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Kings vs Warriors Preview: Third Times a Charm?

After tonight, a quarter of the games this season will have been against the Warriors. NBA. Stop.
By | 34 Comments | Nov 13, 2022

After a quick scrimmage against the Los Angeles B-Team on Friday, the Kings are home again for a little hoops action against the rich neighbor down the road who just won’t stop knocking on the door to shoot hoops because no one else in the neighborhood likes him. Yes, the Kings are playing the Warriors again, again. Yes, the end to their previous game is still a bit of a stinger. No, we shall not be discussing the What-if scenario. Okay, it’s a Sunday and we’ve all got places to be and giant, ominous lasers to light up the night sky.

Let’s talk Kings basketball!

When: Sunday, November 13th, 2022, 6:00 PM PT
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Radio: Sactown Sports 1140

For Your Consideration

There’s a Yellow Rose in… San Fran: So, coming into tonight’s game against the Warriors the Kings have pulled themselves out of their early record woes and wound up… exactly where they were at this time last season. Yes, they’re rocking the exact same record as they took into game 12 last year and doing so in a way that feels a bit more… sustainable? Is it great that they had to rely on an incredible closing performance from De’Aaron Fox to get get by limping Lakers squad? Or an incredible closing shot from Fox to get by the worst team in the Eastern Conference? Mmm-no. But, I guess I can also flip that and say, the Kings have won most of these games without contributions from the major players on this team. Barnes has woken up a bit these last few games. Richaun Holmes has slipped down the depth chart but in his wake we’ve seen guys like Trey Lyles and Chimezie Metu step-in and start producing off the bench. Monk has absolutely exploded these last few games. Things are legitimately trending upward for a squad that’s still learning each others habits, including Coach Mike Brown. It’s still too early to call them good, still to tentative a situation to declare anything fixed but it’s nice to watch a watchable Sacramento squad and have them come away with wins (ugly or otherwise) roughly half the time.

Tonight’s game against the Warriors should be an offensive (offensive, not, you know, offensive) slug fest. For one, neither team, despite individual talents, play good defense. The Kings have improved all the way up to the 25th ranked opponent points per game this season, the Warriors have dropped from the 3rd last season all the way to 30th. For two, they both play fast, with the Kings rocking the 11th fastest pace and the Warriors sitting pretty at #1 in the league. They’re both bottom 10 rebounding teams, above league average from deep and overall, match-up really well against one another. One team has a Steph Curry, which, unfortunately, ain’t Sacramento, but also, the other side has an NBA quality bench, so hey, that’s nice.

We’ve played this team twice already. You know the deal. Contain Steph and you have a chance. Allow him to run over you, particularly in the second half, and no lead is safe. Don’t let the bench outperform their averages, out perform your averages and hey, things will be looking pretty good from up here.

Alright, happy Sunday, everyone. Enjoy those grey jerseys!

Prediction

De’Aaron Fox continues his fantastic play, Domantas Sabonis and Steph get into a “flex the guns after a big play” competition, Jordan Poole gets called for two illegal dribbles.

Kings: 125, Warriors: 118

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November 13, 2022 12:39 pm

Today’s my birthday…..so I hope the Kings can give me the birthday gift of getting a win and reaching .500. Just saying, Kings….. 😉

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November 13, 2022 1:05 pm
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Happy birthday, mine was yesterday!

Here’s to a win for our birthdays!

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November 13, 2022 1:15 pm
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Happy birthyesterday, mdeedublu!

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November 13, 2022 2:16 pm
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Happy Birthday to both of you. Mine was Thursday.

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November 13, 2022 2:23 pm
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Happy birththursday, BabalooMagoo!

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November 13, 2022 4:53 pm
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Happy Birthday to y’all. Mine was Friday!

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November 13, 2022 5:05 pm
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Happy birthfriday, Kingsguru!

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November 13, 2022 5:59 pm
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Your birthday had better be in March, Gonzo.

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November 13, 2022 11:11 pm
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All of y’alls parents had a nice Valentine’s Day, I see.

(+9 months = November)

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November 13, 2022 1:15 pm
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Klam, can you use your birthday wish to wish the refs don’t blow a call in the last 2 minutes?

Happy birthday! 🙂

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November 13, 2022 2:36 pm
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Happy birthday to all!

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November 13, 2022 3:04 pm
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Happy birthday to those who celebrate!

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November 13, 2022 5:16 pm
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Happy Birthday November babies

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November 13, 2022 12:39 pm

There once was a team from the Bay,
with Stephen & Draymond & Klay.
But we have Domas & Fox,
Huerter rolls & Monk rocks.
Hey Warriors

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November 13, 2022 1:20 pm
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Draymond doesn’t like coming out to play against teams with poor records.

Oh wait.

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November 13, 2022 12:42 pm

It’s our third game this year versus Steph.
Don’t let this one get spoiled by a ref!
Use our strength and our speed
To sustain a good lead
For a home crowd so loud we go deaf!

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November 13, 2022 1:21 pm
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Bring the cowbells!

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November 13, 2022 1:00 pm

I predict a big win tonight. Warriors are a one-man band, but even Steph Curry isn’t enough to carry this billion dollar elderly home/daycare center every night.

He’ll go for a quiet 35 points, and the Kings will get contributions from damn near everyone. This is the night we take ’em down.

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November 13, 2022 2:11 pm
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Not so sure. Poole and Klay were no shows last time out. I don’t think that story line will play out the same tonight. Kerr has shortened the rotation. If Lamb or Poole get in the act it’s going to be close. Klay is not the same player. But he’s also due a big game. You don’t know when that’s going to happen.

Big win? It would be a first. All wins this season have gone down to the wire. Even against the league’s worst teams. Magic and Lakers. Kings don’t play enough D to blow anyone out.

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November 13, 2022 2:49 pm
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I meant a win would be big for the team’s trajectory, not necessarily a blowout.

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November 13, 2022 4:51 pm
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I like the optimism! Hope you’re right.

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November 13, 2022 1:09 pm

Thompson hacks Kevin’s arm, but no foul.
“You’re the Kangz” says the ref, with a scowl.
Kick the champs off their throne
And the Kings might someday be known
By their original consonant and vowel!

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November 13, 2022 1:22 pm

We’ve got the best limerickers in the NBA here in Kingsland!

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November 13, 2022 3:08 pm
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These rhymes getting better and better
As poetic passions unfetter.
It just blows my mind
As today I find
Somehow I’ve become a trendsetter!

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November 13, 2022 1:13 pm

Are people (and cats) going to wear bandaids to the game tonight?

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November 13, 2022 2:19 pm

Mike Brown revenge game v3.0 – and third in a row!
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He bested the other two – Mike, make it a trifecta

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November 13, 2022 2:25 pm

We all know he’s going into the hall of fame for his time with the Kings.

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November 13, 2022 2:40 pm

We can take the Refs!
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November 13, 2022 3:07 pm
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whatsamatter, ref?

Cat got your tongue?

And whistle?

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November 13, 2022 5:09 pm
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TIN FOIL CAT time:

…I’m kind of wondering now…

Tim Donaghy tweeted on Twitter that it was a good bet the Kings would defeat the L*kers the last game. (via TKH/Kfipp Cameo) And the Kings beat the L*kers.

Remember the two $10k bets in Vegas for the Kings to win the championship this season?

Wonder if Tim Donaghy is in on the action somehow.

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November 13, 2022 3:33 pm

First time in quite awhile where the duds-Kings game was “v competitive” i.e. close in the standings. Duds believe that they have turned around after a bad road trip and Kings believe that have turned around after bad start. One is right.
Duds have relied heavily on the lil prancer for buckets lately. A key is to stop or slow him down. But easier said than done. Kings need to contain Wiggins and Poole.

Keegan has been a ghost- time to find a way to get into the light. Would not be surprised to see Brown run a Murray play early.
I usually sell my duds tickets. I cannot stand their traveling fans.
As a diehard faithful, I will be there tonight, taking what I get.
I do believe that the Kings fully believe that they can win. Win outright, not by luck or a missed call.

BTW- NBA last two minute assessment: duds vs. Cavs. Refs missed a call on the duds! shock heard around the NBA. Illegal screen on next to last play.

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November 13, 2022 5:14 pm
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Enjoy the game. Go Kings!

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November 13, 2022 5:49 pm
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 usually sell my duds tickets.

Man I was looking at ticket prices, 100 bucks for the top of the second level.
YIKES

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November 13, 2022 4:54 pm

Dang if we lose tonight exactly half of the Worriers’ wins would be against us. We’d be the ones keeping their hopes alive. Kind of… embarrassing.

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