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Kings vs. Suns Preview: New Flare, Don’t Care

The Kings don't have time to wallow about disappointing games - the Suns are in town and looking for revenge.

Well, there isn't much to say about the Kings loss at the hands of the TJ McConnell helmed Pacers squad Sunday night, so I'm just going to go ahead and force a rough transition over to the Suns and tonight's chance to show up the Larry O'Brien runner-ups for the second time in two weeks. The Suns haven't lost since Harrison Barnes' buzzer beating prayers were answered, but they also didn't play much in the way of competition - beating the Cavs, Pelicans, and Rockets before gutting out a game against the Hawks. It's Chris Paul, it's Devin Booker, it's Mikal Bridges, it's Javale McGee in a starting role because DeAndre Ayton is out!

Let's talk Kings basketball!

When: Sunday, November 8th, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

TV: NBCSCA - Mark Jones (play-by-play)

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

Helpin' Out A Ton: So let's not talk about last night. Let's not talk about how after vacillating between being the most positive I've been in a preview in like, four years(?), and couching that positivity with "hey, the Pacers could win this game!", the Kings laid an absolute egg. We're not doing that today! THE SUNS! The Suns are in town and playing back to the standards we're used to seeing, save for the man who caused the Kings fits, DeAndre Ayton, who is out with a leg injury. This is a stroke of good fortune for the Kings - Ayton's previous game against Sacramento he grabbed a season high 21 boards to go along with his 21 points on 9-12 shooting. His replacements in the front court are Javale McGee and Frank Kaminsky, both capable of having one of those random, perplexingly great games that random bench players have had against the Kings over the years.

The Suns are the Suns. Chris Paul is going to continue to defy the odds at his age and get his 13 points and 12 assists while hounding the hell out of whoever he's guarding. Devin Booker is absolutely going to score and the objective tonight is convincing him that thirty sounds like a nice goal to have to distract him from that random 50-piece he's been waiting to pull out of his back pocket all month. Mikal Bridges is going to be the Swiss Army knife, Monty Williams is going to say some stuff in the huddle that will make everyone feel like they can be better than they've been in awhile. We know the Suns. We know they're good and we've seen they're beatable. Tonight's game is going to be about the Kings and their continuing response to let down games. De'Aaron Fox cannot continue to shoot 36% from the field every night. We've said "it's early and we can't worry yet" but the time to worry is quickly approaching. Richaun Holmes cannot get FOUR shot attempts in 27 minutes, especially if a beast like Ayton is removed from the equation. The Kings cannot keep asking Buddy Hield to catch fire every time they dig themselves an early hole.

Alright, happy Monday everyone. Go Kings.

Prediction

Kings: 114, Suns: 111

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RobHessing
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November 8, 2021 1:25 pm

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November 8, 2021 2:12 pm
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Back for 1 night only, Brad Miller

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November 8, 2021 4:45 pm
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Not wearing pants, technically….

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November 8, 2021 1:28 pm

Fox has got this!
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November 8, 2021 1:34 pm
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November 8, 2021 1:55 pm
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FOX FORCE THE SHOT
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November 8, 2021 1:31 pm

In Phoenix H. Barnes bailed us out;
His game winner made us all shout!
To end this home stand,
Get this win and it’s grand—
With a record that we can still tout!

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November 8, 2021 1:32 pm

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Len – Steal my sunshine

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November 8, 2021 1:59 pm
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The lasting legacy of that song is that, to my knowledge, it remains the only hit record sung by someone who is severely constipated and is trying to force out impacted dookie while straining nearly to the point of aneurysm.

But don’t just take my word for it.

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November 8, 2021 1:49 pm

Rese has some back tightness. We all know why!

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November 8, 2021 1:58 pm

Except for the actual injury and pain to him, glad to hear Ayton is out!

Now let’s go raze Arizona
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November 8, 2021 2:07 pm
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It may take a village, and all that, but we are raising no lil’ Gonzo’s. FWIW.

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November 8, 2021 2:08 pm
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November 8, 2021 2:13 pm
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Would you shop at a store called Unpainted Huffhines?

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November 8, 2021 2:40 pm
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I tried to sit up and fly straight, but it was hard with the sumbitch Walton on the coaching staff.

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November 8, 2021 3:17 pm
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Golden One is a Rocky Place where the Suns can find no purchase.

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November 8, 2021 3:59 pm
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Sumbitch Walton!

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November 8, 2021 3:31 pm

With Ayton out, Bagley dominates.

Oh, my bad.

I thought this was 2019 for a second.

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November 8, 2021 4:07 pm
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Would should be getting Tyrese’s minutes if he is out ?

TD or Ramsey ??

I wish it’s Ramsey / King

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November 8, 2021 4:11 pm

Maybe Walton inserts Buddy into the starting lineup tonight due to Tyrese’s absence?

I’d like to see Ramsey and/or King get a shot, especially if TD is having difficulty with his shooting tonight. Kings seems to be the better shooter.

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November 8, 2021 3:56 pm

Hope the starting 5 knows they have a game tonight.

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November 8, 2021 4:20 pm
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WIth Tyrese possibly out and Fox shooting bricks, ugh could get ugly tonight

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November 8, 2021 6:53 pm

For all his past appearances on Shaqtin’, Javale has matured into a solid player. Best not to underestimate him.

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