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Kings 118, Nets 127: Tyrese Haliburton has a career night, Kings get better draft position

Tyrese Haliburton ties his career-high with 23 points, Sacramento falls to 12-19 on the season.

The last time the Kings had their standard regular season starting lineup of De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley, and Richaun Holmes healthy at the same time, Sacramento held a decent 12-12 record heading into a home game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. The Kings have lost 7-straight games since.

But here we are: February 23rd, 2021, and the Kings are finally healthy once again. Would it make a difference against a very good (and without Kevin Durant) Brooklyn Nets team? Probably not, but you never know? That's why they play the games.

The Kings started this one with some of the most pathetic defense they've played all season, and that's saying something. Kyrie Irving and James Harden were doing whatever they wanted out there, but you expect that to some degree. What shouldn't happen is Bruce Brown beating the Kings defense down the court repeatedly for easy buckets inside. Bad, bad, bad.

This game looked over already after 8 or so minutes until Tyrese Haliburton saved the Kings to the extent that you can save a team that lost the first quarter 42-28. In 18 first-half minutes Hali dropped 18 points on 7/11 shooting from the field and 4/5 shooting from three, with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. He was also the only '+' player for the Kings in the first half at +4.

Harrison Barnes picked up his scoring a bit, too, and Sacramento smartly fed Holmes the ball in the paint repeatedly, and you know he just doesn't miss near the bucket.

This was Tyrese Haliburton's night, though. It was his brilliance that turned this game from a first quarter blowout to a respectable 72-66 Nets lead at halftime.

If Monte McNair hadn't landed Haliburton with the 12th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, this would have been a considerably more depressing season. At least we have a future Fox-Haliburton backcourt to look forward to throughout all the losing. Outside of that, there isn't a lot of good happening here. But back to the game.

The Kings did the unthinkable in the third quarter, and actually took the lead briefly after a Haliburton mid-range pull-up jumper. We're so accustomed to the Kings losing games in the third that closing the lead gap vs. the Nets here is certainly a win. With neither team playing any defense whatsoever at this stage of the game, Sacramento gave themselves an opportunity to steal a tough game on the road with one quarter remaining. If you believe in acceptable losses, the Kings were heading in that direction here.

De'Aaron Fox was pretty quiet for most of this game until the 4th quarter when he knocked down a couple of big 3s, but ultimately it was too little, too late for the Kings' best player. Fox ended the game with 27 points, but it was a bit deceiving. He wasn't much of a factor through three quarters, and you aren't going to beat this Nets team when your best player doesn't have his best game, and your highest paid player (Buddy Hield) only contributes 11 points in 36 minutes.

The Nets cruised pretty comfortably to a 127-118 win. The Kings kept it competitive in the 4th quarter but never really made Brooklyn nervous. The better team took control, and the better team won.

I'm going to call this a good loss, though. Outside of a terrible start, the Kings competed hard. Haliburton looked fantastic. Fox and Buddy didn't have their best nights. It is what it is. The Kings aren't making the playoffs this season anyway, so please excuse my indifference in the outcome. A great Tyrese Haliburton performance is enough to keep me watching for now.

Most importantly, the Kings are in sole possession of the 5th pick (pre-lottery) of the 2021 NBA Draft after tonights loss, and are quickly gaining on Houston and Cleveland.

Meanwhile, in Dallas...

 

 

 

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SelecaoKOJ
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February 23, 2021 7:28 pm

I was enjoying Bagley’s progress and then you are there to remind me.

What could have been: Fox, Hali, and Doncic. That’s championship level.

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February 23, 2021 7:30 pm
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Ok, that hurts..

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February 23, 2021 7:33 pm
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Realistically, if Doncic was on this team we wouldn’t have been in a position to draft Hali.
Also, Vlade would still be GM anyways.

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February 23, 2021 7:40 pm
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Not if the Kings fired Vlade before the 2018 draft.

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February 23, 2021 7:59 pm
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Doubtful the Kings could have ever had those 3. It’s either Fox and Hali or Fox and Luka.

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February 23, 2021 9:37 pm
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Thanks Vlade

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February 23, 2021 10:43 pm
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You forgot Michael Malone as their head coach.

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February 23, 2021 7:28 pm

If it wasn’t for Haliburton, I wouldn’t be watching.

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February 23, 2021 10:42 pm
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Agreed, I’m just checking box scores now to see how he did … the games are becoming pointless as usual.

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February 24, 2021 6:25 am

This season, for a lot of teams is just a requirement. Get fans back and lets have some fun next year post pandemic.

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February 23, 2021 7:29 pm

The new coach is going to switch Hali to point Fox to Combo. I see it now.

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February 23, 2021 8:01 pm
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I agree. I see Fox sliding to the off guard like N.O. moved Holiday there. Fox could be lethal off ball with his quickness, ability to cut, and new found 3pt shot.

Truth be told, they can run a combo lead guard set like Portland does, only Hali and Fox look to be better defenders.

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February 23, 2021 8:26 pm
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Once Kyrie told Harden, you be the point guard and I’ll be the sg, the Nets tool off like a rocket.

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February 23, 2021 8:37 pm
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Amazing that is what Jerry said in an early podcast ! Have Hali on the ball more and Fox more a 2 and move Buddy to 6th man !

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February 23, 2021 10:00 pm
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Or just move Buddy.

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February 24, 2021 9:03 am
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Buddy’s value must be terrible now. Seems like Barnes and Holmes are our best trade options.

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February 23, 2021 10:29 pm
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So my other team by birth is the Pistons … Thomas and Dumars did this for many years. Dumars would bring the ball up all the time. It works, you just have to have unselfish guys to do it.

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February 24, 2021 4:12 am
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Agree, I think this is where things will sit eventually.

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February 23, 2021 7:30 pm

Tank on.
Fox, Hali Holmes and Bagley playing well coupled with a loss. Sounds like a win to me.

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February 23, 2021 7:31 pm

Good minutes from DaQuan also. He has the right attitude.

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February 23, 2021 7:32 pm

This will sound outrageous but Hali was giving me shades of a slimmer and taller CP3.
Long term Hali is the primary ball handler and Fox is more of a combo when they are playing together.

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February 23, 2021 7:36 pm
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That’s the way I see it too!

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February 23, 2021 8:22 pm
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For a rookie to be in command of each possession like that is so impressive, hard not to get shades of Paul.

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February 23, 2021 7:36 pm

It’s crazy how often they make the one mistake they can’t make. I know the Nets are a bit of an offensive juggernaut, but there were multiple defensive laps that were basically “yeah you don’t want to leave the most accurate three point shooter in the league wide open like that.”

Also…Who says No?
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February 23, 2021 7:40 pm
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It’s crazy how often they make the one mistake they can’t make.

This is the norm for the Kings every year, unfortunately.

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February 23, 2021 8:09 pm
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If the Nets are going all in on a title run, then no one should say no. That being said, I think the Nets would really miss Brown. That kid looks like a solid defensive wing. He’s their DaQuan Jeffries.

If this were to happen, the Kings need to move Buddy as well. I don’t see how the team could go forward with Fox, Hali, Buddy and Dinwiddie locked up long term.

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February 23, 2021 8:24 pm
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Dinwiddie just has one year left on his deal. It’s a player option too, so he can technically be a UFA this offseason if he wanted to be.

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February 23, 2021 8:13 pm
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If we can keep Holmes, I’d prefer that.

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February 23, 2021 8:32 pm
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So I’m honestly unsure why folks say we need to “keep” Holmes. They guy is a UFA this summer. The Kings have no advantage in keeping him over any other team. They can’t offer him more money, give him a longer deal, or promise him a title contention more than any other team.

Why not trade him to a contender to give him a shot, get assets for such deal, then try and re-sign him this summer?

It goes like this:

McNair: “Richaun, I’ve traded you to “said contender” for “future assets.” I feel this is best for the Kings AND you going forward. I wish you the best on you title run because we love you and want you back. Go get it! The city of Sacramento loves you and wants you back. We are going to be the first to call you in free agency if you are willing to listen. I feel you know this is a business and this is nothing personal. We want you as a Sacramento King as we build a team to contend for a title and this is the best way to do that.”

Richaun: “Sounds good, Monte. Thank you for the opportunity to earn my keep in the league and give me a shot to be a champion. I hope this also increases my value in the league. I will talk to you soon.”

Disclaimer: If Monte decides to do this, I feel I need some kind of compensation. I can be paid in beer.

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February 23, 2021 11:13 pm
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this is good too

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February 24, 2021 2:07 am
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I think they do have an advantage. An extra year?

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February 24, 2021 7:21 am
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I don’t believe so. There are no Bird Rights with his deal.

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February 24, 2021 9:08 am
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Why give him an extra year (even if we could)? The going rate for players of his caliber is 2 yr $18M max if you use Harrell as a comp. Although I think Harrell has a bit more value.

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February 24, 2021 9:06 am
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I agree. The “Keep Holmes” camp is the antithesis of the “Trade Barnes” camp. Similar in age and Barnes is the more versatile and better player. And Barnes is under contract for a few more years putting him in the “playoff window” hopefully. Holmes is not under the King’s control this summer and will likely be gone for nothing. IMO it makes a lot more sense for both the Kings and Holmes to make a deal that returns assets and gives Holmes the opportunity to compete in the playoffs. Then hope you can maintain goodwill and get him back. I love Holmes as a player, but he’s a bit limited because of his size. He might get a similar deal to Harrell (2yr $18M). He’s not getting a 5 year deal.

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February 23, 2021 11:12 pm
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This is good

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February 23, 2021 8:25 pm
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Awesome trade. I’d take Dinwiddie for Richaun and Jelly, Nets can throw in whatever crap filler they want.

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February 23, 2021 8:39 pm
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The Nets!

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February 23, 2021 10:30 pm
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I love me some Dinwiddie, but not at the expense of Holmes. Put Bagley in there – deal!

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February 23, 2021 7:45 pm

if Monte has a taker for Barnes, not sure why you’d keep his salary and not play Jeffries and Woodard at this point

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February 23, 2021 7:45 pm

Why is no one questing Walton’s decision to sit Holmes the last 5 minutes? Attitude was gone. Total head scratcher.

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February 23, 2021 7:47 pm
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He tweaked his ankle and why risk the tank

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February 23, 2021 7:54 pm
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Okay. I feel relieved, in a way. But, knowing that, I would have considered putting DaQuan on the floor.

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February 23, 2021 8:06 pm
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How about those valuable 4th quarter crunch time minutes for Marvsey

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February 23, 2021 8:11 pm
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Not good, especially when two bad defenders are on the court together (Bagley and Hield) and the glue guy defenders (Holmes and Jeffries) are on the bench. Really questionable coaching move.

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February 23, 2021 10:32 pm
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RQCM is Luke’s nickname.

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February 24, 2021 8:07 am
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Marvin should be playing 4th quarter crunch time minutes every night (if there’s a crunch time).

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February 23, 2021 7:57 pm
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This Jalen Green looks like a player

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February 23, 2021 10:42 pm
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The more I see him, the bigger my eyes get.

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February 23, 2021 8:26 pm
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Somebody on the thread is cery anti tank, down voting any pro tanking comment lol

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February 23, 2021 9:28 pm
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I wonder if Leo is a lurker lol.

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February 23, 2021 10:42 pm
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It’s probably Jalen Green lol

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February 24, 2021 7:20 am
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That was me. I think tanking is against the integrity of the game.

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February 24, 2021 8:27 am
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I generally agree. The problem is that if they want to protect that aspect of the integrity of the game, they have to stop incentivizing tanking. The way it is right now, if a team is out of the playoff picture, it’s borderline irresponsible of them not to do everything they can to increase their ability to win meaningful games in the future. Thus, PROMOTION/RELEGATION. Sorry, Wolves, you’re heading to the G-League!

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February 24, 2021 8:36 am

Man, would I LOVE that idea.

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February 24, 2021 9:52 am
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Obviously, it isn’t happening. The more realistic answer is just to flop the lottery odds. Incentive non-playoff teams to win as many games as possible instead of the opposite.

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February 23, 2021 7:50 pm

I’m looking forward to the next game, only to watch the progression of this incredible rookie.

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February 23, 2021 8:26 pm
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I know Woodard is a beast.

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February 23, 2021 8:50 pm
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Ramsey

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Vanja

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February 24, 2021 8:10 am
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Newman

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February 23, 2021 8:10 pm

How’d Fox play?

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February 23, 2021 8:19 pm
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He turned it on late

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February 23, 2021 8:11 pm

can we pool our money and pay a lip reader to transcribe what Harden/Kyrie said to Haliburton after the game?

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February 23, 2021 8:18 pm
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“How’s basketball Hell?”

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February 23, 2021 8:20 pm
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Definitely nothing about teaming up

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February 23, 2021 9:21 pm
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“Tyrese, let’s make THE BIG FOUR here in Brooklyn”

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February 23, 2021 8:30 pm
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“Hey kid, where the strip clubs at in Sac?”

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February 23, 2021 10:40 pm
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LOL

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February 23, 2021 10:51 pm
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Harden has played in Sac enough times. He was probably the one giving the recommendations.

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February 23, 2021 8:37 pm
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Here’s how to force your way out of sac….

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February 23, 2021 8:46 pm
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Probably said.. Damn.. I haven’t see a Kings player go off like that since I was in middle school.

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February 23, 2021 8:57 pm
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Where’s the €œthis is bad€ guy

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February 23, 2021 11:18 pm
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This is bad

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February 23, 2021 9:09 pm
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Talent recognizes talent. They told Hali “Keep working, you got the goods”.

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February 23, 2021 9:29 pm
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“You are going to be really good. It will be nice to see you at all star games consistently in a couple years.” Or something like that.

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February 23, 2021 9:42 pm

It seemed like Kyrie was discussing something that happened in the game.

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February 23, 2021 11:46 pm
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Yeah but my thing was more fun 😃

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February 23, 2021 8:16 pm

It’s so fun to get excited about Bagley doing basic things on the basketball court while Luka hits game winners.

Really can’t thank you enough Vlade you incompetent moron.

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February 23, 2021 8:27 pm
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Thank Vivek more. Moron kept the moron in his position for far too long.

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February 23, 2021 8:59 pm
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It’s really hard to believe how far off Vlade was on so many transactions. But the Luka one takes the cake…unbelievable.

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February 23, 2021 9:14 pm
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He was terrible no doubt… but he did trade Boogie and not give him that 200 mill extension. Which if he had and was debated at the time the team would be right in the middle of. Boogie at 40 mill a year on this team…like there is no describing how depressing and hopeless this team would be. Plus Holmes signing. As such, Vlade gets a D- from me!

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February 24, 2021 5:01 am
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I mean Boogie was great before his injury and there’s no guarantee he would’ve been injured if he was on a different team, just too many different variables at that point.

Look at it this way, if we had boogie we likely wouldn’t have had the #2 pick in 2018 so that wouldn’t have to haunt us forever

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February 24, 2021 7:06 am
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I disagree boogie was €œgreat€ pre injury. Some great stats but not sure he leads you to any wins. And entirely still could have had number two pick. We jumped up in that draft…not like boogie was doing anything but leading us to mid lottery anyway, which is where they were when they jumped. Yes variables, but looking at how many injuries he’s had seems unlikely he comes out unscathed injury wise.

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February 24, 2021 8:09 am
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It was kind of crazy to many of us that the Kings didn’t sell high on Cousins long before the potential extension was bearing down on them. They had a chance to sell high, and whiffed.

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February 24, 2021 8:47 am
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Of course, he traded Cousins 1.5 years too late, thus creating the Supermax dilemma.

Side note: Remember some of the semi-underwhelming rumors of offers for Cousins.

2015 #2, Randle, Clarkson, and €œother draft assets.€

Vucevic and draft assets

Beal, Porter, Gortat

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February 24, 2021 12:08 am
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Second worst missed pick ever? Behind Bowie Jordan.

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February 24, 2021 7:26 am
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Not there yet, but there is time. 2003 with Darko over Carmelo, Bosh and Wade still holds 2nd place in my book.

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February 24, 2021 8:56 am
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Yeah. Time will tell. It’s trending that direction though.

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February 23, 2021 9:30 pm
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Survey says! Why not both GIF incoming from somebody who knows how to post a GIF!

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February 23, 2021 10:34 pm
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The problem is, all things Kangz are always graded on a curve … so for many of us, Marvin occasionally showing that he might be a nice player someday equates to Luka being an All-NBA player at exactly the same age.

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February 24, 2021 12:07 am
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Almost as fun as hearing Doug and Co praise Bagely and proselytize about his progress when he does something like-make a good move and almost score…..move his feet…..almost set a screen or try….

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February 23, 2021 8:48 pm

€œhey kiddo, if Vlade was still the GM, you’ll be pick #13€

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February 23, 2021 9:05 pm

My new nickname for Haliburton: Sub Zero.

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February 23, 2021 9:07 pm
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Haliburton is such a joy to watch. So happy to see him in a Kings uni.

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February 23, 2021 9:14 pm

Blockbuster Fantasy Trade: Fox and Barnes to Boston for Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. Who says no?

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February 23, 2021 9:21 pm
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Boston because they are still stuck with Kemba’s contract and Kemba and Fox can’t play together at least in closing time. Now if they were able to unload Kemba’s contract who knows. Would all depend on how much Boston would want to shake up the dynamic of their team. Brown is on a considerable cheaper extension than Fox too.

If I’m the Kings I call it in as fast as I can and let Hali take over point.

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February 23, 2021 9:32 pm
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Kemba’s salary is a problem, but Celts are in a nosedive and the window is quickly closing. Fox completely shakes up the situation and Ainge needs to make a splash. It won’t happen, but it’s a fun thought.

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February 23, 2021 9:35 pm
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Okay, lets have even more fun: We take Kemba back and hope he returns to form. We add in Hield and Cojo to shed more salary. Unbelievably, the trade works.

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February 23, 2021 10:35 pm
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If it’s Bagley and Barnes – deal!

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February 24, 2021 12:56 am
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I already said fox for brown earlier in the season

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February 24, 2021 8:14 am
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Here’s a Spongebob sticker for you.