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Kings vs. Warriors Preview: Life Without Fox

De'Aaron Fox has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols, and is expected to miss at least 10 days. The unintentional tank is on.

The Sacramento Kings have just 13 games remaining in the 2020-21 NBA season, and with nothing but draft position to play for, they'll be entering a large chunk of their final contests without team MVP De'Aaron Fox.

Fox has only missed one game this season thus far €“ an 11-point loss to the Orlando Magic, but he's been playing through a few minor injuries and averaging a team-high 36.5 minutes per game since the All-Star break. That's a ton of minutes under any circumstance, but coupled with his minor injuries, huge on-court responsibilities, and lack of meaningful games, shutting him down wouldn't be the worst outcome in the world considering the potential positive draft position impact.

Night 1 without De'Aaron Fox starts at the Chase Center in San Francisco vs. the very-hot Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry's team has won 7 of their last 10 games, and Curry himself has been averaging 38.5 points over that stretch. Video game numbers.

When: Sunday, April 25th, 7:00 PM PST

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

TV: NBCSCA

RadioKHTK Sports 1140 AM

For Your Consideration:

This game doesn't matter for the Sacramento Kings, and it kinda matters for the Golden State Warriors in their pursuit to lock in a play-in spot. I'll be very surprised if this is anything other than a comfortable Warriors win, but basketball is strange.

For the Kings, I'm hopeful Fox's absence will officially, finally signal playing time for the youth. I've been preaching it in every post, preview, or podcast for the last month and I will continue preaching until it happens €“ give me minutes for Robert Woodard (when he's healthy), and give me minutes for Kyle Guy and Jahmi'us Ramsey at guard with Fox out of the equation.

One would expect to see the Kings rely heavily on rookie guard Tyrese Haliburton in these games without Fox. I don't know where the Rookie of the Year race is leaning right now, and I'm sure it will change again if or when LaMelo Ball returns, but Haliburton is going to get one final stretch to show voters what he can do as the primary ball-handler, so that might be something interesting to watch for, I guess. At this point I'm just searching for any angle or reason as to why someone would willingly watch these Kings games, because as someone who has watched them, I can't say I'm enjoying myself.

One last thing to keep in mind for tonight: Stephen Curry's career-high single-game scoring record is 62.

Prediction: 

Kings win 112-110 for no logical reason.

 

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SMF-PDXConnection
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April 25, 2021 10:25 am

Over/under on Wright’s minutes: 38.5.

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April 25, 2021 10:49 am

Haliburton: DNP-CD?

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April 25, 2021 10:48 am

Is Walton going to keep Haliburton on the bench, a.k.a. Sub(stitute) Zero, or will he be allowed to make it Rain as a starter?

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April 25, 2021 11:11 am
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April 25, 2021 11:31 am
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Lose like you mean it Kings. Haliburton go off. Lose, lose, lose.

Bottoming out is the only hope.

Oh, and obligatory F Vivek.

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April 25, 2021 11:24 am
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Speaking of movies……I totally forgot the Oscars were today, but I’ve been pretty cut off from movie watching the past year so that might explain why I forgot lol.

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April 25, 2021 11:39 am
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Promising Young Woman was worth watching.

Fell asleep at parts of Minari.

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April 25, 2021 12:53 pm
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If you fell asleep during Minari, I hope no one spiked your drink with something nasty while you dozed off. 😉

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April 25, 2021 11:10 am

Steph was out for the Dubs; we beat them.
Now Fox will not play when we meet them.
Looks like Tyrese will start€”
Sure that he’ll do his part€”
But doubt that these Kings can defeat them!

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April 25, 2021 11:11 am
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April 25, 2021 11:37 am
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Don’t forget about Kings coaches having to deal with Covid. And the India trip. And dealing with the move from Kansas City.

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April 25, 2021 11:54 am
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Not enough practice time, only a dozen assistant coaches, no G league , not enough rain and other teams showing up !

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April 25, 2021 11:58 am
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Kings had to play 72 games. Had to travel to other cities to play. Kings were only allowed 15 players on the team.

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April 25, 2021 11:41 am

Any predictions on when Bagley decides to do something?

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April 25, 2021 2:42 pm

Never

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April 25, 2021 12:54 pm

Dubs + Hot Steph Curry. Kings – De’Aaron Fox.comment image
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April 25, 2021 2:15 pm

Eh, whatever.

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April 25, 2021 2:24 pm

I usually like to see a competitive game. But with the minimal rotations, talk of €œwinning habits€ and all-out ineptitude on display; I’m really wanting to see absolute garbage. Like, absolute dumpster-fire, leave the arena, 50-point blowout trash. Hoping for an 8 point first quarter followed by a 13 point 2nd quarter.

Then I better darn well see some Woodard, Guy, Ramsey, Silva minutes.

Why do I want this?….

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April 25, 2021 2:40 pm

I just have the strangest feeling we’re about to go 0-13.

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April 25, 2021 2:56 pm
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0-13 will be the most intelligent basketball decision they have made in decades.

Time to feature Bagley and pray he does not embarrass himself.

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April 25, 2021 5:23 pm

Jahmi’us gets 9 pts in 3 minutes

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April 25, 2021 5:49 pm

Why is a player invariably “placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols” and not out due to the protocols? Are they each relocated to some specific place if exposed to Covid, or possibly concussed? It’s dumb language, and I see no reason to perpetuate it.

“Placed in.” Even “assigned to” would make more sense.

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April 25, 2021 6:19 pm

Tyrese’s ROY hopes got screwed when Harkless joined the starting lineup so that the Kings could lose more games.

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April 25, 2021 6:29 pm

WTF Vox???Kings vs. Warriors game thread: Life without De’Aaron FoxReally???

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April 25, 2021 6:38 pm
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And here’s a quote from Golden State of Mind Game Preview:

While the Kings have a handful of exciting young players, the veteran Barnes has, by most accounts, been their best player. 

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April 25, 2021 6:33 pm

Really lazy

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April 25, 2021 6:45 pm

The drama surrounding this team never endsssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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