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Kings vs. Cavaliers Preview: The End of the Road (Trip)

The Kings wrap up their road trip against a very talented but very tanky Cleveland Cavaliers squad! Meanwhile, the trade deadline inches ever closer.

Okay, so we're all in agreeance here that we just aren't going to talk about that Sixers game this weekend, right? Good, that is, man, that is good to hear. So after placing that game in a barrel, sealing it and dumping it at night somewhere deep in a swamp, I'm happy to announce the Kings have another attempt to hurt us in new and interesting ways! This afternoon's game in Cleveland is bound to be fun for tankers and nostalgics alike: Cleveland seem to be running a fun and youthful starting line-up, there's only one game separating the Kings and Cavs for the 6th best odds in the draft lottery and oh, yeah, this is the second to last game before the passing of the trade deadline. This could very well be the last time you see certain players in a Kings uniform, so, soak it all in, baby. Let's talk Kings basketball!

When: Monday, March 22th, 4:30 PM PST

Where: Rocket Mortgage Field House, Cleveland, OH

TV: NBCSCA -  Mark Jones on the call.

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

What's Love Got to Do with It: This might be one of those previews where I gush about a team that I really like and I even feel a bit envious of, even though they are just as stuck in mud as the team I room for. I dig the make-up of this Cleveland Cavaliers. They're bad, might be for a decent amount of time too, but they're building a team that I think is going to end up having a lot of success for an 6-8 year stretch. Losers in four of their six games post All-Star Break, the Cavaliers are expected to start a lineup of Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro, Larry Nance Jr., Jarrett Allen. Outside of Larry Nance, Jr. who is somehow already 28 years old, the Cavs are trotting a group out there whose average age is just past the legal drinking age.

It isn't just that they're young though - these kids are dogs. Grabbing Jarrett Allen as their defensive anchor was a master stroke, but beyond that Isaac Okoro is going to be a defensive stud once the game slows for him a bit more, Larry Nance Jr. is an absolute steals machine and Colin Sexton has shown flashes of leading his team on the defensive end in the coming years. They're the lowest scoring team in the league at just 104 points a contest and yet watching them, my brain can't help but see that all it's going to take is time. I love rooting for young, bad teams and Cleveland is one of my favorites. There's also a good chance they sneak up on a team worrying about the trade deadline and knife them straight in the back. In their last three games, they've beaten the Boston Celtics, played it close with the Spurs and then beat a struggling Toronto Raptors team just last night. This can't be one of those games where Harrison Barnes slides into anonymity or Buddy Hield goes 2-11 from deep.

Let's chat for a moment about somethings the Cavs do well and umm, not so swell. No team this far in the cellar at this point in the season has many, but the ones that stand out are Cleveland being ninth in the league in blocks and steals and third in the NBA in offensive rebounding. For a team with as many second chances on the offensive end, they also seem to give up quite a few to their opponents - they're 28th in the league in defensive rebounding. They're also 28th in three point percentage and last in the league in three point attempts, converting an average of just 9.5 a game. Furthering this stretch of good news for Kings fans, they're 29th in the NBA in turnovers and only 23rd in assists and for those of us worried about the Cavs living their best lives on the free throw line: they're 11th in the league in drawing free throws but the absolute worst team in the NBA at converting them. Should the Kings be favored in this game? Sure. Am I confident they're going to cover? Absolutely not.

Prediction

Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes, Nemanja Bjelica, Hassan Whiteside, Justin James, Cory Joseph are all held out of tonight's game for precautionary reasons after all "spraining" their "ankles" in practice. De'Aaron Fox scores 50, Robert Woodard goes for 20 in his first NBA start. Luke Walton somehow still only plays Daquan Jeffries 4 minutes.

Kings: 117, Cavs: 109

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Jman1949
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March 22, 2021 12:18 pm

In Cleveland this road trip will end;
Still no trade that will help us defend.
As we see more losses,
At least tell Kings’ bosses:
For Richaun, find a way to extend!

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March 22, 2021 12:39 pm

Which team will be mailing it in?
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March 22, 2021 2:13 pm
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March 22, 2021 12:45 pm

I feel like the Cavaliers have successfully gone through two to three rebuilds since the Kings last made the playoffs and they may even complete their next one before Sac does.

Serious question…who makes the playoffs again first? Cleveland or Sacramento?

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March 22, 2021 1:10 pm
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Seattle!

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March 22, 2021 3:07 pm
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March 22, 2021 2:45 pm
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Well, they were terrible, they drafted Lebron, they slowly got better as Lebron improved and made it to the finals, Lebron left and they were terrible then Lebron came back and they were really good and then Lebron left again and they were terrible.

I guess Lebron might go back to Cleveland to finish his career?

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March 22, 2021 4:10 pm
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Lebron James is the reason it feels that way. But they do a good job not mortgaging their future by trading their top 5 draft picks for pick swaps hoping for a fringe playoff push. If your team is gonna stink take advantage by drafting BPA regardless of position. Any pick you dont quite hit on is still an asset for a trade. Unless they’re Bagley lol.

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March 22, 2021 12:46 pm

Kings. Cavs.comment image
Next.

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March 22, 2021 2:22 pm
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OT: Hey, look who else has joined the “Purple Badge Club!”

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March 22, 2021 3:42 pm
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Yeah, but he’s got a keyboard and all you are is a Nostradumbass. Twice.

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March 22, 2021 1:09 pm

I’ve gotten kind of used to the suicide-inducing previews, so it feels like on a Monday in particular, this is really a missed opportunity.

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March 22, 2021 2:57 pm

Pre Game Trade!!

Kevin Love, Andre Drummond and Isaac Okoro

for

Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley, Corey Joseph, Nemanja Bjelica and Jabari Parker

It works on trade machine and would be good for both teams.

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March 22, 2021 3:40 pm

Okay, so we’re all in agreeance here

Will, you’re good. Real good. But you need to dream a tad bigger than lines like this one. Just saying.

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March 22, 2021 3:40 pm

For reasons unknown, I keep watching these games.

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March 22, 2021 3:43 pm
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You’re a dumbass banner, that’s why. Besides it gives purpose to your day. Why u frontin’?!?!?!?!?

Last edited 1 year ago by Kingsguru21
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March 22, 2021 3:50 pm
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Like Bruce Banner, I am both smart and strong!
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March 22, 2021 4:12 pm
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Your defense is Bruce Banner? Ay ay ay.

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March 22, 2021 4:18 pm
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Whatever pirate!

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March 22, 2021 4:37 pm
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Shit I wish. That would mean I’m rich.

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March 22, 2021 4:21 pm

I hope we tank the rest of the season at this point. We know Fox/Haliburton are our guys. And this season is our best shot at sneaking into the playoffs. If we are struggling like this with all the key injuries to opposing teams, next year wont be pretty. The next opportunity I see would be 2-3 years from now when the Harden, Curry, Durant, Kawhi, Lillard, etc are into their mid thirties while our key players are entering their primes. So let’s see what our rookies got for the remainder of the year.

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