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Kings 105, Grizzlies 124: Short-handed Kings fall at home

The Kings played hard, but having so few rotational NBA players was never going to end well.

[Editor's Note: In honor of the Kings missing the vast majority of their rotational players tonight and having to sign Justin Robinson to a hardship exception, we have sent Tim to similar health and safety protocols (overindulged in raisins and yogurt pie), and we have signed his wife, Tori, to a hardship exception. These are her honest, unedited thoughts about tonight's game.]

First of all, let me just say that I am honored to be spending my Friday evening doing this. As a busy stay-at-home mom, I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing; what a productive use of my time. Happy Bday Buddy! Oh, and Kayte came to slay with her high and tight pony and red blazer, I see.

First Quarter Thoughts:
  • My prediction: Kings win 100-89.
  • This feels like it's going to be a strong first half and inevitable tank in the second.
  • We're shooting well early. I don't think it's going to hold.
  • In my mind, I'm still stuck in the Isaiah Thomas/DeMarcus Cousins era of the Kings because that's when I paid most attention to the team and went to the games. And I have a Boogie jersey!
  • It's okay to run a play and not shoot a three. I think that would be fun to see.
  • OKAY, Tyrese can break ankles.
  • I feel like the Grizzlies are going to let us goof around until they take the game seriously and blow us out.
  • Has anyone tried hanging a "believe" sign in the locker room?
Second Quarter Thoughts:
  • Haliburton is *chef's kiss* (I also get the vibe that he respects women).
  • Kayte likes the word gritty.
  • LIVE BALL TURNOVERS.
  • How do we respond to a 13-0 Grizzlies run? Toss the ball into the crowd and continue our LIVE BALL TURNOVERS.
  • Haliburton shouldn't be number zero because he is a HERO.
  • Going into halftime with a lead was too much of an ask. BABY STEPS.
  • We didn't even wait until the third quarter to lose our grip on the game.
Third Quarter Thoughts
  • The Grizzlies are making a run and visible panic is setting in.
  • The Kings are bricking every shot. The players may change, but the strategy stays the same.
4th Quarter Thoughts
  • This has better a game than I expected.
  • Never mind.
  • It was clear from the beginning that this squad would eventually get outpaced. (This is the first game I've watched all season, so I know what to look for, clearly )
  • ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ (Tori fell asleep for most of the fourth quarter)
  • Everyone played hard, which I can respect, even if it wasn't a win.

Pizza Guy of the Game (I told Tim this should be a regular thing and he laughed at me): Tyrese Haliburton with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists on 53% shooting from the field and 60% from deep.

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1951
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December 17, 2021 9:31 pm

That first half was as fun as any half this year!

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December 17, 2021 9:46 pm
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The second half collapse made it seem for a moment as if none of the starters were missing.

coolhandluke
December 17, 2021 10:10 pm
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Gotta uphold the sacred 3rd quarter tradition.

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December 18, 2021 11:23 am
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Nice to know the squad elders are teaching the old ways to the younger generation.

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December 18, 2021 9:59 am
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The halftime had me dizzy!

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December 17, 2021 9:44 pm

The NBA got their game.

Queta played.

Tyrese didn’t aggravate his back injury, it seems.

I wish Monte had kept the pick and drafted Tillmann over Woodard, but whatever.

Are we still in the 10th spot?

All good.

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December 17, 2021 9:57 pm

Also, unlike the Kings, TKH didn’t miss a beat with that baby giraffe guy out.

Tori gets my vote for Pizza Guy Yoghurt Pie Person of the game! With raisins.

1951
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December 17, 2021 10:00 pm

Love the Tori edition of the recap!

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December 17, 2021 10:07 pm

Nobody else is commenting?

Fair weather fans! Only showing up when all our starters are getting blown out.

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December 17, 2021 10:26 pm
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Some of us have better things to watch, like Spider-Man.

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December 17, 2021 11:11 pm

well, go root for the Utah Jazz then!

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December 18, 2021 8:48 am
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December 18, 2021 10:13 am

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December 17, 2021 10:25 pm

Best.
Recap.
Ever.

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December 17, 2021 10:51 pm
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AGREED.

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December 18, 2021 10:14 am
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AGREED

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December 18, 2021 10:25 am
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Ah, greed!!

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December 17, 2021 10:48 pm

I watched IT play against the T wolves. He looks good. L#*kers pick him up after his first g league game.

Kangz lose his phone number while all of their players were not available?

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December 18, 2021 6:11 am

IT was Fakers leading scorer and looked good ! Too good to not be on a roster and playing big minutes ! Says his hip finally feels normal !

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December 18, 2021 9:53 am
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He definitely looked like he was ready.

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December 17, 2021 11:46 pm

I vote for more Tori recaps.

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December 18, 2021 12:03 am

Kings could have been the Grizz, if only they knew how to do a proper rebuild. And, wow, Dillon Brooks comes across as an awful
person.

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December 18, 2021 6:13 am
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He sure does and exactly what the Kings need but don’t have ! A tough no nonsense competitor !

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December 18, 2021 7:02 am
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What makes you think that

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December 18, 2021 9:35 am
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The guy complains about every call, yaps after every shot he makes, etc.. much more so than anyone else on the court.

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December 18, 2021 6:57 am

That was a genuinely funny and fun recap. Great work Tori! I’d love for this to be an ongoing thing, and it could supplement the regular recaps so folks still get their “serious” (aka angry and bitter) itch scratched.

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December 18, 2021 6:59 am

Why does Metu think he is an offensive juggernaut? Dude gets the ball and says “it’s Metu time!” and either takes a bad shot or drives and does some acrobatic nonsense at the rim.

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December 18, 2021 7:07 am
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If somebody could tell these guys to not reach on every defensive position and just play with their hands up that would be great

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December 18, 2021 7:11 am
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Maybe someone like Doug Christie?

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December 18, 2021 8:34 am
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Honestly, I almost trust Metu in the Buddy-chucker role more than Buddy!

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December 18, 2021 8:23 am

I kind of passively watched the game while doing other stuff, but from what I saw and looking at the boxscore, I think Hali may be just fine running point for this team going forward. Fox and filler for a legit star is what this team needs. Give me Simmons, Ingram, or Brown please. Pretty please?

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December 18, 2021 8:35 am
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Trade Fox. Rese is the captain now!

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December 18, 2021 8:39 am
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Hali walking into Monte’s office this morning:
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December 18, 2021 6:35 pm
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Hahahahahaha!

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December 18, 2021 11:10 pm
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Damn. Looks like Hali has bulked up.

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December 18, 2021 9:55 am
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Fox is an individual scorer. He is not going to be a point guard that leads an offense.

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December 18, 2021 2:33 pm

He’s a 2-guard. Not every 2-guard has a great outside shot; some are slashers.

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December 19, 2021 12:55 am
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His outside shot doesn’t have anything to do with him leading an offense. He is not a point guard that will create for his team and lead.

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December 18, 2021 3:55 pm
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If you know Fox doesn’t contribute to winning, other Gms do too

monte is now faced with trading him for low value or not trading him

a big maybe is Simmons if the sixers truly aren’t getting any deals

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December 18, 2021 11:25 am

Getting tired of Ramsey looking like a complete scrub in the nba after summer league, and Metu inefficiency

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December 18, 2021 2:36 pm
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Goes to show that summer league means nothing.

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December 18, 2021 2:37 pm
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Right now Bagley, having accepted coaching, uses his minutes more efficiently, is no longer an offensive black hole. Why did it take him so long for him to learn to “let the game come to him?”

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