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Kings vs Lakers Preview: The Land of a Thousand Fakes

The Lakers have won 4 straight and are now in total, absolute control of the 12th seed.

The Kings have hunkered down in Sacramento today before the start of a big storm and have apparently opened up the doors of G1C as a temporary shelter to a busload of displaced convalesced and senior citizens tonight. Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers are in town.

Winners of four straight games (and because I know you're dying to know - the Hornets, the Heat and the Hawks, twice) the Lakers faithful have limped back to the bedroom, dragged their best vintage Mark Madsen jersey out from under the bed, dropped into a K-hole deep enough to swallow the sun and jumped onto the internet to post about how there's still time for Rob Pelinka to turn this ship around only to find out six hours later that they, in fact, are Rob Pelinka and he's got six missed calls from Jeanie Buss about her signing Shannon Brown's little brother to a 10-Day, like all former Lakers player siblings are entitled too.

Good luck, Rob! A bunch of Warriors fans and four good natured sports writers are rooting for you!

Let's talk Kings basketball!

When: Saturday, January 7th, 7:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140

For Your Consideration

Seventeen Times, Bro: We've reached that point in the now seemingly annual Lakers Five Stages of Grief where we all start seeing tweets from Lakers fan accounts retweeted into the timeline hyped at the fact that the Lakers, storied franchise and current employer of two former MVPs and an All-Star,  have won a grand total of four in a row. Yes, the valve holding back a tidal wave of  "Lakers haven't lost in 2023 *big eyes emoji*" tweets has been excitedly thrown open as a bunch of  facial plastic surgeons in Studio City grip their lip fillers tight in anticipation for their longest winning streak of the season. A little Newsie runs down the street waving a paper that reads "Lakers Overtake OKC for 12th!!!!!" and James Cordon excitedly grabs an intern by the throat, squeezing their windpipe with expectancy - a costumed song and dance must be performed in some random intersection for the occasion.

All the while, the rest of the NBA continues to not pay attention. Sure, Austin Reeves has more All-Star votes than De'Aaron Fox. You know that adage about "There's more straight-A students in China than there are students in the US"? Los Angeles has that same advantage if you replace "straight-A students" with "irony-pilled, two-DUIs-but-daddy-still-pays-the-lease-on-my-Maserati-Ghibli, Crypto bro All-Star voters". Lakers stans are currently hyping up a team chock full of players old enough and feeble enough to have their ankles injured by the force of the bootlicking and frankly, it's all they have. This team isn't going anywhere. The Lakers aren't focused on championships, they're focused on the repeater luxury tax and making sure the checks from Crypto.com keep cashing until Lebron James can pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all time in an eventual 16 point loss to the Mavs. Lebron can go on ESPN for an exclusive interview every goddamn week and say he wants to compete, but outside being the greatest scorer in NBA history, that mans only goal is to make sure his meh-level son doesn't slip to the second round in a few years. Oh, and to cameo in whatever Judd Apatow is willing to produce.

Let's talk about tonight's game for a second. The Lakers have a bunch of bench players and Anthony Davis injured tonight, but I'm not sure how to properly analyze the impact of that statement because outside of Lebron, "a bunch of bench players and Anthony Davis" is basically all the Lakers have anyways. KobeSZN824 might want to remind you that the Lakers have the same record as the Celtics did last season before they went on their big ol' run to The Finals, but unlike the Lakers, the Celtics didn't have Patrick Beverley as their best defender, Lonnie Walker IV as their starting shooting guard and a Rob Lowe meets Multiplicity scenario where the photocopy of the photocopy of the photocopy has escaped and is now the GM of the franchise.

One last thing: It could get scary this weekend in Sacramento and with everything going on in California right now... if you're going to the game tonight - please be safe. If for some terrible reason you get trapped in your car during the worst of it, stay calm. Remember: Russell Westbrook's season high in field goal attempts is 20. Count them out, don't try to save your belongings, just head for higher ground as soon as possible.

Prediction

The standard five Lakers fans tweet me asking if I'm salty. My answer has, and will always be, yes. But they'll ask anyways. Then their college aged sister's friend, an OnlyFans model just trying to make it in this world, will post about new content and my interrogation will get cut short so he can go call her the worst words you've ever read, before logging in to check out what it was she posted. Lebron scores 26. Four out of five of my interrogators never find meaningful love.

Kings: 126, Lakers:114

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Kosta
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January 7, 2023 12:59 pm

The L*kers are like the O’Rangers in the Marble League.

Terrible, obnoxious fans, even when the team stinks.

Go Kings! Go Savage Speeders!

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January 7, 2023 1:02 pm

All-Star Austin Reaves is out?

Then we should win!

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January 7, 2023 4:27 pm
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I’m very close to voting for Austin Reeves. I think it would be hilarious if a bunch of small market fanbases got together to vote for someone like him to be a starter, just to show how stupid the whole selection process is.

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January 7, 2023 4:51 pm
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ohhhhh…actually, that makes sense!

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January 7, 2023 5:36 pm
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My [email protected]#k the all-star game picks:

WEST: Austin Reeves, Patrick Beverly, Lonnie Walker IV, Kevon Looney, and Thomas Bryant

EAST: Derrick Rose, Payton Prichard, Obi Toppin, Nic Claxton, Mitchell Robinson

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January 7, 2023 6:03 pm
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Hell, I wish we could vote for the 3-point contest.

I’d vote for Russell Westbrook for the 3-point contest

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January 7, 2023 6:55 pm
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If we had voting for the three-point contest back then, I’d troll-vote Shaq in.

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January 7, 2023 5:09 pm
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Reaves has the weirdest intentional shot release- he shoots, and his legs kick out at odd angles. Any shot- results in an example of a Swiss Army knife like reaction-
he is a jerk.

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January 7, 2023 1:08 pm

When AD went out LA dipped low
Because their team’s talent had slipped so.
When they come here to play
Send them back to LA
On a steep downward slide like Crypto!

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January 7, 2023 4:46 pm
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All this talk but as a coach I hope the Kings don’t do what they usually do and play down to the competition. Least you forget they are on a run of four straight and I don’t care what they do as long it’s not against us. As much as I dislike the Lakers they are still a NBA basketball team to take seriously or we can be trapped. We need to play our top basketball game. If we do that then IMO we could start a 5 or 6 win streak.

SufferingSacFan
January 7, 2023 2:01 pm

Great write up that’s for the 😂.
Beat LA.. Light the Beam!!!

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January 7, 2023 2:51 pm

Not feeling well today. Who wants to watch the kings beat the Lakers tonight? Message me. Three tickets.

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January 7, 2023 3:39 pm
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Hope you feel better soon. Read on the other post about long COVID. Also congratulations on the marriage.

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January 7, 2023 3:52 pm
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Thank you. It was a long time coming. Tickets spoken for. Coworker took them for his daughter and friend.

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January 7, 2023 3:54 pm

funny read. I actually think this game is extremely important. not because it’s the Lakers. It’s because of the way the team lost to Atlanta. have to get back on track.

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January 7, 2023 4:01 pm

Luck the Fakers!

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January 7, 2023 4:04 pm

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January 7, 2023 4:28 pm
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I can’t believe to took over 3 hours for this gif to be posted in this thread. It should be one of the first posts in a Lakers game preview every time!

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January 7, 2023 4:35 pm
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Lol next time then
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January 7, 2023 4:48 pm
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Be careful Kings.

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January 7, 2023 5:11 pm
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this is a trap game for sure.

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January 7, 2023 5:18 pm
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My wife just reminded me what I always told my team: Be confident but not cocky

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January 7, 2023 6:04 pm

Did anybody listen to Kevin Huerter on The Lowe Post

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January 7, 2023 6:12 pm

LeBron vs LeBeam

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