Standing there alone, the 'ship is waiting, all systems are go -
"Are you sure?"
Vivek's not convinced, but the computer has the evidence. No need to abort. The countdown starts.
Watching in a trance, McNair is certain. "We understand the fans". All is working. Trying to relax, up in the draft room: "Send away a pick!", jokes Joe Dumars. The count goes on...
Four, three, two, one...
The Sacramento Kings are coming off a victory against an anthropomorphic pile of dust and bones and now have a decent chance to win back to back, playing against one of three teams currently below them in the Western Conference standings, the Houston Rockets. They're young, bursting at the seams with young talent and ... pretty damn bad. Take heart though, they've beaten the Wizards and Spurs this month, so they have more than enough in their tank to beat a Kings team far too prone to playing to the level of their opponents.
Let's talk Kings basketball.
When: Friday, January 14th, 7:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBCSCA - Kyle Draper (play-by-play)
Radio: KHTK Sports 1140 AM
For Your Consideration
Calling, Calling Home: We'll tear the band-aid off early today. For all those (myself amongst you) who were looking to see Alperen Sengun play today against the Sacramento Kings - he's day-to-day with an ankle injury. If this has thoroughly bummed you out, just go on ahead to the next big bolded section. It's space themed. You'll love it.
Okay for the two people left who are still caring about the rest of the Houston Rockets matchup tonight, I've got good news and bad news depending upon where you sit on the Kings tank.
The Rockets are bad. *gasp*
Currently in the midst of losing 11 of their last 13 games, the Rockets have shown very little fight recently, averaging losses of over 20 points per game in their last four losses. They also have this funny little tendency to let opponents run roughshod over them, sporting the worst opponents scoring per game average in the NBA at 116.6 points a contest. While they run at the second fastest pace in the NBA, their offense is some high scoring Seven Second or Less style run and gun offense - they're current 16th in the league in scoring at 107.9 a game. They turn the ball over more than every team in the league, bottom for in fouls, when they get fouled they're the least likely squad in the league to hit anything. They also pull up from three.. alot and while they jack up the 5th most attempts from three per game, they're also only 18th in the NBA is percentage.
All this to say that if tonight ends up as an L in the game logs for the Kings, this should be considered a big time let down. Sure, they've oozing with young talent and yes a lot of those guys are known as scores but... this team is too young to know how good they could end up being. A loss tonight would be like getting mauled Rottweiler puppy.
One win against the Lakers ain't bringing me back to regular previews, so here's a list of guys you should absolutely pay attention to if you decide to watch the game and they end up in the game.
Kevin Porter Jr.
You hear these names come into the contest, just watch a little closer. They're all young, all talented and none know exactly how good they can be.
A Thing To Read, Watch, or Do
Watch (or Read), "Contact" (1997) dir. Robert Zemeckis (book written by: Carl Sagan)
Synopsis: A radio astronomer receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As the world powers scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.
Contact is one of those attempted big brained blockbusters in the 90's that I'm certain will wind up getting a limited series soon from some streaming platform somewhere, and, that if done right by someone who loves it as it should be loved, would be a massive success in the vein of the Anya Taylor-Joy vehicle, The Queen's Gambit. If I could pitch you on it, I'd say it's the spiritual big sister to Denis Villenueve's Arrival (and the equally beautiful Ted Chiang novella that inspired it, "The Story of Your Life"), a slower moving, science fiction that deals as much about the psychology and spirituality of humanity coming to grips with their suddenly shrinking place in the universe as it does with wormholes and alien lifeforms. It's superbly acted, with Jodie Foster giving my favorite performance this side of Clarice Starling, with supporting roles from Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and James Woods [Editor’s note: I will not tolerate this Jake Busey erasure]. Think of any dramatic film in the 90's and the actor that stole the show in that film is probably in Contact. The direction in it is damn good - Zemeckis has always been the Pepsi to Steven Spielberg's Coke and Contact is Zemeckis at his Wild Cherry Pepsi-iest. It doesn't get near the praise of Forrest Gump, Back to the Future or Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but what it lacks in gimmicks or framing devices, it makes up for in the questions it asks and answers it gives and withholds.
If you're more the reading type, the book is written by Carl freakin' Sagan in his one real attempt at fiction. It's different enough from the film that it stands on its own and is well worth the time if you've watched but not read. The film adjusts characters and condenses elements that a mind like Sagan had time for in his novel and the ending of the book and movie in particular, diverge enough that they're spiritually the same in message but different enough to both leave unique impressions on you.
This isn't Kurosawa or Fellini, nor is the book Faulkner or Joyce. But, if you want to be entertained with some rare bit of humanity and substance thrown in, this is a good, solid grounded sci-fi film to do so.
Someone who read this preview has Peter Shilling stuck in their head all day today. No one gets traded. Kings wax the Rockets.
Kings: 126, Rockets: 109
As the Rockets come in for a pair,
Is a trade in the works from McNair?
Don’t blame just the coaches;
The deadline approaches.
It’s time for bold change, if we dare!
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Good work as always, Jman…!
Appreciate you, Rik!
I don’t think Simmons or Harris will be available for the Kings yet tonight.
Forget Kurosawa or Fellini. Find Carol Reed’s “The Third Man.”
This would certain end up being a recommendation at some point if I continue these.
“Would you feel any pity if one of those dots stopped paying for season tickets forever?”
This is a game they should win (shout out to Marty,) so of course they’ll lose.
Jodie Foster’s looking pretty good right about now. Thanks a lot, Vivek.
Porter might go off for 50 in one of the next 2 games. He’s done it before
If you were buying a suit, would you opt for the Armoni Brooks or the Usman Garuba.
I honestly couldn’t tell you who the starting 5 for the Rockets are right now. I am 100% certain that John Wall isn’t one of them.
Ah yes the Starship Play-in
I love that movie.
I’d rather not talk about basketball right now.
Gonna transition this blog slowly into a Siskel and Ebert style movie review site.
I’m sorry, I can only give this one thumb’s up.
Power tools! RESPECT THEM.
Should win for the Kings = don’t win.
Let’s say Kings win all 3. Then 20-27 record. Need to get close to .500 for 7-10 spots ( I think 10 sucks)
But then- Bucks, Celts, Hawks, Philly and Knicks. Then Nets and duds.
I don’t see significant progress to .500 with those opponents. I see a backslide
There is no way out of here said the Joker to the Priest.
I think #10 is almost a default since the Blazers are undoubtedly in serious tank mode.
Stuck in the Middle Again
A 9th pick is just that a 9th pick.
I think it will come down to Spurs, Kings and Pels for the 9-10. Spurs don’t tank and they have 15 of their next 18 at home. Pels are 14-12 over the last 2 months. They are not tanking.
I predict Kings will lose 1 of the next 3.
After that 14 of 19 on the road. A lot of tough ones. They will still be around 10 games or more under .500 after that stretch.
All along the Watchtower’d.
Unless the entire starting lineup is out for the Bucks. I think this is a winnable 3 games. Even though. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Kings lose one of the Rockets games and Pistons. Pistons have a better record than Sac in Jan. They have beaten Both Utah and Milwaukee this month.
No you’re absolutely right. I was thinking of a four game winning streak and ended up saying “upcoming” games instead. Good catch.
Fully expect them to lose at least one of these next three.
In Advance: Hali, Davis, Tobias, Simmons, Holmes.
What is the ceiling for that lineup?
Contact was boring then and now. Just saying.