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Spurs 129, Kings 120: Opening with not a bang but a whimper

The Kings went Kangz to restart the season.

In the first meaningful basketball game in over four months, the Sacramento Kings took on the San Antonio Spurs to kick off the seeding games in Orlando.

Sacramento were without Alex Len and Marvin Bagley while the Spurs were out LaMarcus Alridge, Patty Mills, Bryn Forbes and Trey Lyles.

Both teams started off strong offensively, but the Kings fell out of it and the Spurs went on a 19-0 run early. Kent Bazemore's energy brought a spark the Kings were looking for and the players fed off of it.

De'Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic brought the Kings back with crucial scoring on offense and the teams would go into a back-and-forth affair from there. One team would make a run and the other responded almost immediately.

The Kings did take a 105-102 lead late in the game, but the Spurs responded quickly and would hold on to seal the deal in a devastating opening loss for Sacramento.

First Quarter:

The Kings began attacking the weak rim defense of San Antonio. Bogdanovic and Fox scored the first six points for the Kings off the bench, but the three point defense wasn't there. Derrick White hit back-to-back triples to get in a rhythm early. Fox did answer with a long ball of his own. Fox continued to be aggressive and that led to a flare screen with Nemanja Bjelica who hit a three.

Dejounte Murray knocked down a three but Fox was late to close out. That's nine points allowed on late contests. Fox continued to attack the rim with fancy moves at the basket. The defense allowed easy points in the paint. White getting an open dunk can't happen. The Spurs went on a 14-2 run and took a strong opening lead. Besides Fox, no one else could produce on offense. With 1:49 remaining, the Spurs led by 16 and Marco Belinelli was the best player on the court.

The Kings ended the 19-0 run through Harry Giles, who made a pass to Harrison Barnes down low and also scored a basket after. Barnes made a much needed three but the Kings would trail 43-30 after one. San Antonio shot 65.2% from the field.

Second Quarter:

Kent Bazemore brought crucial energy off the bench, getting stops and converting the other way. Still, the Kings were shooting themselves in the foot with Buddy Hield missing threes and Richaun Holmes missing a bunny at the rim. DaQuan Jeffries also came in the game, so it's noteworthy that he's earned his spot in the rotation.

Fox and Bogi hit back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to 51-48. All the small hustle plays were working out. Fox then hit an elbow jumper to cut the lead to one. Cory Joseph then hit a three but the Kings couldn't stop the Spurs from knocking down their own long shots.

White continued to make plays offensively that the Kings failed to respond to. White's 15 points led the Spurs with three minutes remaining in the quarter. Gay also slowed down due to good defense from Barnes and quick double teams when he touched the ball.

Fox and Bogi put on a show on offense to regain the lead 63-61 with less than 1:30 remaining. Gay made a three over Bjelica who contested late but the Kings held a 65-64 lead at the half. Fox led the way with 20 points and Bjelica added 10 on 4-4 shooting. The Kings outscored the Spurs 35-21 in the period.

Third Quarter:

Lonnie Walker IV opened the quarter on a 5-0 run by himself. Sacramento looked rusty after the break but they got their first bucket after two minutes through Holmes. Walker continued to score as the Kings tried to find the rhythm they developed late in the second.

Fox continued to be aggressive at the rim, despite missing some opportunities. Besides Fox, the Kings still didn't have that second guy to help the point guard. Holmes got to four fouls so Bazemore entered the game to give Bjelica minutes at the five. Bogi then hit an off-balanced three to make it 76-75 Spurs. As I typed that, Bogi shot one from way outside to give the Kings a lead.

After making two shots in a row, White now had 20 points on 7-9 shooting for the Spurs. White shot 35.6% from deep this season, but that percentage was not in play after four months off.

The Kings took a 89-84 lead as Fox hit everything down low including a Bazemore three. However, Gay tied it up very quickly to wipe the lead away. Hield finally saw the floor in the third quarter with under two minutes to go. The Kings needed him to get going.

Sacramento trailed 96-92 going into the final quarter. Fox had a game-high 30 points, four away from a career-best number. Bogi added 16 on 4-9 shooting from deep, but they desperately needed Buddy to step up.

Fourth Quarter:

Hield made some bad plays to start and the Spurs led 100-92 with Fox on the bench, but then things started to turn around. Hield drove with his left to score and hustle plays on offense were rewarded with points too. The Spurs lead was cut to just two after things got cloudy for the Kings. With Fox on the bench, they just needed to stay within a few points to have a chance.

Hield forced White to travel and on the following play, Jeffries threw down a big lob to tie the game. Hield was giving great effort on defense, he just needed his shots to fall.

A Fox and-1 opportunity gave the Kings a 105-102 lead but Walker IV would tie it up right after and DeRozan would give them the lead. Sacramento just couldn't maintain a lead when they had one.

Bogi came in and drilled a big three right away for 19 points. However, fouls on defense and rebounding were still an issue. A few minutes later, Fox would score a tough off-balanced shot to reach a career-high of 35 points. He gave it his all on every single play this game.

DeRozan began to take over as the Spurs led 118-112 until Bogi responded with a big triple. Then Gay would respond with one of his own. San Antonio led by eight with under 30 seconds to go and that seemed to seal it.

Notable Players:

De'Aaron Fox played 38 minutes and scored 39 points on 17-33 shooting, six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Fox did struggle from deep finishing 1-7 but the Kings didn't have anyone else helping out their star point guard.

Bogdan Bogdanovic got into a rhythm as the game went along and helped Fox the most offensively. Bogi finished with 24 points on 8-15 shooting and 6-11 from deep.

Kent Bazemore did a little bit of everything for Sacramento, finishing with eight points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. He shot 3-8 from the field and 1-3 from deep.

Buddy Hield played 20 minutes but only managed to score six points on 2-13 shooting and going 1-8 from three. Hield added four rebounds but today was not an ideal performance from the sixth man.

Notable Stats:

Sacramento shot 12-38 from three (31.6%) compared to the Spurs going 11-25 (44%).

Both teams rebounded the ball 42 times but the Spurs assisted more at 32-22.

The Kings scored 60 points in the paint and scored 26 fast break points.

Sacramento turned the ball over 18 times and fouled 25 times. Both numbers are not ideal.

Next Game:

The Kings play the Orlando Magic on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. PST.

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RobHessing
July 31, 2020 8:12 pm

To be fair, hard to win without your top prospect.
 
Get well soon, Alex Len!

deltarich
July 31, 2020 8:13 pm

What was worse, the Kings defense or Buddy Hield’s overall game?

RobHessing
July 31, 2020 8:14 pm
Reply to  deltarich

The answer is “C,” Luke Walton.

Klam
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July 31, 2020 8:16 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

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1951
July 31, 2020 11:02 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

D, Vlade
 
E, Vivek

Gregoryl
August 1, 2020 8:46 am
Reply to  1951

And F the Maloofs

BabalooMagoo
August 1, 2020 9:24 am
Reply to  Gregoryl

I see what you did there…

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 8:17 pm
Reply to  deltarich

Defense. Players, especially shooters from distance will have off-games. You have to be able to deal with that.
 
Defense is something that should aid a team in every type of circumstances.

MillersCornrows
August 1, 2020 12:36 am
Reply to  RikSmits

Yeah and when shooters have off games they should find other ways to contribute.

CoreyBrewersD
August 1, 2020 10:22 am
Reply to  RikSmits

Defense is effort. Effort by the players to be where they are supposed to be. Effort by the coaching staff to be sure players know where they are supposed to be, player tendencies, etc. Effort by the front office to have a group of players talented enough, committed enough, and able to work off each other to design a style that works. While I only watched and listened to portions of this game it sounds like the same ol’ shit. Circular reasoning
Poor game, players aren’t at fault poor game plan. Coaching!
Poor coaching, not coaches fault poor roster construction. Management
Poor roster construction, not managements fault injuries! Players

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July 31, 2020 9:00 pm
Reply to  deltarich

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Otis
July 31, 2020 8:15 pm

Judging by the Mavs-Rockets game, defenses are struggling to catch up early on.

Otis
July 31, 2020 8:17 pm

39 points on 33 shots?
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RikSmits
July 31, 2020 8:19 pm
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, great counting stats by Fox but you have to wonder if him shooting that much leads to winning basketball.
 
 

L-Train3.1
July 31, 2020 9:43 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

We generally try to avoid winning basketball here.

L-Train3.1
July 31, 2020 9:43 pm
Reply to  L-Train3.1

As we all know quite well.

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 10:36 pm
Reply to  L-Train3.1

It’s funny that if guys like Booker or Wall would put up games like that, 39 points on 33 shots, we’d call them chuckers and empty stat guys who are not conductive to winning basketball.
 
But Fox is praised for the best game of his life. And maybe it was.
 
Don’t get me wrong; I like aggressive Fox. But is this really what we need from him to get to the next level?
 
And if the answer is “Yeah but we win this game if Buddy plays okay” you have to wonder what our margin of error is to have a great game from your star, a good game from Bogi and an okay game from Buddy in order to beat a depleted Spurs team? A healthy Blazers team, Zion and the Pels? The Clips or Lakers?

richie88
July 31, 2020 11:34 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

It was a good game for Fox, but I wouldn’t call it great & it probably wasn’t the best game of his career (even it was the most points he’s ever scored). Ideally he’d shoot less, but it seemed like the only other reliable scorer was BB8, so I understood why he took so many shots.

SmallBallReject
August 1, 2020 5:01 am
Reply to  RikSmits

I agree that 39 on 33 in an L <> great game. Nor is it a “bad” game esp when your team’s big scorer, Hield, is struggling, you are getting assists, rebounds and steals. Fox has not been in the habit of putting up empty chukker stats. If it becomes a habit, something is wrong with him, the Kings or both.

Otis
August 1, 2020 5:04 am
Reply to  RikSmits

I thought he played well offensively, but you can see where an improved three point shot will significantly help his offensive efficiency.

Defensively, they were all pretty terrible. We can say “well, it’s one game”, but they have a limited number of games to get this thing done.

Kingsguru21
August 1, 2020 8:38 am
Reply to  Otis

He has 45 points last night and this isn’t a conversation.

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August 1, 2020 2:26 pm
Reply to  Otis

If he got an ounce of respect from the refs, that shot number would be down and the points would be up. But he should know what to expect from the refs by now so that isn’t really an excuse.

Otis
August 1, 2020 3:39 pm
Reply to  wilbur10

I don’t really buy into the “he doesn’t get the refs respect” talking point. He doesn’t actively seek contact while going to the basket – maybe when he’s stronger that will change.

CoreyBrewersD
August 1, 2020 10:32 am
Reply to  RikSmits

Know I am a lover of the Don Nelson style. Maybe having Fox Get his, and maybe one more guy. Creates an All Star which draws all stars. Or allows trade for better pieces border all star(s) Old Nelson would run guys numbers up and some schlep GM would trade 5 tool type for one tool hype. Could be worse.

CoreyBrewersD
August 1, 2020 10:26 am
Reply to  L-Train3.1

WINNING?
That would lead to increased payroll!
Pay attention, we can’t afford to win.
 
I am looking to work this into a Haiku, watch for update, or beat me to it LOL

FireVladePlsss
July 31, 2020 11:42 pm
Reply to  Otis

He had to be aggressive. No one else had it going. Plus, 17-33 which means he shot over 50%. By no means was he perfect but i’m not nitpicking the shots he took.

RikSmits
August 1, 2020 4:49 am
Reply to  FireVladePlsss

Could it be that no one else had it going because he was so aggressively looking for his own shot?
 
It is an interesting chicken and egg question and I may go into it if I have more time later today.

SmallBallReject
August 1, 2020 5:01 am
Reply to  RikSmits

Chicken & Egg?

SmallBallReject
August 1, 2020 5:02 am

No need for me to repeat that from yout second sentence … or ? 🙂

Carl
August 1, 2020 2:44 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

Could it be that no one else had it going because he was so aggressively looking for his own shot?

I’m going with utter lack of talent.

Otis
August 1, 2020 5:23 am
Reply to  FireVladePlsss

Maybe, but I think when you say “no one”, you mean Buddy. Bogi and Nemenja both were having solid games, and Buddy’s had nights like this and gotten hot in a heartbeat.

Just saying, DeRozan’s 27 on 13 shots was considerably more impressive than Fox’s 39 on 33. I think what gets Fox to the next level is to get to the line more and improve that outside shot.

And, Fox had a big hand in the defensive mess last night.

MyHumbleOpinion
August 2, 2020 9:18 am
Reply to  Otis

With all the things that happened on the offensive side of the ball, they still managed to score a 120 points. They lost because they couldn’t get stops. They won’t win many games giving up a 129 points a game. Hopefully they can figure out the defensive side of the court quickly.
 
 

RORDOG
July 31, 2020 8:18 pm

i love rooting for a team that either has no chance or blows any chance they get. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go smoke all the smoke that Buddy and Co. didn’t actually want.

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July 31, 2020 8:59 pm
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puff, puff, give amigo.

RORDOG
July 31, 2020 10:02 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Here you go:

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Chef
August 1, 2020 4:15 pm
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Marty
July 31, 2020 8:18 pm

tshirt proposal
 
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RobHessing
July 31, 2020 8:20 pm
Reply to  Marty

Epic.

Otis
July 31, 2020 8:22 pm
Reply to  Marty

Ok, that’s the best actual LOL I’ve had in some time.

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 8:23 pm
Reply to  Marty

Oh wow.

G-naps
July 31, 2020 8:50 pm
Reply to  Marty

#HereWeBrowserCheck

TheKingsGuard
July 31, 2020 9:51 pm
Reply to  G-naps

Have a rec!

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Admin
July 31, 2020 9:01 pm
Reply to  Marty

Just to plug a relevant item…. We sell a t-shirt in the our new store that helps pay for our servers. You all buy enough of them and Blake promises (he doesn’t) you will never see Corey again (you might).

Marty
July 31, 2020 9:32 pm
Reply to  WGriffith

That’s awesome Brad is on Fine Art America. They have high quality products.

MillersCornrows
August 1, 2020 12:40 am
Reply to  Marty

Pick the boxes that include cars!

Hozr
August 2, 2020 2:29 pm
Reply to  Marty

How about this:
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RobHessing
July 31, 2020 8:31 pm
Reply to  Otis

Yeah, watching every Giants game right now because I think it will be shut down within a couple of weeks.

ForKingsandCountry
July 31, 2020 11:44 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

Sounds like it might be a couple days. It’s too bad because I’ve actually sort of enjoyed the Giants games thus far.

Otis
August 1, 2020 5:24 am

Similar to last year, they’ve been more fun that I expected.

HongKongKingsFan
July 31, 2020 8:26 pm

How many open look did the Spurs players got in the whole game ?
and how many wide open look did we have ? (maybe just one from CoJo from 3pts line)
 
 
Our man-to-man defense just sucks, with the exception of Jeffrey and Bazemore.
 
Typical Kings game, trailing by double digit early, fight back, but lost the game eventually.

MillersCornrows
August 1, 2020 12:42 am

Walton’s offense isn’t designed for open looks.

SmallBallReject
August 1, 2020 5:04 am

I only saw the recap (don’t have league pass, etc), but if did strike me that the Spurs were having a fair bit of success taking away what the Kings were trying to get.

Gregoryl
August 1, 2020 9:03 am

Right, his defense is for open looks.

Inthestarz
July 31, 2020 8:28 pm

Team needs to rebuild, for the 50th time this millennium if this continues for 8 games
 
the problem is we have a dunce GM/coach tandem that will try to win 8th seed and continue with these vets, paying them when we need a new GM to rebuild and keep our payroll clean
 
maybe is keep Richaun, but all the treadmill vets would be gone
 
would rather see Fox/James/Jeffries/draft picks 1rst and second founders flying around and getting good draft picks than watch the 10th seed train again next season
 
 

Chent
July 31, 2020 8:56 pm
Reply to  Inthestarz

Sadly I agree with this.

TheKingsGuard
July 31, 2020 9:54 pm
Reply to  Chent

Sadly I agree with this sadly comment agreeing with Inthestarz

MillersCornrows
August 1, 2020 12:42 am
Reply to  TheKingsGuard

Agreed. Thos squad isn’t going anywhere.

oshima9
August 1, 2020 12:32 pm
Reply to  Inthestarz

Sadly, I agree, too. Can’t see Fox staying around to watch Buddy cough up the ball and shoot 2-12 or whatever it ended up on a terrible defensive team.

aljout
July 31, 2020 8:31 pm

The only way to watch Kings games nowadays is to automatically believe they will lose. That way you aren’t surprised when they lose and surprised when they win.

BigDrewbot
July 31, 2020 9:00 pm
Reply to  aljout

I’ve never seen somebody refer to the past decade as ‘nowadays’

ThorsToes
July 31, 2020 8:42 pm

Another season eyeing the unobtainable playoffs. I had that “between season exuberance” until the reality of being a Kings fan caught up with me.

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Marty
July 31, 2020 8:50 pm

This is absolutely incredible.
 

RORDOG
July 31, 2020 9:14 pm
Reply to  Marty

Matt George is by far my least favorite local Kings personality.

BUT, if I could give TKH one pointer it would be to focus on producing more pods. If I have to listen to George’s infomercials for much longer I might go crazy.

Like I don’t want to be too harsh but there’s really no excuse to have 1 episode total (a mock draft) between two TKH-associated podcasts in the last 10 days. If there was ever a time to produce content it’s now. I understand everyone’s busy, but pods are the future, and this seems like a missed opportunity for a new media venture.

Marty
July 31, 2020 9:34 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

Well I’d like to know what pill I have to take to think the Kings are playing down to the San Antonio Spurs.

RobHessing
July 31, 2020 9:37 pm
Reply to  Marty

And to follow a chain of “thought,” I guess that Walton coached down to Pop’s level.

RORDOG
July 31, 2020 10:08 pm
Reply to  Marty

He is the worst because he pairs absolute homerism with a complete lack of basketball knowledge. Also, and this is just a personal thing, he sounds like you pressed 2x speed on the Spotify by mistake.

Otis
August 1, 2020 10:03 am
Reply to  RORDOG

That’s my main problem with most of the talking heads that work for KHTK, except for maybe Doug Christie. But it makes some sense, I suppose – if you exhibit basketball knowledge, you’ll be critical of Kings management, and you probably won’t work for KHTK no mo’.

Kosta
August 1, 2020 10:19 am
Reply to  Otis

“I was a perfect fit.”
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G-naps
August 1, 2020 10:25 am
Reply to  Kosta

You have taken your google image search to a new level during this pandemic.

Kosta
August 1, 2020 10:38 am
Reply to  G-naps

Thanks, G-naps!

Also Grant:

“I was fired because I was too knowledgeable about basketball for KHTK!”

oshima9
August 1, 2020 12:35 pm
Reply to  Otis

I’d love to privately hear what Christie really thinks about this team. You get hints of it when you hear him complain about the players’ lack of attention to detail, giving up open looks and failing to clear the ball off the defensive boards.

SelecaoKOJ
August 1, 2020 12:59 pm
Reply to  oshima9

Doug is ok. But, I wish they would entertain bringing in someone like Mitch Richmond or Vince Carter.

SelecaoKOJ
August 1, 2020 12:56 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

I used to listen to Matt. Not any more. He says crazy things and his homerific attitude was starting to nauseate me. The Podcasts I listen too are The Hoop Ball, Purple Talk, and my favorite is Kings Pulse. James Ham and Matt annoy me.

Roaddog
August 1, 2020 4:45 pm
Reply to  Marty

The Kings were 3 point favorites in this game, so plenty of people taking that pill apparently

RORDOG
July 31, 2020 10:33 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

And to be clear I actually have nothing against Brad. I enjoy his pods. I’ve listened to all 8 of them since April. It just appears as though he focuses on content that’s not necessarily time-sensitive. That’s fine, there’s definitely a need for long form content, but it also means TKH should consider having a separate pod that focuses on current events as they happen.

Obviously TKH isn’t my site, I’m just saying you’re forcing me to get my semi-daily Kings audio fix from Matt George. I’d prefer to get it from here.

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 11:18 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

I guess I am an old fart, but I can’t listen to podcasts. I want to read my content.

RORDOG
August 1, 2020 12:32 am
Reply to  RikSmits

yeah I mean I don’t think they should choose one medium over the other. I just like being able to listen to people talk Kings while I’m doing other stuff.

Also, and again I’m not trying to make other people’s business decisions, I assume ad revenue is better for pod sponsors versus the generic ads embedded in articles. Although I’m sure the difference is negligible.

bottom line I think there’s room to improve from a multimedia perspective. I think Sanjesh could turn his articles into breaking down the tape videos. I think Bryant could make more scouting videos. I loved Tony’s “90 seconds of X” type videos in the past. There could be round table discussions with revolving cast members. Post/pre-game breakdowns etc. etc.

And I’m sure this has all been discussed and/or in-progress. I just felt like there was a A/V void that could have been filled in the lead up to the season restarting.

anyways, as I said, this isn’t a criticism. I’m just saying you’re forcing me to listen to Matt George, and I’d prefer not to.

Kosta
August 1, 2020 10:22 am
Reply to  RikSmits

I prefer reading as well. Though when I’m working, it’s nice to have something I can listen to at the same time.

Of course listening to the Snackramento episodes may have influenced my lunch break decisions.

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August 1, 2020 11:49 am
Reply to  Kosta

I listen to podcasts and audio books while I work on personal artwork in Photoshop…it’s my “focus” music.

richie88
July 31, 2020 11:39 pm
Reply to  RORDOG

I prefer reading articles to listening to podcasts (though this could be a “Why not both?” situation). It’s generally faster for me to read an article.

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ForKingsandCountry
July 31, 2020 11:47 pm
Reply to  Marty

Man the level of irony in this tweet is just stunning. The Kings have been “playing down to their opponents” for 14 years yep that’s it lol.

Marty
August 1, 2020 5:46 am

You know that’s a good point. If he thinks they’ve been playing down to their opponent for 14 years, that means he thinks the Kings have been better than their opponents for 14 years.

Lord have mercy. I’d be drinking too with all that disappointment.

ForKingsandCountry
August 1, 2020 5:01 pm
Reply to  Marty

Yeah I mean there is a logical leap taking place there that is pretty hard to comprehend. But then again, if you’ve got those bright purple glasses I would assume that what happened last night wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Kosta
August 1, 2020 10:24 am

Some people will forever give the Kings front office a pass.

It’s like he’s saying “the FO has assembled a talented roster, but the players just keep playing down to the talent of other rosters”.

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RORDOG
July 31, 2020 8:50 pm

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Adamsite
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July 31, 2020 8:55 pm

Same shit, different day month. When is the draft?

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July 31, 2020 9:50 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

different month year

TheKingsGuard
July 31, 2020 9:58 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Too bad we’re not thinking about how this next season in October could be different but we’re stuck getting heartbreaks. Dat Fox tho….

1951
July 31, 2020 11:08 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Is Vlade picking? If so, then who cares?

AirmaxPG
August 1, 2020 8:52 am
Reply to  1951

Exactly. The incompetence of Vlade the GM was on full display tonight. The Spurs haven’t been in the lottery since 1997, but still manage to find gems like Derrick White and Lonnie Walker.

So we have to overpay vets to cover for Vlade’s constant draft misses. And the one time he has Fox fall into his lap, he completely negates it by using it as justification for passing on players like Mitchell and Doncic… players who could be that 2nd star to help De’Aaron. And btw at this point are better than De’Aaron.

We shouldn’t be surprised when it comes to actual games that Fox is doing it largely on his own. Vlade literally designed it that way. Even though to say he “designed” anything is probably giving him too much credit. This is the team that he lucked into and bungled together all at the same time.

And I love all these players, I wish them all to be in positions to succeed. Vlade just sucks as a GM.

Adamsite
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August 1, 2020 12:28 pm
Reply to  AirmaxPG

Part of me think that if Derrick White or Lonnie Walker were on the Kings they’d be much more like Justin Jackson or Harry Giles. I give more credit to Pop and the development team at San Antonio then anything else. There’s a reason why the Spurs can win like they do with non-stars. There is also a reason why when those players leave the Spurs they come back down to earth.

I’d put money of if Bogi were a Spur, he’d be the toast of the town down there with Pop’s coaching.

Carl
August 1, 2020 3:01 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

Yep. Just look what a competent coach did with Buddy Hield.

AirmaxPG
August 1, 2020 3:04 pm
Reply to  Adamsite

It’s possible. But then again this is Vlade’s coaching staff. After firing a coach who seemed to be getting improvement out of several of the young guys.

ForKingsandCountry
August 1, 2020 5:03 pm
Reply to  AirmaxPG

I think we can all agree that however you see it, this is total organizational failure from top to bottom. Blaming everyone is the easiest solution.

Kosta
July 31, 2020 9:03 pm

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anan1234
July 31, 2020 9:15 pm

Sucky loss. Bad game from Buddy and our coach sucks and needs to improve.

Seeing a full strength Portland I think they are a class above the teams fighting for the eight seed and I see Spurs as a dark horse. With no Aldridge they can play faster and Popovich is such a great coach he’ll push the right buttons and they may sneak in to the playoffs.

Adamsite
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July 31, 2020 10:30 pm
Reply to  anan1234

Walton was definitely out coached tonight…but that goes with most coaches when they face Pop.

MillersCornrows
August 1, 2020 12:46 am
Reply to  Adamsite

And most of the games Walton has coached. He totally played into Pop’s hands.

BabalooMagoo
August 1, 2020 9:55 am
Reply to  anan1234

Pop can make chicken salad out of chicken shit. Luke, on the other hand makes chicken shit out of chicken salad.

cbrody
July 31, 2020 9:31 pm

0-8 enough to pull the plug on this iteration of the Kings? If so, coach L do your thing

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 11:19 pm
Reply to  cbrody

That’s the spirit!
 
#HereWeBillboard

Chef
August 1, 2020 4:21 pm
Reply to  cbrody

I wish. But from a financial standpoint, Vivek is too committed to this FO/coaching to cut bait at this point. But hey, we can hope right?

L-Train3.1
July 31, 2020 9:56 pm

Well, we know Buddy does not care for the accommodations at the Yacht and Beach Club. He threw up enough bricks tonight to build his own house in the bubble. He’ll probably check out golden oak.

RikSmits
July 31, 2020 10:22 pm

Can we still whine to the national media about the lack of respect we’re getting?
Asking for some friends players.

Adamsite
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Nostradumbass 14
July 31, 2020 10:35 pm

I can say with confidence that Barnes and Nemenja should get more than a combined 13 shots on the night, but that really doesn’t mean shit when you can’t stop the other team from scoring 129 points.

When your opponent shoots 53% from the field, 44% from three, and 81% from the line, you are not going to win many games.

As I said in one of the pre-game threads, I’m not worried about the Kings scoring, but rather their ability to stop their opponent from scoring.

SmallBallReject
August 1, 2020 5:06 am
Reply to  Adamsite

Yeah, we need to shore up our close-outs on FTs 🙂

1951
July 31, 2020 11:17 pm

Is it any consultation that no fan will get yelled at and called an “idiot” on the radio next week for questioning Luke’s coaching or Vlade’s GMing?
 
We still have Kayte to tell us what we don’t understand but still … no one will be called a moron and hung up on!
 
progress!

Marty
July 31, 2020 11:38 pm
Reply to  1951

Do you think Grant watched the game?

RikSmits
August 1, 2020 4:45 am
Reply to  Marty

All Viewers Matter!

HongKongKingsFan
July 31, 2020 11:56 pm

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I really “enjoy” the reaction of J. Parker after the made basket by Fox (compared to the general bench reaction)

Parker was probably thinking “I don’t give a shit about this sucks team”…
and we, fans, probably should do what Parker doing…..

i.e. no expectation for this team would be the best for us…..

white.chocolate
August 1, 2020 12:30 am

Totally frustrated with the lack of game management towards the end! There are so many things Walton could have done:
1. Call timeouts in the last 2min and draw up plays
2. Pressure the ball full court rather than let them walk it down court and burn precious seconds
3. Go small ball when you’re chasing the game and space the floor, play Belly or Barnes at the 5
4. Start trapping and fouling earlier

Any of these would have helped! Yet he just let it play. In one of the most important games of our decade.

G-naps
August 1, 2020 10:20 am

The game tape from the scrimmages didnt point out these 5 weaknesses. Luke will need to review the game tape from game 1 and see if he feels these adjustments are necessary for game 2.

ForKingsandCountry
August 1, 2020 5:06 pm

The fact that Luke didn’t call a timeout after the second time the Spurs ran pick and roll to get Bjelly switched onto Derozan is pretty damning. If it happens once fine, but at that point you have to change something to stop that from happening again. It’s also not even that hard to stop because Derozan doesn’t want to shoot 3’s. Just a totally inept coaching display last night.

HongKongKingsFan
August 1, 2020 1:13 am

Buddy Hield is just a momentum killer….
His turnover looks bad, and is real bad…….comment image

But I would said, this loss cannot solely completely blamed on Hield….
We are being out-hustled by the Spurs by many times…
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1) No one is coming back on this fast-break (after Hield frustrating and usual turnover)……..even Mr. Energy, Holmes is not coming back…if one of those players came back to the backcourt…we may able to save two pts (after Spurs consecutive miss underneath the rim)
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2) How come no one is boxing out, and let  DeRozan grabbed his own miss…..and bad defense by Barnes….

PLAY OF THE DAY: DaQuan Jeffries comment image

p.s.
1) Can we stop the experiment of Hield handling the damn ball ?
2) Can someone send the tape of Duncan Robinson to coach Walton, to show how properly to use a shooter at his very best
3) More playing time for DaQuan Jeffries, and why not ?

oshima9
August 1, 2020 12:37 pm

Great comment.

Timmy_13
August 1, 2020 9:41 am

This is still a bad team. I’m not really surprised we lost.
 
On a more negative note, the teams who rebuilt after us are now significantly better than the Kings. NOLA/OKC/MAVS/Grizzlies. I’d say in a couple years we’d still be in this position. We really knocked rebuilding out of the park! Take that haters!!1! Thanks Vlade!
 
Can we have a Fans Thanks Vlade night?

G-naps
August 1, 2020 10:18 am
Reply to  Timmy_13

So lets say the kings go 0-8. Will there be a chance for the “whole chess board” to be revealed before next season or will it be more excuses from Vivek and everyone else that has an ability to make a decision?

Timmy_13
August 1, 2020 11:18 am
Reply to  G-naps

At this point they should throw the whole chessboard out and disqualify themselves from the game.

Carl
August 1, 2020 3:04 pm
Reply to  G-naps

Excuses. They’ll blame COVID and the short prep time, the injury to Bagley, blah blah blah. They have more than enough excuses to get through next season.

ForKingsandCountry
August 1, 2020 5:08 pm
Reply to  Carl

Oh yeah Covid means they will limp through the end of this season and probably next before making any moves because “this is all so unprecedented and we can’t properly evaluate the team under these circumstances”. And as we’ve learned, it’s totally possible that Vivek can’t even afford to fire anyone anyway.

Timmy_13
August 2, 2020 10:30 am

Yeap. Regardless of the outcome of the bubble, Vlade will still be here next year but on a hot seat. Expect him firesaling and making desperation moves like trading for Kevin Love.

G-naps
August 1, 2020 5:15 pm
Reply to  Carl

Maybe if we call out the name 3 times we’ll get a Carmichael Dave response thread.

Timmy_13
August 2, 2020 10:28 am
Reply to  Carl

The funniest part is that if they ever have a semblance of a front office, they would know that having Bagley doesn’t really equate to much.

SelecaoKOJ
August 1, 2020 7:18 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

Kings best chance to make a playoff appearance is this year. Next year… Say Hello to Top 10 pick again. The West will be a tough in for the playoffs. Dubs and Blazers will be healthy, Memphis and Pels on the rise. Lakers, Clips, Dallas, Denver, OKC, Rockets and Utah still playoff teams. That leaves the Kings. Sac might be better than the Spurs, Wolves and Suns. You looking at a team that will be between 10-13 in the West. Unless there is some insane trade: Bagley/Hield for Beal or the Front office is swept away, that’s reality. James Ham and Matt George will continue to be deluded and predict 50 wins.

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Timmy_13
August 2, 2020 10:26 am
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

I’m hoping for a complete meltdown so we can get rid of this coach and this gm.

Kosta