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Kings vs. Mavericks Preview: Nine and Counting…

Double digit losing streak? Double digit losing streak!

Let's get it over with. The Sacramento Kings have a basketball game today in Dallas against the currently 7th seeded Dallas Mavericks, a team captained by the MVP caliber player that every smarty in Sacramento wanted three years ago. The Mavs have lost four of six games, including games to the Rockets and Spurs. On the other hand, our boys in purple have lost nine straight and at this point, couldn't win a Sacramento Kings look-a-like contest.

Let's talk about it.

When: Sunday, April 18th, 4:30 PM PST

Where: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, TX

TV: NBCSCA - Kyle Draper on the call

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

Sunset: 7:46 pm

Temperature High: 90 degrees F

Air Quality Index: 30

Catching My Drift?: Unclear

For Your Consideration

We Having Fun Yet: I just want to take a second to spill out the rest of the month's schedule for you - because if we're going to feel the pain, we really, truly should get the most out of it. The Kings play Dallas tonight - they're healthy but also one insane Luka heave away from losing four straight. The Kings then play the Timberwolves in a back-to-back in Sacramento. I'll have my buddy Leo Sun from Canis Hoopus to help me preview those next two games - we'll be giving our optimistic takes the first game and our realistic takes the second game. In the last week, the Timberwolves have beaten the Bulls and Heat so, don't count those as two wins just yet. A week from today, the Kings take on a Warriors squad who are clinging to playoff hope and overcoming some brutal injuries with an absolute barrage of three pointers from Steph Curry, who hit 36 three pointers this week... compared to the entire Sacramento Kings squad hitting just 33. The Kings then take on the Mavericks, again, the very next night and finish out the month with games against the Utah Jazz and then the Los Angeles Lakers.

Are these games "winnable"? Sure. An asskicking contest is winnable for a one-legged man with enough heart and strategy. But as the Kings have proven time and time again over the last nine games, over the last fourteen seasons, heart and strategy are both rare for this franchise, and even more rarely combined.

I see no reason to do a traditional preview right now. I'm not going back to the dry and crumbled well of stirring up Luka talk. I'm sure he'll look great tonight. I could try to pit Fox vs. Luka in terms of points and assists, but seeing Fox as the only guy post All-Star Break to be averaging 29 points and 6 assists feels pretty empty. He's giving it his all, I commend him for it, but seeing those precious few who try to hype up this team outside of Fox's individual performances is like watching shipwrecked men drink sand.

Prediction

Mmmm. Silica.

Kings: 125, Mavs: 122

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Klam
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April 18, 2021 11:51 am

Oh, I get to watch the guy that this team should’ve taken in the draft three years ago?
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RikSmits
April 18, 2021 11:57 am
Reply to  Klam

Still feels like a kick right there where it counts.
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Kosta
April 18, 2021 12:11 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

Kicking violation! Reset the clock to 14 seconds.

ZillersCat
April 18, 2021 1:19 pm
Reply to  Kosta

Luka!
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Jman1949
April 18, 2021 11:57 am

Our loss streak is now mounting toward ten.
In Dallas, can’t help thinking when
Vlade rejected
The pick we expected—
 And the way that’s played out since then!

RobHessing
April 18, 2021 12:01 pm

Mavs. Kings.comment image
Next.

Klam
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April 18, 2021 1:04 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

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SMF-PDXConnection
April 18, 2021 12:15 pm

This is the good shit only a Kings fan could come up with.

Are these games “winnable”? Sure. An asskicking contest is winnable for a one-legged man with enough heart and strategy. But as the Kings have proven time and time again over the last nine games, over the last fourteen seasons, heart and strategy are both rare for this franchise, and even more rarely combined.

Kosta
April 18, 2021 12:20 pm

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Kosta
April 18, 2021 12:29 pm

Expecting this game to be a TEN.

Luka will surely RELEASE from DEEP. We ONCE had a chance at him, but WHY GO there?

Will the Kings’ offense EVEN FLOW? Will their defense look ALIVE? The outcome looks BLACK.
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Clearly I remember
Pickin’ on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed the Slamson
Gnashed his teeth and bit Matina’s breast…….

……………………

……Bill Walton didn’t give affection, no
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Luke the wicked
Oh ruled his world

Luke watched the tape today
Luke watched the tape today

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Kosta
April 18, 2021 12:35 pm
Reply to  Kosta

….Dick Motta was the coach of the Kings when this album came out.

christkills
April 18, 2021 12:41 pm
Reply to  Kosta

This is good.

Kosta
April 18, 2021 12:40 pm

How many MOORE games are we going to be DUDleyS?
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NotAlwaysLogic
April 18, 2021 1:25 pm

The 7th seeded Mavericks take on the 7th seeded (tankathon) Kings! Kings hoping to eventually lock in that 5th tankathon spot! Things are getting interesting!!

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02kingsfan
April 18, 2021 2:51 pm

Really rooting for the kangz to lose every game the rest of the way to compensate my misery.

Amonk81
April 18, 2021 3:51 pm
Reply to  02kingsfan

Lose lose lose. It is the only way out of Kings basketball hell.

Hobby916
April 18, 2021 3:53 pm
Reply to  Amonk81

Sometimes you have to lose to win

1951
April 18, 2021 3:10 pm

I am planting my garden and jumping in the pool today.

But I suppose at some point I will watch this dumb team play today because my dumb TV keeps recording all these dumb Kings games!

Adamsite
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Nostradumbass 14
April 18, 2021 3:15 pm

Not so fun fact of the day…

NONE of the current Kings were even alive when the the team last had a 10 game losing streak, including the wonder boy who is very likely to had the Kings their 10th loss in a row.

Luke Walton was 9.

Why does he still have a job?

KingsFaninNY
April 18, 2021 3:20 pm

Anyone here trying to find this Kings/Dallas game on Dish NBA Team Pass? I can’t find it listed to record it, and I weirdly, don’t want to miss it!

TerzoM
April 18, 2021 3:49 pm

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