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Kings 124, Nuggets 122: Buddy Buckets with the game winner!

A very impressive team win for the Kings on opening night.
By | 198 Comments | Dec 23, 2020

In a promising performance on both sides of the ball the Sacramento Kings defeated a very talented and experienced Denver Nuggets team 124-122 in overtime of Wednesday’s season opener.

The Kings won it at the buzzer on a Buddy Hield tip in off a rebound. Hield led the team in scoring with 22 points, and he added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. De’Aaron Fox finished with 21 points, 7 assists 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block. Harrison Barnes added 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 block.

First Half

The Kings showed flashes of promise in the first half. They played decent defense and shared the ball well (14 assists) and took care of it (only 4 turnovers). Surprisingly, Cory Joseph led the team in scoring in the first half with 12 points off the bench (and he was the first player off the bench for Luke Walton). Not long after he entered the game, Tyrese Haliburton joined him, along with De’Aaron Fox and Hassan Whiteside. The three-guard lineup looked a little shaky, but kept the Kings in the game.

Haliburton shared the ball well and impressed with some of his passes. Both Fox and Hield struggled with their shots, going for a combined 4-17 from the field.

Even though the Kings put in a good effort on the defensive end, the Nuggets still put up 60 points in the first half on 51 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. No one had an answer for Nikola Jokic, who had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the first half. The Nuggets were sending guys at Marvin Bagley and for the most part, guys were getting by him, but he held his own on some plays. Bagley did look promising on offense though and wasn’t stagnating the offense, which is a good sign.

The Kings got to the free throw line 11 times in the first half and made 9 of those shots.

Second Half

The Kings came out strong in the third quarter as Hield and Fox started to get their shots to fall and the defense really picked up. They took the lead at the 6:55 mark of the third quarter and Fox started to put his print on the game. On defense, everyone on the Kings was rotating and they switch it up on occasion with a zone that seemed to confuse the Nuggets as their field goal percentage began dropping. The defense was leading to offense and it was a good thing to see. By the start the fourth quarter the Kings had begun to take control, dictating the flow of the game and the Nuggets began to show their frustration. All this happening with Bagley on the floor, by the way.

The game remained close, however, and Jokic notched his first triple double of the season as his dominance continued.

In the final five minutes, things slowed down a little. Haliburton nailed a few threes showing his long-range distance. Jokic, being the monster he is, got both Holmes and Bagley to foul out. Whiteside came in though and made a key block and got an offensive foul called on Jamal Murray. (Though he missed two free throws at the other end of the floor a play later.)

With 29 seconds left, Jokic tied the game at 112 with two free throws. The Kings got a great look for Haliburton in the final seconds with an open three, but it didn’t fall. Jokic was called for an offensive foul with 2 seconds left in the tied game. Hield lost control of the ball on the final shot of the fourth quarter and we went to overtime.

By the end of the second half, the Nuggets field goal percentage had dropped to 47 percent and 29 percent from three €“ showing how the Kings defense improved as the game went on.

Free Basketball!

The Nuggets took the lead with 2:30 left in overtime. The Kings started to look a little fatigued and the shots stopped falling. Jokic is a very skilled basketball player and made shots. The Kings kept pulling within two points, but it seemed like the experience of the Nuggets was going to get them the win. Then a wild sequence in the final 30 seconds happened. Michael Porter Jr. blocked Cory Joseph on a three-point attempt and that was followed up by a tremendous block by Fox on Will Barton that led to a fast break bucket for Barnes that tied the game at 122 with 6.5 seconds left.

In the final play of the game, Jokic lost the ball and Barnes sprinted down the floor for a layup that missed and was tipped in by Hield at the buzzer.

Kings win!

Kings win!

https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings/status/1341971048128864256

Player(s) of the Game

It should probably be Hield, but you sort of have to share the game ball here with Hield, Fox and Barnes. Each of them played key roles in this victory down the stretch and it was a true team win.

Other notes

  • It was nice to see Haliburton still on the floor even with Joseph getting minutes. The rookie logged 30 minutes and tallied 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a block.
  • Murray got his first basket from the field of the night with 8 minutes left in the fourth. That was his only field goal of the game.
  • Bagley finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds and a block in 27 minutes.
  • Richaun Holmes is continuing to have foul trouble issues, fouling out with 3 minutes left in the game, granted he was trying to guard Jokic.
  • Fox showed poise late in the game and a willingness to take shots with the game on the line.
  • Haliburton was in the game for the bulk of the fourth quarter, including crunch time.
  • Jokic finished 29 points, 15 rebounds, 14 assists and 3 blocks.

Next up

The Kings will take on the Phoenix Suns on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Marty
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December 23, 2020 9:34 pm

UNDEFEATED MARK JONES OH BOY!

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December 23, 2020 10:00 pm
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Such a breath of fresh air. Seems like he actually enjoys the game, vs going through the motions.

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December 23, 2020 11:10 pm
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(The broadcast booth is my daisy farm right now)

On the game…

Compared to last year, the Kings look better, and Denver looks worse. That’s it, that’s the take.

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December 23, 2020 11:24 pm
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Yes please! At no point did I expect them to win… and then they did and I was pumped!

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December 24, 2020 7:21 am
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Grant is really upset that he cant figure out how to create multiple accounts and log in with each one to down vote more.

Its called us an incognito window Grant

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December 23, 2020 11:09 pm
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Really cannot be overstated. I thought Jones was great and his call on the game winner was great!

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December 23, 2020 9:34 pm

Caught the overtime. Tremendous win. But please help, are Kings fans still unhappy with Buddy?

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December 23, 2020 10:13 pm
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Even this game was a mixed bag with Buddy. He had two boneheaded TOs in crunch time but also came up with a big ball swipe vs Jokic along with the game-winning tip. Buddy has all the hustle in the world but he needs to eliminate some of those bad passes in crunch time. I was really happy with his D tonight as well. Give some credit to Fox and Buddy for not letting Murray get into the flow of things tonight.

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December 23, 2020 11:51 pm
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I love buddy the player and I can even handle the stupid ass mistakes he makes on a nightly basis (maybe he is fixing this? I doubt it) but I absolutely can not handle the prima donna bull shit. I can’t stand it.

if he tops saying stupid shit, stops behaving like a child, stops being a problem instead of a solution then he can suck it. for me and I think many thats all it comes down to.

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December 24, 2020 8:37 am
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As long as he isn’t talking or dribbling I’m cool with buddy. I wasn’t able to watch the whole game but I did see buddy engaged and aggressive on the defensive end. I have no complaints with that buddy.

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December 24, 2020 6:01 pm
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People like to pick on Buddy’s dribbling but his dribbling has *vastly* improved since joining the team. He’s not “point guard” level improved but he could barely dribble the ball. Back then there was serious doubt that Buddy would *ever* develop the ability to drive to the rim without losing the ball, something he does now on a regular basis.

I think Buddy’s problems all stem from lapses of focus. His errors seem to come in bunches over a span of a couple minutes. If he can eliminate those lapses of focus he’ll become a consistent player across the board.

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December 23, 2020 9:34 pm

This might have been the highlight of 2020.

And I don’t just mean Kings basketball.

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December 23, 2020 9:35 pm

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December 23, 2020 9:37 pm

I love Sacramento, I love the Kings, I love this community, and I even love Klam. Great way to start the season!
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December 23, 2020 9:45 pm
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December 23, 2020 10:25 pm
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December 23, 2020 10:56 pm
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Adamsite and Klam:
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December 23, 2020 9:37 pm

Who you gonna call for a game winner?

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December 23, 2020 9:40 pm
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As much as Buddy is going to be on the game winning highlights, the Kings would be nowhere without Barnes tonight. He gets the game ball.

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December 23, 2020 9:41 pm
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Barnes was such a beast tonight

That last steal vs Jocker was absolutely amazing

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December 23, 2020 9:37 pm

ZERO FOX GIVEN

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December 23, 2020 9:42 pm
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If that is Doug’s new signature line…I support it 100% percent. I laughed so hard when he said that.

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December 23, 2020 10:17 pm
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Yeah, that was a perfect time to break it out as well. Really good start to the new Mark and Doug team.

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December 24, 2020 2:29 am
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It was Fox King awesome.

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December 23, 2020 9:46 pm
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Fox to Will Barton in OT…

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December 23, 2020 9:39 pm

Kings are 100% title contenders now you heard it here first

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December 24, 2020 4:42 am
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I second that

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December 23, 2020 9:40 pm

Haliburton looked very comfortable out there. Excited to see his progression and I hope he becomes more aggressive soon.

Buddy running to the locker room gave me flashbacks to his Detroit game winner.

Fun win.

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December 23, 2020 10:13 pm
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Haliburton looks great. Made the team better when he was out there….on O and D. He definitely needs the ball in his hands more. He’s such a great passer and playmaker. Once he gets that/gets aggressive….look out.

I mean, he’s already good enough to be on the floor at the end. Love him.

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December 23, 2020 10:21 pm
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He can help Fox out so much. Taking some of the ball-handling and shot-creating pressure off of him from time to time. The best lineup for the Kings is already Fox, Hali, Buddy, Barnes, and whoever at Center.

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December 23, 2020 11:27 pm
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Draft Whoever, that kid has got something special.

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December 25, 2020 7:10 am

I think we did that already and his name was Papagiannis. Whoever that was.

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December 23, 2020 9:40 pm

Let’s just end the season now. 😆
That was a lot of fun tonight.

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December 23, 2020 10:56 pm

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December 23, 2020 9:40 pm

Luke Walton as the team ran off the court…

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December 23, 2020 10:20 pm
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He was waiting to check the tape

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December 23, 2020 10:59 pm
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Luke seemed so disappointed while everyone else was happy with the results.
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December 23, 2020 11:02 pm
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He seemed more confused than disappointed.

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December 24, 2020 7:19 am
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I think he was prepping to lose his shit on them not calling a foul on Barnes’ dunk attempt.

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December 24, 2020 8:45 am
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His team is running off the court in triumph, and this fucking guy looks like he forgot where he parked his car.

For the life of me, between the fact that this douchebag is completely unqualified for this job (or any other job), and refuses to wear a mask, maybe the league will fine him into oblivion.

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December 24, 2020 6:07 pm
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If you’re going to call out Walton for mask etiquette you should call out Bobby Jackson as well. He had his mask pulled below his nose most of the time that I saw him.

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December 23, 2020 9:43 pm

I only caught the 2nd half & OT, but the defense looked very good for most of the time I was watching. Holding Murray w/o a FG until 8 minutes were left in the 4th was impressive.

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December 23, 2020 9:43 pm

When the Kings ran out their defensive lineup of Fox, CoJo, Haliburton, Whiteside, and Barnes, I was surprised that there was actually a decent defensive lineup on the team. Great W!

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December 23, 2020 9:44 pm

My Nostradumbass did NOT predict our first win to come this early!

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December 23, 2020 9:58 pm
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Yep, I had Phoenix.

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December 23, 2020 10:10 pm
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I had Chicago.

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December 24, 2020 4:44 am
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Same

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December 24, 2020 10:25 am
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Me too.

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December 24, 2020 8:51 am
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Yeah I thought we might split the Phoenix series

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December 23, 2020 11:17 pm
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Golden State for me!

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December 23, 2020 11:56 pm
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I had Denver.

But the final time we are to play them.

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December 23, 2020 9:44 pm

What if, and stay with me here, we are actually GOOD this year? This is not a winner’s high statement, alright maybe a teeny tiny bit, but humor me. I truly expect to be wrong as we lose by 20 the next game, but WHAT IF?

Just remove everything that happened last year and imagine this was 2018-2019 going into 2019-2020. We’re coming off a 39-43 season and we head into the offseason, yes losing Bogi, but we have replaced him with Haliburton. Also, instead of signing Dedmon, Ariza, Holmes and Cojo, we have Whiteside, GR3, Holmes and Cojo. 

The team is going to play fast, Marvin is entering this season healthy, and we are more equipped to play up-tempo.

Yes, we still have Luke, but this is a Luke Walton not just coaching for his Kings job, but perhaps his future Head Coaching prospects post-Kings.

I don’t believe it either, but WHAT IF? I’ll stay off the weed now. MERRY CHRISTMAS KANGZ FANZ!

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December 24, 2020 6:34 am
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Whiteside did an anti-Whiteside and had a great effect on the game without the stats. His presence in the lane disrupted their guards.

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December 24, 2020 7:39 am
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Whiteside, despite failing the eye test, always had a positive impact on any game he plays.

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December 23, 2020 9:45 pm

That was amazeballs!

Also, now would be the perfect time to fire Luke Walton! 🙂

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December 23, 2020 10:05 pm
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You mean Uke Walton!

Put some respect on that name!

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December 24, 2020 1:31 am

Dare I go one step further and say Wuke Walton?

Sounds baby-ish enough to be sort of fitting, sort of cute…but still not. Just enough to take the salt out after the sting.

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December 24, 2020 4:47 am
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Fluke Walton maybe? I’m still very skeptical of him. Otherwise, great game.

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December 24, 2020 4:46 am

🤣 🤣 🤣

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December 23, 2020 9:46 pm

I know small samples sizes blah, blah, blah. BUT! I think it’s noteworthy that the team never really did that bad when a specific player was on the floor. That’s not going to happen every game this season, but it seemed to happen every game last season. If you can prevent those fucked up runs that distort the +/- for specific players, then you can win a lot of games.
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December 23, 2020 9:49 pm
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The only one I worried about after tonight was Bagley. He go absolutely torched by some role players on the Nuggets tonight. the +/- may not show it, but my eyes saw it. He still has mountains to climb when it comes to his man and team defense.

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December 23, 2020 9:52 pm
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Also, I’m still chairing the official Bagley Assist Watch Committee. He is still at zero through the last 3 games.

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December 23, 2020 9:56 pm
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13 points on 14 or 15 shots. Same ol Bagley in this one.

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December 23, 2020 9:58 pm
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it’s crazy that you can recognize him since he hasn’t played in close to a year.

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December 23, 2020 10:00 pm
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His defensive mistakes were especially hard to watch.

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December 23, 2020 10:14 pm
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he had some mistakes, and some good defensive possessions. That is to be expected when you haven’t played since before this whole pandemic thing. I’m okay with giving him the benefit of the doubt for one game.

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December 24, 2020 7:07 am
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Bagley harshness is to be expected. Fair or not.

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December 24, 2020 8:53 am
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Homelessness is to be expected, fair or not.

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December 24, 2020 10:02 am
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Sadly yes.

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December 24, 2020 6:15 pm
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There were a number of times I saw Bagley let his man go when he recognized he got beat to the rim. Better to let the guy go than to compound the error by fouling. I call that some level of improvement.

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December 23, 2020 10:00 pm
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During I think the 3rd quarter, he was at the rim with like four Nuggets defending him and he missed and rebounded his own shot a couple times. I think he eventually got blocked, but there was no indication that he was even thinking about passing.

Idk even if he never becomes a competent passer, I hope the thought at the very least crosses his mind every once in a while… even if it’s just to bail out of a bad situation.

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December 23, 2020 10:05 pm
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He passed it around the perimeter in the 5 out sets as part of the offense, but anytime he got the ball within 12 feet of the rim, ball movement was done.

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December 24, 2020 6:09 am
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One might argue that you’re just being lazy because it won’t take much work to tally his anemic assist totals

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December 23, 2020 9:54 pm
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Bagley is still going to be a player that we hope to see nightly “flashes.” He has a lot of bad habits, and he’s missed a lot of time, and that’s just the reality of the situation. There were a couple of “NO, NO, YES!” plays, there were a few hustle plays only he can make, and there was the occasional “play within a team concept, and get rewarded” plays.

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December 23, 2020 9:59 pm
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He reminds me of Omri with those bad habits and hustle plays, which isn’t a good thing for a potential franchise player. He’s all hustle right now, but I don’t think he made a shot outside of 5 feet tonight? Maybe is is just trying too hard right now. Give it time.

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December 23, 2020 10:10 pm
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I’ve decided that this year I will just observe Bagley like a sensei. We all know his shortcomings, and it just is what it is. What I’m looking at is has he improved in a meaningful way. Tonight I’m giving him a….drum roll please…please?….fine, a pass. It was his first game back after being injured for like 18 months. He’s going to have his ups and downs.

One thing I was thinking about is inventing practice court magnetic technology that basically locks your feet to the ground when you take a dumbass midrange from that side area when no one is guarding you. They aren’t guarding you because like two people in the history of the nba can consistently make that shot!

AND you know what’s worse? Doug Christie will say some dumb shit like “they’re going to give you that shot in the NBA, so you have to be able to knock it down young fella!” It’s like no! They give you that shot Doug because it’s a low percentage shot that they want you to take!

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December 23, 2020 10:19 pm
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I get that it is Bagley’s first official game back since late January and he is going to show some rust and flaws, but it was also Haliburton’s first meaningful NBA game…ever. He showed more poise and understanding of the team game then Bagley ever has.

Nothing changes the fact that this is Bagley’s 3rd NBA season. I just can’t give him a pass on inexperience anymore. He’s been coached, practicing and training at the NBA level for 2.5 years.

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December 23, 2020 10:39 pm
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yeah I mean we all know Bagley’s shortcomings. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect him to reinvent himself into a non-selfish player in his first game back. It’s going to be a process with him that will take time. I’m at least willing to kinda just observe for a while before getting too critical.

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December 24, 2020 7:15 am
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He took on the challenge of defending Jokic at times.That was good to see.

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December 24, 2020 6:41 am
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100% Bagley should not get a pass and I think this is a big reason.

Every time he’s interviewed about how he’s preparing to come back or what he’s done while he’s been out injured, he rarely says that he WATCHES FILM. It’s always reports on how he’s changed his body and he’s gotten stronger, but what did he do to further understand the game of basketball.

The only silver lining is, while yes he isn’t inexperienced anymore, he is still young.

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December 24, 2020 8:59 am
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Lose Walton does nothing except watch film. The fact that Bagley doesn’t point it out as if doing so was some heroic act is a pretty flimsy complaint.

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December 24, 2020 7:12 am
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You’re comparing apples and oranges comparing Bagley and Halliburton. Part of the problem is that Bagley’s flaws are being magnified because there is expectation that he can fix those flaws, but that wasn’t likely the first game out.

At this point, I’d be happy for the guy to get 2000 minutes this season and go from there. I don’t care about whether or not he’s pass happy yet. Get on the court, do good things, let’s go from there.

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December 24, 2020 9:38 am
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You can’t teach BBIQ. Hali has it, Bagley does not–at least nowhere near Hali’s level. IMHO, this team needs more high-BBIQ rotation players to compensate for the Bagleys and Hields on the roster. Thankfully, nobody on the team exhibits McLemore-level BBIQ, but that’s a very low bar to clear (bc that particular bar is buried in the dirt).

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December 24, 2020 6:12 am
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There was one negative play that stood out to me, it was towards the end of the game where he ran at a player who is shooting a corner three, and he ran about 10 yards off the court, how do you controlled what he did he would’ve been in position to get the rebound. In my humble opinion it was a fake hustle play compounded by laziness to be back on the court

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December 24, 2020 9:00 am
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Still, you have to admit that it was pretty clever of him to concoct such an elaborate plan to fool you so quickly.

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December 23, 2020 10:06 pm
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I only caught the 2nd half & OT, but his defense looked fine most of the time I saw him.

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December 23, 2020 10:10 pm
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This may sound crazy but Kings need to trade Bagely as soon as they can, before every team figures out he has a negative impact on a team’s winning or he gets injured.

Bags was so underwhelming he wasn’t even in during the end of the game/4th quarter. Atrocious D. Can’t shoot. Doesn’t pass.

If you step back, pretend Bags is on another team, you wouldn’t want him. There is NO way he’s anythign more than a stat stuffer. Get rid of Vlades mess.

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December 23, 2020 10:33 pm
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He did not have a good game tonight. His shooting was off, and he had some good and bad defensive possessions. The sample size is still too small for me to make any major conclusions but I am cool with saying his first game was not great. Let’s see how the next game looks.

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December 23, 2020 10:42 pm
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I think Bagley the player has some (potential) value. He is usually a net negative right now, but I think it’s certainly possible that that changes. Bagley the trade asset is useless right now imo. I dont think you’re getting back anything more useful than his upside. Not that I’m convinced that is worth much either

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December 24, 2020 12:17 am
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for the record, he fouled out. that’s why he wasn’t in at the end of the game.

Also, it’s one game.

And he was guarding arguably the best big man in the world several times.

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December 24, 2020 8:42 am
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He should have fouled out sooner. That blocking foul he got on Millsap was really a charge by Bagley. I was surprised Malone didn’t review it.

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December 24, 2020 12:30 am
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Yeah it does sound crazy.

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December 23, 2020 10:45 pm
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My bet is he will declare himself as a bench hustle player by the end of the year if he stays healthy. He is physically talented but can’t capitalize on it. Tyrese showed more basketball IQ in game 1.

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December 24, 2020 1:49 am
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Marvin having nightmares about PJ Dozier

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December 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Caught the highlights of last two minutes of overtime€”crazy finish but OH BOY what a great way to start the season 🙂

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December 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Welp, I probably screwed up my first batch of Nostradumbass predictions for this game, but it was worth it for that ending!!!
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December 23, 2020 9:49 pm

Great win. However, my 2 biggest concerns are Fox and Bagley…

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December 24, 2020 4:12 am
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Why would you be concerned about Fox? He’s an awesome player.

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December 24, 2020 6:42 am
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Fox is unfortunately reminding me of Tyreke. Can get to the bucket at will but actually has worse touch around the rim than Tyreke so his layups aren’t even consistent. I’m tired of hearing €œif he ever develops a shot…€ He’s a very good player, hustles, plays defense, wants his team to win. He’s just not that next level of player that can shoot mid-range or 3pt shots and be a star.

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December 24, 2020 7:33 am
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Tyreke actually became a quite good 3P shooter after a few years. His problem was injuries took away a fair amount of his athleticism. 🤷🏻€™‚️

Fox also is a better shooter than Tyreke was at the same point of his career.

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December 23, 2020 9:56 pm

Such a fun win. Hell it would have been a fun loss, even. Also fun to see Hali put up a much better debut than LaMe Ball.

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December 23, 2020 10:01 pm

Fun game. Also just saw that they picked up Metu on a two-way.

Not a bad night for the Kings!

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December 24, 2020 4:13 am
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Really? Two wins in one night!

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December 23, 2020 10:10 pm
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December 23, 2020 10:19 pm

For all those saying we should trade Barnes and Buddy we don’t win that game without both of them. Sixth seed here we come!

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December 23, 2020 10:27 pm
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Ha! I still think the Kings have a better chance at the 6th pick as opposed to the 6th seed in the West. Let’s be real here. The Kings played one of the best games we’ve seen them play in some time and that got them an overtime win against a very good Denver team. The Nuggets second best player made one basket. Sure, the Kings can be credited with great defense tonight, but Denver didn’t bring their “A” game. I loved the win, but I think the Kings still would lose a 7 game series to the Nuggets in 5.

Now fight me!

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December 23, 2020 10:38 pm
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Yeah, they would have almost no chance vs this team in a 7 game series but that fight we saw from Fox and company was good to see. If the Kings fight like that all year we are probably looking at a near .500 season.

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December 24, 2020 5:07 am
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Kings in 6…Period.

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December 24, 2020 9:41 am
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“Kings in 6? Hold my beer.” –Dick Bavetta

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December 24, 2020 6:18 pm
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I’ll fight you over that down vote!!

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December 23, 2020 10:30 pm
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I game. Let’s see if you’re making the same statement after 10 games. Heat, Bucks, Lakers, Blazers, and Mavs all lost tonite. Minny, Clev and San Antonio won. What does it mean to those teams, Nothing. It’s a great Kings team win. If they’re 6-4 or 7-3 after 10, then maybe this team has turned a corner. Until then, I’ll enjoy the win and see what happens moving forward.

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December 24, 2020 4:17 am
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As I said above, Barnes looks more agile than last year. So he either shook off an injury (injuries) or had a lot of productive training sessions, likely both.

When a player is settling for 3s, it is a telltale sign. I don’t see Barnes settling for 3s. That means hes feelings spry and wanting to take his man off the dribble.

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December 24, 2020 7:43 am
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Personally, I felt like Barnes was playing for a trade.
He looked like the HB of old, and I find it interesting that it appears he just €œflipped a switch€ this game, back to hustling, attacking the rim, and playing good D.

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December 24, 2020 7:51 am
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He has a tendency to start fast check out the monthly stat splits from last season

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December 24, 2020 8:16 am
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Good point. I suppose it’s similar to the rest of us; full of excitement and energy when the season starts, but once the losses add up, it’s hard to stay motivated

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December 23, 2020 10:26 pm

Great team win. Joseph and Barnes were really the big difference makers. If they played that way every night, I believe the Kings would be a .500 team. Bagley looked ok. But, consistently matching him up against Jokic was laughable. Fox had a decent all around game. Hit a 3 early. But, really still can’t hit anything away from the rim. Beating Denver is impressive though. Murray had a terrible shooting night. Which, really helped the Kings. The Kings played with a nice consistent intensity and energy throughout the game. Especially , the third quarter, Kings are notorious for falling apart and getting outcoached after the half. Denver’s backcourt was really abysmal. If Harris and Murray aren’t producing, they really don’t have a chance.

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December 23, 2020 10:32 pm

This isn’t going to be the tank year some might have thought.

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December 23, 2020 11:15 pm
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Nothing about tonight screams to me that we’re winning more than 20-23 games. I thoroughly enjoyed the win though.

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December 24, 2020 12:51 am
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When I hear tank I’m thinking top 3, maybe top 5 pick. We’re not there unless we wreck shop with mid season trades. It seems there’s the opportunity for more defined roles with this roster. Especially when it comes to Buddy and Bagley. I think we’re contending again for that last playoff spot…

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December 24, 2020 2:23 pm
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I’d respectfully disagree. This can definitely be a top 5 team, as constructed. The eventual trades of Bjelica, Buddy, Barnes, etc. should help cement that.

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December 24, 2020 6:34 pm
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This isn’t the tank you’re looking for.
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December 23, 2020 10:35 pm

Defense tonight was noticeably improved from last year. Whiteside deserves a little bit of the credit for that. They didn’t use him much until Holmes and Bart fouled out, but it’s an asset to have a guy who can defend true centers, rebound and alter shots. Last year if kings defender got beat, there was no help. Today, there were times Denver could not penetrate because because he was in there, and although that doesn’t show up in the stats. True he won’t score much, or get assists, or run on offense, but he’s still a valuable tool that we didn’t have last year.

also,
glad buddy got the game winner. Hope he gets some confidence back that he was missing last year. For all his faults, he’s an exciting player and we need him to play well.

fox needs to declare himself as the leader of this team and I didn’t see that today.

Bagley – hustle will only get him so far. This year will decide if he is a starter or a bench energy guy.

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December 23, 2020 10:44 pm
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I Agree. Whiteside just being in there made it very difficult for Denver’s Backcourt to get penetration. On the flip, Whiteside is slow and lazy most of the time. He has some value, as seen tonite. But, he can also be negative on the court, as well. Denver usually won’t shoot that bad from 3. It’s not as if Sac’s 3 pt defense improved. Denver had tons of open looks that just weren’t dropping. Suns will be a bigger challenge. Booker is more versatile than any guard in Denver. Paul, while aging, will still be the smartest player on the court.

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December 23, 2020 10:48 pm
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I think part of it was Denver getting gassed in the 4th and OT. If we can get teams tired in the 4th that 3pt D is going to look much better.

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December 23, 2020 10:47 pm

I was prepared before the last sequence to come here and say Buddy was flippin horrendous the last part of 4th and overtime…mult turnovers, missed shots, def fouls etc. I guess I’m still saying it, but F it. Good hustle Buddy : )

Prolly won’t be tons of highlight wins like this for the next 6 months so let’s enjoy it. I love watching Haliburton. May not win tons of games, but this team could be fun to watch on at least a semi routine basis.

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December 23, 2020 10:47 pm

GhostMalone is conflicted.. but always happy for a win. Exciting game. Love Tyrese. He always plays within himself.. almost too much so at times. I look forward to watching his game and his assertiveness grow

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December 23, 2020 10:55 pm

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December 24, 2020 7:48 am
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Now I’ve seen everything!
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December 24, 2020 10:06 am
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That’s Jenny McCarthy? Holy shit. LOLOLOLOL. Did she change her entire face or is it just that GIF?

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December 23, 2020 11:00 pm

Great win, and a good debut for Hali too. Looking like a vet on his first game.

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December 23, 2020 11:04 pm

I was lead to believe playing 5 out was playing to Bagley’s weaknesses:
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December 23, 2020 11:05 pm
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Good job by Buddy to keep Bags guy off of him for that dunk.

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December 23, 2020 11:06 pm
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that’s the best part!

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December 23, 2020 11:12 pm
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from a growth perspective, Bagley’s screen that helped free up Joseph, so that he could be in a position to throw the alley oop, is the best part. The key for Bagley this season is to understand how being unselfish can lead to easy buckets.

But I did love how Buddy simultaneously screened one guy and used his gravity to pull his own defender out of the paint.

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December 24, 2020 4:37 am
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“The key to Bagley is to understand….[unselfishness]” ???

Uh, Bagley is not a selfish player.

There are two keys for Bagley:

(1) Stay healthy.

(2) Make your perimeter shot.

Bagley needs reps and he needs to knock down the J just enough to keep the defense honest. Then he’s going to flourish.

Being semi-accurate with the mid range will set up everything for him to attack the rim and draw defenders.

Bagley is actually a good to great player that was on the same career arc as Fox until the injuries.

In fact, Bagley had a better rookie season than Fox. But because everything is in the context of Luka and injuries, this is lost.

Bagley looked better on defense last night. Not great but more aware of positioning and rotation. This is encouraging because checking his man respectably and playing respectable team defense will enable him to stay on the floor so that the offensive explosions are inevitable.

Do you know it is crazy, but I do not think Bagley has ever been a starter for two games in a row? I may be wrong on this but I certainly don’t think he has ever started 5 games in a row. I am fairly sure of this.

So one week into a new season , he will have set this “milestone” in his development entering his 3rd season. That is crazy, but reason not to draw premature conclusions about who he is as a player.

But who I think he is if he stays healthy, shows some shooting touch, and gets the reps to be a respectable defender is a consistent 20/10 player.

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December 23, 2020 11:31 pm
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i wonder how hard it is to generate this type of offense without set plays. The vintage era Kings were able to do it, but the current iteration only seems to be able to do it at the behest of the coach early in the game/quarter or ATOs. It’s like everybody is being productive because they’ve ran the play in practice. The key to actually doing it consistently is to do it instinctively. The whole 5-out thing doesn’t work that well if everyone just kinda stands there.

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December 24, 2020 9:48 am
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I said this in pre-season and hate myself for saying it again: Is Luke actually coaching these guys up??

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December 23, 2020 11:22 pm

Hey that was a super fun game! I’ll take the early Christmas present. I thought everybody sort just looked solid and nobody completely stunk which is a nice departure from last season. Barnes was very good and Cojo was on fire in the first half.

Some may disagree but I actually thought Bagley looked fine tonight? Definitely rusty but he played hard and made some effort plays. I just don’t want to see him guarding Jokic ever again.

Tyrese Haliburton. That’s all. He’s going to be GREAT. I would say I can’t believe how good this kid is already is but I can because I thought he’d be a really good player. He’s the smartest Kings player we’ve had since the glory days. It is really rare to see a rookie with as much polish as he’s got. He made one mistake on defense and it surprised me because I already expect him not to screw up on defense. Just thrilled to see this kid develop his game over the next few years.

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December 23, 2020 11:27 pm

spot on except I want to see Marvin guard Jokic. Dude has less then a season played under his belt. He needs the experience, he needs the challenge and he needs the bumps and bruises along the way.

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December 23, 2020 11:29 pm
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He looked better in the 2nd half vs Jokic. Really the main problem is Jokic is so fucking big. Other than Whiteside no one could stop his bully ball. Holmes had some good fight to him but he stood no chance.

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December 23, 2020 11:48 pm
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Yeah good point. From a development stand point he needs to be able to do that but Jokic is just so big and has so many moves he just toyed with him a few times. But you only get better by doing it.

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December 23, 2020 11:24 pm

Whatta game!

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December 23, 2020 11:24 pm

Kings are now tied for first in minutes played

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December 23, 2020 11:38 pm

De’Aaron made this, but it kinda exemplifies how he’s viewed by the league
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December 23, 2020 11:40 pm
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I think his set shot is fine. It’s his pull up 3s that he needs to improve on.

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December 23, 2020 11:49 pm
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this is what I call “incorrect.” At least w/r/t his three point shooting.

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December 24, 2020 12:02 am
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Just my thoughts. I still think he shoots better on set shots. I have no stats to back that up. I just watch the games and that is what I think I see.

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December 23, 2020 11:39 pm

Kings need another big man on the bench. It turned out OK, but would have felt better with a Len on the bench.

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December 23, 2020 11:39 pm
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they got metu

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