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Kings 110 , Heat 118: The Wheels Have Fallen Off the Hype Train

The Miami Heat hit the Kings with "Death By A Thousand Cuts" and Sacramento is suddenly crashing at the worst possible moment.

I don't know what I was expecting, but it should have been this. The Kings have now dropped 5 in a row at home after a 118 to 110 loss to the Miami Heat and that 7 of 8 streak looks so damn far away.

The Heat got out to an early 8-0 and from there it was off to the races.   The Kings started a somewhat funky lineup due to recent injuries to Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes - starting a group of Fox, Hield, Robinson III, Bjelica, and Bagley at center. Belly, who is expected to be moved sooner rather than later, started off the game scoring 7 of the first 9 points for the Kings. The first quarter saw a highlight reel oop from Fox to a cutting GR3 and then in true Kangz fashion the next few easy shots at the rim all rolled out. By three minutes left in the first the Heat had opened up a 25-14 lead on the back of Kelly Olynyk's 10 points and Kendrick Nunn's 6. How ugly was this first quarter? Well, there was a 4 minute 45 second stretch in which the Kings didn't hit a field goal. Heat lead by 10 at the end of one, 31-21.

The second quarter started with some Kyle Guy/Cory Joseph/Tyrese Haliburton action and that worked so well the first bucket of the quarter was a Hassan Whiteside 16-footer over three minutes in. Right around halfway through this quarter I got curious at how bad the Kings were shooting on the night and after a couple clicks I saw they were in the high twenties from the field and low twenties from deep and suddenly I had no wish to speak specifics the rest of the night, so if the rest of this recap is just me rating each player's night by assigning them good or bad movies, it's because this game was so ugly at some points the Kings had to pay Pizza Guys for the night's ads. This isn't to say all was lost at that moment: the Kings did go on a 10-2 run with 4 minutes to play in the half to cut the lead all the way to 7 but the Heat just converted like a team that's been there a hundred times before and at half time the Kings had been pushed all the way back and then some.

Heat: "Speed" (57), Kings: "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (43)

Kings Players of the Half

Marvin " The Mask" Bagley (8 hard earned rebounds)

Nemanja "She's All That" Bjelica: (13 points)

Part of what made tonight's loss to the Heat just that much more grating is just how many shots right at the rim got missed. It seemed like everytime the Kings got in the paint the ball careened everywhere but into the damn cup. Bagley, Joseph, Bjelica - everyone got in on the action. Oh, if you're suspicious as to why I haven't mention De'Aaron Fox tonight yet, well, it's because he didn't do that much. 5 points and 4 assists and a rebound at half. In fact, the four starters outside of Bjelica combined for only 17 points at half time so if I haven't said their name, assume they played "Norm of the North" bad. Tyler Herro came off the bench and had 14 in that same timespan.

The Kings started the third with two consecutive turnovers, which the Heat converted on and the lead quickly ballooned to 23 from there. The Heat had 21 assists on 31 field goal half way through the third and I swear 90% of those were on cuts to the bucket. Mark Jones mentioned a couple of times that the Heat lead the league in points off of cuts and my god, do they. DaQuan Jeffries checked into the game with four and a half minutes left in the quarter and immediately scored a layup and a three pointer on consecutive plays to cut the lead to 15. He hit another three a couple minutes later to cut the lead to 10, it was answered by a Heat three and then Jeffries assisted Marvin Bagley on a walk up three moments later. The Kings showed life to end the third thanks to DQJ and ended the quarter only down 10.

I looked away for a moment to start the fourth to watch my dog scoot his butt across my hardwood flooring and when I looked up Tyler Herro was hitting an And-1 with the lead already back to 16. In the first two minutes of the 4th the Heat went on an 11-2 run. Meanwhile Jeffries hit another three, scoring 14 points on 4-4 shooting from deep in just eight minutes. The rest of the team at this point had hit 7 threes total on 29 attempts, so things were going REAL well. In the time it took for me to write that sentence, Jeffries hit his FIFTH three in five tries. Maybe he's all I'm going to talk about the rest of the night? Jeffries, jeffries jeffries jeffries jeffries - jeffries jeffries! The game was still technically winnable with six minutes to play. Miami is terrible at holding leads and this one was only 16 points. Competent teams could make a good run at it! Instead, the Heat just focused up for two minutes, found two buckets open on cuts to the rim and a 12 foot Bam Adebayo leaner and the lead was back up to 20. Justin James was subbed in  with 3 minutes to go and that was my sign to finish this damn thing and wait for the final score.

As previously mentioned, Sacramento was without both Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes and it showed. The defensive intensity of Holmes is far different than that of a guy like Bagley and Whiteside and you could just feel that difference without him in the game tonight. Speaking of Mr. Marvin Bagley III his start at center in Holmes' absence went fairly well for him - he crashed the boards hard, hit some timely shots and ended up with a very respectable 19 points and 10 rebounds. Barnes replacement in the starting like, Glen Robinson III,  ended up with 4 points, 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Really, the oft talked about DaQuan Jeffries is the one who should be talked about tonight. The man had 17 points in 17 minutes on perfect shooting and really was the only thing standing between you reading this and me discussing the best and worst films of the 90's. He was electric and I'm looking forward to more of his minutes this season.

De'Aaron Fox ended the night with a sleepwalking 11 points, 10 assists. Tyrese Haliburton had 8 points 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Buddy Hield had 5 points, 3 assists on 2-10 shooting and 1-8 from deep. THAT IS SOME VETERAN PRESENCE BABY!!!!

Only other person worth mentioning was Bjelica. The guy dropped 25 points in 35 minutes and had 8 boards to go along with it. Congrats to Philly, Miami, Dallas or whoever gets him next. He's a good one.

On the other side of things, the Miami Heat had a quiet offensive game from Jimmy Butler scoring wise, but that 13 points he scored also came with 13 assists and 10 rebounds so, good for that man. Not to be outdone, Bam Adebayo had a pretty quiet night and ALSO ended up with a triple double! 16 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists for the big guy. Kelly Olynyk, Duncan Robinson both scored 20 plus points. High man for the Heat tonight was Tyler Herro, who had 27 points off the bench.

The Kings will get a night off before hitting the road to take on a five game East Coast trip and facing off against the Chicago Bulls first on Saturday night!

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Brown.says.Good.or.Bad
February 18, 2021 9:31 pm

This is good (tank)

Marty
February 18, 2021 9:31 pm

Marvin Bagley did some good things tonight.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:09 am
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Marty
February 19, 2021 11:31 am
Reply to  Otis

My favorite show of all time. Little Marty made sure to be in front of the tv at 4pm when it was on.

Otis
February 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Reply to  Marty

“Lamont, you big dummy!”

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 9:40 pm
Reply to  WGriffith

Lord we just had an 0-5 homestand. Golden 1 would be rioting

Klam
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February 18, 2021 9:42 pm

I’m so sorry you had to do the recap tonight, Will. Do you need a hug?
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Kosta
February 18, 2021 10:30 pm
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Jman1949
February 18, 2021 9:43 pm

We just couldn’t take the Heat!

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Klam
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February 18, 2021 9:46 pm
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King4life
February 18, 2021 9:48 pm

Well on the plus side, at least McNair won’t have too difficult of a decision on whether to be a buyer or seller at the trade deadline.

February 18, 2021 10:06 pm
Reply to  King4life

Couple more similar games from Barnes and Buddy, Monte will no longer have a choice to be either of those at the deadline.

Inthestarz
February 18, 2021 10:19 pm
Reply to  King4life

Yes he will.

  1. team may be better with another coach
  2. the players aren’t worth much. Barnes recent play negated his slight positive value. Maybe you could get expirings. Buddy is a scrub with negative value at this juncture. Holmes may/may not be a guy you’d want to keep long term. So aside from shipping of Beli who obviously doesn’t have too much value, not sure there is a hole in one
  3. team may get better and ruin the tank momentum
oshima9
February 18, 2021 10:35 pm
Reply to  King4life

McNair should now have the authority to clear out the Divac dead wood. It would be nice to get something of value for Hield, Barnes and Belly, but they still have to be moved regardless. Just getting them out of here moves the team forward, and it is unrealistic to expect other GMs to trade something for them that isn’t justified by performance. There is an urgency to McNair building a team around his draft choices, current and future ones, and his signings instead of trying to patch together a winner with Divac’s hold overs. There is a risk that it might alienate Fox, but there is really no alternative. Hield and Barnes aren’t going to magically improve beyond what they’ve shown for years.

Inthestarz
February 18, 2021 10:55 pm
Reply to  oshima9

Yes. They can play better under a non bottom 2 tier coach

buddy did

Barnes can gain consistency in said environment

players can look totally different under a real coach

why do they have to be moved if they aren’t messing with the tank, have no value, and can be better under a real coach?

oshima9
February 19, 2021 8:08 am
Reply to  Inthestarz

Barnes and Hield have a record pre-Walton. While they have looked good over stretches, neither, with the possible exception of Barnes, will be a long term building block of a winner here. Hield might be a good 6th man, but not here, he would only accept that role with a better team. There’s an opportunity cost to keeping them around.

MillersCornrows
February 18, 2021 11:49 pm
Reply to  oshima9

Something of value for Buddy? Good luck with that.

King49er
February 19, 2021 3:26 pm

I think Buddy would be good on the Warriors. Everyone worrying about Curry or Thompson could open shots up for him.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 6:34 am
Reply to  oshima9

Very well said and the only thing of any relevance being said. When Barnes was playing out of his skull, I suggested that it was time to move him and got killed for doing so. If Philadelphia wants Bjelica, let them have him. Buddy is going to be a tough move but I’d certainly be looking. While we’re at it, let’s see if we can get anything for Cojo. I would offer Whiteside 2 years for $8 mil and move him immediately if he doesn’t take it.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 10:15 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

I suggested that it was time to move him and got killed for doing so.

Were you? I remember quite a few people being in agreement on that. Myself included.

Regardless, yes. There really needs to be some substantive movement towards whatever the future vision is.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 5:18 pm

Go back and look what i said from the beginning of the year on what the goals and objectives of this season should be. When Barnes was riding high the consensus was to keep him. I can understand that sentiment given the franchise hasn’t seen the playoffs in many years but it was never one I shared. Good for you if you agreed. As i said, i like buying low and selling high and Barnes’ value may have peaked two weeks ago and I don’t see it getting any better from here.

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 9:49 pm

35 days until the trade deadline.

I’m gonna be honest, if Buddy Hield survives the deadline or hasn’t been benched idk how I’ll deal.

Also, cut Whiteside and G-Rob. And Cojo and Bjelica if there’s been no takers. These can all be waiver pickups for pickup teams. This could be the most fun team I’ve seen in 2 years if the young guys run loose.

SMF-PDXConnection
February 18, 2021 9:53 pm

Kosta
February 18, 2021 10:09 pm

That’s a sextuple double!

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PhutureKings
February 19, 2021 1:25 pm
Reply to  Kosta

You kiss your mother w that mouth??

Klam
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February 18, 2021 10:12 pm

Your Sacramento Kings: breaking records for the wrong reasons.

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 10:35 pm

Bam averaged 0.8 assists to 1.7 turnovers at Kentucky.

Hashtag coaching and player development

Adamsite
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February 19, 2021 8:02 am
Reply to  Kangz_Landing

You got that right. Of the three Kentucky players taken in 2017 (Bam, Fox, and Monk) Bam was taken last.

Anyone else notice the long conversation Bam had with Fox after the game. It seemed some important things were being discussed. Also, Bam completely ignored Whiteside who tried to talk to him.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 9:19 am
Reply to  Adamsite

For the past 4 drafts, the highest drafted player from Kentucky hasn’t been the best. Obviously, the jury is still out on these guys, but at the moment…

Last year, Maxey was taken before Quickly.
2019, Washington went above Herro
2018, Knox over SGA
2017, Fox & Monk over Adebayo.

The general pattern is that the guys with the louder tools were drafted over the guys with the the higher BBIQ. Though, Adebayo was your classic Kentucky “skill-hidden-by-role” guy.

I called the 2020 & 2018 ones. But I definitely missed big on Adebayo, and to a lesser degree, Herro.

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Adamsite
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February 19, 2021 11:36 am

You’d think GMs in the league would call that a clue.

GFunkClassic
February 18, 2021 9:56 pm

I really don’t think Holmes would have made any difference whatsoever. I really think he’s oversold on here quite a bit…and much like Barnes he disappears too often. He’ll put up games with 2 rebounds, or 4 points despite getting starter minutes. Defenses sag off him daring him to shoot a jumper and clog driving lanes for our guards. The push shot is his one offensive tool. And while he hustles and gives intensity, he also gets worked by other bigs. He kind of reminds me of Reggie Evans a bit.

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 10:00 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

Been saying it for a while. Holmes is Harrell 2.0. Though he would have matched up well against Bam, since he’s not an overpowering center.

Incredibly valuable to a team but in that bench big role who can also play in crunch time in the 4th. If we can rotate a true big body like the Clippers had Zubac and Holmes actually gets the majority of the minutes anyway off the bench, that would make Holmes worth whatever his price tag is this offseason.

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Brown.says.Good.or.Bad
February 18, 2021 10:18 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

This is bad

Maximus
February 19, 2021 8:18 am
Reply to  GFunkClassic

Not defensively, but he would have made some difference on offense. He would have grabbed a few more offensive rebounds. The Heat plays small; Bam is the only center and he is kind of small.

If Holmes had been available, we could have staggered his minutes and Bagley’s minutes so that one could have alway been on court. Whiteside was all kinds of terrible yesterday. Twice he grabbed a defensive rebounds and passed it to an opponent. Lol he did it often enough in previous games that I expect when, not if.

kings4ever
February 19, 2021 8:44 am
Reply to  GFunkClassic

Criticizing a guy who didn’t even play…..nice. And the one offensive tool Holmes has has enabled to lead the league in FG%.

There is something (a lot) to be said about a player who plays within his limitations too. Would you rather Holmes resort to 3 point bombs and running hooks to try to prove he has more offensive tools?

Look at Buddy Yield. He is a delusional bloated chucker who thinks he’s Curry and Harden. His inflated self opinion and poor shot selection and has dragged down the team almost every game except a handful.

You can absolutely win with Barnes and Holmes. They are part of the solution. I cannot say that about Yield unless he rediscovers what got him the 90M.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 10:18 am
Reply to  kings4ever

You can win with Hield, too. But like Barnes and Holmes, you need stars around hime that enable/force him to stick to his role. You can even win with Hield, Barnes, and Holmes together. You just superstars in those other two slots. Which are really hard to come by. Especially when you come close to maxing out your cap on the non-superstars.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 5:22 pm

A little incomplete in your analysis. You can win with Buddy and Barnes at half their contracts and a couple of Superstars. Teams with a couple of max superstars couldn’t afford them.

itsjabby
February 18, 2021 9:56 pm

Well…im pretty sure i got a perfect score in the fan predictions. pretty excited about that.

Dirkula
February 18, 2021 10:16 pm
Reply to  itsjabby

With our history of terrible 3rd quarters, I would’ve never gotten the sweep

itsjabby
February 18, 2021 10:20 pm
Reply to  Dirkula

I was betting the Heat would have their best quarter and the Kings put up about the same all 4 quarters.

Dirkula
February 18, 2021 10:23 pm
Reply to  itsjabby

I went with the 2nd. Feeling each other out in the first, mad dash in the 2nd, typical shit 3rd and then bench time 🤷🏻‍♂️

February 18, 2021 10:03 pm

Wow, what an amazing stretch of games for Richaun Holmes bank account. #MVP

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 10:09 pm

Real question though, if Buddy Hield showed up out of shape, why are you giving him a career high in minutes Luke?

Also, how hasn’t he played himself back into shape almost 30 games in already? Shouldn’t he be improving not regressing?

Of course he could be dealing with lingering Covid fatigue, but if he’s not then why?

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February 18, 2021 10:13 pm
Reply to  Kangz_Landing

He needs to watch tape and then he’ll get back to you on that.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 6:44 am
Reply to  Klam

Don’t blame this on Luke or the current management. Cleaning up Vlades mess (perhaps the worst executive in NBA history) is going to take some time. We’ve tried 8 different coaches and that hasn’t been the answer.

So far drafting Haliburton and not making any stupid free agent over payment signings are two wins for this management. They now need to clear cap space, get another first rounder for next years draft and really make the next draft count. After that take on a serviceable bad contract in exchange for a young prospect or draft pick.

Kangz_Landing
February 19, 2021 7:47 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Luke deserves blame for sure.

This team has checked out on defense and with lack of toughness and fight. Continuing to give big minutes to a struggling no IQ Hield and a disinterested Whiteside is catering to your vets.

If he wants to send a message then play the players who actually play hard.

AmateurNerd
February 19, 2021 9:04 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Luke is part of Vlade’s mess.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:14 am
Reply to  AmateurNerd

Jesus, it’s amazing anyone thinks Luke is good for anything more than being a caretaker until McNair can hire a real coach.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 9:51 am
Reply to  Otis

Luke is way down the list on a whole set of priorities. I placed a bet at the Hyatt in Incline Village where I live for the Kings to win more than 28 games. In terms of wins and losses the team is performing as expected. With Popovich and Spoestra being one and two and Scott Brooks being 30 in the coaching ranking Luke falls somewhere in that big gap probably in the 25 range. Having said that the marginal difference in that gap isn’t really significant. You win with good players as Kerr and many other coaches have proven. Nobody wins with a sub par roster like we have.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:55 am
Reply to  Want-to-be-gm

Nobody wins with a sub par roster like we have.

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BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 10:08 am
Reply to  Otis

Only in Sacramento is Joerger’s 98-148 record (with a 39-43 season as the crown jewel) considered somehow positive.

Otis
February 19, 2021 10:10 am

Oh, for sure. I was sort of semi-joking, I don’t think we can really win with this roster, but Joerger at least seemed to be moving the ship in the right direction.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 10:50 am
Reply to  Otis

He at least had them players more to their strengths. Their strengths just weren’t all that strong.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 5:30 pm
Reply to  Otis

I guess your sense of direction is different than mine.

Pistola916
February 19, 2021 11:22 am

I’m still bothered by Joerger taking his starters out when they were up huge vs PDX in the last game of the season.

I wanted 40 wins, damnit!

Inthestarz
February 19, 2021 11:45 am
Reply to  Otis

Perhaps there was an idea that there was a ceiling on him, I don’t see it, unfortunately for us. Lol. Dudes a jerk off

I will say that he is damn lucky that his successor is Luke Walton. If the Kings had even an average coach he would be long forgotten amongst kings fans and potential upcoming jobs. His stint with Memphis was average, and he lost here most of the time

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 5:28 pm
Reply to  Inthestarz

Joerger is an arrogant ass. He came to one of our basketball camps and came across like a total jerk. You would have thought he was Popovich with a bunch of championships.

Dirkula
February 18, 2021 10:12 pm

Inside NBA talking a lot about the team tonight and it’s nice to hear #RealTalk

Gregoryl
February 19, 2021 8:22 am
Reply to  Dirkula

Yep, a pretty nice trashing by the crew, saying all the same stuff we do (trashing the organization, horrible mis-use of draft picks, no strategy to building the team, cant keep calling them “young”, Shaq called us “we” (yuck…) and claims the Kings are still making the playoffs, “they are not getting better”, etc.).
Pretty good stuff.

Kosta
February 18, 2021 10:13 pm

Throwback Thursday!

This game took me back to early 90’s Kings fandom.

Gregoryl
February 18, 2021 10:20 pm

Yeah, let’s keep this roster together!

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Dirkula
February 18, 2021 10:26 pm
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this team is hella shitty!

reydarly
February 18, 2021 10:20 pm

Well Luke needs to be fired. Jefferies, who plays on both ends with intensity, should not have waited until the 3rd to make an appearance. He is better than GR3 and actually has upside. We have no defensive identity. If we want to build around Fox and his speed. How come we cant speed the opposing team up by being the team that’s defense always starts full court?

Bjelica looked awful and disinterested in the second half. Marvin had a game but was on a minutes restriction at age 21. Fox being passive. Buddy being useless. Same old song. Fox and Haliburton need to be more aggressive and put up the lions share of our shot attempts. Nobody should initiate the offense outside of them.

Marty
February 18, 2021 10:23 pm

Thanks twitter

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King4life
February 18, 2021 11:04 pm
Reply to  Marty

What an absolutely franchise crippling decision that was at the time that looks worse and worse with each passing season. Thank you Vlade you incompetent moron. Unretire his jersey.

KingOfTheMonsters
February 19, 2021 8:46 am
Reply to  King4life

Yeah, that really crippled my fandom. Kings are like a ghost team to me. The win streak was fun, but I’d prefer if they lose and get a good pick. So I can’t be happy when they win.
It’s about this time in each season when I wish they would trade my favorite players just so those guys don’t have to play on such a lousy team.

Dirkula
February 18, 2021 10:41 pm

On the bright side, tomorrow is Friday!

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February 19, 2021 10:04 am
Reply to  Dirkula

Since I’ve been furloughed from my job, everyday has felt the same, lol.

Dirkula
February 19, 2021 4:41 pm
Reply to  Klam

Ugh! Sorry to hear that Klam! Hope it’s short term

RikSmits
February 18, 2021 10:41 pm

I’m genuinely curious.

and Sacramento is suddenly crashing at the worst possible moment.

Why is this the worst possible moment?

And when would have been the best possible moment? Start of the season? Right after the AS break?

ForKingsandCountry
February 18, 2021 11:10 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

Seems right on time to me!

RikSmits
February 18, 2021 11:21 pm

Yeah. After thinking about I think the worse possible moment would be right after the trade deadline, if the FO/ownership has decided to stand pat or get some immediate help, due to an inflated record.

ForKingsandCountry
February 19, 2021 7:33 am
Reply to  RikSmits

Exactly. To me that would be a disaster. Crashing now allows for an honest assessment of where we’re at (we’re pretty bad and lack talent) so that pieces can be moved by the deadline.

Kangz_Landing
February 18, 2021 11:37 pm

Took Cleveland 8 straight losses and 3-12 stretch after a 7-7 start to realize that they’re tanking and sit Drummond.

If this season finally goes right and we start losing away games again, we should be sellers by the time we get back home from this trip!

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February 19, 2021 8:06 am
Reply to  Kangz_Landing

The race to the bottom now begins. Detroit and Cleveland just got to the better start.

ForKingsandCountry
February 19, 2021 7:35 am
Reply to  WGriffith

The last four games are when it must be impossible to write recaps because not one of them have been remotely competitive. I do not envy the fearless TKH writers.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 8:33 am
Reply to  WGriffith

Don’t forget they lost 4 straight before that 7-1 run as well! Really the whole 7-1 euphoria was just fun with arbitrary end points.

RikSmits
February 19, 2021 10:17 am
Reply to  WGriffith

Haha, I feel ya.

Thank you for your service!

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eddie41
February 18, 2021 11:04 pm

Is that a Fast Times reference? Jeffries, Jeffries, Jeffries …

Carl
February 19, 2021 9:37 am
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eddie41
February 19, 2021 8:04 pm
Reply to  Carl

Good stuff

ForKingsandCountry
February 18, 2021 11:07 pm

Game and a half out of the fourth worst record in the league. If we lose to the Bulls, we could EASILY be a bottom 5 team within the week. Then the trades will come.

Marty
February 18, 2021 11:23 pm

I like it!

ForKingsandCountry
February 19, 2021 7:37 am
Reply to  Marty

In true Kangz fashion, they gave a glimmer of hope and now may lose like 8-9 games in a row to really hammer home how bad they are.

Marty
February 19, 2021 8:15 am

Fixed it for you

In true Kangz fashion, they gave a glimmer of hope and now may win 4 out of 9 games, while their competition wins 2 out of 9 to really hammer home how bad their draft position will be.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:18 am

This streak isn’t worse than the one that precluded the 7-1 run. This team will “get hot” and win some more games. Might as well get prepared for a 30 win season.

ForKingsandCountry
February 19, 2021 10:12 am
Reply to  Otis

I still think this is a sub-30 win team but we shall see.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 10:26 am
Reply to  Otis

Ahhhh, yes. You know you’re a Kings fan when the optimistic take in the conversation is a 30-win season.

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February 19, 2021 8:08 am

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1951
February 18, 2021 11:12 pm

Edit: Gif error

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1951
February 19, 2021 12:15 pm
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Here you go for the rest of the season:
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TerzoM
February 18, 2021 11:12 pm

Just realized we don’t have a jersey patch sponsor. Could we crowdfund KANGZ for one game?

KDsBurnerAccount
February 18, 2021 11:32 pm
Reply to  TerzoM

Ideas for a sponsor:
-A masonry company for all the bricks
-A vacuum company cause they suck
-A beer company, cause we could all use a good draft

MyNeighborTurturro
February 19, 2021 9:41 am

What about a bracelet that uses “holographic technology” to “resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body”, and increase sporting ability?

RikSmits
February 19, 2021 10:25 am

Yeah, or a mattress company because you need to lie down after a Kangz game?

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MillersCornrows
February 18, 2021 11:45 pm

It’s just beyond frustrating to hear Kayte come up with the easiest excuses after each game. Tonight it was that Fox has been “ridden hard” and that this season has been weird because of Covid. You can still be a homer without picking the easiest excuses even though it’d be nice if she and others were more critical. How many times did Doug and Mark boast about how supposedly amazing Marvin Bagley is? There’s just no integrity with this team and it’s employees.

Gregoryl
February 18, 2021 11:55 pm

When ex players want to stay close with current players….

SelecaoKOJ
February 19, 2021 4:56 am

TNT were actually talking about the Kings last night. Kenny Smith said the team has no culture and accountability. That’s why they have been terrible for so long. He’s correct. Why is Shaq an investor? So ridiculous. Shaq made the claim the Kings are going to the playoffs.

Barkley said the Kings are the same every year. Mediocre at best.

Marty
February 19, 2021 8:24 am
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Why is Shaq an investor?

because Vivek was focused on image and building his brand in those early days, instead of hiring competent front office personnel. For me it was a huge red flag and the birth of my skepticism regarding Vivek’s vision.

MillersCornrows
February 19, 2021 6:06 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Draymond Green criticized them on Twitter, and rightly so, for putting down Cuz for not winning without criticizing the organization.

Marty
February 19, 2021 8:20 am

I don’t think that’s fair. Fox has been overused and I thought Kayte pointing it out was responsible. Instead of an excuse it’s just an element of the game’s dynamics.

Now, Jones and Doug’s praise for average activity by Bagley was noticeable and I think it’s worth discussion or at least monitoring. After last night I think something is up, it seemed obviously forced.

Adamsite
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Nostradumbass 14
February 19, 2021 8:29 am
Reply to  Marty

Yeah, I’m tired of Bagley getting praised for a rebound when it just fell to him while the opposing 5 players were all parked on the perimeter and are already heading back to the defensive end. In all honesty it is easy to get rebounds in today’s NBA with teams being so perimeter oriented. There is a decreasing need to properly box out and fight for good positioning because there is no on to box out.

Marty
February 19, 2021 8:37 am
Reply to  Adamsite

I agree with you 100%, but he also fought for some tough rebounds last night.
I suppose what we’re asking our broadcast team to do is recognize the difference, at least occasionally.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:20 am
Reply to  Marty

How is Fox being overused? He’s 36th in the league in minutes and 51st in minutes per game.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 9:25 am
Reply to  Otis

Yep, Barnes and Hield are both well above Fox in minutes. Though having 2 guys in the top 25, and 3 in the top 45 is a bit concerning in a compacted season.

Marty
February 19, 2021 11:40 am
Reply to  Otis

Not minutes, type of use. He’s slamming into double and triple teams all the time, and then ends up on the floor. Doesn’t look like a recipe for seasonal longevity to me.

Iverson did it I suppose, but he played with a few minor injuries from the moment he joined the NBA. I see Fox in the same light.

MillersCornrows
February 19, 2021 6:07 pm
Reply to  Otis

Exactly!

MillersCornrows
February 18, 2021 11:47 pm

Also, Walton’s rotations and changes with the starting lineups is simply beyond stupid. This is his last head coaching job in the NBA. His throw it at the wall philosophy, in addition to other weaknesses like his obvious inability to fire up the team, needs to go before he destroys more assets. The Kings can, and should, tank without him.

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Ralph_Furleys_Tailor
February 19, 2021 12:36 am

That was the 11 seed in the eastern conference y’all.

The Kings are less than the sum of their parts.

There are players up and down this roster that would be better off in another situation, so let’s make that happen.

I mean, my God, somehow Buddy made Kyle Guy look efficient…and Kyle didn’t even score!

This team is tough to watch.

Otis
February 19, 2021 4:18 am

Come on now, that team was in the NBA Finals last season. Jimmy Butler is 7th in minutes for them this season – if he’s available, that team is considerably better than Sacramento.

Marty
February 19, 2021 8:27 am
Reply to  Otis

They may be the 11th seed but they still have one of the most respected coaching and FO cultures in all of professional sports.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:21 am
Reply to  Marty

For sure – I’d be shocked if they don’t get hot and secure a playoff spot when all is said and done.

Want-to-be-gm
February 19, 2021 6:50 am

The 11th seed characterization is completely bogus. The Heat when fully loaded like last night are a top 5-10 team. They just made the NBA finals.

BestHyperboleEver
February 19, 2021 8:57 am

Referring to teams by their seed position when there’s still well more than half the season to go is silly. Especially when, for example, the Heat in 11th are only 4 games behind the Bucks in 3rd. Considering the small sample, compacted schedule management, and COVID impact, currently records simply aren’t a great way to judge team quality.

Bitgod
February 19, 2021 1:20 am

Well, we’ll always have “remember that one week that it looked we might have a shot at 8th place?”

Otis
February 19, 2021 4:19 am
Reply to  Bitgod

Trust me, it will come back.

ForKingsandCountry
February 19, 2021 7:43 am
Reply to  Otis

Will it? I’m sure they’ll win a couple more games, but that stretch was so obviously a fluke. They may have another flukey stretch at some point but I’ll keep riding with the take I’ve had all season: this team has bottom 5 roster talent and in the end that will win out. Haliburton and Fox hitting a bunch of shots at the end of close games only works if the games are close. It was a nice deodorant that covered up the truth which is that this team is going to finish near the bottom of the standings when all is said and done.

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WizsSox
February 19, 2021 8:37 am

I don’t think Otis is saying they are 8 seed worthy…but rather they will likely hit a little streak and we will have some threads about how the Kings are approaching .500 and might be able to sniff the playoffs. Rinse, cycle, repeat.

Otis
February 19, 2021 9:24 am
Reply to  WizsSox

Yeah, definitely not a playoff team. But they’ll continue to do this roller coaster thing, we’ll stay within sniffing distance through most of the season, then peter out at the end.

Kangz_Landing
February 19, 2021 9:06 am

I’m certain another stretch of winning is coming that takes us further down the lottery pole.

We haven’t played Minnesota or OKC yet or Washington and Cleveland. Yes we haven’t played the Lakers and Jazz and other top teams either, but it’s not hard to see an easy stretch where Fox goes nuclear for 7 games again.

This team isn’t Washington/Detroit/Cleveland bad in terms of youth, tank, and roster so the next fluke winning Streak will come soon.

Otis