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Kings: 119, Rockets: 122: And Now, On to 2021!

The Sacramento Kings went wire to wire against the new look Houston Rockets, but came just short of going into 2021 with a 4-1 record.

In their final game of 2020, the Sacramento Kings were forced to take on a winless Houston Rockets squad that finally had their full squad ready to run. In their first regular season game playing together, James Harden scored 33 points, had 8 assists and 6 rebounds, John Wall had 22 points, with 9 assists and 6 rebounds and former Kings DeMarcus Cousins had 8 points, 3 assists, 1 rebounds in limited minutes. For the Kings, their high point man tonight was Harrison Barnes, with 24 points to go along with 1 assists and 8 rebounds. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton had a rough first half but ended up with 11 points, 1 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals.

The first quarter saw the Kings and Rockets each with 14 points on 5/10 shooting with neither team shooting well to separate themselves. If anything stood out from the early minutes of the game, it was Marvin Bagley running a fast break and dishing it to Richaun Holmes for a big time slam to put break a tie. Six of the Kings first nine shots tonight were three pointers, with only two makes. DeMarcus Cousins checked into the game with 2:45 left in the quarter and immediately stroked his first Houston Rockets three pointer. Kings ended the quarter up on the Rockets, 33-32 with Hield scoring 7 points and Fox, Holmes and Barnes each scoring 6.

How Many Times Did Will See Luke Walton's Exposed Nose: 3 times

The second quarter started with the first real egregious Tyrese Haliburton turnover of his career as he risked a skip pass from his corner position to a shooter on the opposite wing that was immediately picked off. For the Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins made his presence known early in the quarter with a patented Boogie spin and pump fake into a layup and then threading a gorgeous bounce pass to a cutting guard a possession or two later. Corey Joseph came in late in the first and man did he look rough early, picking up three fouls in his first 8 minutes. This whole first five minutes of the second was rough, with turnovers and misguided passes and bad misses really mucking up any flow that these teams were each trying to establish. This wasn't just the Kings either. At one point James Harden was 0-5, Wall 3-9 and Eric Gordon 1-4 just before halfway through the second. Richaun Holmes had himself a very nice first half, culminating in a rushed and leaning long range jumper to beat the shot clock. Overall he was a perfect 5-5 from the field for 12 points and 7 boards. With less than three minutes in the half, John Wall had taken 14 shots before James Harden made his first field goal of the game. That's a fun fact that means nothing at all but made me blink a few times very quickly. Harden then, of course hit his next three shots and finished the half with 10 points on 4-11 shooting. At halftime, the Kings found themselves down 59-63.

How Many Times Did Will See Luke Walton's Exposed Nose: 4 times

Fun Halftime Stats:

The Kings shot 19 three pointers, hitting only 6 for 31.6%.

Kings shot 55.6% from inside the arc, Rockets shot 64.3%. Woof.

The third quarter again started sloppy, with missed alley-oops and errant passes galore. There was a stretch of like four straight possessions where Bagley got stripped, Buddy threw the ball away and then Bagley waved off Buddy for an iso and proceeded to get stripped again, then De'Aaron Fox drove and was stripped in the lane. At least three of these turnovers led to easy oops on the other end. Even after a frustration timeout, the Kings nearly turned the ball over again and then allowed an easy entry pass to James Harden pinning his man in the post. The eye test tells me the wheel on the defense wagon fell completely off tonight. Houston hit 6-8 of their twos to start this quarter and 5 were oops to wide open guys. Alas, somehow the Kings were still only down 4 points at the half way mark. The turnovers and sloppy play continued and I don't want to talk about them anymore. Just know every other Kings possession was like watching a dog trying to fully express its own stinky gland. The last few minutes of the third saw Fox and Haliburton getting tips and deflections on what seemed like every possession. Tyrese finally caught himself a steal which led to a break and a Fox three pointer, which cut the lead to just one point. Through three quarters: Kings: 86, Rockets: 87.

How Many Times Did Will See Luke Walton's Exposed Nose: 1 time

The fourth quarter started with a Tyrese bucket followed by a Tyrese steal, followed by a Corey Joseph steal and Tyrese went up for a dunk and came down HARD on his right hip and shaking his right wrist a bit. He ended up staying in the game and the Kings quickly went up by 4, using a 17-3 run between the end of the 3rd and start of the 4th to jump into the lead. With six minutes to play the Kings stretched their lead to seven with their bench unit, shooting 9-13 from the field in the quarter. Christian Wood smoked the Kings all night and cut the lead to just two with 4:45 left in the game on an and-1 drawing layup. With 3 minutes left in the game, James Harden stepped into a deep three and splashed it, putting the Rockets up 1 at 111-110. After some back and forth missing, PJ Tucker ripped a missed rebound out of Buddy Hield's hands and got it to Harden, who drew a foul to extend the lead to three with just 2:20 remaining. Buddy Hield missed a three on the other end and Harden found an unguarded Christian Wood on the subsequent play to push the lead to 5. Out of a timeout, Fox found Barnes for a wide open oop and their ensuing play would have tied it, and found Hield for an open three which he airballed. James Harden then quickly came back down on the other end and hit a three of his own, pushing the lead to 6. A Fox jumper and a Harden travel gave the Kings some hope down 4 with 30 seconds left and a Holmes kick to the corner found Haliburton open for 3, which the young star subsequently splashed. 22.4 seconds left, the Rockets remained up 1 with possession and the Kings quickly fouled James Harden, who knocked down both, pushing the Rocket's lead to 3. Out of their last timeout, the Kings had a broken play result in a dunk for Richaun Holmes, who then immediately fouled Harden with 15.6 seconds remaining. Harden hit both. Buddy and Fox then both missed contested threes to tie the game before the buzzer sounded.

Final Score: Kings: 119, Rockets: 122

How Many Times Did Will See Luke Walton's Exposed Nose: 8 times

 

Player of the Game

Richaun Holmes: It was a toss up between Holmes and Barnes who also had himself a great game. Coming into this game, there had been a lot of hype around the Rocket's acquisition of Christian Wood, who had an outstanding 21-12-3 stat line tonight. Holmes kept pace with Wood tonight scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 boards and 2 assists on 10-13 shooting. Holmes used up all 5 of his free fouls but his offense was the difference maker in this one. Whenever the Kings struggled to get a bucket or the guards had themselves trapped, Holmes movement in the paint saved their hide.

Game Notes
  • 4500 fans were let into see this game in Houston and hot damn did that make me itchy thinking about it.
  • The first half was rough for the youngins. Marvin Bagley's touch was off and Haliburton had his worst half as a Sacramento Kings. That being said, they both made positive impacts in other ways. Bagley with 6 rebounds and Haliburton with his offensive presence, finding a ton of guys for open shots that they either missed or got fouled attempting. Bagley ended up shooting 1-9 tonight, which is to be expected from the young man still trying to knock off the rust.
  • There's a Pizza Guy commercial in which a man tries to deliver another brand's pizza to a hotel room. You know the one. Something about it is unsettling and creepy in a way that makes the hair on my neck stand up. It feels like a secret message to a group of lizard people or a 30 second ad equivalent to the Denver airport.
  • I saw Walton's mask yanked down 16 separate times this game and while, yes, I'm being petty, it's a pretty dumb look for the league to mandate this look if they also aren't enforcing it in some way.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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TheBufferZone
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December 31, 2020 6:59 pm

Thinking about minutes & trade deadline:

Priorities
Fox, Halliburton, Holmes, Jeffries (when healthy)

Please Keep
Barnes (versatile glue guy, finally playing like the guy we expected)

Please Trade
Buddy, Bagley, CoJo (I’d hope for 2 1st round picks from Buddy/Bagley)

Give or Take
Bjelly & Whiteside (Love Bjelly & Whiteside is a big defensive center type that we need, but if we can get anything for them, get it)

Give Trade Minutes To
Guy, Woodard, Ramsey, Robinson

Faded Hopes
Was truly hoping to see Bagley repeat his first-half-game-play from last game, but he looked abysmal.  I’ve had a €œc’mon let’s see what he’s got, you haters€ attitude since it wasn’t his fault Vlade chose him over Doncic, but man…he looks awful.  The moment he vehemently waved away Buddy so he could iso-ball & immediately turned it over for the 3rd time, I gave up.

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December 31, 2020 10:20 pm
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I think that you underrate Bjelly. Every time I watch him, he provides quality minutes.

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December 31, 2020 10:43 pm
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I’m not underrating him- like I said, I love Bjelly.

But, he’s not in our long term plan, he’s given more than the Kings were really expecting from him, & I’d love to see him being a sharpshooting bench guy on a playoff team.

If we can get anything for him, we should. If we can’t & he stays, I’ll continue to be thankful he’s a King.

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January 1, 2021 7:20 pm
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Bjelly is looking a little slow this year. It may be time to upgrade and move on.

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January 1, 2021 10:24 am
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I agree with your roster construction philosophy, but I’d try to get something for Barnes.

Regarding Bagley, I’m betting his value around the league is in the late first round pick territory.

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December 31, 2020 7:02 pm

Houston Control gave the refs a standing O

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December 31, 2020 7:05 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand scene. Goodbye 2020, on to 2021.
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December 31, 2020 7:08 pm
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Let’s hope 2021 is a better year for everyone!

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December 31, 2020 8:19 pm
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2020 ..
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December 31, 2020 8:30 pm
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Kids watched both movies on the way down to sac today. Happy New Year!

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December 31, 2020 7:08 pm

Tucker took Bagley out of the game which he does to a lot of players ! Just can’t do it to actual stars !

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December 31, 2020 7:09 pm

I love Fox as much as the next fan, but his three-point shooting really killed us down the stretch. Obviously the last-second one was necessary but I think I counted at least three others he missed late in the fourth.

I’m all for this being the year for him to shoot a lot and develop a reliable three-point shot, but I don’t think he should be dribbling into contested threes late in the game when he clearly isn’t feeling it from distance on the night. Shoot a couple in rhythm throughout the game, off the catch, maybe in the corner.

His job at the end of games should mostly be:
a) drive and shoot
b) drive and kick

I feel like he’s done a lot more standing around this season. Every time he got into the paint he scored or drew a foul. I get that it’s probably exhausting to do that every trip down the court, but I want him to embrace his inner Westbrook and be more aggressive. I feel like that’s the way for him to make another leap, which I don’t really think we’ve seen this season (though we did see it in the bubble).

I don’t want to be overly critical of Fox and I do think he’s been good in these first five games, but I still have my fingers crossed for another step up.

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December 31, 2020 7:09 pm

What an atrocious game by Bagley. I don’t understand how a #2 pick can be so damn unskilled. He struggles to post up against every player and gets blocked at the rim far too often for a guy with a supposed double jump.

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December 31, 2020 7:16 pm
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Yeah, I want to give Bagley a fair shot but at this point, I am totally ok with him and Buddy being traded. Let’s just build around the high BBIQ of Fox and the king of all BBIQ Hali. Get more guys with BBIQ, please.

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December 31, 2020 7:21 pm
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That’s an Amen from me too. Buddy has the most value at this point so maybe trade both at the same time. Their stupid turnovers are killing us.

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January 1, 2021 6:51 am
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Agreed. Unfortunately we had that player and we let him walk…

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December 31, 2020 8:41 pm
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He shouldn’t have been anywhere close to the #2 pick due to his lesser skills compared to other prospects in his draft.

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December 31, 2020 11:52 pm
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This ^. Can’t blame Bagley for being the #2 pick, that’s the incompetence of Vlade.

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January 1, 2021 6:52 am
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Agreed. It’s not his fault that he was drafted before Luka. I feel for the guy. Hopefully he continues to get better.

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January 1, 2021 2:57 pm
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Yup. Before that draft, I thought he was the 9th best prospect. I’m not exactly sure where I’d rank him now, but it wouldn’t be close to #2.

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December 31, 2020 7:18 pm

Yea it’s probably just a little rust. 😜

Bagley ended up shooting 1-9 tonight, which is to be expected from the young man still trying to knock off the rust.

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December 31, 2020 8:29 pm
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This isn’t rust….it’s permanently formed concrete.

Bagely has been this unskilled from the get go amd isn’t changing. Why I was almost as irritated that Vlade didn’t at least picked a player who has skills/can play in modern game€”JJJ.

Again, if you think of Bags on another team you would not want him.

His atrocious D and ball stopping O prevents winning. And he AINT changing. Please trade.

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December 31, 2020 7:25 pm

Luke’s mask bugs me too. I’d buy a t-shirt that calls him out on it. Btw, love my new €œKangs€ and TKH shirts!

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January 1, 2021 2:11 pm

Agreed. The NBA should follow the NFL’s lead and start issuing fines to anyone not properly wearing their mask. And not some rinky dink fine but nice and beefy fines like the NFL ($100,000 per infraction). The NFL largely plays their games outdoors or in very large indoor venues which are far less risky than NBA venues and yet the NBA has done nothing to address the issue.

Oh and while we’re at it while I realize it’s fun to single out and point fingers at Walton while Bobby Jackson appears to be just as bad a violator of mask protocol.
One could argue that Jackson’s behavior is worse because sitting in the row directly behind the players with his nose exposed breathing down the backs of their necks. I think it’s hypocritical to single out Walton and not any of the other violators.

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December 31, 2020 7:27 pm

With this current roster, I’m just thrilled that we’ve been in as many games as we have so far. Keep up this style of play, and I’ll be happy watching this squad, no matter what the outcome is.

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December 31, 2020 10:45 pm
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Yeah this is where I’m at. As long as the games continue to be this entertaining wins are just gravy. This team still needs a talent upgrade and there are plenty of guys in the lottery who will provide that next year.

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January 1, 2021 7:21 am

This place is going to be hot take central all season. (And every season, really.) So if you need to warm up, just boot up The Kings Herald and read post game threads!

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January 1, 2021 2:24 am
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Same. Either way the future is bright for Sacramento with Monte at the helm. Hopefully no one effs it up.

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January 1, 2021 6:54 am
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I completely agree. This is very watchable basketball which isn’t a given in Sacramento.

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January 1, 2021 8:07 am
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I find myself missing the 1st qtr because I’m driving home from work and I wish I hadn’t!

That hasn’t been the case too often the last 15 years.

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January 1, 2021 7:42 am
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Well put BTB.

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December 31, 2020 7:28 pm

Can we just end the Bagley’s experiment asap ? (maybe 10-15 games?)

I think some of us had seen enough of him….he is just the same Bagley…no improvement at all…

His plays are KILLING TEAM’s MOMENTUM…

1) His handling sucks…what’s that ? (just pass to the guards)comment image

2) Looks familar ? His ball being stripped as usual…(at least one time per game)comment image

3) Just look at his facial expression…and I don’t know how Bagley see himself any advantage over Wood and calling for ISO…comment image

then, Hield fouled intentionally for his frustration against Bagley

p.s. I said in game thread, and would like to say it again here, why not play some J. Parker, he is “NO WORSE” than Bagley

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December 31, 2020 7:33 pm

Or Metu, he’s much better than Bagley..

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December 31, 2020 10:55 pm
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#FREEMETU

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December 31, 2020 7:42 pm

I hope Bagley gets at least the same number of minutes against this team on Saturday… It’s the right thing to do.

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December 31, 2020 8:00 pm
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@Team Bagley is very silent tonight..

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December 31, 2020 10:05 pm
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They should be.

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January 1, 2021 2:07 am
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That is not fair.

There is no “I” in Team Bagley.

No “Sacramento Kings” either, unfortunately.

I hope that Marvin can shake off the influence of his father and listen to his coaches so he will understand what will give him the biggest chance at playing time and success.

But I fear that the me-first mentality is still there and it clearly continues to be nurtured.

Mr916Saechao
December 31, 2020 7:53 pm

Bagley gotta stop doing his power dribbles down low and just go up with it against smaller players. 80% of the time he does that, he gets picked

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December 31, 2020 7:57 pm

LOL! that first highlight is comical.

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January 1, 2021 2:23 pm
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As soon as that happened I could hear Doug Christie in my head saying “Find your guard young man”!

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December 31, 2020 8:46 pm

thanks for posting HKKF! Always look forward to the gifs you post. These are things you usually don’t see in the YouTube highlights of the game. That wave-off-to-turnover sequence is maddening

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January 1, 2021 10:27 am

Bagley may not be the answer, but Parker is definitely not the answer!

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January 1, 2021 2:01 pm
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You’re wrong. Bagley and Parker can both be the answer!

Who are two (of the many) 2nd pick busts in the NBA?

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December 31, 2020 7:36 pm

I thought I was watching the….
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December 31, 2020 7:53 pm

Fox should have ate in the paint today. Only one true PG for the opposition and it’s his 1st real game in almost 2 years.

Also, Glenn Rob should get some run on Saturday against this small team.

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December 31, 2020 7:53 pm

Let’s see what the league says about the last few minutes of this game.

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December 31, 2020 8:04 pm
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It will say the Beard signs our check. We’ll give you a break when he retires in 5-6 years.
Harden’s game doesn’t rely on Athleticism. So, he’s going to be around for a long time. And still dominating.

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December 31, 2020 7:59 pm

Team played hard and held its own. Bagley was terrible. But, his trade value is virtually a
late second round pick.

if he’s part of a package with Hield/ and or Bjelica/Barnes it could get the Kings a nice player/pick.

Barnes played well. If the team is in the playoff mix, it makes sense to keep him. If the team regresses, the opposite. Barnes can be great on a number of playoff teams.

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December 31, 2020 11:23 pm
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His value is still much higher, still a legit double double threat with regular minutes

BrazilianRare
December 31, 2020 7:59 pm

Somebody please ask daddy Bagley on Twitter if he thinks his soft hands/bones baby needs more playing time in clutch moments….
I bet he thinks his boy did a good job alongside Buddy losing this game for us with their atrocious iq in both ends of the floor.

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December 31, 2020 8:00 pm

Hey, we end the year with a winning record!
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December 31, 2020 8:03 pm
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Yeah, last year at this time we were 0-5

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December 31, 2020 8:31 pm
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We were actually 12-22 at this time of year. 😉

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December 31, 2020 8:14 pm

If Fox and Hield could have only gone 7-22 from three there might have been a different outcome.

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January 1, 2021 9:11 am
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The feast or famine from Fox is a bit frustrating.

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December 31, 2020 8:22 pm

Is every thread just going to be about bagley now? Some of these games are just ridiculous. His value is a late 2nd rounder? I don’t think he’s very good but this shit just gets annoying. Happy new year.

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December 31, 2020 8:25 pm
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Some of these takes, not games.

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December 31, 2020 8:33 pm
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You can always just skip over the takes you don’t like.

I don’t see ridiculous takes, I see accurate.

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December 31, 2020 8:36 pm
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Bagley received vitriol after a great game, so it’s not surprising after an awful game.

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December 31, 2020 9:19 pm
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He’s not very good and he doesn’t play within the flow of the offense. Expect the Bagley criticism to continue until he isn’t playing much.

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December 31, 2020 9:45 pm
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A number 2 pick that will be phased out of the lineup and eventually traded. Vlade set this team back quite a few years.

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January 1, 2021 8:42 am
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All of Vlade’s picks have been phased out 😂 but he did luck into Fox. Worst GM of all time

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December 31, 2020 11:35 pm
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He played well against Denver & mostly within the flow of the offense, yet he was still criticized after that game. However, he definitely deserves the criticism after playing poorly in today’s game.

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January 1, 2021 8:46 am
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I’d like to see Bjelica start and Bagley come off the bench with Haliburton.

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January 1, 2021 10:33 am
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That might actually help him. Doubt Team Bagley goes for it though.

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December 31, 2020 9:45 pm
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Which game was that?

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December 31, 2020 11:37 pm
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The 2nd Denver game.

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January 1, 2021 10:06 am
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i wouldn’t call it great. He looked like belonged on the court, showed improvement and made some shots. It was encouraging. We have a tendency to celebrate any good minutes by Bagley as a sign of being a quality player.

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January 1, 2021 11:38 am
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We have a tendency to celebrate any good minutes by Bagley as a sign of being a quality player.

I’m hoping Marvin Bagley has value as a productive player. I’m sorry for such outlandish tendencies, but it’s just how I roll.

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January 1, 2021 4:21 pm
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I’d like to see that too. But Bagley hasn’t shown that on the court yet, and may never do so.

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January 1, 2021 8:19 pm
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But Bagley hasn’t shown that on the court yet, and may never do so.

His rookie season of 1500+ minutes, .110 WS/48, 111 ORtg, 110 DRtg, 20.8 DRB%, 10.4 ORB%, and 15/7.5 guy suggest otherwise.

He’s not the player YOU want, obviously. He has had plenty of productive moments in the NBA just as a rookie with a bit over 2000 career minutes now.

What does he end up being? No clue. But I’m amazed that his career is already over if I were judging just the comments here about Marvin Bagley. There’s a long way to go with him unless he continues to suffer injury after injury. I’m hoping the Kings can reap the benefits of that value down the line.

A crazy notion, I know.

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December 31, 2020 9:46 pm
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When he stinks like this, absolutely!

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December 31, 2020 10:37 pm
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At this point, given Bagley’s salary, a team would not even give up a late 2nd for him. Unless there is noticeable improvement, McNair is going to decline to give him an extension and allow him to walk.

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December 31, 2020 11:38 pm
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He already had the option for next season picked up.

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January 1, 2021 12:35 pm
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I think the point was that Bagley won’t get an extension next offseason at the rate he’s playing currently.

But maybe I read oshima9’s comment incorrectly.

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January 1, 2021 2:53 pm
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That could be what oshima9 meant. If that’s the case, I’d probably agree w/that.

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January 1, 2021 4:21 pm
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Yes, you guys have it right.

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January 1, 2021 12:55 pm
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You could also carefully craft an argument as to why the hot takes about Bagley are wrong. I’d love to read it.

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December 31, 2020 8:23 pm

Tough loss, loving the Tyrese defense. Also, screw you Greg!
I got that email, lol

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December 31, 2020 8:58 pm
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I got 2 emails, dude banned me twice

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January 1, 2021 2:11 am
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I think that Greg gets falsely accused about many things, and rightfully so.

Nevertheless: happy New Year, Greg!

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December 31, 2020 8:26 pm

Even though there were lots of things not called by the refs on both teams, Harden doing his usual thing, Bagley making horrible decisions, & a letting a role player kill us, the Kings nearly pulled out a win. I was weirdly hopeful they could still pull it out. Maybe this season won’t be quite as bad as we initially thought? Or at least more watchable than last?

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December 31, 2020 8:40 pm

This game was definitely winnable. Even with Houston at full roster. The Kings became the Kangz, lost their lead and their alter egos made return appearances. Hopefully they can come back in their next game.

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December 31, 2020 9:16 pm

A fair and honest question to ask:

If Bagley wasn’t the 2nd pick and instead a mid to late first rounder, how much playing time would he be getting?

I’d say at best 10 minutes a game with a fair amount of DNP’s included.

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January 1, 2021 7:38 pm
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10 mins a game overseas.

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December 31, 2020 9:21 pm

Bustley is hot garbage.

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December 31, 2020 10:19 pm

I was angry watching this game. I thought that the Kings should win it, but I knew Houston was coming back to take it. Now that I’m calmer, I can look at the game for insights as to what McNair needs to do to improve this team.

If the game is slow for Haliburton, it is too fast for Bagley to keep up with. He is on the floor with the 2nd unit late in the first, and midway in the 3rd to offensively carry it, along with Buddy, but he lacks the ability to understand defenses and make the right decisions, decisions as to whether he should attack the basket to score or move the ball to an open man. He’s easily confused, and withdraws into his shell, which usually entails going one on one or pounding the rock until he turns the ball over or puts up a bad shot. He will have good numbers against bad teams, but look horrible, like he did tonight, against well coached ones.

And his defense? There’s really no reason to go over that yet again. It is shocking to see Bagley’s lack of the basic skills required to be on the floor. I’m not writing him off yet, he needs at least 30-40 more games, but it is looking more and more like McNair will refuse to offer him an extension and allow him to go elsewhere. If only the Bogdanovic trade had gone through, and the Kings had gotten DiVincenzo.

As for Buddy, I like the effort and his commitment to the team concept. He deserves praise for the huge turnaround in this attitude. His play on defense is much improved. And yet, he’s not capable of contributing a lot to the 2nd unit on offense, and, although not as horrible as Bagley handling the ball, his judgment is poor. Other than passing the ball into the post to Bagley, giving the ball to Buddy to drive the lane is the worst play the Kings have. And, then there are those brain farts, like tonight when the Kings got a stop in the mid to late 4th, got the rebound, passed the ball to Buddy, and Buddy didn’t see the peril and got stripped, a huge momentum change.

The bottom line here is that the Kings need an upgrade at this position, but find themselves in a tough spot, because 3 point shooters are at a premium. Unless the team finds a way to limit Buddy to a catch and shoot role, I don’t see a long term future for him here, either. DiVencenzo would have a big difference here, because the ball could have gone through him to Buddy, instead of requiring Buddy to handle the ball so much.

As well as the team has played, I think that it is still a work in progress, and expect some significant personnel moves over the next 2 years, with only Fox and Haliburton being secure.

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December 31, 2020 10:26 pm

€œWe started to get a little selfish again,€ Kings coach Luke Walton said. €œWe started to try to do it by ourselves and that caused us to rush the shots and caused us to get some turnovers.€

I think he is pointing at someone…………
Hopefully, Coach Walton made some adjustment next game by adjusting the minutes those selfish player plays

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December 31, 2020 10:48 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but having a chance to tie the game on the last possession against a team that is infinitely more talented than we are seems fine to me. I always root for the Kings to win but I expected the Rockets to beat us tonight with everybody back and they did. Even if they lose again on Saturday, 3-3 against this schedule to start the year is a lot better than I would have guessed.

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January 1, 2021 7:10 am

Rockets start 2 former lottery picks and the Kings start 4 ! Either the Kings have more talent or the lottery is highly over rated !

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January 1, 2021 9:17 am
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I’d say having a quality front office is highly underrated.

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January 1, 2021 2:54 pm
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The fault in your logic is assuming that talent correlates with lottery pick.

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January 1, 2021 10:10 am

Agreed.

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January 1, 2021 1:59 pm

You’ve been a kings fan too long!

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December 31, 2020 10:57 pm

Jeeeeez the mask obsession is real…

Bags is soooo meh for his draft position, if there is a team looking for a high potential of guy that would bite like minn if trade him for draft capital and their young potential that doesn’t fit their future like culver potentially

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January 1, 2021 2:31 am
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Bagley to NY for either Ntilikina or Pinson and a 2022 1st round pick (w/ restrictions).

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January 1, 2021 3:47 am

This was the 1st full game I was able to watch due to living in the Eastern time zone. Bagley looked like he was a 24hr Fitness open gym player. You see him and think he is going to be amazing and dominate, then gets on the court and has no clue how to play basketball. It was embarrassing and difficult to watch. He was subbed out in the 3rd and the Kings went on like a 17-3 run and looked much more fluid out there. I don’t think he is in the long term plans of this team if they want to become a winner.

The Rockets look like they could be really good once they get some playing time together. They didn’t rely on Harden playing 1-on-1 for most of the game, which allowed him to stay fresh at the end so that he could finish a team off.

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January 1, 2021 10:09 am
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Yes, he’s clueless much of the time, and we all saw how the Kings took off when he was subbed out, much like the 2nd Denver game. Some fans don’t want to see it, but it’s obvious. He can’t execute on either end of the court, and that means he can’t be out there for extended minutes unless that changes.

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January 1, 2021 7:29 am

Love the fight but Fox and Coach lost this game. And I saw it coming. Fox does not have a good half court game at the end of games and key situations. Right before the Kings lost the lead. Fox brings up the ball slow. Dribble , dribble, dribble force a fade away. This happened twice. I’m screaming for this not to happen but watched it play out twice! Sorry but this is about to become T.H’s team. Not sure how long Fox and T.H can be on the same team. Coach needed to have some balls and put the ball in the rookies hands, this kid has a little LeBron in him. The ball needs to be in his hands in the half court, Fox should handle in full court.

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January 1, 2021 8:16 am

Happy with the game. Wasn’t perfectly pretty, but man, HOLMES SWEET HOLMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that dude. If there was ever a player who fit the ‘Corliss Williamson’ mold Rob is always talking about (guy who understands who is paying the bills in otherwords), it’s Mr Richaun Holmes. Not a highlight reel, but if you’re a fan of basketball he makes it fun to watch him. I know it’s all the rage right now to rave about Rese’s high BBall IQ, but Richaun Holmes has a high basketball IQ, too.

I would love for him to be part of winning in Sacramento. Otherwise, De’Aaron had a solid but not a great game, Marvin had a stinker, Buddy was about what his shooting line showed, they got screwed by the refs, and they kept coming. Harrison Barnes had a game, too.

This is part of the NBA. Dealing with this stuff. It happens. Come out tomorrow and rewrite the story. Simple. This group hasn’t always done that. Maybe it’s maturity, maybe it’s playing with each other more maybe it’s having that extra piece like Tyrese Halliburton being remarkably productive in an unreasonably unexpected way, but whatever it is this group is better than last year. How much so? Eh, who knows. That’s why you play the games, I guess.

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January 1, 2021 12:13 pm
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This isnt really that big of a deal, either way. I don’t care if the national media respects or disrespects Sacramento. I find myself rolling my eyes much of the time.

That said, Tyrese is going to get a lot of NATIONAL love early given how well he’s played. The only thing I’m really wondering is when teams are going to start throwing the kitchen sink at Tyrese because the way they’re doing it now is clearly not working.

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