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Kings 113, Grizzlies 109: 7-straight for the good guys

Ja Morant returns, but it wasn't enough to beat the streaking Kings.
By | 125 Comments | Nov 22, 2022

Nov 22, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (0) passes the ball as Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) defends during the first half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings entered FedExForum in Memphis on Tuesday night with the longest winning streak (6) in the NBA. Would it survive a tough road game against a good-but-injured Grizzlies team with a returning Ja Morant? Let’s talk about it.

The Kings found out (officially) that Ja Morant would be making his return to the Grizzlies lineup a few hours before tipoff, but Memphis still had to play this one without Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, and Danny Green. Talent advantage – Kings. You would think.

Memphis looked like the better team for most of the first half before Mike Brown and the Kings figured out how to string together some stops against their physical and aggressive offense. Sacramento, led by some impressive perimeter pressure from the guards, took control of this game through the 3rd quarter and into the 4th quarter before the Kings gave their fans a collective heart attack in crunch time.

The Kings committed 7 turnovers in the final 5 minutes and made this win way more difficult than it needed to be. Ja Morant was full-terrifying, scoring bucket after bucket and causing Sacramento just as much trouble on defense with his ball pressure. The Kings’ double-digit lead evaporated, and this turned into your classic crunch time free throw contest that Sacramento barely won after Ja finally missed a shot, a free throw, to seal this game for the good guys. Kings win 113-109. Let’s get into some details.

Light The Beam!

Quick Stats

Final: 113-109
Sacramento Kings: 43.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%, 45 REB, 27 AST, 42 PiP, 20 TO

Memphis Grizzlies: 45.1 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 49 REB, 26 AST, 62 PiP, 18 TO

The Good, The Bad, & That’s It

THE GOOD:

  • Welcome, Harrison: After a really rough start to the season, Harrison Barnes continues to find his groove. He was huge tonight, dropping 26 points on 7-13 shooting from the field, and 4-8 shooting from three. His performance included several big shots early to keep the Kings in this game when it was going Memphis’ way, and some big shots late to keep the team on top.
  • Grit and Grind: This felt like a game the Kings have lost time and time again over the years. Memphis had the momentum early, Kings made a nice run, but they coughed it up late. Not this time. Not this team. Yes, it got ugly at the end there, but the Kings did just enough to win when so often it has felt like previous Kings teams would do just enough to lose this exact type of game.
  • Red Hot: Kevin Huerter had another strong showing tonight with 18 points and 6 rebounds on 6-10 shooting. He also got one hell of a shout out from Kevin Durant earlier today. Everything’s coming up Huerter.

THE BAD:

  • Big Problems: The Memphis Grizzlies’ size and aggressiveness going to the rim was a big problem for the Kings in this one, particularly in the first half. Domantas Sabonis isn’t a rim protector. Chimezie Metu got targeted in the post repeatedly off the bench. Mike Brown did what he could from the sidelines with quick timeout after quick timeout following poor defensive possessions, but this is who the Kings are. They’re going to give up a lot of easy points at the rim, and their best solution with this roster is to just keep outscoring opponents when they can’t come up with stops like they did tonight.
  • Stopping Sabonis: For the 2nd time this season, Sabonis struggled to score against the big Memphis Grizzlies. Domas only scored 11 points and was ineffective against the Grizzlies back on October 27th when the Kings lost to Memphis by 15, and he was off again tonight scoring just 9 points on 3-8 shooting. To Sabonis’ credit, though, he found other ways to contribute in this one, pulling down 13 important rebounds, and dishing out 8 assists.
The King of Kings

I am running out of ways to praise De’Aaron Fox. Swipa looked like the best player on the floor for either team tonight, dropping 32 points on 11-21 shooting from the field and 5-8 (!) shooting from three to go along with 6 assists, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. If he isn’t an All-Star right now, I don’t know what else voters want him to do.

Up Next

The Kings are in Atlanta on Wednesday night for the 2nd game of a back-to-back against the Hawks. Tipoff at 4:30 pacific, 7:30 eastern. Kevin Huerter revenge game. Let’s make it eight.

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RobHessing
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November 22, 2022 8:24 pm

Thank you, Memphis. Goodnight!

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November 22, 2022 9:33 pm
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Can’t Help Falling In Love with the Beam Team

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November 22, 2022 8:26 pm

Morant with 19 in the last 5:13.
Kings with 9 4th qtr. TOs.
Kings win.
Amazeballs.
😂 😂 😂
Be(am)lieve!

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November 22, 2022 8:42 pm
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If section 214 can turn into rob and believe, I can too!

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November 22, 2022 9:34 pm
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November 22, 2022 8:27 pm

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November 22, 2022 8:36 pm
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November 23, 2022 10:06 am
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Beam is Kentucky Fire

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November 22, 2022 8:29 pm

De’Aaron Fox is who Ja Murrant thinks he is

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November 22, 2022 9:07 pm
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De’Aaron is a pro, a pro’s pro. Apparently all the things skeptics have said about his potential and his ability to blossom in his fifth year were wrong! He needed a big like Domas. He needed more shooting talent around him. But most of all he needed coaching, someone to work with him on his shot, to focus on more shooting from the right side, and to hold him to account on defense. Finally, now, in his fifth year he has real coaching. Now we see what he can become!

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November 22, 2022 9:17 pm
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….and Sabonis to do most of the thinking. Fox can play his game now. His game is not about the cerebral aspect of the game. He is also way better off without Hield around.

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November 22, 2022 9:48 pm

That’s how I feel too. The offense can run through Domas, who is basically the pg in the offense allowing Fox to really shine in his strengths. His shooting improvement this season is what everyone said he needed to do to take that “next step” development wise, and the confidence he seems to have in his stroke now is an amazing sight to see. Monk and Huerter + Coach Brown is letting him put alot more effort in on D also

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November 22, 2022 11:20 pm

I think Fox has a great cerebral element to his game. Best example is how he handles late clock situations — he comes down the court, orders everybody on the floor where to stand and then calls for a screen from his preferred matchup. And he’s been money on those plays this season

I think Domas is as much a feel guy as Fox. It just looks different

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November 23, 2022 7:14 am
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I think Domas is as much a feel guy as Fox. It just looks different

Well put. I think we notice it because Fox has been here without this level of success where Domas was on good teams in Indy consistently.

What I love is the synergy there. They appreciate and want to play with each other. That matters.

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November 23, 2022 4:49 pm
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Agree to disagree. Fox does call for a screen to look for an isolated shot. That is his BBIQ problem in my opinion. He cannot get the team involved. Too often with the game on the line he rushes down the court and dribbles the ball into oblivion or launches a garbage shot.

Sabonis helps prevent this.

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November 23, 2022 8:55 am

Everyone s better without Hield around.

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November 23, 2022 8:55 am

Honestly, that is so insulting to Fox, who is extremely bright, and demonstrates it in how he plays. I’ve seen numerous interviews with him where he’ll reference a play that happened months or years ago, describe the action, which players were involved, and use it as an example for a point he’s making about something more recent.

Sabonis is certainly great for Fox’s game, but so are Kevin Huerter, Malik Monk, and Harrison Barnes. The idea that his improvement is mainly about having someone else handle the thinking aspect of the game is offensive.

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November 23, 2022 4:52 pm
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He is bright. I agree.

Not trying to insult Fox but his game is speed and shooting not leading an offense. He does not control pace or put the ball in the hands of other players when he needs to.

Sabonis is running the offense.

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November 23, 2022 3:36 am
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As I write this your post has six thumbs and nobody has yet mentioned that this is his 6th season. So for the record.
I agree that have Sabonis has really matched well with Fox’s skill set, and having genuine talent, shooting good shots, at a good clip, helps space the floor. I even think Coach Brown is giving him the best coaching of his career, but let us make no mistake…Fox has blossomed because he has decided that he is now willing to be coached.
Not one person on this board would credibly step forward and say that none of his previous coaches told him to go right, or have a routine at the foul stripe, or to stop taking fade away three pointers and certainly one of them told him to actually care on defense.
Count me as a doubter that is happy to be wrong. Credit to Fox for putting in the work.

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November 23, 2022 8:56 am

“Now willing to be coached?”

Have you seen his previous coaches?

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November 23, 2022 10:52 am

Walton wasted 3 years of Fox. Walton was not a coach, and it was clear before he was even hired for the job.

Fox was well coached under Joerger, who was unjustifiably fired after coaching a team of 10 first and second year players to a 37-37 record before throwing in the towel and developing the rookies. There’s a reason why WCS was out of the league just a couple short years later after Joerger.

Mike Brown is continuing where Joerger left off and bringing actual structure and accountability to this Kings team, not to mention Fox actually having a real NBA level roster around him.

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November 23, 2022 4:52 pm

Fox has somehow decided to do the work.

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November 22, 2022 8:30 pm

My family informs me that I dropped a lot of loud F bombs over the last half of the 4th quarter, along with a lot of other loud words that can’t be abbreviated to a single letter.

A win is a fucking win. That is all.

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November 22, 2022 8:31 pm
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That last few minutes was a doozy. The look on Ja’s face when he missed that free-throw was icing on top

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November 22, 2022 8:48 pm
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Knowing the game is over and barring a miracle you’ve just made the losing shot has to be gut wrenching. The way Ja played in late 3rd/4th qtr was something to see. I think Memphis played down to what their vision of the Kings were and it cost them the game. The Kings didn’t fold when they were supposed to and the Kings came out of this game as the gritty grinding team and for me this was their best win of the season

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November 22, 2022 9:06 pm
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Ja is a problem! And yeah that’s how it seemed to me too. They weren’t expecting adjustments or something from us and we took advantage. Fortunately we kept trying to give the game away but free throws matter. Fox put in some serious shooting work this off season

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November 22, 2022 8:40 pm
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“Fuckkkkkk Yeah”.

My dog departed the couch after that bellow with Harrison’s free throws. He had a superlative game.

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November 22, 2022 11:06 pm
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Your dog had a superlative game?

but I kid

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November 23, 2022 12:17 pm
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Ha.

She used a box and 1 zone gas defense.

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November 22, 2022 8:42 pm
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I think my dog told me the same thing.

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November 22, 2022 8:51 pm
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I’m never really sure what’s she’s saying but my screaming and yelling and jumping up from my couch got her attention

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November 22, 2022 10:51 pm
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Next time we put to properly put them away. Too many F bombs all around Beam Town 😂

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November 22, 2022 8:30 pm

That was so sloppy in the 4th except for our clutch free throws. Ja got some flop calls for sure but he got the Grizz back in. Kings win to start the tough road trip. Streak is still streaking. LIGHT THE BEAM!

Purple Velvet drops 30 tomorrow and we go to 11 wins (!) hopefully.

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November 22, 2022 8:31 pm

Trap drills stat Coach Brown!

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November 22, 2022 8:33 pm

It wasn’t pretty, but we were finally able to put this win to bed!

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November 22, 2022 10:13 pm
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Road win against a contender?
Bear Dance thread!

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November 22, 2022 8:37 pm

Sabonis’s rebounding in the last three minutes was crucial to the Kings pulling back ahead by a single possession plus a point on several occasions raising the pressure on the Griz.

I think on the last Ja shot he went up, Fox went up and Fox raised his left hand to defend Ja’s shot at the highest point. As both were coming down Ja puts his hand on Foxes left arm which is down and next to his side and then Ja pushes off and goes to the ground. It’s a small push. I wouldn’t want to be the ref calling that play in the game, maybe Fox hit his hand on his swipe down and that is what the ref called, but the shot was over by then, maybe it was Fix coming down in Ja’s space. Can’t tell fro watching the replays. Refs have a tough job.

Ja has been practicing up to play for the USA in the World Cup because he goes flying and down to the ground on 80% of his shots it seems.

Notwithstanding all the above, The Kings TO’s was the problem in the last four minutes.

What A Game.

Cool Beans.

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November 23, 2022 5:00 am
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Cool Beams

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November 23, 2022 11:23 am
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Perfect.

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November 22, 2022 8:37 pm

Ja & Steph Curry may be the two non-Kings players that I enjoy watching the most. They can, among other things, single-handedly will their teams to win. We saw Steph do it to the Kings a couple of weeks ago. The Kings withstood Ja’s charge to night. Simultaneously terrifying & exhilarating to watch.

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November 22, 2022 8:57 pm
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The only thing I’m not a fan of in regards to Ja’s game is his flailing his body into defenders as he attacks the rim. I feel his he just throws his body towards the rim at non-basketball angles to create contact and launches the ball up to the rim. He is currently 6th in FT attempts per game because of this.

In comparison, I feel Fox is still trying to make the “basketball play” to the hoop and doesn’t get the same amount of calls because he instinctively avoids the contact Fox is 28th in FT attempts, FWIW. It’s not really a knock on either player, but more the reffing. I’ve just never really liked players trying to make contact as opposed to slithering to the rim.

Curry, on the other hand, is a master of both. He can always get his “basketball shot” while creating and absorbing the contact. That dude knows how to play.

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I have had the the pleasure of seeing Curry live many times. He is smart and his level of effort is relentless. Fox is fast and has a good shot. When you watch Curry and Fox in the same game against each other it is night and day difference. Fox plays hard and hopes it works out. He is soft when it comes to imposing his will. Curry decides it is his game and his show. Not a doubt in his mind. The other players and referees see it and feel it. It has to sway the referees whether it should or shouldn’t.

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November 22, 2022 9:20 pm
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Ja is magic and I understand why he gets the calls he does. He’s the leagues golden boy and it’s not right or fair but the refs are in love with him and I get that too. I’m kinda in love with him myself.

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November 22, 2022 8:40 pm

I really want the team to keep up the energy and effort and continue this high-level play into Friday. The matchup with the league-leading C’s in Boston will be juicy!

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November 22, 2022 8:40 pm

Dillon Brooks is the kind of player I really don’t like. Just out there trying to act tough, screaming, angry faces, etc.

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November 22, 2022 9:39 pm
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If he was a King I would love his game

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Gross. You love Ja, Dillon Brooks, your name is “blue” john…
You’re not very discreet for a spy…

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November 22, 2022 8:42 pm

What a crazy time to be a Kings fan right now.
https://twitter.com/thekingsherald/status/1595275411600310272

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November 22, 2022 8:55 pm
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Go Lakers!!! Haahha.

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November 22, 2022 9:27 pm
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Never, the great Satan must always fail

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November 22, 2022 9:32 pm
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They did, I so guess we’ll have to settle for # 3 in the west for now. Haha.

This is too ridiculous to even contemplate. I wonder how Jazz fans feel.

West is insane. Two games separate # 1 – 10.

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November 23, 2022 6:01 am
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Fuck the Lakers

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November 22, 2022 9:37 pm
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half a game out of first place!

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November 23, 2022 10:40 am
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Who else had the Jazz and Kings in the top 3 of the Western Conference at any point this season?!

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November 23, 2022 11:24 am
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probably that person who bet $10k in Vegas on the Kings winning the NBA championship this season.

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November 22, 2022 8:43 pm

Mike Brown did a good job of slowing momentum for the Grizz with timeouts. He just needed 2 or 3 more.

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November 22, 2022 8:44 pm

Mike Brown has moved into the franchise’s 2nd place all-time W% for as a head coach, at .625

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November 22, 2022 8:48 pm
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If Brown coaxes 40 wins out of this team, he will have authored the winningest non-Adelman year in Sac. Kings history. 42 wins & he joins Adelman as the only Sac. head coaches to turn in a winning season.

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November 22, 2022 8:50 pm
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It’s still pretty nuts to think about that Rick Adelman is literally the only coach in the Sacramento era that has coached winning seasons.

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November 22, 2022 9:30 pm
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Sort of related, but a bit of a stretch:

At what point do you re-up GM McNair?
Now?
A ten game win streak?
10 games above .500?
Before the ASG- Jan 10-Feb 9 Trade Deadline?
With a play-in clinch? And a playoff berth?
With a playoff clinch?
With a playoff win?

No hurry – just wondering, as Dec 15 approaches.

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November 23, 2022 3:41 am

Give Monte his props.

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November 23, 2022 11:27 am

“Props?

How about ‘SHOW ME THA MONTE MONEY.”

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November 23, 2022 10:47 am

They just need to re-up Monte to coincide with Mike Brown’s contract so their success or failure are tied together. Otherwise, Vivek is going to have the same problem of trading off lame duck coach with lame duck GM forever.

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November 22, 2022 8:45 pm

Another sloppyesque win but I’ll take it. Wouldn’t say we’re better than the Grizz until we can beat this team fully healthy in a 7-game series

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November 23, 2022 5:24 am
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True, Desmond Bane their 2nd best player . Kings can improve more with Rookie growing .

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November 22, 2022 8:47 pm

Yay! Let’s dance!

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November 22, 2022 8:47 pm

The 7 game win streak is terrific for any number of multiple reasons. All of them are good.

In my mind, however, their 10 wins in 12 games tells an even better story about the team, it’s cohesiveness as a team, and a glimpse into what may be possible for them the rest of the season and beyond.

Great fun to watch and an excuse to let out a few “Adamsite Mother Of All F Bombs”.

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Team win. HB40 was the key to calm as the chaos climbed in. Fox was the leader. Domas was the rock. Heurter was the can’t leave that guy threat.

Can’t wait to see Black Falcon fly against the Hawks

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November 22, 2022 8:48 pm

7 ate 9!

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November 22, 2022 11:32 pm
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November 22, 2022 8:50 pm

I feel like the refs were doing everything they could to get Memphis the win.

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November 22, 2022 8:59 pm
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I kind of felt the same about Fox over the last two minutes.
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/ducks

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November 22, 2022 9:04 pm
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November 22, 2022 9:07 pm
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I thought that one foul they called on the 3pt attempt was nonsense.

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November 22, 2022 9:11 pm
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Trying to block a 3pt shot in a 3pt game is nonsense. Let Ja take that off balance 3.

The one thing I was telling my daughter as they came out of the time out was, “Just don’t foul the 3pt shooter. Live with it if they make a tough shot.”

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November 22, 2022 9:13 pm
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The Kings did so many silly/stupid things over the last five minutes. That they wound up with a win is weirdly envouraging.

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November 23, 2022 9:10 am
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100% this.
They did all the things the teams of the last 16 years would do to make sure they lost the game and yet somehow this team wins it despite all of that ridiculousness. Charlie Brown may kick that damn football yet.

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November 22, 2022 9:12 pm
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I thought the foul they called on Brooks when Barnes ran into him at midcourt was nonsense. Turned a Kings TO into a pair of Barnes FTs.

Morant & the Kings did far more to narrow the gap in this game than the refs, in my humble opinion.

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November 22, 2022 9:14 pm
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Agreed. Kings got super sloppy with the ball in the last 2 minutes. There must have been 4-5 TOs. That’s on them, not the refs.

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November 22, 2022 10:39 pm
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more than sloppy. When Memphis turned up the defensive pressure, the Kings allowed them to impose their will on the game. In that situation, I think Davion should be on the court.

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November 23, 2022 4:48 am
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He probably wasn’t because he is a poor FT shooter and would be fouled purposely.

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November 22, 2022 9:30 pm
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It was clearly the right call. Besides I go into every game thinking we are 8v5. I was shocked to see it go our way.

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November 22, 2022 9:40 pm
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Meh. Flip the script & call that on Barnes while Brooks flops & we go bat shit.

NBA officiating is bad, but it is by and large fair. It was the least of the Kings problems as their 14 pt. lead was squandered by TOs, wide open missed 3s, and Ja.

I was thrilled to see the Kings hold onto the win. Had they lost, it would not have been because of the officiating.

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November 23, 2022 11:06 am
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The Kings were up 14 despite the bad officiating. Memphis was handsy all game hacking at arms (JJJ repeatedly holding a player’s off arm down while trying to block a shot), while at the other end getting any whistle on a hand check on a drive. The break down in the clutch was mostly Kings’ sloppy play, but the Kings could have easily been up by 20 if Fox got the same calls as Ja in the game.

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November 22, 2022 10:23 pm
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Looked like a good screen by Barnes, and he didn’t even move after the collision.

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November 23, 2022 10:42 am
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Another game I thought the refs were very fair in. Amazing what has happened since Brown called the refs out a few weeks back (no fine and more calls!)

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November 23, 2022 7:19 am
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I would like to see the 2-minute report on that foul!

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November 23, 2022 9:14 am
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The final one Fox had on Ja was a terrible call. I watched it 20 times and all I saw was stellar defense by Fox.

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November 23, 2022 12:15 am
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We all know it’s scripted at this point

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November 22, 2022 8:54 pm

Ok. Welp. Here I am, starting to believe this team might actually be pretty good!

We are tied for the 5th best record in the NBA and 2nd in the west after 16 games. I say all of this knowing we can slip and fall, and there are 66 games left, but we are 1/5th of the way into the season and it’s looking pretty good so far. I can honestly say I never expected to see us this high in the rankings at any point.

Fox looks like a legit star, and the cast around him is gelling really well. They are actually fun to watch and tonight when Memphis tried to close the gap and break our hearts, I somehow believed the Kings were going to hold them off and win, and they did.

I am blown away. What a change from last year. We’ve got a good team, and a good coach, and I am thinking we look like a legitimate playoff team. Maybe some of you figured that out a few games ago, but I’ve been taking my time waiting for the other shoe to drop… but this is looking pretty real to me now. I’m pretty excited to be honest. I have sworn up and down that I wouldn’t believe anything until after the ASB, but 7 in a row is a pretty real streak, and the way this offense is looking – it’s hard to deny that something special is being brewed here. I’m surprised and in a very positive way!
We have waited a lot of years for this season… so I sure hope it keeps on going! Go Kings!

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November 22, 2022 9:03 pm

SportsCenter just gave the Kings some love over the 7 game win streak. Can’t remember last time I’ve ever seen that. The league is beginning to notice.

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November 22, 2022 9:06 pm

Tonight may have been the first time since a playoff game that I watched a closing 8 minutes of Kings basketball with a sense of full-blown nervous excitement.

I’m still too scarred to let down my guard and say “fuck it, this team is real”, but that fear is slowly melting away.

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November 22, 2022 9:28 pm
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Sooo nerve-wracking this game.

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November 22, 2022 9:07 pm

Kings are SECOND in West (tied with Suns, who’s game is not yet over.)
Sloppy game, missed opportunities, too many TO’s, can’t score at rim, DS smashed inside, end of fourth quarter meltdown, Keegan cannot buy a bucket yet plays 30 minutes. A loss for sure. But…………………Kings win! How did they do that?
Kings have better record than Hawks.
From 0-4 and two games with two last minute blown calls, to this?
Who wants to trade HB now?
and Monk- my goodness. Telegraph your passes and throw them all away. Love you, hate your game sometimes.
Keegan and Mitchell poised for break outs like TD a few games ago.
I wonder if Q could help protect the rim?

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November 22, 2022 11:40 pm
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That’s what I want to see. Have Queta come in just on the defensive side to fill up the paint.

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November 22, 2022 9:08 pm

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November 22, 2022 9:24 pm

My closing thought on this game is that Domas didn’t foul any of Memphis players with his face

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November 22, 2022 9:25 pm
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Nor did Huerter… Winning!

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November 22, 2022 9:29 pm

Domas and Barnes allow Fox to do what he is doing this year. That red headed kid is everything Hield could have been but simply was not.

Not a great game played by the Kings but they used what they had to win when it mattered.

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November 23, 2022 3:04 pm

who would you like: Buddy + Donte vs. Red Velvet + Monk (despite his sloppy passing)

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November 23, 2022 4:57 pm
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Red Velvet + Monk for me.

Fourth grade AAU team will out smart Hield. I will take them too.

Donte is basically a zero in my book. Not going to hurt but also not going to contribute.

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November 22, 2022 9:36 pm

I’ll take any road win, especially against a team as miserable to play against as Memphis.

The West is just a mess, with the top 10 all within 2 games, GSW being done in by terrible bench play, OKC doing better than they would prefer, SA & HOU being awful by design and LOL L*kers. It has the vibe of a really weird season, so why not the Kings?

Ok, actual title contention is probably out of the question but winning a playoff series seems almost within reason…

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November 22, 2022 9:47 pm

The last few (3?) minutes were a bad way to end the game, no question. But it obscured an important point that you won’t notice by looking at the box score: De’Aaron Fox was a much better player than Ja Morant tonight.

I do think Morant was the beneficiary of a number of ‘star’ calls, but he seems to get them a lot of nights. Until the Kings showed they couldn’t handle the traps by Memphis, it wasn’t the story of the game. Morant had 16 points in the final 3:04 of the game. That included that ridiculous miracle 3, 3 dunks/layups, making 3 of 6 FT attempts, and several floaters. All of it was created by poor handling of Memphis’ traps, and some benefit of the doubt calls.

The Kings had 7 more made 3’s this game. Desmond Bane missing the game made a large difference.

I’m personally frustrated that Domas didn’t hit at least one more FT as he definitely earned a double-double tonight. But overall his impact, especially on the boards, was humungous. You can’t call a guy a no stats All Star when he puts up 9 points, 13 boards and 8 assists, but at times it feels that way.

Kings bench outscored the Grizzlies bench 26-24. I’m surprised because most of the game it felt like the Grizz bench would outscore the Kings in that department.

Last but not least, the Kings ORtg on the season is now 117.7 good for 2nd in the NBA, the Kings DRtg is 113.9 good for 25th in the NBA and the Net Rtg is +3.8 good for 7th in the NBA.

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November 23, 2022 3:07 pm
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Ja is spectacular at times- impossible to stop going to rim
Fox is the better player

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November 22, 2022 9:48 pm

WHO DAT SAY DEY GONNA BEAT DEM KINGS

WHO DAT

WHO DAT

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November 22, 2022 10:11 pm

I think a record of 10-6 is a genuine accomplishment.

New coach, new system, new key players. I am impressed with where they are at. The offense is clicking with only Fox and Huerter performing well. Sabonis, Barnes, Monk, and Lyles can easily keep up what they are doing. Murray, Mitchell, and Davis can all contribute more, and in Murray’s case, quite a bit more on the offensive end. An offense this pass and movement reliant is only going to get better as the season goes on.

I think the makings of an adequate defense is there. There is still Holmes on the bench, who can play his way into the rotation, or be used to bring in someone who might contribute.

This team has only had one loss of more than seven points this season. They can take a punch. I am excited to see what they are going to accomplish.

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November 22, 2022 10:48 pm

We don’t know what to do with our hands!!

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November 22, 2022 10:49 pm

The backhanded Fox compliments… It’s OK, guys… It’s OK. Forgive and forget.

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November 22, 2022 10:52 pm

So do they light the beam at G1C even for road wins?

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November 22, 2022 11:43 pm
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Yes. I was at DOCO tonight for a movie with the family. Saw it as I came out around 10:40.

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November 23, 2022 1:25 am
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Thanks!

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November 22, 2022 11:30 pm

Gonna get greedy and hope we can go at least 1-1 on the next two games. Was on the way to the Cinemark at DOCO as the game was winding down. They won just as we went into the theater, but no beam. Was happy to see it 3 hours later when we came out. Need to keep this rolling just to hear what Barkley and Shaq have to say about the Kings.

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November 23, 2022 12:07 am

It really looked like the Kings were going to Kangz but the Kings didn’t Kangz. What’s the opposite of Kangz? Kongs? Tonight the Kings Kongs!

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November 23, 2022 4:58 am

Gonna have to put some respect on Montes’ name too! Not much to complain about for once, love the guys he has assembled. Keep it lit!!!

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November 23, 2022 7:44 am
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If we can learn to play defense like we did in the third quarter, and we did, then we have a really good chance to be a really good NBA basketball team.

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November 23, 2022 8:11 am

Nice win against a strong team. The defense looked better for the most part. They looked great through about 3.5 quarters and then the Kangz tried to show up. Fox was a superstar most of the game until the last minutes and then he looked a little scared. Thankfully, it did not cost them the game. Sabonis’ rebounding and HB’s free throws were clutch and the difference. Should be a good learning experience for them.

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November 23, 2022 8:22 am

First post. Just stopping by to say that this pleases me greatly.

https://youtu.be/AcST-wmRzaw

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November 23, 2022 9:07 am

Anyone can score a bunch of points through incredible acrobatics and superstar calls, but can you slow it down when you have to, and command the focus necessary to make shots with no one defending you?

Na, Morant.

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I mean, the acrobatics are definitely impressive from a “I’d absolutely shatter myself into pieces if I were to try that” sort of way, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the chest puffing & over the top bravado.

The play where he just launches himself into Domas for a +1 and then makes the “too small” gesture, and this “don’t miss” BS… unsubscribe me plz.

Ja definitely gonna have to figure out how to make his game less reliant on his freakish athleticism if he wants his peak to last more than a handful of years, IMO.

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November 23, 2022 8:48 am

Some very nice things said about the Kings by Durant and his little friend Slouchy.

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November 23, 2022 9:35 am

Nah, Morant. Not tonight.

But man, was it close. The Griz style of play for some reason is just garbage to me. They get physical and get away with it. Dillon Brooks’ whole existence just irritates me. Dude is a 3rd tier pro who runs his mouth and gets fake tough when he can’t stop anybody.

Hope this team learned a lesson in composure last night. The Griz were almost the better team because they had it and the Kings didn’t. With the exception of Harrison Freakin’ Barnes. What a performance in the last 5 minutes, this game recap would be a completely different story without the Black Falcon.

Hope the team continues to fly high in the ATL tonight. Go Kings!

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