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Kings vs Knicks Preview: Early Season Apple Pickin’

EARLY GAME ALERT.
By | 24 Comments | Dec 11, 2022

The Kings have rolled into the city that never sleeps in the hopes of catching the Knicks napping, after an improbable 19-0 run to finish off a win in Cleveland in which they did exactly that. The Knicks have run off three wins in a row, against those same Cavs, the Hawks and the Hornets, and are currently sitting on the .500 mark, and hoping to claw their way above it tonight. With Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson leading the way, the Kings will have more than enough on their hands – and that’s without the distinct possibility of being without De’Aaron Fox or Keegan Murray.

Let’s talk Kings basketball!

When: Sunday, December 11th, 3:00 PM PT
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140

For Your Consideration

Grin and Barrett: We’re gonna speed run this one today because somethings the immovable object (my need for sleep) collides against the unstoppable force (the Kings playing early on my only day off) and while I would love to wax poetic about the parallels and risks of what the Knicks did a couple of years ago in the East and what the Kings are hoping to accomplish this season out west with the mix of experienced stars and youth, and how the biggest difference is Tommy Thibs demeanor vs Mike Brown’s … but you can imagine that bit of writing in your head. It’s a tad too long, tad too quippy for what essentially ends up being a “the addition of Randle and Sabonis are similar but different but similar”.

Let’s get to some stats to share with the family as you’re watching this one. Through 26 games, the Knicks have found a way to vastly improve their offensive output this season, currently at 13th in the NBA in points per game (113.9 a contest), while slamming the breaks on coach Tom Thibodeau’s bread-and-butter, defense. Where as last season the Knicks held opponents to the 6th lowest scoring in the NBA, they’ve dropped this season to 16th. Their defensive rating this season is 16th, middle of the road, or in the case of today’s game – ONE SPOT LOWER THAN THE KINGS. Yes, you’ve read that right, the Sacramento Kings defensive rating through 24 games in 15th in the NBA. Stop the count, shut down the season, terminate the CBA and all other agreements – the Kings have an average defensive team and seeing as how that’s the final achievable to be unlocked in this game we all know and love, there is zero reason to continue.

Okay back to the Knicks here, I just needed to brag about our boys for a second. With the addition of Jalen Brunson and an unexpected dose of common sense, the Knicks have ramped up the pace this season from dragging their feet at 29th last season to 13th so far this season. They’re a terrible three point shooting team, yacking up the 10th most in the NBA and hitting at the 4th worst percentage. They attempt the 6th most free throws, hit them at the 8th best percentage but, they also foul the 6th most and allow the 9th most attempts. They’re a fantastic rebounding team, 3rd in both offensive and total rebounding, but on the defensive end play a fairly conservative style – they’re bottom ten in both steals and blocks and give up the most three point attempts in the NBA (though teams hit those threes at the 7th WORST percentage).

They’re a decent defensive team, a decent offensive team with enough star power in Randle and Brunson, and enough youth in Barrett, Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish and Quentin Grimes to stick with the Kings. Consider me disappointed that I won’t be watching Obi Toppin, as well. The kids a highlight reel and deserves a bit better than what Tom has given him.

Okay. Happy Sunday. Go forth and prosper.

 

Prediction

Jalen Brunson has himself an Off-Night Experience, Sabonis and Randle delight the eyes and get within a few a few assists of triple-doubles for the both of them and Malik Monk finds a way to score 30+ against the Knicks bench. Kevin Huerter may or may not go for 7+ threes, depending on if he gets a rhythm early.

Kings: 137, Knicks:119

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Jman1949
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December 11, 2022 11:11 am

At the Garden we must compete
With the Knicks—a team we should beat.
Let’s clamp down on Randle—
Can’t let him manhandle—
Putting Thibs again on the hot seat!

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December 11, 2022 11:36 am

…the distinct possibility of being without De’Aaron Fox or Keegan Murray.

What’s going on with Murray?

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December 11, 2022 11:47 am
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Left Thumb, apparently…

https://twitter.com/BrendenNunesNBA/status/1602013385922850816?s=20&t=ObUOTQomhrI1B4Vd8J2oeQ

Maybe his thumb caught on fire when he was hitting all of those 3’s.

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December 11, 2022 1:52 pm
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Cool. Give Brunson a healthy dose of Off Night.

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December 11, 2022 11:52 am

Domantas is the head of the snake.

Can we escape from New York with a win?

I’d love it if we do.

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December 11, 2022 11:57 am
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But I thought snakes always traveled by plane!

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December 11, 2022 11:59 am
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Sometimes they travel through the grass!

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December 11, 2022 12:03 pm
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Somebody say “grass”!

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December 11, 2022 12:10 pm
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This picture is always a head scratcher….which one is the biggest dumb ass?

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December 11, 2022 12:12 pm

Cousins is bigger by about 8 inches and 84 pounds.

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December 11, 2022 7:02 pm
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True.

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December 11, 2022 1:44 pm
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December 11, 2022 12:10 pm

I often visit other fansites before/after the game, to see what non-Kings fans have to say.

This one got me, and I’m so infuriated (inspired) I’m going to steal it to use on the Nuggets when we play them.

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December 11, 2022 12:26 pm

7 of the Knicks 13 wins are against the Pistons (3), Hornets (2), Magic, and OKC. They are not really a .500 ball club. The Kings need to go into this one with confidence and not let it turn into a trap game.

I don’t care if Fox and Murray don’t play because Kings win the matchups. Sabonis trumps Robinson, Barnes trumps RJ, Huerter trumps Grimes, Monk trumps Quickly off the bench, and Mitchell will hold Brunson to below his season averages.

Gotta win this one.

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December 11, 2022 12:44 pm
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I can smell that 5 over .500 mark Adam. Do you smell what the Kings are cooking?

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December 11, 2022 12:58 pm
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I do. I really do.

Fun fact. The last time the Kings were 5 games above .500…game #81 on April 16th 2006. The last season they made the playoffs.

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December 11, 2022 1:21 pm
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I don’t know how to respond to optimistic Adam. I think you are going to need to get your cat scanned before we continue. 🙂

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December 11, 2022 1:25 pm
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You haven’t threatened to stab anyone in quite a while either. Cheers to our half full glasses!

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December 11, 2022 1:29 pm
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There’s too many Giants fans in the world to make stabbing worth it at this point.

I had a hearty laugh when they flipped their shit over not signing Aaron Judge though.

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December 11, 2022 2:38 pm
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December 11, 2022 12:28 pm

14-6 since the opening four losses. The 6 teams we have lost to are pretty good. Let’s smoke these fools!

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December 11, 2022 1:14 pm

Davion is gonna put Brunson in jail, Sabonis will outduel Randle, and the Kings depth should be far and away better than the Knicks’.

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December 11, 2022 1:56 pm

Can’t call it a trap game with the Kings at MSG as 3.5-point dogs and some key players listed as questionable.

I’m just hoping that this game is at least half as fun to watch as the last one.

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