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Kings Pulse: Undefeated in the 2021-22 preseason!

We spend the episode talking about what we saw from these four preseason games and what we are planning to closely monitor as the regular season kicks off soon.

The Sacramento Kings finished off their undefeated preseason with a 116-112 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers! In this episode, we bounced around the preseason for a variety of topics, including:

  • Terence Davis and Davion Mitchell's strong games against the Lakers
  • The three (and even four!) guards lineups vs. one of the biggest teams in the league - why the Lakers contest was the perfect final preseason game for the Kings, and why I'm all-in on the three guard lineups moving forward
  • Should Davion Mitchell already be starting? (and why it will never happen anytime soon)
  • The biggest six things we're keeping an eye on as the regular season approaches

Our Overtime question for the episode - if you could guarantee a total of three championships to your favorite sports teams in your life, which teams would you pick? Don't pick the Kings three times - that's the obvious and boring answer.

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Brizz
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October 15, 2021 11:37 am

God, here I am again being excited for the upcoming season. I have these urges to text my long since abandoned Kings fans friends to tell them this is the one, the season that ends the desperation… but I know better. No team fools this guy sixteen seasons in a row. No sir.

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October 15, 2021 1:33 pm
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

Fool me sixteen times…

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October 15, 2021 12:10 pm

Overtime question answer:

NBA Championship for the Sacramento Kings
Marble League Championship for Team Galactic
Marbula One Championship for the Savage Speeders

monoopti
October 15, 2021 3:28 pm
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The Crazy Cat’s Eyes were robbed at this year’s Marble League due to the total BS disqualification during the triathlon event. I think the officials wanted to show they weren’t partial to the host team.

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October 15, 2021 4:11 pm
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Yeah, that was a questionable call, for sure. Or was it the Host Curse striking again? 😛 Anyway, what was worse–that disqualification, or last night’s 1st base ump call on the check swing against the SF Giants? Both will live in infamy.

The Crazy Cat’s Eyes are for real, though. I don’t know how they can be beat in Marbula One. Too much talent!

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October 15, 2021 2:44 pm

I would wish 1 NBA championship for the Kings… but not for a while… and actually only under a new (not Vivek) owner. I guess I don’t feel he deserves it. If we win one , YAY, I’ll take it, but not spending any of MY magical power wishes on that dude.
I would wish 2 more super bowls for the Steelers. That’s not many for the rest of my life, but I’d take it.
I’d love to wish another WS for the Giants, but the Kings NEED that wish. Without some magical wish power, they are never gonna get there on their own.

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October 15, 2021 6:29 pm

How exciting we could be the 10th best team in the west. Weak.

monoopti
October 15, 2021 6:41 pm

In answer to the Overtime Question:

Sacramento Kings (obviously).

Saint Mary’s College Gaels (I echo one of Bryant’s picks. I also went to SMC, and it would be amazing if they won the national championship).

San Francisco 49ers (they’ve already won a few, but it’s been a while).

Honorary mention: Serena Williams (I want her to win at least one more major so she can reach the record for most majors).

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October 15, 2021 9:04 pm

They’re looking really good and making the right strides. They’re playing entertaining basketball too. Davion is quickly turning into my favorite player. His play is contagious and leads to good basketball. Last years rookie also has play that is contagious and leads to good basketball. I don’t care what their record is, if they’re playing good tough basketball. I think they’re going to be fun and competitive. Play in’s a shoo-in.

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October 16, 2021 10:39 am
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I don’t care what their record is, if they’re playing good tough basketball.

YES!!!

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October 16, 2021 8:17 pm

Brenden wanted to know what things we’re watching for and keeping an eye on into the regular season.

I noticed the Kings ran the double drag a few times during the game on Thursday. Most of the time it didn’t end up in a score, but they ran it often enough for me to notice it. The double drag is two screens, usually set in transition or semi-transition, for a ball handler where one screener pops and the other rolls.

Here is one from Thursday:comment image

In this, Barnes sets the first screen and Holmes the second for Fox. Holmes rolls which makes sense. I think Barnes may have been looking to pop but Buddy set a step up, a screen against the back of a defender, presumably to cause confusion and get open for a three. Melo, Barnes’ defender, does get lost in the scramble but the ball doesn’t get to Barnes in time, and they reset.

Here’s another that I found interesting since it combines two actions.comment image

Barnes and Thompson set the double drag for Fox, but it’s very half-hearted. That is because they know they’re really going into a stagger for Buddy. A stagger is two pindowns set one after the other. Jordan does take the bait to give extra coverage on Hield, leaving Davis guarding both Thompson and Barnes momentarily. Jordan course corrects once the ball gets back to Fox and gets his hand on the pass to Thompson. Fox chose Thompson over Barnes to avoid getting a skip pass past Davis.

And a final one that resulted in a Kings bucket.comment image

Mitchell gets screens from Barnes and Thompson. Westbrook on Mitchell has to pursue Mitchell forcing Jordan on Thompson to go into drop against Davion. Mitchell drives strong to the basket area and Thompson rolls with him. Rondo could have tagged Thompson to slow him down and deter a pass, but he is on Buddy in the weakside corner and doesn’t risk Buddy getting an open three. Westbrook catches up to contest Thompson but he eventually gets the putback score.

It’ll be interesting to see if they run this more during the regular season and how it performs.

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