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Kings vs. Thunder Preview: Poklahoma City, Everyone!

The Kings wrap up their season series with the Thunder and... well... do you need to know more?

Well, it's gameday against the Thunder...again...and that must mean we're up here at the Golden 1 Center waiting for the forecast from the world's most-famous unintentional tank commander, Vivek Ranadive, who's just about to leak to Sam Amick or James Ham how much more losing we can expect. Yeah sure, I know the Kings won this weekend, I'm just doing a Groundhogs Day bit in May because this game is going to worse than the Bill Murray quotes I bastardize!

Let's talk Kings basketball.

When: Tuesday, May 11th, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

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

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

Things to Look Forward To: We really don't have to talk about much of the game on Mother's Day. The Kings won pretty damn handily, even with their three best players out. All the best news of the weekend has been written elsewhere: Fox confirmed he had COVID-19 symptoms, he somewhat backed Luke Walton returning as coach, though much more could be read into the particular quote. Harrison Barnes had a special Mother's Day, seeing as how he and his wife are now expecting a child. In broader NBA discussion, Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's All Time Triple-Double record Monday night, which is something I was always told as a kid would never ever get broken and I'm quite excited to be proven wrong.

Okay, I guess I can spend a second talking about my favorite pet project in the NBA right now. You know, it's the same thing your whole life: "Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh yeah: "Don't draft a 7 foot, 180 pound point guard." With the understanding that most of the appealing options in the '20 draft would be gone by the time the Kings picked at #12, I lobbied for a player that fit a much different strategy than what the Kings ended up going with - Alexsej Pokusevski.

The Kings obviously had a much, much better player fall to them in Tyrese Haliburton, speeding up the timeline a bit, but Poku ended up in literally the best place for him in the OKC Thunder. The Thunder have spent a good deal of time this season in allowing Poku, the youngest player in last year's draft, to get adjusted to life in the NBA. He was brought off the bench, sent to the G-League bubble and now allowed to start and play 26 minutes or so a night for the Thunder. What's more, they seem to allow him to be the player he's supposed to be, not forcing him into a forward or center position his body isn't quite ready for. This weekend against the Kings, he started at shooting guard, wheeled and dealed his way to 13 points, 5 assists, with 3 turnovers and overall showed some flashes to being a much better contributor down the road. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING is down the road for OKC and I'm glad this kid ended up in a place that will actually give him a chance to succeed.

You all are on notice, Poku hype train is leaving the station soon. You should all be getting on board.

Okay. Enjoy the game. Maybe more game talk when we get to more appealing opponents!

Prediction

You want a prediction about the rest of the season, you're asking the wrong Will. I'll give you a season prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Just kidding, Kings in another rout of the Thunder. Poku scores thirty though.

Kings: 122, Thunder:106

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andy_sims
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May 11, 2021 11:08 am

The Kings should win this by at least twenty again, but they could also lose by twenty. Sacramento is out of the play-in, so I’m really hoping to see a lot of Ramsey, Jones, Metu, and King, with heavy doses of Wright and Davis. Harkless, too, since it isn’t inconceivable he’ll be back.

It’s time to evaluate with summer and ’21-’22 in mind, and that means giving these guys a lot of run.

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May 11, 2021 11:14 am

A beating we firmly implanted;
Still we can’t take a win for granted.
A loss to the Thunder
Would be a huge blunder€”
With fans even more disenchanted!

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May 11, 2021 11:15 am

I expect Luke Walton to be back next year.

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May 11, 2021 12:40 pm
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Yup. A lot of folks were talking this year as if it were a given that he’d be canned at the end of this season, to which I always asked myself, don’t we know anything about this team?

*yanks football*

1951
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May 11, 2021 3:10 pm
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Yeah, the local media is prepping the fan base for this lately.

Bill2455
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May 11, 2021 11:26 am

You have to give credit to the Spurs taking down the Bucks.

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May 11, 2021 12:01 pm

Deja Poku!

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May 11, 2021 12:05 pm

I’d like to offer a quick preview for the Memphis games:

The entire Sacramento roster does everything that it can to break Valančiūnas arm.

Jman1949
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May 11, 2021 12:44 pm
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Can we sign another 10-day player with special skills?

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May 11, 2021 1:03 pm
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Special skills did ya say?
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May 11, 2021 6:14 pm
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Hmmm€¦It seems someone has developed back problems.

Day To Day (Back) – The Grizzlies have listed Valanciunas as DOUBTFUL for Tuesday’s game (May 11) against the Mavericks.

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May 11, 2021 1:41 pm

3 games against the same team, so close together….IT’S LIKE WE HAD A PLAYOFF SERIES!

AND WE WON IT!

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1951
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May 11, 2021 3:09 pm

I, for one, am looking forward to another win to get us close to running things back just as they are next year!

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May 11, 2021 3:48 pm
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I (irrationally) expect this exact thing to happen.

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May 11, 2021 4:01 pm

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May 11, 2021 4:58 pm

If anybody is looking for this year’s lanky super-sized guy with some guard skills that could be huge picks late in the 2nd round, his name is Vrenz Bleijenbergh. Or if you want to give up some athleticism for a couple more inches, Santi Aldama could be it. You know, to fill that Poku shaped hole in your heart.

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andy_sims
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May 11, 2021 6:05 pm

We need a super-sized center with center skills.

1951
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May 11, 2021 6:19 pm
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To be the GM?

😉

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May 11, 2021 5:48 pm

Shocker, Marvin likely out with injury.

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May 11, 2021 6:31 pm
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And another shocker, the medical staff doesn’t communicate it until now.

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May 11, 2021 7:00 pm
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Amateur hour.

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May 11, 2021 7:14 pm
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The medical staff have bosses and ultimately, the responsibility lies there. Guessing they were hoping Bagley would play, so they didn’t have to disclose yet another injury.

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May 11, 2021 9:43 pm
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Daddy is probably going to shut him down until the all star break next year.

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