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Kings vs Lakers Preseason Game Thread

Go Kings!
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Oct 3, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) as he drives to the basket in the first quarter at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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HoustonJP
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October 11, 2023 6:56 pm

Here. We. Go.

BeTheBall
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October 11, 2023 7:02 pm

Good evening, Mr Vezenkov.

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October 11, 2023 7:07 pm

Is the game on tv?

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October 11, 2023 7:10 pm
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NBA TV for out of market kg.

BeTheBall
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October 11, 2023 7:12 pm
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Not if your in Sacramento, because….stupid reasons….

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October 11, 2023 7:40 pm
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What a bunch of (probably can’t say it here). I guess I’m listening to the radio broadcast on kings.com. Hope they don’t pull this during the regular season.

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October 11, 2023 7:08 pm

Hearing Gary Gerald’s voice is like Christmas

Last edited 8 months ago by mdeedublu
Westen
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October 11, 2023 7:08 pm

My stream is only audio?

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October 11, 2023 7:09 pm
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Same

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October 11, 2023 7:10 pm

JaVale McGee revenge game.

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October 11, 2023 7:11 pm

Sasha in the starting 5 tonight.

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October 11, 2023 7:22 pm

It’s nearly 2024 and the Sacramento Kings are still incapable of providing their fans with a way to watch games. This is supposed to be a spectator sport is it not?

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October 11, 2023 7:27 pm

Davion enters the game. he’s a player

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October 11, 2023 7:28 pm

2 possessions, and he forced two turnovers

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October 11, 2023 7:30 pm

This might be a big year for Davion.

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October 11, 2023 7:32 pm

What the fuck? Made plans to watch my first Kings game of the (pre) season and I get cock blocked? The regular sports channel that normally carries them is showing garbage…why can’t they have the game?

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October 11, 2023 7:34 pm

Duarte has no idea what he’s doing, nor what he’s supposed to be doing. Just a totally confused player in role and fit in the offensive and defensive systems. Clearly lacks confidence out there. He’s a long way from being playable, but I wouldn’t give up on him just yet.

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October 11, 2023 7:39 pm
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wouldn’t be surprised if Colby Jones jumps ahead of him on the rotation, sort of taking both Delly’s role and TD’s role.

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October 11, 2023 7:37 pm

Well it’s on YouTube but has a transparent big picture of Fox and LeBron in the middle of the screen

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October 11, 2023 7:49 pm

Colby Jones has a good energy out there.

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October 11, 2023 7:56 pm

The starters come in, and everything just seems right again. Then the bench steps to the sideline.

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October 11, 2023 7:57 pm

The second unit I’d like to see is

Mitchell
Monk
Colby
Vezenkov
Lyles

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October 11, 2023 8:06 pm

Vezenkov with a Dirkesque fadeaway from 10 feet.

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October 11, 2023 8:07 pm
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He’s getting buckets off sheer confidence and muscle memory. He’s gonna learn this offense and become an unreal weapon for this team.

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October 11, 2023 8:15 pm
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Yeah, I think he’ll be a player.

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October 11, 2023 8:14 pm

that was some good Cole slaw for 2 seconds to close the half.

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October 11, 2023 8:38 pm

D-Lo just loves playing against the Kings.

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October 11, 2023 8:47 pm

Monk still can’t play against the Lakers in L.A.?

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October 11, 2023 9:05 pm
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We are not in LA.

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October 11, 2023 9:24 pm
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Anaheim, close enough

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October 11, 2023 8:48 pm

Only preseason, of course, but the Kings aren’t looking so hot so far. A lot of sloppiness and not a lot of defense.

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October 11, 2023 8:55 pm

I’m starting to see why Dallas let McGee go.

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October 11, 2023 9:02 pm
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He’s trying to do too much.

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October 11, 2023 9:04 pm

Not a fan of him sitting back on the Lakers side of the court watching the offense play 4 on 5, though. I’m not sure he’s cut out for the fast pace. .

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October 11, 2023 8:55 pm

Kings struggling against G-League players.

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October 11, 2023 9:08 pm

To be fair, outside of Davion we have G League players out there, too.

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October 11, 2023 9:08 pm
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But we didn’t for a long stretch!

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October 11, 2023 9:07 pm

Thanks to G-man, I’m going to start calling him Vashenkov, too.

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October 11, 2023 9:21 pm

Slawson still needs to take more pride in making crisp accurate passes.

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October 12, 2023 6:58 am

Living in San Diego so I could watch the game. A few thoughts.

Unlike some, I can see the appeal of Duarte. His effort on D is evident and he appears to have the length and athleticism to make a difference on that end. He also was a great corner outlet for Fox on drive and kicks. There were a few of these tonight and he was 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from 3. The 3 turnovers were not good, but if he’s a primary ball handler in the regular season the team has problems. He could end up being a solid addition.

Sasha is limited. My hopes and expectations for him have diminished greatly. On the offensive side, no problem. His ability to put up shots quickly is there and he’s got a lot of creativity on the offensive end. He’s definitely a bucket getter. Unfortunately he’s a short limbed big headed guy so while he may be 6’9″ on paper, his shoulder height and limb length make him more like 6’6″. In addition his defensive fundamentals look bad. He stands way too upright and is slow footed. He’s going to get absolutely exposed on that end. I’ve gone from hoping he’d be a great missing piece and could even challenge for a starting role to thinking he’s a situational player that gets minutes when the Kings need someone to make buckets and can afford a defensive liability. I love him on one end and really worry about him on the other end. He’s looking like a lesser version of Doug McDermott.

Javale is Javale. Nothing to say here. I liked the effort for the most part and he does provide what we think he provides and has the limitations we think he has. He is what he is. I’m not sure he’s an upgrade over Len TBH.

The Kings are not running out their full offense and are obviously tinkering with things to see what works or doesn’t work and what skills are real. Unfortunately they are finding more things that don’t work than do, and more skills that aren’t real than are (other than Keegan’s development). I’m not too worried about the game outcomes but at the same time they haven’t looked good. Even in preseason the Kings starters should have easily run up the score on a Lakers squad without Bron, AD, or Reeves. Instead, they got beaten with every starter having a negative in the +/- and Fox and Sabonis were both -12 in 24 minutes. Not good.

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October 12, 2023 7:47 am
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He’s looking like a lesser version of Doug McDermott.

Yikes.

I wasn’t able to watch either game, but from what I’ve read it still sounds like the Kings are a wreck on the defensive end. It makes me wonder if Monte is still keeping tabs on OG in Toronto.

Still, it’s only two games. Time will tell.

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October 12, 2023 8:12 am
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I thought Kessler Edwards looked encouraging defensively, with a little offense thrown in. He’s still young and may develop into a reliable rotation player.

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October 12, 2023 8:24 am
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Yes…pretty agree with what aplumley said about Sasha….he is way too slow to keep up the pace of the the game…

And I would rather like what Daydreamer said, play Edwards, even in front of Sasha. As Edwards is a very strong rebounder, and very good defender..which both area that we lacks of…

So, let Edwards to the 10/11 man…rather than Sasha

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October 12, 2023 12:14 pm
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I actually like Dougy McBuckets so it isn’t that big of a disparagement. But I thought the comp was decent in that their height overstates their size and both are solid offensive players. Doug might be the better defender (seriously) but Sasha the better offensive player.

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October 12, 2023 7:57 am
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Thanks for the observations. Yeah, like you said, I know it’s only two games in preseason, and I usually don’t care about outcomes (we won a lot of preseason games last year and then started 0-4, so things can change), but it seems like what I’m reading is that the Kings are still not showing a lot of improvement on the defensive end. Hopefully things can start gelling together soon.

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October 12, 2023 8:26 am
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yes….I just don’t see where the “bump” is, according to Mike Brown…

The defense still sucks, and our players did not “bump” on the opposing team//

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