Well the Kings have officially erased all the momentum of that seven-wins-in-eight-attempt stretch and have now lost seven in a row, the third longest losing streak in the league behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets. Tonight they're facing off against a beat-up Brooklyn squad that while hurt, still should NOT be taken lightly. While the likes of Kevin Durant and Jeff Green aren't playing this afternoon, the Nets still have James Harden's tubby stunt double and Kyrie Irving's full attention and that's well, pretty bad news considering just how much those two roughed up the Kings just eight days ago. If you're still expecting playoffs from this Sacramento squad, you best start praying hard for these boys, because the basketball gods just aren't hearing you. Let's talk Kings basketball.
When: Tuesday, February 23th, 4:30 PM PST
Where: Barclay Center, Brooklyn, NY
TV: NBCSCA - Mark Jones on the call.
Radio: KHTK Sports 1140 AM
For Your Consideration
No Sleep Till Brooklyn: As the first half of this season winds down, I think it's pretty much settled in the minds of the fanbase that this last stretch of seven games is more indicative of what the team is actually going to be moving forward than the previous eight before that. On any given night the Kings can be a fairly potent offensive team and on nights where Fox plus any other vet is on-fire, this team can keep up with most teams in the NBA... for 3 quarters or so. The Kings defense is worse than we seem to give it credit it for at times - by some metrics this is the worst defense in league history. Hell, the Kings defense is so bad they can't defend their own teammates from getting smacked to the ground like an old shoe over a spider. Their stretch of seven wins in eight games might have saved Walton's job till the end of the season but its obvious that no matter how much this team has "bought in" to what Walton's saying, the investment isn't in anything tangible and a change at the head coaching spot should be forthcoming. I wouldn't expect the Ryan-Saunders-for-Chris-Finch turbo fliperoo, but at this point I don't see Walton blaming his coordinators for a second season in a row and it actually sticking.
The trade deadline is 30 days away. I got asked very recently during a surprise visit on another site's Instagram Live post-game if I realized that trading the vets would mean watching more losing basketball, as if this was somehow a scary proposition. As if I hadn't watched the Kenny Natt and Keith Smart experiments. The truth is, all we've known for 14 years is losing basketball. It's come in both disappointing and overachieving forms but more often than not, the Kings have lost far more than they've won. So would I have an issue watching Fox, Haliburton, Jeffries, Bagley, Holmes for the rest of the season with a bench consisting of Jah'mius Ramsey, Kyle Guy, Robert Woodard and whatever is acquired in the send off of vets? Hell no. I know what Buddy Hield is. I know what Harrison Barnes brings. I see them disappear every few nights now and while I've enjoyed them, I also know the investment in them isn't bringing Sacramento what it needs. Long-term hope. So yeah, sure, Woodard isn't ready to be an NBA kid getting rotation minutes, but I'd far prefer a game watching the kid figuring out how to play in the NBA and busting his hump every possession for a chance to stay on the NBA's hardwood. Obviously this is my preference. After 14 years of losing, losing doesn't scare me anymore. The prospect of another losing season is just the prospect of another season. I'd rather watch young upstarts trying to survive then overpaid vets trying to stay healthy till they're moved. Okay. Enjoy this Brooklyn game!
Film of the Night
Rear Window (1954) Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
What IMDB Says: A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.
What Will Says: I hit you with something terribly morbid and dreadful for my first day back into these and I'd feel a little guilty if I did this a second time in a row. My original recommendation would have been Good Times, a Safdie Brothers movie about the scummiest of jerks, played by Robert Pattinson, who gets his brother (with undisclosed learning disabilities) locked up for robbery and then has one night to raise the money, by any means necessary, to bail his brother out. Its seedy, depressing and Robert Pattinson was just as deserving of praise for this film as Adam Sandler was for their follow-up film, Uncut Gems. That being said, I also can't just toss you back the other direction and recommend to you something like Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, a visually stunning animated film that is something literally anyone can get something out of, comic book fan or otherwise. So I'll pick the middle ground here and suggest another favorite of mine: Rear Window.
Being a product of the 90's, Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly were more figures that adults talked about when discussing the good ol' days of cinema and the long gone era of Hollywood starlets. Hitchcock too was much more of a figure I was told about much more than I was shown. I could have named you a dozen or so of his films in high school but nary seen a one. That's since change and with it my notions of what exactly a Hitchcock film was. This film is tense, it's visually stimulating and the aforementioned stars of the film, Stewart and Kelly, play wonderfully off of each other. The concept of filming an entire thriller inside a single room is something that feels entirely modern. While current TV shows are forced into bottle episodes due to budgetary restraints, Hitchcock just seemed to enjoy just trying to craft a brilliant piece of cinema in a single location. Thelma Ritter, as Stewart's chatty nurse and Raymond Burr as the object of Stewart's character's obsessive eye round out an cast that is pitch perfect.
I'm sure there are plenty of you who are old enough to have seen this naturally throughout your years, either in your early years or on TCM or some other channel on cable throughout the years. But for any of you youngins who are curious about what Hitchcock was all about: this is an easy entry point into his filmmaking. It's quick, it's entertaining and it's better than watching Kyrie Irving hit his 9th three in 11 tries. You've heard about this movie, you might even know the plot. Believe me, it's worth the watch.
Where to Watch:
- Hulu Premium Subscription
Every trailer I found for this is one that spoils a good deal of the movie, so just trust me on this.
Man, I just can't even attempt to be funny right now. This team is rough in the least comedic way possible and it feels like I'm punching down with it. I mean I guess I could say something about Cory Joseph. He's always good for a chuckle. Cory Joseph plays 30+ minutes and shoots 1-2 with 5 points.... Nope, nope still feels like I'm being mean.
Kings: 135, Nets: 129