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Kings vs. Thunder Preview: Youth Don’t Know Who You’re Messing With

A COVID riddled Thunder squad comes limping into Sacramento. Call an ambulance! But for who?!

The Oklahoma City Thunder are in town and Poku ... wait... what? POKU IS IN HEALTH PROTOCOLS???? Okay, okay. No worries. I can still, still roll with this.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and in town and rookie guard Josh Giddey is... WAIT GIDDY IS TOO??? Not a problem, I guess.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are dragging themselves into Sacramento today and coach Mark Daigneault has got his... his... OKAY NOW THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort and whatever remains of the Oklahoma City Thunder team have been wheeled into the G1C tonight for a game against a Kings squad finally recovering from their outbreak of COVID. Can the Kings respond after embarrassing the hell out of their coach Sunday night or are they going find new, terrifying ways to further inflict pain upon Alvin Gentry?  Where there's a will there's a way and baby, look whose talking to ya!

Let's talk Kings basketball!

When: Tuesday, December 28th, 7:00 PM PT

Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

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

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration

Tanks for Everything: Hey here's a fun fact that certainly won't give intestinal distress to anyone who still cares about Kings wins and losses: the Thunder have currently won four of their last five games and are even with the Kings in the Western Conference standings. Oh, another fun fact: that whooshing sound you just heard was thousands of people in unison rushing around various houses around the greater Sacramento area, looking for some pearls to clutch. The Thunder, often used as the "I could NEVER support a tank like that!" example, come into tonight's game against the Kings even in the standings, with the best overall player between the two teams, a far younger, more exciting cast of players around them, a much, much better coach and to top it all off, an absolute trove of picks to improve the team in ANY way that their GM sees fit. Sure, getting down low isn't for everyone - I tried to Pop, Lock and Drop it the other day and blew my kneecaps through the garage door, but if this season hasn't already slapped Kings fans in the face with it a dozen times already, the Kings are getting lapped by every single team that was down in the dumps with them a few years ago. You might not like hearing it, but eating the 7th-10th pick in the draft every year isn't honorable and sending away the older or fed-up pieces of your failed core to drop and collect young assets isn't the end of your fandom or even that embarrassing. The 10th seed we obsess over isn't an accomplishment or a benchmark of success. Squeaking into the playoffs for one or two seasons then hoping for ???, isn't a long-term solution. I promise you: this franchise, this fanbase would be far more invigorated if OKC swapped rosters and anyone who says different, just isn't paying attention.

Now, do I expect OKC to finish with a better record than the Kings this season? No, but it's entirely possible from a talent stand point. OKC is helmed by a fantastic GM with an ownership group that has allowed him to play out his decisions in crafting that team for the future and I'd assume he'll start selectively sitting a young star like SGA or up and comers like Josh Giddey or Darius Bazley. Because he's smart. Because he's got a plan that involves a decade of playoff runs and a true championship window by the time he's through. The best laid plans of mice and men, and such, sure. Nothing is set in stone. But having a vision, continuing that vision through a couple of losing years and mistakes and then that vision showing major signs of promise are all things that the floating, aimless Kings have yet to show for in 15 years.

The Kings should absolutely win this game tonight. SGA is playing like an all-star but his surrounding cast and coach are all decimated by injuries. Sure I said they won four of five but that was with a full cast. SGA and Lu Dort are going to have to go crazy just to keep them in it. That being said, it's the Kangz. Anything is possible - save for maybe them making a string of good decisions.

Prediction

Poku breaks protocol, comes to sit with me and my friends at the game tonight. I pick him up and waving him around to distract OKC players while they shoot their free throws. He reaches 11 rows up without turning around and steals chicken sandwiches from somewhere on the concourse. He asks if I want to go see where Sam Presti keeps his chronovisor. I say yes...

I wake up. I overshot my afternoon nap and missed the game. Kenny Thomas and Deuce Mason are arguing about what the definition of "hard work" is and WebEx is again looking like a bootlegged 2009 version of Skype.

Kings: 131, OKC: 109

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TerzoM
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December 28, 2021 12:56 pm

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December 28, 2021 12:56 pm

The Thunder had picked up some steam
But tonight won’t have much of their team.
This time when they meet us
Know last time they beat us—
Though under the prior regime!

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December 28, 2021 1:08 pm

Playoff push begins tonight. Everyone on the bandwagon. This it it. Fill the joint. I’m excited. I’m erect.

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December 28, 2021 1:18 pm

I predict this will be the bottom of the barrel after the Kangz pull a Kangz.

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December 28, 2021 1:35 pm

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December 28, 2021 1:41 pm

Two bottom dwellers doing battle and praying it’s not Kyle doing play by play !

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December 28, 2021 4:21 pm
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Rather have Kyle than Mark Jones.

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December 28, 2021 6:59 pm
Reply to  keith_kar

I’d much rather have Mark Jones than Kyle.

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December 28, 2021 1:45 pm

blob:https://kingsherald.com/9dba6144-4bcb-4d25-9e82-872ff9d2665a

“You are the controlling owner, Fredo, but you broke our hearts. You should never take sides or meddle with the affairs of the family”

Al Neri standing in a corner…

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December 28, 2021 1:48 pm
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not sure why pic of dismissive little chap not showing.
copied it from one of the posts in the other thread

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December 28, 2021 2:31 pm
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Hmmm. How did you do it?

Was it a right-click sort of thing?

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December 28, 2021 2:44 pm
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tapped on the pic (from another tread), copy option popped up, so i pressed copy. tested on my FB messenger and Vivek’s pic showed up, but surprisingly not here.

would have been great as Vivek somehow looks like John Cazale!

can you please re-do it!

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December 28, 2021 5:48 pm
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Oh, I can try! But I don’t know exactly which thread you got if from. That link leads to a “Page Not Found” page.

Yeah, I have trouble with trying these things on an iPad or phone… 🙁

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December 28, 2021 6:36 pm
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chainmail.
post by Klam

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December 28, 2021 7:03 pm
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December 28, 2021 7:08 pm
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Thanks, Kosta.

That’s Fredo! Who continues to break our hearts!
Take him on a fishing trip to Lake Tahoe.

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December 28, 2021 7:10 pm
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I have a bunch of images saved specifically just for posting on The Kings Herald in case I need to grab ’em fast:
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December 28, 2021 2:46 pm
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i’m using Ipad, no mouse.

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December 28, 2021 3:23 pm
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Maybe the site’s html is completely sick of it.

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December 28, 2021 6:24 pm
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The Kings are the Sa****n R*****y of websites.

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December 28, 2021 2:16 pm

With a win the kings will have tied Portland for 11th in the standings and opened up a game lead over 13th place OKC.

Local media will rejoice!!

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December 28, 2021 4:23 pm
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It’s pretty difficult not to make the playoffs in today’s NBA, but the Kings manage somehow.

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December 28, 2021 2:31 pm

I find it strange that I have heard multiple NBC CA hosts putting the blame on coaches this week (in addition to other things). Seems very Vivek-y to me.

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December 28, 2021 3:02 pm
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I mean, the coaching roster so far this year hasn’t been good, but I’m not sure what they expect. Talent-wise this is a .400 roster through and through.

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December 28, 2021 2:36 pm

now

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December 28, 2021 3:13 pm

We need the unintentional tank to continue. A meaningless win against a tanking team does us no favors. A loss tonight would accentuate the need for massive changes.

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December 28, 2021 3:33 pm

I predict…comment image

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December 28, 2021 4:01 pm

Kangz will mess this up and win by 2. Then we’ll have to hear about them being within striking distance of a 10 seed. SMH.

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December 28, 2021 7:05 pm

Im sure the Kangz will come out strong tonight and get the W after Gentry’s comments. But this core will proceed to their lackluster ways and another losing streak is looming.

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December 29, 2021 2:02 pm

testing loading pics

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