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Kings vs. Heat Preview: If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the Playoffs!

The injury bug has hit the Kings and they'll need all hands on deck if they want to extract vengeance from the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Well, folks. The Kings are back to Kangzing again and I'm sorry to report they ain't stopping anytime soon!  Chimezie Metu was previously ruled out, having fractured his wrist after improperly exiting a Lithuanian tilt-a-whirl and now Harrison Barnes (sprained foot) and Richaun Holmes (knee) are also both missing this game. On the other hand, the Heat are slowly gaining on playoff territory in the East and  Jimmy Butler's thirst for blood grows exponentially - a single point victory over the Kings won't be enough this time! Can Hassan Whiteside guard Bam Adebayo for 32 minutes? Will Jabari Parker making an appearance? What would chairs look like if our knees bent the other way? At least one of these questions is bound to get answered tonight! Let's talk Kings Basketball!

When: Thursday, February 18th, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

TV: NBCSCA -  Mark Jones on the call.

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

Climbing the Ladder: Miami has started trending upward since the Kings last ill-fated run in with them back at the end of January. While they've lost their last two contest (to the Jazz and Clippers) the Heat are 4-4 in February, and they're getting healthier all the time. Here's the fun part about the Eastern Conference: The Heat currently own a record worse than the Kings but because of COVID parity and some general weakness in the conference, the Heat are only a game and half out of the 8th seed. If they played in the West, they'd tie for the second worst record in the West with the Rockets and Thunder. This league has flipped itself inside out this season and I suspect COVID dictated timelines has everything to do with it. Guys like Anthony Davis are showing injuries due to the lack of rest time between the end of a championship run and their subsequent title defense. The Heat have been smacked with injuries all season. The Kings health this season might be attributed to them being just good enough to play in the bubble and not get rusty, but also crappy enough to leave immediately and get to adequately rest as well.  Sure, the injury bug has finally caught up to the Kings a bit but looking around at the rest of the league and its shocking just how little Sacramento has been effected by these things.

I'm not trying to avoid talking about tonight's game, it's just habit that my brain starts seeing key injuries to Kings vets and immediately just says "welp, this isn't going to be pretty!". Do I want to see a kid like Jeffries get a chance on guarding Jimmy Butler all night? Heck yeah. Can I see Fox dropping 40 on them? Absolutely. I just start zooming out of the micro of this one single game every season around this time and well, I'm not sure this season is any different.

Prediction

Fox drops 40. I'm an idiot and the good times are here to stay, baby!

Kings: 112, Heat:109

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Jman1949
February 18, 2021 12:16 pm

Finish off this home stand with the Heat—
Missing pieces—so hard to compete.
We basked in the glow
Just a few games ago,
Now this year’s just another repeat!

Hamlet1989
February 18, 2021 2:09 pm
Reply to  Jman1949

I hope someone, somewhere is archiving these things.

Jman1949
February 18, 2021 2:31 pm
Reply to  Hamlet1989

Yup

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RobHessing
February 18, 2021 12:22 pm

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Klam
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February 18, 2021 1:56 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

“Watching this Kings-Heat game is making me thirsty. I think I’ll order a tab.”
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andy_sims
February 18, 2021 3:13 pm
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NBALensface
February 18, 2021 12:44 pm

ajon_es
February 18, 2021 4:34 pm
Reply to  NBALensface

D-Wade easily a top 5 non-Kings player for me. Watching him take over that Mavs series in the 06 season was my earliest memory of realizing I was a basketball fan and not just a Kings fan. Great stuff, thanks for the nostalgia !

Adamsite
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February 18, 2021 5:11 pm
Reply to  NBALensface

That’s awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Hippity_Hop_Barbershop
February 18, 2021 12:44 pm

Bouncin’ in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
I’m going to Miami.

Marty
February 18, 2021 12:44 pm

No Holmes no Barnes? TONIGHT BAGLEY TURNS THE CORNER!

satdawg
February 18, 2021 6:15 pm
Reply to  Marty

But in all seriousness Fox will and must have a big night. He needs to put up 30+ points and 10+ assists for us to have a chance

RORDOG
February 18, 2021 12:54 pm

What would chairs look like if our knees bent the other way?comment image

Ellis5
February 18, 2021 1:37 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

Backwards knee chairs would look like flamingos pooping stool?

Kosta
February 18, 2021 1:56 pm
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February 18, 2021 1:58 pm
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Klam
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February 18, 2021 2:48 pm
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Oh My God!

Wilson
February 18, 2021 4:55 pm
Reply to  Kosta

This proves dogs are made just right for sniffing butts.

RORDOG
February 18, 2021 2:53 pm
Reply to  Kosta

This is a lie spread by Big Flamingo

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February 18, 2021 5:15 pm
Reply to  Kosta

There is no way a flamingo would name his beak “Bill”
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Hamlet1989
February 18, 2021 2:11 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

Is there no Question? this site can’t answer!

Kingsguru21
February 18, 2021 2:03 pm

Never change Will.

Hozr
February 18, 2021 6:42 pm
Reply to  WGriffith

You must go through a lot of diapers.

ForKingsandCountry
February 18, 2021 2:07 pm

It’s at least partially due to injuries but the Heat have been pretty terrible this year and they aren’t really turning the corner. They’ve lost 3 in a row and 2 of those losses are of the particularly terrible variety. In the Clippers loss, the Clippers were playing without Kawhi, Paul George, Nic Batum and Pat Beverly and in the Warriors loss last night, they blew a huge lead to a Warriors team without a center because Draymond, Wiseman and Looney were all out.

Does this mean the Kings will win playing against this team on the second night of a back to back on the road? OF COURSE NOT! Heat by 18.

Klam
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February 18, 2021 2:49 pm

Does this mean the Kings will win playing against this team on the second night of a back to back on the road?

It’s more of a surprise if they do win in this situation.

ForKingsandCountry
February 18, 2021 3:05 pm
Reply to  Klam

Yeah it definitely is. Whenever things are stacked in their favor which in terms of the schedule, tonight they definitely are, they usually fold up and get killed.

aplumley
February 18, 2021 2:36 pm

I expect an audition for Bjelica. Miami has reported interest.

knox
February 18, 2021 2:50 pm

your previews never get old, they give me something to look forward to each gameday

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HongKongKingsFan
February 18, 2021 4:01 pm

With only 4 BIGS left tonight….

We may finally got chances to see Parker (I know he sucks at defense), but at least got to know what he left (He did some extra shooting practise on court after last game, which is good to see)

If he plays well, then raise his trade value, if he did not, it raise our draft standing, no hurts

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February 18, 2021 5:17 pm

I actually want to see him. It can’t hurt any.

1951
February 18, 2021 4:21 pm

Screw quarantine protocols, play our G league guys if the NBA is going to let other teams break our players!

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