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Kings vs Lakers preview: It doesn’t matter if it’s preseason, beat L.A.

Go Kings!
By | 56 Comments | Oct 14, 2021

Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight to conclude their preseason. One team is a juggernaut, the other is desperately trying to end an embarrassing drought. We’ll be rooting for the juggernaut, your undefeated Sacramento Kings. The Lakers are a pathetic 0-5 in preseason, and are probably desperate to break this streak.

The game will air locally on NBC Sports California and nationally on NBATV. Tip off is at 7 PM PT.

The Kings will be at full strength with one exception. After we were told that Bagley’s sore knee was better and that he would be available tonight, the Kings have now downgraded Bagley to doubtful for tonight’s contest.

The Lakers will be without Trevor Ariza, Wayne Elllington, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, and Kenrick Nunn.

This thread will also serve as the game thread for tonight’s action.

Go Kings!

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andy_sims
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October 14, 2021 4:37 pm

I hope Buddy hits like, twenty-five threes, so I can scream at the television, “WHERE’S YOUR KYLY KUZMA, NOW, SEEEEEE?”

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October 14, 2021 4:48 pm

Beat LA… I’m looking at you too, Giants!

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October 14, 2021 5:11 pm
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Fingers crossed!

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October 14, 2021 4:52 pm

GIANTS-KINGS tagteam!
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Carl
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October 14, 2021 5:13 pm

Is Bagley really, actually injured again? I figured they were holding him out for a last minute trade. Yeesh. I’ll keep hoping.

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October 14, 2021 5:40 pm
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LOL, yes he’s injured. Undisclosed knee soreness has kept him out of the last two games, but for some reason he can practice.

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October 14, 2021 6:33 pm
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I really don’t see Bagley playing a full season without missing a good chunk of games anytime soon.

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October 14, 2021 6:15 pm
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Is the sky blue again? Did the sun set in the west again?

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October 14, 2021 7:18 pm
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Hes a dead player now

Is anyone hoping he will still be good?

We are a year past potential.

Hopefully he doesn’t play when he is healthy

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October 14, 2021 9:45 pm
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Pretty sure he has killed any trade possibilities by sitting out pre season games with an injury.

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October 14, 2021 5:26 pm

Five games and they still haven’t won;
Old Man L***rs have not got it done!
They need outside shooting.
Of that, no disputing—
Meanwhile Buddy is still our long gun!

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October 14, 2021 6:15 pm

Obligatory Fuck the Lakers.

That’s all I got.

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October 14, 2021 6:52 pm

Stakes are high enough playing the Lakers, trying to stay undefeated, keeping them fully defeated, and trying to get into regular season form that I feel this is unofficially the first game of the season for the Kings and I’m excited to tune in tonight!

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October 14, 2021 7:16 pm

Fox is continuing to look bad

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October 14, 2021 7:21 pm

I totally forgot about Bagley for a moment. That’s how good he is. Poor man’s Enes Kanter!

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October 14, 2021 7:33 pm

Offensive foul on Melo. He jumped into DM.

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October 14, 2021 7:43 pm

Why is Buddy bringing it up court so much? Please let Davion run it.

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October 14, 2021 7:45 pm
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I just logged on to as that very same question. I saw Mitchell get the ball in the backcourt then defer to Buddy. WTF!!??

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October 14, 2021 7:50 pm

Offensive foul on LBJ.

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October 14, 2021 7:50 pm

Haliburton turning it over three times in 45 secs

All he does is look to pass to, please look to attack as well

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October 14, 2021 7:52 pm

4 times in a row for haliburton

Lakers first unit are steamrolling us

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October 14, 2021 7:54 pm

Same old BS. Kings get called for lots of little touches.

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October 14, 2021 8:02 pm

Dwight Howard’s a clown

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October 14, 2021 8:07 pm

HOLMES

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October 14, 2021 8:26 pm

Not sure Hali is ready to be a starter. I like Fox, TD, Barnes, Simmons, Holmes. Buddy 6 man. Would compete w anyone. Unfortunately probably not enough salary filler available to make that happen.

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October 14, 2021 8:37 pm

Bagley impressive as bench back slapper. He finally found a role.

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October 15, 2021 11:16 am
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Walton should be taking full advantage of Bagley’s capabilities and give some towels and water cups to hand out.

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October 14, 2021 8:53 pm

Westbrook is still two levels above Fox at age 32. How is that possible?

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October 14, 2021 8:55 pm

Enough time goes by and I forget what a truly horrendous defender Buddy is

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October 14, 2021 8:55 pm

Nice drive by Hield!

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October 14, 2021 8:57 pm

TT taking too many shots.

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October 14, 2021 9:02 pm

If we’re going to be a decent defensive team, it will really require keeping opponents off the boards. Rebounding will be key.

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October 14, 2021 9:04 pm

Rondo duping and then beating Mitchell, but Davion comes back and strips him at the basket for the turnover

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October 14, 2021 9:04 pm

Uh, are Mitchell and Davis going to be better than Fox and Hali this year?

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October 14, 2021 9:09 pm
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Fox/Haliburton have looked scary.

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October 14, 2021 9:08 pm

Keep feeding Tristan. That’s a playoff strategy

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October 14, 2021 9:11 pm

Kings have damn talented guards, one good forward and an undersized center with heart. Is that enough? Doubtful.

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October 14, 2021 9:11 pm

Katie’s commentary hurts my ears. Maybe stop trying to compare your WNBA career to the NBA? Also, using the phrase “ young fellas” sounds a lot like Mark Jones lame retoric.

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October 14, 2021 9:18 pm

This is an extremely stressful night

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October 14, 2021 9:21 pm

Rondo got the ball, turned, saw DM, and traveled….love it!

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October 14, 2021 9:24 pm

As I said last game, Fox has to be kidding me with his shooting

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October 14, 2021 9:28 pm
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He shot better than Anthony Davis!

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October 14, 2021 9:29 pm
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8/21 isn’t absolutely terrible.

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October 14, 2021 10:55 pm
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Fox shot 33% from field, 15% from 3 and 62% from line last preseason. Seemed like he had an alright season…all those numbers are better this preseason.

It’s preseason…I’m not going to worry about a guy that has showed it for 2-3 full regular seasons as being a very talented player.

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October 14, 2021 9:24 pm

Bagley needs to help himself to help this team and help his career.

Is he really dumb enough that in a contract year, with his notorious shit reputation, to sit out pre season games because he is injured?

If he really wants to be traded or have a somewhat decent contract offer in free agency he is better off saying rest or DNP coaches decision.

Why are the Kings dumb enough to list him as injured when they are trying to trade him?

I hope Bagley grows up and takes responsibility for himself at some point.

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October 14, 2021 9:25 pm

You are correct Karen!

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October 14, 2021 9:29 pm

Karen, Susan, Allyssa, Katie, whatever……..

Marvin < Dog Turd

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October 14, 2021 9:26 pm

Why is a Travelin’ Queen playing against the Kings in crunch time?
is this trolling?

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October 14, 2021 9:30 pm

Pre season champs! Here we come regular season! 82-0

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October 14, 2021 9:31 pm

Mitchell +22
Hali -26

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October 14, 2021 9:37 pm
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Buddy MVP Hield +30 ?

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October 14, 2021 9:39 pm
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He actually played within himself and looked great tonight. Wish he would always do that. Zero TOs!

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October 14, 2021 9:41 pm
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Yeah, agreed. I liked his drive to the basket on that one play.

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October 14, 2021 9:41 pm

Noooooooooo, the Giants lost to LA. 🙁

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October 14, 2021 9:42 pm
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McNair’s fault!

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October 14, 2021 9:56 pm

Man that was one hell of a preseason game, hope TD can continue to shoot at that clip.

Lakers have a loaded roster for sure but it’ll be interesting to see if they’re able to play at full strength by the time the postseason comes around. Consistency is key for us. Kings are always locked in against teams in the top of the standings, but then play at half speed against lower competition.

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