally listless. Luke may or may not have lost the locker room – but as a fan – I have absolutely no freakin’ idea what the hell they are trying to do.

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March 13, 2021 8:54 pm

So I’m off the idea of possibly trading a Bagley for Collins package. That’s just a rearrangement of deck chairs IMO. Admittingly, I have not seen a ton of Collins but I would love to be proven wrong with some solid analysis by others into why Collins is worth a near max contract. I see a guy who is marginally better than Bagley, and that may simply be due to age and experience.

Truth be told, the Kings are going to be in the same situation next year with Bagley that the Hawks are now in with Collins. Bagley will be approaching RFA status wanting big money and the Kings should rightfully say no.

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March 14, 2021 10:18 pm
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The difference is, there is no €œTeam Collins€ to deal with that I’m aware of.

So you’re automatically better off with that trade.

Not to mention, Collins is better than Bagley.

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March 13, 2021 9:17 pm

Well, at least the young guys got another solid minute of garbage tomes experience!

And to think that there are people who want to fire Walton midseason, as if that would make any difference?!

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March 13, 2021 9:56 pm

Give me trades!!! It is amazing how bad this team is when playing any team that’s trying.

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March 13, 2021 10:14 pm

Greg, thank you for putting the winning team’s score first.

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March 14, 2021 9:26 am

Hey Monte…
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March 14, 2021 10:20 am

Business as usual.

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March 14, 2021 10:53 am
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Fucking Team Bagley. So damn toxic. Sorry for Marvin, but he needs to tell them to shut up or he needs to go.

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March 14, 2021 10:15 pm
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Why not both? Tell them to STFU and get traded to Indiana or Memphis so we never have to hear from any of them again.

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March 14, 2021 11:12 am
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I just enjoy the irony of a Bagley demanding someone else to pass the ball!

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March 14, 2021 10:14 pm
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It’s times like these I’m so thankful we passed on Luka Doncic.

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March 14, 2021 10:38 am

These types of losses – full blown collapse within a blink – did not happen when Whiteside was a rotational player. Just sayin.

This rotation is already proven pathetic, it is the same rotation that collapsed during the Bubble and faded badly last year. Bagely is not a defensive center, Bjelica and Joseph are washed up, and this coach acts like there is hope with this group? The outcome is so predictable.

Haliburton is rusty, he is getting his timing back, Buddy took a step back, and Barnes pulled his disappearing act. This is when you need a backup center like Whiteside to come in to the game and push his weight around and exert his nasty streak. Then you can hang in there instead of dig yourself a hole you can’t get out.

If the coach was not so myopic, he would activate Metu and play him alongside Marvin and Barnes at the 4, and keep Bjelica (-19) on the bench where he belongs. At this point, Walton does not want to play Kyle Guy bc if (and when) he excels it will raise the question of why he allowed another season to go to was while he rotted away.

Their “ingenious” thought process is we need to open up the middle for Fox to do his thing, so lets see if Bagley can play center. Well, he can’t and probably never can. The alternative that this coaching staff resists is going big at 4/5 with Marvin/Metu, worried that the lane will close for Fox.

If you are not willing to do that or willing to try then you are close minded unimaginative and probably insecure you will get negative backlash.

In the bigger picture, however, Bagley is 50/50 in my mind to be moved. He can be a player if he can add 15 pounds of muscle so he can hold his position and finish plays he is unable to finish. But that is the best case scenario and the GM has to decide if this is a gamle worth making or let another team make this bet.

I go back and forth on Bagley but lately I am leaning towards move on now if another team wants to take a chance.

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March 14, 2021 12:56 pm

Sling TV just cancelled its agreement with NBC Sports (CSN) which is how I accessed Kings games on TV. It now would cost extra money to pay to see the Kings. You get what you pay for. Therefore, I’m done watching the Kings on TV. Goodbye, Kings–it was fun in 1998-2005.

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March 14, 2021 4:32 pm

I watch the kings on Hulu, usually with the volume off.

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March 14, 2021 10:16 pm

7 winning seasons out of 36 in Sacramento. Good times.

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