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Kings vs. Spurs Preview: A Game Worth Watching

The Kings have won four in a row and someone forgot to pull the parking brake on the hype train again.

The Sacramento Kings aren't mathematically eliminated from the play-in hunt and thus play a hypothetically important basketball game tonight against a reeling San Antonio Spurs trying their best to cling to the 10th seed and final play-in spot. The Spurs are 4.5 point favorites despite coming into tonight losing their last five games while the Kings have won four straight, including two in a row without arguably their three best players. With a win tonight, the Kings would draw to within a game and a half of the Spurs with 5 to go and clinch the tie-breaker between them. Those are the facts.

Let's talk Kings basketball.

When: Friday, May 7th, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

TV: NBCSCA - Kyle Draper (play-by-play)

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For Your Consideration

So I have to preface this the way we all have to preface everything right now with fans of this loss concussed franchise - I'm good with however you want to fan. People are getting wrapped up again in the season and that's not a bother to me, standing outside on the sidewalk with my tear soaked " '21 Top 5 Pick!" penant. A win would be fun, especially considering the tank went fully off the track the moment Haliburton decided to become an All-Star in De'Aaron Fox's absence and then went off down a deep ravine once Wright decided to become an All-Star in Tyrese's absence. Gunning for the play-in game is quite obviously not what I or many others wanted, but please remember that this silly franchise has pretty much never done what was expected, or smart, or desired by large contingencies of fans. That comes with the contract you sign when you enter this universe - whatever the Kings should be doing in your own mind, they're going to find one way or another to do either A) the opposite of what you want or b) the most painful version of the thing you're hoping for.  Random angry commenters or twitter users might try to tell you you're wrong or stupid for liking or disliking what's happening and if you're still a fan of this team, trust me - they're right. But, they're also fans, so it's just one ass farting in the direction of another because it's unhappy about the pants they're currently in. Pay them no heed.

That all being said, you idiots are falling for it again. (Joke) Tonight's game is absolutely a must win for the Kings. The path to the play-in game goes through San Antonio and to have any shot at all, they have to win tonight basically. I don't know for certain, because math is hard and Tim's playoff tracker article had too many words but other armchair twitter experts have pitched the same premise for the game, so I feel like there's some plausible deniability here if the Kings lose to the Spurs and still luck into a mathematically unlikely play-in spot anyways. The point is: Kings MUST win tonight. Against Gregg Popovich... and the Spurs. A team that is always prepared for and understanding of the moment. "But Will!" you scream, "they've lost five in a row! They're schedule is so damn difficult going forward!!!" Yes, you are right. Their last five games they've lost to Miami, Boston, Philly and Utah twice. Did they look good? Not particularly. Are they missing Derrick White something fierce? Absolutely. Prior to those five losses, the Spurs whipped the Detroit Pistons, beat the Pelicans and a smoking hot Washington Wizards team. So, yes, the Spurs are down and at their most vulnerable moment of the season tonight, but this downfall might also be a bit overplayed and the Kings odds slightly more exaggerated. Delon Wright is amazing, it sounds like Harrison Barnes is day-to-day and thus could come back tonight to try to get these Kings over the hump, but at the end of the day, the Kings are still missing De'Aaron Fox, still missing Tyrese Haliburton and still coached by Luke Walton. That's a tough pit to climb out of for any team, but with this Kings squad, in this moment - it's all the more daunting. And, yet - unbelievably, the game still has to be played and the thought creeps in more and more that well, maybe, just maybe, they've got a shot.

My (obviously conflicted) advice: Leave everything past tonight at the door. Don't worry about the Kings easy schedule, don't worry about the Spurs difficult schedule. The Spurs are on a losing streak facilitated by playing incredibly difficult teams, the Kings have overcome injuries at the worst moment to play some really good basketball and give themselves a shot at a spot that they have no business having a shot at. Forget the nine game losing streaks, forget tanking and every kid Cade Cunningham through Corey Kispert. The Kings have a game with stakes and a group of underdogs that have to find a way to beat one of the winningest coaches of all time and his team of equal or lesser talent. Watch the game. Leave everything else at the door. We're all going to look like idiots tomorrow regardless... because we're all still fans of this fate-forsaken team.

Prediction

Sacramento beats the pants the off of the Spurs. Gregg Popovich retires immediately after the buzzer sounds. Mr. Wright-on-Time gets a triple double with steals. Harrison Barnes comes walking out of the tunnel just as the tide turns for the Spurs and scores 15 points in the fourth including a game-clinching three. The hype train leaves the station. There's pandamonium in the streets and Vivek Ranadive doesn't check his bank statements for the first time in two years. Hope reigns supreme in Sacramento again. The Kings go on to lose the next five straight.

Kings: 124, Spurs: 117

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TerzoM
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May 7, 2021 11:12 am

Movie night suggestion? Perhaps Back to the Future? 😀comment image

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May 7, 2021 11:22 am
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(just don’t screw up the time coordinates and enter 7/31/2020. the last time the Spurs ruined the Kings playoff chances!)

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May 7, 2021 11:28 am
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Or earlier this year when they hustled the Kings like a pool shark.

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May 7, 2021 11:39 am
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Rick Adelman’s cutout comes to life and says..comment image

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May 7, 2021 11:54 am
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Roads? Where we’re going, we won’t need roads.

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May 7, 2021 11:29 am

Though they’re struggling now to get through this,
With Pop as their coach they could do this!
The Spurs in the lead,
But they have to concede€”
If they lose this game, they will rue this!

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May 7, 2021 11:34 am

“This time,” he explained, “things will be different!”

Kosta
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May 7, 2021 11:40 am

This’ll be a big adventure…
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May 7, 2021 11:56 am

Off topic:

What’s with the zebra pants, Larry?
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https://www.nba.com/kings/blog/reynolds-remembers-1-1-larry-birds-house

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May 7, 2021 12:22 pm
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Plus, the witness protection treatment on the left knee. Or maybe it’s exploding?

The eighties were weird.

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May 7, 2021 12:52 pm
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80’s, eh?

That white spot is either a reflection on the photograph (glossy) or cocaine.

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May 7, 2021 1:10 pm
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I mean, it’s definitely cocaine.

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May 7, 2021 1:12 pm
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They don’t call him Larry Legend for nothing…

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May 7, 2021 2:34 pm
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I, too, owned Zubaz pants in the late-80s/early-90s. However, unlike Larry Legend, I was careful enough to destroy all photographic evidence of this.

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May 7, 2021 2:49 pm
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Pictured: The Pride of French Lick, and a fan in hammer pants.

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May 7, 2021 3:14 pm
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also the grateful dead shirt reminds me that I had an opportunity to buy an original 1992 Lithuania Olympics shirt when I was at this sports memorabilia pop up thing in SD last year. I’ve been kicking myself for not pulling the trigger ever since.

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May 7, 2021 12:26 pm

Pop. Luke.comment image
Next.

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May 7, 2021 12:53 pm
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May 7, 2021 12:59 pm
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Spongepop.

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May 7, 2021 1:37 pm

I’m constantly in awe of the Spurs and they players they develop. Outside of DeRozan the core of their team are selections outside the lottery, yet they still outperform the Kings year after year. Those players include Dejounte Murray (selected 29th), Derrick White (29th), Keldon Johnson (29th) and Lonnie Walker (18th). That’s four players selected if four straight drafts (2016-19) that outperform 15 straight years of lottery selections by the Kings.

The Kings front office, regardless of who’s been calling the shots, have been colossal fuck ups.

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May 7, 2021 1:57 pm
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With the Kings’ picks, I think there’s a not-inconsiderable amount of failure that can be attributed to the franchise’s complete inability to develop young players.

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May 7, 2021 2:02 pm
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Agreed, but I’d also add scouting to that list. Spurs have proven time and time again that they can pick almost anywhere in the draft and get a solid prospect. I think time will prove that Vassell will be added to that list of talented young players.

I still can’t believe the Spurs passed on Haliburton. I thought for sure they’d take in at 11 last draft, but maybe they know something about Vassell that the rest of us haven’t learned yet.

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May 7, 2021 2:50 pm
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They are absolutely the gold standard in scouting, maybe in any sport. It ain’t luck.

Maybe we should hire a European GM who can hire another European guy to handle scouting. I defy you to find holes in my plan.

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May 7, 2021 2:53 pm
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I defy you to find holes in my plan.

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May 7, 2021 1:42 pm

Delon Wright is amazing, it sounds like Harrison Barnes is day-to-day and thus could come back tonight to try to get these Kings over the hump, but at the end of the day, the Kings are still missing De’Aaron Fox, still missing Tyrese Haliburton and still coached by missing Luke Walton.

There, I fixed it for you. GO KINGS

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May 7, 2021 1:49 pm
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May 7, 2021 1:53 pm
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That’s what’s up my guy.

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May 7, 2021 1:58 pm
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I’d like to see a bit of run with Fox, Ty, and Wright all at once. Defense creates offense!

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May 7, 2021 2:30 pm
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It might also eliminate the points off turnover problem that afflicts this team across the board. I swear this group gives up the easiest points off turnovers I’ve ever seen….and I lived through much of the Cousins era where this was a common problem, too.

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May 7, 2021 3:44 pm
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I do NOT miss Magic Cousins.

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May 7, 2021 4:54 pm
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I never wanted Cousins to begin with. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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May 7, 2021 6:01 pm
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I did!

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May 7, 2021 2:37 pm

And Zion has a broken finger.

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May 7, 2021 2:52 pm

It also keeps him out of getting married for six weeks or more.

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May 7, 2021 4:05 pm

he saw “Kings W4” in the standings and punched a wall in frustration.

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May 7, 2021 2:39 pm

This may have been your best preview yet, Will. I was thoroughly entertained….and this game has (albeit weird) meaningfulness. Nice writing dude.

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May 7, 2021 6:20 pm

Daddy needs a new pair of shoes:
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May 8, 2021 12:10 am
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Your toes are dirty.

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