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Preseason Game 3 Preview: Kings vs Trail Blazers…sorta

Both teams will have plenty of players out tonight.
By | 27 Comments | Oct 11, 2021

Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings will visit the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, with the game tipping off at 7 PM PT. But both sides will be without several notable names, making the Kings third preseason game a little less of a must-watch affair. The game will be on NBA League Pass. There’s no word yet if the game will be available locally, but keep an eye on Twitter and people will generally share if a local channel picks it up or if the team of NBC Sports is streaming it.

The Kings will be without Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Tristan Thompson and Marvin Bagley. Bagley is dealing with a sore knee, while the other three are listed as being out for “rest”.

Our resident troublemaker Tim Maxwell has a theory on the absences:

Personally, I find it best to ignore Tim, but you can react if you choose.

As for Bagley, James Ham notes that Bagley’s knee isn’t a serious concern at this point:

The Blazers will be without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norm Powell, Robert Covington, Cody Zeller, Nassir Little, Ben McLemore, and Tony Snell. In short, the Kings will not be facing a top-tier opponent tonight.

This thread will also serve as the Open Thread for tonight’s game.

Go Kings!

Update: We have TV info for those in the Sacramento area (if you have Xfinity)! Hopefully this works for you.

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Jman1949
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October 11, 2021 5:16 pm

The Blazers won’t be a good test;
They’re holding out most of their best.
The lineups aren’t set,
Have to see what we get—
As Dame ducks that Off Night pest!

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October 11, 2021 5:21 pm

*Trade speculation intensifies*

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October 11, 2021 5:32 pm

Marvin “Operation” Bagley is red-nosing it early this year!

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October 11, 2021 6:11 pm

Are there no preseason Kings games televised?

kgdobter
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October 11, 2021 7:10 pm

The Laker game will be televised.

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 7:31 pm

I’m able to watch it on League Pass.

(I’m watching from LA)

It is only Blazers broadcast feed, though. No Sac broadcast.

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JoeEnzyme
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October 11, 2021 6:31 pm

I got spoiled being able to watch the games on Dish
Now that they aren’t with NBC I am bummed.

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 7:33 pm

Ben McLemore is in the building!

kgdobter
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October 11, 2021 7:34 pm

Davis could be a real steal..

jctar
October 11, 2021 8:34 pm
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Davis said that this year he intends to focus on going to the basket with murderous intent. (That’s not literally what he said, but that’s how I heard him.)

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October 12, 2021 8:55 am
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I’m pretty sure that the first time I ever saw TD play was after he got here. His athleticism stood out to me, in that he has, for lack of a better way of putting it, a real glide to his game. He’s just very smooth, and makes difficult things look effortless, and I mean that in comparison to NBA players, and not just mere mortals such as myself. It’s as if he’s skipping instead of running.

I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EXPLAIN WHAT I MEAN.

He’s going to end up being the steal of that trade, and a real asset here, or as part of a trade.

kgdobter
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October 11, 2021 8:08 pm

Mitchell with five threes and a great drive for two. 17 points and numerous stops. Man what do we have here?

jctar
October 11, 2021 8:35 pm
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More than a Marcus Smart.

kgdobter
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October 11, 2021 8:54 pm
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Wouldn’t that be sweet..

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 8:48 pm

Davion dagger is deadly

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 9:10 pm

Is Robert Woodard injured?

Walton is clearing the bottom of the bench, but no Woodard.

Coleman, Steward, Terry…..

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 9:14 pm
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There he is…coming in along with Queta

Carl
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October 11, 2021 9:11 pm

The only team in the NBA returning more than the 13 players the Kings have from last season is the Denver Nuggets, with 14 returning players:
https://www.nba.com/news/continuity-rankings-2021-22-season

There are three teams returning 12 players, and 25 other teams returned fewer than 12. 29 other teams in the NBA managed to make deals with each other in an effort to improve their rosters, but somehow the Kings just couldn’t manage to get much done.

Let’s hope the Simmons trade goes through any minute now, because doing nothing with a bad team has been and continues to be a bad look.

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October 11, 2021 9:24 pm
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Kings are 8-0 since returning these players…why are you worried?
They may never lose again. 😉

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October 11, 2021 9:25 pm
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82-0 on the way!

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October 11, 2021 9:31 pm
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That’s more like it! A fully confident Carl in tow is unbeatable.

Kosta
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October 11, 2021 9:13 pm

Blazer’s broadcast crew is one of the better ones.

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October 11, 2021 9:22 pm

Fox has to be kidding me with his shooting two out of three games

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October 12, 2021 8:50 am

So after missing the majority of last year, Bags has a sore knee after 2 preseason games?
Man… that dude has about a .0000000001% chance of ever playing more than 50 games in a year.

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October 12, 2021 8:51 am

I just cannot believe Barnes having “Coke Machine” stat this game……

22 minutes….0 rebound, 0 assist, 0 steal, 0 block…

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October 12, 2021 9:09 am

It’s pretty clear you didn’t watch the game. Barnes played well, and is still improving his game, including two impressive off the dribble 3’s.

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October 12, 2021 9:13 am
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I did watch the whole game……..as always……….

I love Barnes, such a pro….he is helping the team in all other ways, but I just surprised by his zero rebound and zero assist in this game.

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