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Sacramento 118, Golden State 94: The king is dead, long live the Kings

Did Sacramento effectively end the Warriors' dynasty Tuesday night? That might remain to be seen, but for now, it's the Kings moving on while the Warriors begin a potentially volatile offseason.
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Apr 16, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox (5) dunks the ball over Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the first quarter during a play-in game of the 2024 NBA playoffs at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

SACRAMENTO – It certainly didn’t matter to the fans in and around Golden1 Center Tuesday night that the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors was technically a disappointment for both organizations.

Sure, neither team expected to be in a 9/10, single elimination play-in game a month ago, let alone back in October when the season first tipped off. But as Mike Brown said after Sunday’s regular season finale, “any time you can play after your last regular season game, it’s a positive.”

The sellout crowd was certainly enthused during introductions, even as a scattering of Warriors fans tried to have their voices heard amongst the fired up Sacramento crowd. There were certainly cheers when Draymond Green connected on a three for the game’s first points, but when Keegan Murray drained two of his next three attempts from beyond the arc, the enthusiasm shifted back to the home team.

Fans had another reason to cheer when Mike Brown won an early challenge, and when Murray hit his third three of the first quarter just moments later you thought the roof might come off the arena all together. After Keegan scored 11 of the Kings first 13 points, De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis began to assert themselves. The trio combined for all but five of Sacramento’s 31 first quarter points, but the bench made their presence known as well, highlighted by a Trey Lyles corner three and a pair of Davion Mitchell offensive rebounds that led to Murray’s fourth three pointer of the first frame.

The first play of the game was for Murray, and he stayed aggressive throughout.

“The first play was for me, and we kind of just kept going to that early in the game,” Murray said. “I just kept being aggressive, even when I was missing shots. When my shot is falling, they just always seem to find me.”

Fox was more coy in his evaluation.

“We ask Keegan to be aggressive all the time, Fox said. “Obviously Keegan is a different guy, you all see that. We tell Keegan not to smile because every time he smiles, he misses.”

Holding a 31-22 lead after the first 12 minutes, Sacramento continued to turn up the defensive intensity in the second quarter. The teams combined to miss their first eight attempts from the field, a streak finally broken by Harrison Barnes, who connected from the corner for a three that forced a Steve Kerr timeout. 

Down 13, the Warriors started to make a run. Momentum began to shift after Lyles was somehow called for a foul on an offensive rebound despite having position over two Warriors, and the refs started to whistle Golden State back into the game. A 7-0 Warriors run cut the Kings lead to eight before Sabonis went to work inside, scoring a contested layup between Moses Moody and Green and grabbing a board on the other end that led to a Keon Ellis three.

That’s when Jonathan Kuminga showed up. 

The second year forward went on a personal 6-0 run to cut Sacramento’s lead from 14 to 8 with 3:25 to play in the half, forcing Brown to call a timeout to stem the tide. Kuminga missed his next two attempts but drew a foul on the third, hitting both free throws to cut the lead to six.

Fox and Ellis connected on points in the paint, but Sacramento struggled down the stretch in the second, scoring just six points over the final 3:25. Sacramento took a 54-50 lead into the break as the officials seemed content to let the Warriors be physical with the Kings on one end while blowing a much softer whistle on the other. It didn’t help that Sacramento was just 20-52 from the field and 8-22 from deep, despite getting mostly good looks.

As has been the case throughout the season, the third quarter would define Tuesday night’s result.

Steph Curry, who had been held to just five points in the first half, came out attacking in the third, scoring the first five points for Golden State as they forced the issue to get him going. Fox matched him beat for beat though, dropping four straight for the home team. He got upset after not getting a call against Green on a layup attempt and committed a frustration foul against Curry on the other end, and it felt like the Kings might begin to lose their composure. But as he did in the first quarter, Murray turned the tide, hitting his fifth three of the game to push the Kings’ lead back to seven, 64-57.

The lead was nine when Sabonis picked up his fourth foul as he attempted to defend a Curry drive. In a spot the Kings had often folded this season, they tried to rise above.A 10-2 run pushed the lead to 15 before a Curry four-point play stemmed the tide. But the Kings kept pushing, kept attacking, and kept getting timely shots from their stars.

But the Warriors kept finding new and entertaining ways to stay in the game.

With 5.6 seconds to play, Andrew Wiggins launched a deep three against an Alex Len closeout. Len made contact after the shot; though it appeared he was trying to stop his momentum to avoid a foul, he was slapped with a flagrant for “covering too much ground”. Wiggins missed two of his three free throw attempts though, and Curry’s buzzer beater was partially blocked, limiting the damage on the play and giving the Kings a 91-76 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Twelve minutes for their season, how would the Kings respond? 

“We know, historically, they’re very good in the third quarter,” Murray said. “Our attention to detail in the third quarter was big.”

A 6-2 run – with Fox on the bench – to start the fourth forced a Warriors timeout, and with the Cowbell Cam on the big screen, the crowd throttled up. The vibes were excellent, but there was still a palpable sense of nervousness in the building. 

But unlike a year ago, this time the Kings were coming for the crown.

Yes, it’s just a play-in. And yes, Sacramento would need another win to officially enter the playoffs. But for a tortured franchise that had watched their brothers from the Bay Area soar to dynasty status while they languished in something worse than obscurity, Tuesday night was something special.

The Warriors wouldn’t go down without a fight, and cut the Sacramento lead to 13 with seven minutes remaining in the game. But as he had seemingly all night, Murray answered the bell, hitting his seventh three of the game, a shot that served as a dagger, a nail in the coffin, and maybe – just maybe – the shot that ended a dynasty.

Empires don’t often crumble overnight, but more likely erode over time. For 82 games, the Warriors have looked more human than we have seen them in the last decade plus, and over 48 minutes in game 83, the final bricks appeared to be coming down. A turnover here, an offensive rebound allowed there, a missed open three by Steph Curry, and suddenly, it was Sacramento moving on to face the Pelicans.

“I didn’t care who we played, it was about getting a win,” Brown said. “He [Steve Kerr] wanted to kick my ass, our ass, and I wanted to kick his ass, their ass, because they were the team in front of us.”

Fox was asked if his team ended the Warriors’ dynasty with their play-in win.

“I don’t know, that’s the question,” he said. “That’s the question. I don’t know. I was a sophomore in high school watching them win championships. We’ve been watching this team for a long time. 

“They’ve been great for the sport, they’ve been great for the basketball world. We’ve all been watching this team for a long time, so if it is the end, it is what it is, but I’m glad we were able to beat this team in this moment. But if it is the end, they’ve had a hell of a run.”

Up 21 with five to play, Sacramento cruised to a 118-94 victory, holding the Warriors under 100 points, forcing 16 turnovers, and winning in nearly every meaningful category in the box score.

Though Curry and Green came into the evening on the marquee, it was Keegan Murray, De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis, and Keon Ellis that announced themself as postseason stars Tuesday night. Murray led all scorers with 32 – including a Play-In record eight three pointers – Fox added 24, Sabonis had yet another double-double, and Ellis was elite against Curry defensively while adding 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds in quite possibly the most complete game of his young career.

“Keon, he’s been great for us,” Fox said. “Everybody is seeing him develop in front of our eyes, and he’s not afraid of the moment. He’s not afraid of the moment at all. He’s stepped up to the plate, he’s been ready, and he’s helping our team win.”

It’s also fitting that after a brutal first half, Harrison Barnes was clutch in the second, scoring 14 points on 4-4 shooting to give him 17 in the game.

HB, when we needed a bucket, he delivered,” Brown said.

Curry led Golden State with 22 points on 8-16 shooting, with Kuminga and Moody adding 16 off the bench. Green and Andrew Wiggins added twelve apiece as the Warriors shot 41% from the field, 31% from three, had 16 turnovers to just 19 assists, and were out-rebounded 49-42 (15-8 on the offensive glass).

Mike Brown was able to empty his bench with two minutes to play, running out a lineup of Davion Mitchell, Colby Jones, Kessler Edwards, Sasha Vezenkov, and JaVale McGee to close things out. McGee provided the final exclamation point, blocking a shot on one end and throwing down a hammer on the other. 

The Kings are still a win away from the “actual playoffs”, but there’s no reason not to celebrate Tuesday night’s win. Will it exorcise some demons? Maybe, but this team isn’t satisfied with just revenge. They want to play on.

“I’m confident in this team,” Fox said. “Especially tonight, we came out and we were ready to play. We know what’s on the line. This was another obstacle in our way. Losing to [the Pelicans] five times in a row, it’s put up or shut up.”

“You want to talk about a monkey off our back… New Orleans, they’ve had our number all year,” Murray said. “It’s a big matchup for us to try and get into the playoffs against a team that’s beat us five times.”

Mike Brown added, “Hell of a win but we’re not done.”

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April 16, 2024 11:08 pm

Warriors fans at Golden 1 leaving early…love it.

Also…

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April 17, 2024 12:54 am
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That fan on TV made me so happy to see.

Dub fans in the group chap waved the white flag end of the 3rd when Wiggins bricked the free throws

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April 17, 2024 1:01 am
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These bandwagon fans probably taking these jerseys off now.

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April 17, 2024 11:10 am
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Lmfao 🤡🤡

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April 16, 2024 11:10 pm

Goddamn that felt good

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April 16, 2024 11:16 pm

What a really good win. Stayed focused all game. Fox got into paint a bunch. Sabonis shit the mid range (even is he misses, I think that’s key).

Don’t know why they haven’t been playing this way last 10 games but good to see if.

If they can maintain this style/focus and beat NO- certainly stand a chance v Lakers.

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April 16, 2024 11:16 pm
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Ha. Shot the mid range.

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April 16, 2024 11:18 pm
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He shit the mid range at shooting the mid range, but that’s okay.

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April 16, 2024 11:21 pm
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He did. fruedian slip But just shooting them is the key. I think eventually they will drop. Has to find the feel//stroke in a game.

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April 17, 2024 7:27 am
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Where were you last night. He shot midrange after midrange.

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April 17, 2024 7:26 am
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This wasn’t a championship game but in some ways it was. As I’ve said many times before offense wins games and defense wins championships. Curry didn’t score 50 but only 22. Ellis and Mitchell took care of that. Clay scored 5 Ellis took care of that. Sabonis didn’t fold. Fox outplayed Curry. What I really liked that Fox although he made 2 threes did what Fox does and drove into the paint and shot those mid range shots like he has done so many times. Barnes coming alive the second half brought a smile to my face and he also played good defense. Murray was the killer but I also thought Keon Ellis was fantastic. The guy can play basketball that’s all there is to it. Great win. Now to take on the Pels. It’s about time we win one. GO KINGS!

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April 17, 2024 8:39 am
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Actually, Domas outplayed any and all Dubs bigs . Significant .

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April 17, 2024 8:45 am
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TJD is a rookie who was noted to have difficulty with really physical bigs like Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, even as a senior. Looney hasn’t been as productive this year and Deuce and Mo were saying last night after the game that his hips are shot.

the Pels will be a bigger challenge for Domas.

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April 17, 2024 9:33 am
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Yeah, Barnes saw the mismatch in the post and justy methodically went at it. Big shout out to him.
He also held his own on defense.

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April 16, 2024 11:19 pm
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Defense won this game.
Keon was sensational, and there was no clear weak link.
So great to watch.

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April 16, 2024 11:21 pm
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Keon is a revaluation

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April 16, 2024 11:26 pm
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We held them to just 94 points. Ninety-four!

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April 16, 2024 11:29 pm
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I love the Davion/Keon/Fox trio on D. And credit to Davion for really improving his O.

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April 16, 2024 11:33 pm
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Actually, Davion was 2/9 from the field tonight.
I hope he’ll do better on Friday.
But his D was great.

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April 17, 2024 12:15 am
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he was 1 for 2 on set threes. the side step three has not been in his shot diet since sometime before the all-star break. the other missed three was on the move as well. one miss was with 20 seconds left in the game. So really it’s more line 2 for 6.

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April 17, 2024 12:21 am
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Maybe I’m misunderstanding, but this sounds pretty close to a “If you take away his misses, he made all his shots” kind of argument.

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April 17, 2024 7:48 am
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haha, no it’s just a shot selection thing. actually was 1 for 3 on set threes now that I look at the box score again.

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April 17, 2024 12:51 am
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One of the two he did make sort of blew my mind–that drive and finish with his left hand. Where the hell did THAT come from??

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April 17, 2024 9:36 am
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I thought he took good shots though for the most part. He’s been making a lot of those looks this year, especially since the ASB. I’m totally fine with him being aggressive like that as long as he’s not taking shots from open players or something

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April 17, 2024 9:57 am
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Though last night he could have made a much bigger impact on offense, and on defense to not get taken out on very high pick action 45 feet from the basket (allowing his man to get down hill where rest of defense must collapse, allowing spray to corners or dunker). It seems when he gets nervous the mechanics of his jumper become off. I’m really rooting for him.

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April 17, 2024 7:28 am
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Defense!

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April 16, 2024 11:27 pm
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Hes a revelation and changes the math on this team perhaps.

Hes replaced Heurter. No more D holes in lineup. Amd makes me wonder if they do lose Monk if it’s all that bad?

Use that $ and replace Monk with defenders etc. Very different D without those 2. Though I’d like Monk back.

Just that Ellis has changed what is possible.

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April 17, 2024 12:40 pm
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I’m hoping that playing with Fox will keep Monk in town, but other teams can offer a whole lot more, and I can’t be mad at a guy who doesn’t want to leave eight figures on the table over the course of a contract.

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April 17, 2024 2:12 pm
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I think the max we can offer him is about the max I’d want to offer him. If he can get more elsewhere, good for him.

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April 17, 2024 12:04 am
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Keon Ellis was a monster. What a performance holy cow.

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April 17, 2024 6:10 am

Ellis sent them to the “Island”!

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April 17, 2024 6:37 am

Correction…Keon Ellis is a f*cking Menace to Basketball Society.

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April 17, 2024 9:19 am

I think the old school, Pat Riley phrase is that Keon Ellis is a basketball assassin. Maybe a little too graphic for people these days. Does whatever it takes to win a game. He plays with such confidence, nothing fazes him.

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April 16, 2024 11:20 pm

If we were going to have a prayer against NOP, this was the kind of win we needed. I still don’t know if we go any further, but this was a fun one to watch. I loved seeing the serious expressions on the Kings players faces. They know it was a great win — but just one win it is.

I also just want to say that the Dubs handled the loss with class. No cheap shots like Andrew Bynum when the *akers got swept out of the Kobe era. No technicals or dirty plays. Fox showing great sportsmanship all the way to the end.

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April 16, 2024 11:21 pm

Dance, Kings fans!

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April 16, 2024 11:30 pm
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Is that a Dutch groove?

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April 16, 2024 11:32 pm
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Yeah, after passing the Dutchy on the left hand side.

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April 16, 2024 11:36 pm
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Kings win! King of the Beasts dance!
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April 16, 2024 11:40 pm

Isn’t someone here a Kings and Bengals fan?

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April 17, 2024 11:21 am
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Sims, I think

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April 17, 2024 12:30 pm
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There are definitely at least two someone’s.

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April 17, 2024 12:42 pm
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Yeah, it me.

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April 16, 2024 11:22 pm

It was a commanding game for the Kings.

The frikkin refs were awful and kept the game closer than it should have been, especially Ref #29. Just awful. The NBA has a zebra infection.

The Kings stayed tough, and instead of the refs both giving momentum to the Warriors and slowing Sac, Fox/Domas/Keegan/Keon held tight and then HB finished them in the 4th.

Klay with zero points (0/10 FG, 0-6 3FG- likely his worst performance as a Pro).

Keon was glue on Steph. Defensively, Sac never let Golden State get hot or gather the momentum they so often can muster.

Kings were a previous 0-6 in Game 7, Game 5, Game 3 (series must win) in the Sac era. This was a very nice win

1 win down. 17 more to go!

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April 16, 2024 11:23 pm

Keon was absolutely brilliant tonight.

Keegan was somehow casually aggressive.

Domas and Fox were solid.

And I believe that Harrison Barnes led the team in +/- with a +694, but I might be off by a dozen or so.

It’s too bad the Lakers couldn’t be next. I wanted the next Kings win to be against them.

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April 17, 2024 5:29 am
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Boy that would have been fun. Imagine personally eliminating the Lakers AND the Duds before the playoffs even begin…

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April 16, 2024 11:27 pm

After suffering through Game 7 last year, this win felt amazing. Such a complete game, contributions up and down the roster, and defensive intensity! Who knew we had this gear! No matter what happens, this was one to remember.

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April 16, 2024 11:38 pm

By the way, is there a better, more invested ex-Kings player than Brad Miller?
That guy is there constantly at G1C, cheering the team on.
Love Brad Miller!!!

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April 16, 2024 11:44 pm
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I remember recognizing him when they cut to him in the audience. Really happy he decided to settle down in Sac.

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April 16, 2024 11:55 pm
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Domas got a black eye but at least no head bashes .

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April 17, 2024 12:54 am
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I just crack up now whenever I see him. He’s just a dude now.

Actually, scratch that. He might be The Dude now.

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April 17, 2024 12:59 am
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Hah, yes, spot on. He is The Dude!

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April 16, 2024 11:56 pm

We released the hounds on Steph. He got his shots off, but he REALLY had to hustle for them. Keon did some work! The moment wasn’t too big for him

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April 17, 2024 12:03 am

Hey that was pretty cool! At least they saved their best performance for when it mattered most.

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April 17, 2024 12:10 am

Just as complete of game you will see by this Kings team. They combined physical defense with pace for almost 48 minutes, you love to see it.

I’m not going to highlight any players, because all eight rotation players contributed to this win. Big shout-out to the coaching staff though, for opting to put Fox on Green, something that worked out very well.

We’ll see what happens on Friday, but right now I really don’t care – I’m just happy we saw the team we all love play a fantastic game against a local rival.

Light the beam, Domas!

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April 17, 2024 12:42 am

Keon Ellis might be the most underpaid guy in the NBA right now. He abused the best point guard in NBA history tonight while being paid $683K for the season. That is a guy who can make this team work.

It does really super duper suck that Monk and K’Von are out but Ellis is clearly the starting 2 guard going forward. Ideally I’s like to keep Monk and flip Huerter but guard depth is good on its own terms.

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April 17, 2024 9:28 am

And the Kings apparently resigned him for 3 years, 5.1 million. That’s ridiculous, too.

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April 17, 2024 9:41 am
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He might be the cheapest starting caliber player in the league for the next few years.

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April 17, 2024 12:52 am

What a F’n game by Keon. He was everywhere all game tonight making huge plays. Stat sheet stuffer game from him. Everything we’ve been needing as a team is a real glue guy. Potential to be this teams Doug Christie down the line.

Keegan and Keon on d tonight were amazing to watch. Shutting down klay and giving curry hell. I wish we had this keon last year instead of TD.

I didn’t expect to win tonight, so I’m on cloud 9. Warriors friends and furious and that’s all I needed this year. Hoping for a win on Friday still. Possibly no Zion which would be huge for us, we have no one who matches up with him. Hot damn tonight was awesome though. Light the mf beam

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April 17, 2024 1:22 am

That’s a satisfying win. Hopefully they can replicate that performance & beat NO.

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April 17, 2024 2:17 am

I’m going to watch that one again just focusing on Keon and the rest chasing Curry all over the place and hounding him to the tune of six turnovers . . . twice as many as his made threes.

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April 17, 2024 2:57 am

Really really satisfied with this win…

We are a hungrier team, like the team going for offensive broads, not settle for 3

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April 17, 2024 5:19 am

Agreed. I liked the whole game plan. Fox was getting to the basket/mid range. Domas took a couple of open 15 footers even though he missed them. Keegan was scoring from all three levels and aggressive in transition. Keon was the quintessential 3&D wing we’ve needed for so long. And even Barnes was putting in the dirty work when needed! Best team win of the season.

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April 17, 2024 5:25 am

I find it extremely interesting that Keon Ellis enters the by far biggest game of his very young career, and this is what he does. High stakes be damned, the dude has heart. Holy cowbell that was impressive! So happy for the kid and all of us.

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April 17, 2024 6:03 am
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But from what I hear, he’s “not an NBA player”! 😝

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April 17, 2024 6:24 am
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No, he’s just a G-leaguer. Just ask ABB. I wonder if we will ever hear, “I was wrong.”

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April 17, 2024 6:30 am

We tell Keegan not to smile because every time he smiles, he misses.”

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April 17, 2024 6:32 am
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He also missed his wide open, set shots. He needs to have a defender near him when he shoots. Less time to think, just react and trust the shot.

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April 17, 2024 8:47 am
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Not true as his season stats would prove. This game a total outlier !

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April 17, 2024 8:45 am
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Keegan was the games MVP . Great scoring and Defense . Worked on Curry as well .

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April 17, 2024 6:31 am

If that same energy and aggression carries over to Friday, and Zion doesn’t play, then the Kings have a good chance at beating the Pelicans.

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April 17, 2024 6:33 am

There was one play early in the game. There was miscommunication between Murray and Fox that lead to a turnover. Now, I may have had a few beers so my rationale may have been off, but the camera man immediately cut to Murray. Murray plays emotionless, but he gave Fox a look I’ve never seen before. From my perspective he said, “if you don’t want to do it, I will”.

I’ve said this before, the day Keegan starts calling for the ball on offense, the league will officially be on notice.

Great game by the guys. I loved it. If anyone was going to end the GS Dynasty, it should be us. Now, side note. 1-5 is a terrible record to have in any sport, but I will gladly take it Friday night.

Go Kings.

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April 17, 2024 6:50 am

Confidence has always been the one thing holding Keegan back. He was a late bloomer, took multiple years in college to find his footing, and was an older rookie when drafted. You could tell throughout the first two seasons that he’d been fighting imposter syndrome out there with the future HOFers in the West. Last night just shows how far he has come. Keegan is THAT GUY, and he’s starting to believe it too. Cant wait to see who he becomes in the years to come. We’ve got a special talent here.

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April 17, 2024 7:06 am

The Kings have been unfairly viewed at the end of the season when they played something like 16 games in 17 nights on the road (sarc). Yes, all teams have that on their schedules. But with having to adjust the lineup with no time for practice after Monk’s injury, playing against some of the best and most physical teams on the road and their 3-7 finish isn’t that difficult to understand. Of course great teams are supposed to overcome these things, but the Kings aren’t a great team. But they are better than many people think. Rest is something they needed and they get three days before their next game and, if they win, no more back-to-backs.

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April 17, 2024 7:18 am

Great, complete win! I have been critical of Fox but I thought he played a great game tonight. Not forcing shots, played great defense, hit his shots when he got to his spots. And the more I see of him the more I am convinced Keon is the real deal.

Looks like NOP might not have Zion or at least he won’t be 100%. Beat them when it counts!

My fav Zion clip ever:

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April 17, 2024 8:27 am

Wasn’t the GSW dynasty dead last year?

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April 17, 2024 8:40 am

many thought it was dead after Klay’s injury … and then somehow they got another championship.

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April 17, 2024 11:17 am
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Not getting past round 2 of playoffs and definitely not getting a championship continued the dynasty?

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April 17, 2024 8:52 am

It was as being a championship contender but not for being a winning team . Same likely next season. A winning team but no real,threat .

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April 17, 2024 11:21 am

Absent of another reload, their dynasty tombstone would read 2014 – 2022.

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April 17, 2024 9:13 am

what I’m hearing

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April 17, 2024 9:25 am

“For 82 games, the Warriors have looked more human than we have seen them in the last decade plus, and over 48 minutes in game 83, the final bricks appeared to be coming down.”

I think that this understates the Kings’ accomplishment. The Warriors finished the season 27-12, much better than the year before when they limped into the playoffs as a 6th seed.

Fox was impressive in an unusual way, he gave Keegan and Keon space to play. Fox scored his points but shared the ball really well.

Finally, the Kings had the right players on the court this season, although it would be nice to still have Monk, and they showed what they can do after the late season struggles.

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April 17, 2024 12:39 pm
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Kings are going to get Monk back for the WCF push!

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April 17, 2024 9:32 am

Good Lord:
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April 17, 2024 9:34 am
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Dammit – can’t get the Keon DPOG night-night pic to post. Epic.

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April 17, 2024 9:42 am
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April 17, 2024 9:46 am
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Thanks! That is freakin’ magic.

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April 17, 2024 9:48 am
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Yes it is.

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April 17, 2024 10:45 am
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This might be the greatest pic or image I’ve seen in my life.

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April 17, 2024 12:44 pm
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It really has it all.

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April 17, 2024 12:49 pm
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I follow the Kings, but I’m asking for a friend, is Keon replicating the Steph on court meme of putting his opposition to sleep with his shooting?

What a pic for the ages!

I am ecstatic that Harrison had the big 4th qtr, no better way than it be HB that ushered the Dub fans to the exits early.

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April 17, 2024 1:54 pm
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Yep – he’s parodying Steph’s night-night.

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April 17, 2024 2:05 pm
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I wish Keegan had done the shoulder shimmy when he hit that last three!

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April 17, 2024 3:04 pm
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TY.

Perfect.

The talk among the players setting up this shot was probably downright funny as hell.

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April 17, 2024 12:50 pm
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Night, night, you glorious bastard. Keon rocked Curry to sleep.

Steph took only sixteen shots? That’s nothing for him! He doesn’t need much of a look in order to ruin your day, but his opportunities simply weren’t there last night. That stat really speaks volumes.

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April 17, 2024 9:47 am

Keon and Keegan won that game for the Kings, Fox and Sabonis helped, but hat tip to Ke-Ke.

Even better those two are owed just over $10M COMBINED next season. The way Keon is performing he is providing Monte some serious cap and roster flexibility going into summer.

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April 17, 2024 9:52 am
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It will take this kind of five pronged effort to take down the Pels. You can’t put it on Domas’ shoulders, especially given the matchup. It’s going to take at least four solid starters and at least one solid bench contributor.

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April 17, 2024 9:57 am
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You can’t put it on Domas’ shoulders

Of course you can, and some will do so vehemently in the next gamethread.

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April 17, 2024 10:03 am
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April 17, 2024 12:42 pm
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No doubt about it. Bring the same aggressive intensity, same team D, mid range shot selection and rebounding. They can do it. It won’t be easy but the Kings can do it.

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April 17, 2024 9:52 am

It just dawned on me that the Kings may have ended Klay’s Warrior career with stinker of a final game. Wouldn’t that be something for the guy who holds the NBA record for most points ever in a single quarter… against our very Kings.

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April 17, 2024 11:27 am
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We’ll forever remember this as the Klay bye-bye game

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April 17, 2024 10:03 am

Kings have atoned for the failed Terence Davis-on-Steph assignment of last year’s Game 7 debacle. It’s really hard to contain Curry but Kings found a way, and with some luck of Klay Thompson having an off-night on his own (he is usually a dagger) and despite a very good offensive showing from Draymond and Kuminga plus other bench players, the defense really delivered the win–94 points!

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April 17, 2024 10:49 am

Zion just announced as out for Friday. Maybe we can pull this off. We’ve struggled with their lineup length all year.

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April 17, 2024 10:53 am
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Contain CJ, hit our 3s = OKC

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April 17, 2024 11:12 am
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Don’t forger Ingram and Murphy.

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April 17, 2024 12:53 pm
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It was kind of interesting that BI was taken out of the game at the seven minute mark and never got back in. He wasn’t having a great night offensively, but he defends well, and in a close game it was surprising that he wasn’t in the closing group.

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April 17, 2024 10:53 am
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We were 0-2 vs. the Zionless Pels, losing by 9 and 33. I’ll take it, though.

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April 17, 2024 10:56 am
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Oops. 0-1, -33.

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April 17, 2024 11:00 am
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They’ll still have to find a way to fill his 40 point contribution from the win against thr Lakers and possibly disrupting their lineup flow with his replacement.

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April 17, 2024 11:11 am
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I’ll take it, but the Pels were 7-5 without Zion in the lineup, and they are formidable offensively without him, even on the wing without Zion (Ingram, Murphy, Jones). McCollum is a killer, and Jonas is a tough matchup for Domas. Zion being out is a big break, but the Kings will have to execute at last night levels to prevail.

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April 17, 2024 12:57 pm
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It’s true, the Pels are longer, faster and younger than Golden State, and are just tough all the way around.

It’s still weird to me how the Kings own the Lakers, the Lakers own the Pels, and the Pels don’t just own Sacramento, they paid in cash, insured the team for three times what it’s worth, and then burned it down for the insurance money.

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April 17, 2024 1:12 pm
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Zion is built like a Rock, AD is a Paper tiger and Fox cuts through defenses like Scissors.

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April 17, 2024 11:04 am
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We shouldn’t care if he was out or not. If we want to get to the next level, we can’t depend on injuries or duck anybody. We need to figure out how to beat them. 0-5 is crazy. They smoke us everytime.

This is the position we’re in, so lets go to NO and take care of business.

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April 17, 2024 11:11 am
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Defense!

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April 17, 2024 11:54 am
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What up Jack! Let’s go!!!!!!!

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April 17, 2024 11:09 am

Love the decisive outcome and performance. Showed a national audience that the Kings are legitimate force! Love that we’re playing the Pelicans. We know the Pelicans have our attention but a win on Friday would make all the previous 5 losses to them moot. Let’s go Kings!

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April 17, 2024 1:11 pm

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April 17, 2024 6:10 pm

Warriors can reload super quick, put some better pieces around Curry and still be a contender over the next 2 or 3 years. Klay will be gone but I wouldn’t count them out quite yet.
Nice to shut up all the obnoxious bandwagon Dubs fans that popped up many years ago when they started to get good again, definitely one of my least favorite fan bases in pro sports.

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April 19, 2024 1:48 pm

Keegan Murray broke the all time record for 3-pointers made in a play in game with 8. I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere. I know it doesn’t count towards playoff stats, so the play in should have its own records. And they should be mentioned. Especially when a King is the record holder.

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