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Nuggets 121, Kings 111: Denver beats Sacramento at their “own game”

Heavy on the quotations for "own game" because I'm not convinced they really have one.

Welcome to Game #41, you maniacs! That's right, we officially made it to the halfway mark of this season. If you are still here, *fist bump*. We are made of the same cloth. That is the cloth of loyalty, pain, and masochism, stained a uniquely dark-hued color that is the combination of purple and blood red. The Sacramento Kings traveled to Denver tonight to take on the perfectly average (18-18) Nuggets, one of the few teams riddled with plain old injuries rather than covid protocols. Denver was missing two of their three best players in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., but still had Nikola Jokic, reigning MVP. So, naturally, with Denver having only 1/3 of their usual star firepower, this really was anybody's game. Let's see how the Kings did:

Quick Stats

Outcome: Kings lose, 121-111

Sacramento Kings: 111 pts, 43.5% fg, 37.9% 3 pt, 83.3% ft, 21 ast, 47 reb, 12 to

Denver Nuggets: 121 pts, 55.3% fg, 35.3% 3 pt, 62.5% ft, 32 ast, 41 reb, 8 to

Was I surprised that the Kings lost to another depleted roster? No. Was I surprised that one of the worst defenses in the league let the Denver Nuggets score +15 points over their season average? No. Was I surprised that this Kings team, forever preaching their focus on pace, got beat down the floor by Nikola Jokic?

Only for a second. Then I remembered who this team is and realized that nothing surprises me anymore. The Kings have been trying to sell themselves as having an identity of pace and quick scoring for what feels like one thousand years now. Tonight, the 26th ranked team in pace outscored the Kings 16-10 in fast break points and 70-44 in paint points. I'm done buying the snake oil.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Good
  1. 7 Minutes of Len: Alex Len gave Kings fans a respite from the third quarter horror show we are all so accustomed to when he had himself a moment to start the second half. Proving to be the only center on the Kings who could provide any resistance to Nikola Jokic, Len quickly earned his second half start over Damian Jones. Len provided physicality on the defensive end and scored 10 of his season-high 18 points in this seven-minute stint. At one point during the quarter, his hard work brought the Kings within four points.
The Bad
  1. 41 Minutes of Kangz Basketball: It's the same old story. The Kings consistently struggle on both ends of the floor, while their opponent consistently capitalizes on their endless defensive breakdowns. Nikola Jokic led his team with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Jeff Green followed with 18 points of his own. It was glaringly noticeable that the Nuggets were playing on a cerebral level, creating intentional looks for themselves that often ended in easy buckets in the paint, while the Kings were playing on a survival level, simply taking whatever shots they could muster and battle their way into. On the defensive end, the Kings showed no recognition to their consistent breakdowns and therefore no attempts to correct them. I'm pretty sure Jeff Green scored all 18 of his points in a row off of pick & roll actions with Facundo Campazzo.

The Ugly
  1. My Face: Aside from the effects of being sick for the past week, and aside from the natural (though unintentional) glare that emanates from it, there now lies a new layer of disgust across my face as a result of that performance. To think 2022 would be different...
The King of Kings

De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 30 points tonight to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. He also got to the line 10 times and cashed in on eight of those attempts.

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Sunday, January 9th @ Portland Trail Blazers - 6:00 P.M. (PT)

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HongKongKingsFan
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January 7, 2022 9:26 pm

Just trade Marvin Bagley !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greez……..

I just cannot withstand this guy for one more god damn second……comment imagecomment image

He is bad, real bad…..
being stripped again and again and again, in every single game…

His defense is bad, like Jason Anderson said, the Nuggets get three possession basket from Bagley and Hield…….the opponent knows they are the worst defenders on this team..

and there is no way Gentry kept putting them together on the court…….

All in all, just trade away Bagley………..even for a late, heavily protected 2nd round pick…

Whenever watching Bagley plays, I would become the next puke man

SexyNapear
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January 7, 2022 10:26 pm

I wanted to see him get one more stretch of playing time to see if he had any shot at all to become a valuable contributor.

He’s gotten chance and….

Nope. Nothing.

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January 7, 2022 11:03 pm

But but but….he might become so good. He has such potential. …Bullshit from the first tip of Bags career.

Bags is the epitome of Kangz illogical logic. Keep trying the same shit, and totally ignore any mistakes you may have made.

Vivek’s ego blinders keep this team hostage and exactly where it’s been since his unfortunate arrival…the bottom.

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January 8, 2022 6:27 pm
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He did show potential his rookie year – and then it was quite evident he has added absolutely nothing (except slightly better 3 point shooting and slightly better than abysmal defense) to his game his entire rookie contract. It was assumed he had a high motor and teachable according to scouting reports, but that has been completely wrong. No post moves, has tunnel vision and a complete black hole whenever he gets the ball.

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January 8, 2022 12:36 am

1 turnover in 30 minutes…. OMG!

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January 7, 2022 9:29 pm

Halfway to 32-50. I was too optimistic when I guessed 35-47.

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January 7, 2022 10:53 pm
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You over-estimate your win prediction every year it seems!

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January 8, 2022 8:44 am
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I’m the world’s most optimistic pessimist, apparently.

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