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Warriors 116, Kings 113: Too Much Stuff from Steph

It took 47 points from Stephen Curry for the reigning champions to beat the Kings.

To wrap up their first road trip of the season, the Kings made it back to the west coast to face off with the Golden State Warriors for the second time so far this season. The Warriors entered tonight's NorCal battle having lost six of their last seven, and on an unusual five-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Kings had lost their previous six matchups against the Warriors, last beating them on March 25, 2021. Few things make my cold heart glow more than a Kings' win and a Warriors' loss, so I came in with high hopes that the Kings could extend their annoying neighbor's losing streak. Let's see how they did:

Quick Stats

Outcome: Kings lose, 116-113

Sacramento Kings: 113 pts, 40.7% fg, 35.0% 3pt, 86.2% ft, 24 ast, 43 reb, 11 to

Golden State Warriors: 116 pts, 50.0% fg, 36.8% 3 pt, 66.7% ft, 28 ast, 48 reb, 15 to

Man, this one sucks. After battling for all four quarters, the Kings lost the handle in the final possessions and officially lost to the Warriors for the seventh time in a row. After the Kings led for most of the game, Steph Curry did what Steph Curry does and he clawed his team back into winning range with a sequence of insane shotmaking. The Kings found themselves down by 1 with 9.9 seconds remaining, but had a major brain lapse where they let the clock get down to 1.3 seconds before fouling the league's best free throw shooter in Curry. Down by 3, Kevin Huerter got a shot off and was probably fouled by Klay Thompson, but the Kings go back to Sacramento without a win.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Good
  1. Taking & Giving Punches: Things didn't look good at the start - the Warriors jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead as they ran circles around the Kings and got easy buckets left and right. Stephen Curry was perfect from the field through 20 minutes of play, and the Warriors racked up nine assists in the first quarter from easy offense. The Warriors had a similar run to start the 3rd quarter, where they took less than three minutes to cut the Kings' lead from 12 points to just five points. In both of these sequences, the Kings took these punches to the chin and came swinging right back. They countered the Warriors' early run by closing out the 1st quarter with a 2-point advantage. The Kings answered the 3rd quarter run by never giving up their lead and finishing with a 9-point lead. It is encouraging to see this team play and battle through adversity, something that is inevitable in the game of basketball, especially against a team that just won an NBA championship.
  2. Bench Squad: The Kings got their best and most inspiring energy from their bench tonight. Malik Monk is a sitting firecracker, just waiting to be lit. Once unleashed, he brought a palpable energy that paired well with De'Aaron Fox's preferred pace of play and the two were able to give the Kings the offensive boost they needed. Chimezie Metu got all of the backup center minutes tonight and although he only finished with two points, he played within himself and anchored the bench unit as they often went to small ball lineups. Terence Davis also contributed his usual frenetic energy and contributed nine points.
  3. Mitchell the Menace: While Malik Monk led the offensive charge for the bench squad, Davion Mitchell had a handful of impactful defensive possessions for this team. Of all the different Kings that tried to contain Stephen Curry tonight, Mitchell did the best. While it's nearly impossible to completely stop Stephen Curry, Mitchell used his quickness to keep himself connected to Curry and force him to give the ball up or into a tough shot. As the Kings were trading baskets in final possessions, I personally would have preferred to have Mitchell on the floor to throw our best defensive efforts at Curry.
  4. Free Throws: After a few games where the Kings struggled form the charity stripe, it was encouraging to see them hit 25 of 29 tonight. De'Aaron Fox (28 points) hit 10-12 and Domantas Sabonis (19 points, 14 rebounds) hit 7-8. Malik Monk was a perfect 7-7.
The BAd
  1. Weak Links: The Kings got a lot of helpful production from their bench, but suffered some very glaring weak links in their starting lineup. Both Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray have been struggling to find any consistent rhythms in the past few games. Barnes failed to score tonight on just four shot attempts, while Murray finished with just six points. There appears to be some hesitation to Murray's approach on the floor, and Barnes may be struggling with his new role playing alongside Murray in the starting rotation. Whatever it may be, the Kings needed more positive production from these two starters tonight, both of whom we know have the ability and basketball IQ to help elevate this team to the next level.
The Ugly
  1. Revolving Doors: Especially in the 1st quarter, the Kings' defense suffered from an embarrassing amount of back door plays. Simple jab steps and cuts by the Warriors turned into wide open layups at the rim. During the Warriors' most impactful runs, the Kings failed to be disciplined on defense and failed to help the helper on a number of occasions. Against a seasoned team like the Warriors, those easy points are what get them rolling and to produce their best offensive runs.
The King of Kings

Malik Monk was a flamethrower off the bench, finishing with 24 points on seven made field goals and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Monk's energy and shotmaking was crucial for the Kings tonight as he lifted his team back up anytime they got knocked down.

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L-Train3.1
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November 7, 2022 10:28 pm

Once more, the NBA plays us 8v5. I’m glad Mike Brown has the courage to speak the truth.

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November 7, 2022 10:46 pm
Reply to  L-Train3.1

I was fine with it the first time.
I am okay with it this time.
The next time I will start wondering if he shouldn’t focus more on correcting their fourth quarter decisionmaking and execution instead of shifting some of the blame to the refs.

Brown also has to take a decision on Barnes sooner rather than later and explain why Lyles, after some solid games, did not see the court much.

And maybe put some more emphasis on getting Keegan going early?

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November 7, 2022 10:47 pm
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Barnes’ game has fallen off the earth. What is going on?

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November 7, 2022 10:52 pm
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Kyrie was right?

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November 7, 2022 11:20 pm
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Yes Barnes has been awful, but it means a lot that Coach Brown is saying the right things.

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November 8, 2022 7:36 am
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Murray scored 6 points tonight. He is a rookie that has played a handful of games. Barnes has played how many years in the league played 24 minutes and didn’t score at all. Some people say he will come around. When? If it takes 10 more games then we probably won’t go to the tournament this year. What is Monty going to do?

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November 8, 2022 8:11 am
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Trade Barnes and a couple 2nd rounders to Phoenix for Crowder?

Jack
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November 8, 2022 8:32 am
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What about Barnes and Davis plus a couple second rounders to the Spurs for Richardson and Collins?

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November 8, 2022 9:31 am
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I would need to see Collins healthy for a stretch. But I think Richardson would be better than Barnes. He is smaller but seems to be a better defender.

Davis has his moments when he plays really well, just needs to be a bit more consistant.

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November 8, 2022 9:19 am
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They did try to get Keegan going early last night. However, in the preseason, I think the way he started off was to attack the rim, maybe only once, before looking for his 3.

ElkGroveNate
November 7, 2022 10:44 pm

Is it possible the kings were going for a 5 second violation on curry being closely guarded past the free throw line? Jordi is seen as flashing his hand with a 5 straight at the ref yelling and disappointed when it’s a foul called instead.

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November 8, 2022 7:17 am
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I agree. Do we still have a 5 second rule or not? Curry’s back is to the basket so he wasn’t going anywhere. I thought this was just an important non call than the no call on Huerter. If it wasn’t then I was so mad at Metu for fouling him. It bailed the ref out. Not a smart move on Metu’s part.

ElkGroveNate
November 8, 2022 12:38 pm
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I checked the postgame interviews and metu thought they were going for a shot clock violation.

Coach Brown also admitted they should have fouled earlier.

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November 8, 2022 1:02 pm
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duds got the ball with 26 seconds left. 26-24= 2. After the no 5 second call, Kings got ball with 1.3 seconds left.

unfairweather
November 8, 2022 1:23 pm
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That rule doesn’t exist in the NBA. There is the “Charles Barkley” 5 sec back to basket rule, but that only applies while dribbling.

ElkGroveNate
November 9, 2022 12:28 am
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So the L2M report says he did commit a 5 sec violation and it should’ve been called 0.1 seconds before metu’s foul.

but I realize refs rarely ever make this call

Kosta
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November 7, 2022 10:46 pm

Curry?

I BLAME INDIA!

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November 8, 2022 3:30 am
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They’re blaming Japan for their slow start this year

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November 7, 2022 10:52 pm

Defective officiating and in context. Warriors needed this win and they got it. Kings can just continue to go try and figure it out. AKA go fuck themselves.

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November 7, 2022 10:55 pm

My older dog has developed a case of toxic farts and he still stinks less than the refs in that game – Huerter was mugged on that last shot.

I almost don’t mind taking the clock down before fouling against GSW – if they fouled with 8 seconds to go and were forced to rush a shot, Curry gets time to come back for the winner. As a general strategy, its obviously wrong but in this very specific case… eh, I can see it.

Kosta
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November 7, 2022 11:00 pm

Refs will henceforth be known as toxic farts

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November 7, 2022 11:07 pm
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“Refs you su… choking noises… I still love you buddy”

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November 7, 2022 11:00 pm

I saw three times were Curry pushed off… not even mad but it’s an offensive foul for anybody else. I saw Curry make a shot after the shot clock expired…… That’s garbage…. Not even mad though… Kings lose because Warriors needed this win and it’s better for the NBA that they maintain and that the Kings are suck filled….. I’m OK with it….. IT’s great… just fine… Warriors have more money and fans… They should win.

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November 8, 2022 7:48 am
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What really makes me mad is the refs make a call like the end of the game last night and nothing happens, They go home and have a nice sleep. We say something and get fined when it wasn’t our mistake. We go home and have a terrible nights sleep. Something is wrong here. Also the refs can review plays up two the last 2 minutes but we can’t challenge. The league, who is at fault needs to change the ruling so the refs can view the play and see they made a mistake on Huerter’s shot. In this case I can’t understand how the ref standing 3 feet away didn’t make the right call.If this happens again somethings wrong with the league.

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November 7, 2022 11:07 pm

This team is fun to watch. Monk is starting to fit as good as hoped. Sabonis starting to play more bully ball. Huerter has been awesome. Mitchell stepping up. Metu proving some solid minutes tonight. We need to move away from Barnes, 0 points, 0 ast, 2 TO’s don’t cut it. And he got cooked on defense. Those minutes can go to Huerter, Monk, Murray, TD, or Metu, anyone. Murray just needs to find his rhythm to the NBA game, I want to see him post up when he’s got a guard on him. The jumper will come around. So far it’s looked like Fox has taken his game to another level. He’s hitting his free throws. His spin and fade away jumper in the paint has been automatic.He’s shooting the 3 at a respectable clip. He’s engaged defensively. Fantastic game from him again. Mike Brown seems like he’s doing a good job changing the culture around the team. They’re competing every night.

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November 7, 2022 11:13 pm
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As much as the Huerter got screwed, tonight was good for the Kings. This was scheduled loss: last game of a road trip, flying cross-country to play the rested world champs at home, and they almost pull it out. Honestly, I feel the refs had the Kings back much of this game. They need to finish teams off, that’s it. Don’t blow 10 point leads in the 2nd half, and let the refs determine the outcome in the final minutes.

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November 7, 2022 11:43 pm
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I actually don’t mind the non call tonight on Huerter. I thought Thompson did a good job of going straight up after fouling initially prior to the ball being inbounded. Refs generally don’t reward double clutch type shots when they receive contact either. I thought refs were fair overall too. The Warriors seemed pissed at a lot of calls against them tonight. We lost because Steph Curry went with the scorched earth policy tonight. That guy is unreal.

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November 8, 2022 12:29 am
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Curry was stupid hot.

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November 8, 2022 4:41 am

I want to be upset about the loss but watching Curry play like that at the height of his powers… It’s just a privilege to watch Greatness as it’s unfolding.

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November 8, 2022 9:37 am
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He decided not to lose that game.

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November 8, 2022 1:04 pm
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fuck that. I do not like the little show off.

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November 8, 2022 4:48 am
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Not going to complain about it. My philosophy is that if you can’t separate yourself by more than a couple possessions in 48 minutes, you leave yourself open to stuff like that. Beat somebody by 10 and that won’t happen. But, it looks to me like Huerter threw the double clutch in because of the foul. He was clearly hit pretty hard on the shooting elbow on the way up, when that happens you need to adjust and recalibrate somehow. He was then hit on the wrist again during the release, evidenced by the film and by the ball flight. I think we know that Huerter doesn’t just shoot like that. Klay may have stayed straight up but you still can’t hit the shooters arms during a jumpshot. If that was the case everybody would just guard shooters by standing straight up with their arms hands out preventing the offensive player from ever getting in the shooting motion.

Steph was unbelievable. His on court personality triggers me to no end but man, what a special player.

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November 8, 2022 5:08 am
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His demeanor bugs me, just like Lebron.

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November 8, 2022 8:22 am
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If you can’t separate yourself by more than a couple possessions in 48 minutes, you leave yourself open to stuff like that.

The Warriors didn’t separate themselves by more than a couple of possession either. The game came down to the last shot.

It just so happens that the blown call went against the Kings.

If the final play came down to a blown call against the Warriors instead, you could say “Well, if the Warriors can’t separate by more than a couple of possessions in 48 minutes, they leave themselves open to stuff like that.

Neither team played perfect. Both teams missed shots and made mistakes.

But the blown call affects one team and benefits the other.

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November 8, 2022 8:37 am
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I totally agree.

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November 8, 2022 11:22 am
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Yes. If that was the situation you could say that. Seems like a pretty clear fact to me. Obviously it affects one team that’s why people are upset. Every foul call effects one team and hurts the other. Don’t let it come down to one foul call and it’s a non issue

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November 8, 2022 2:10 pm
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The Kings didn’t let it come down to one foul call. The refs did that. It was a blown call by the refs. That’s entirely the fault of the officiating.

Close games are part of sports. There’s no rule you only win if you win big. You can win by one point. As long as you outscore your opponent, no matter how many mistakes you make, you get the win.

The Warriors barely won. They didn’t win big. And they were helped by the officials on the final play.

If you have to play so hard that you have to overcome officiating mistakes in addition to your own mistakes, then that’s what I would call

8-on-5 basketball.

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November 8, 2022 8:48 pm
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Well alrighty then, I think we are talking past each other. Cheers Kosta

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November 9, 2022 9:11 am
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Cheers, GhostMalone

Jeers, refs!

😛

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November 8, 2022 11:27 am
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BTW, just wanted that last play again.: Going straight up is not the same as going straight into.

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November 8, 2022 8:27 am
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Thank god we don’t have to go back to SF to play them again this year. Usually they space the two away games vs them. I don’t know the last time we beat them there.

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November 8, 2022 11:05 am
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the warriors have won 7 in a row there against the kings

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November 8, 2022 6:09 am
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I don’t mind the loss so much either. The Kings are starting to look like a cohesive team, and now the expectation is for them to be in every game with a chance to win. No more blow outs like previous seasons. With players starting to fill their roles, and Coach Brown guiding them, I also think we’re in for a fun season. A nice little win streak would do this team well to really boost their confidence.

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November 8, 2022 9:36 am
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how about starting Mitchell in place of Barnes?

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November 8, 2022 10:43 am
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Does this mean Huerter plays small forward?

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November 7, 2022 11:15 pm

I am confused:
with 22.2 seconds left the shot clock shows 20 seconds- a 2.2 differential.

Yet when Steph was fouled there was 1.3 seconds. How is that possible? No 24 second violation?

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November 7, 2022 11:38 pm

I was explaining the same thing to my wife and still don’t understand what haopened.

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November 8, 2022 12:09 am
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If I remember correctly I believe Monk fouled Curry with 8-9 secs left. Shot clocks resets to 14. Thus the warriors could take it down as far as they wanted.

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November 8, 2022 12:23 am
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Ahhh, gracias.

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November 8, 2022 5:49 am
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This is what happened. So in fact, Wiz, you remember correctly.

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November 8, 2022 1:06 pm

my point above

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November 7, 2022 11:23 pm

And yes – Da’Aaron Fox is playing All-Star level basketball. He needs to remain consistent to achieve that honor.

The bench – of course Malik Monk in particular were big difference makers to offset Superstar Curry’s 47 point performance, 49-15.

Losing the 4th Q 37-25 against the Champs was the big story, who did just enough to win. The non call at the end just made it hurt more.

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November 7, 2022 11:44 pm

It’s fine, it’s fine, nobody is getting through the Jazz this year anyways.

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November 8, 2022 8:19 am
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Could u imagine? U trade ur two best players and make it to the WCF the next year

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November 8, 2022 9:45 am
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Mike Conley for MVP.

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November 8, 2022 12:19 am

I was there tonight. Warriors fans clearly think the refs suck ass as well. Both teams had the same refs.

Plain and simple GSW has another level when they want to go there. Kings can only frantically try to score more without much consistency in playmaking.

Fun to see the Kings get a lead and hold it for almost an entire game. Also fun to see one of the all time greats simply decide not to lose.

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November 8, 2022 6:11 am

Curry has another level this years Dubs do not . Kings have more talent unless Klay becomes Klay again . Doubt it .

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November 8, 2022 7:07 am
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The Kings have definitely improved. You are very optimistic in the talent department.

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November 8, 2022 9:30 am

From what I saw, Curry’s 47 was the difference between a narrow win or a blowout at home. Outside of him and Wiggins, this GSW roster stinks!

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November 8, 2022 9:39 am
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Maybe they are not as talented?

Put all the Kings talent together and what do they do with it?

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November 8, 2022 10:56 am
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Klay was bad…

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November 8, 2022 1:08 pm
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klank looks klunky. Slow in the hips.

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November 8, 2022 8:41 am

Just like Fox did the game before.

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November 8, 2022 9:39 am
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Fox is stepping up but, as a basketball fan Fox is nothing like Curry.

Hopefully he can get there?

Even a piece of it?

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November 8, 2022 3:41 am

This team is basically trying to be what New Orleans, Portland and Atlanta is. All were average and then made win now moves last year/off-season. Something gelled and those moves have paid off for them. It could work for the Kings too even though their record isn’t that great right now but it’s early. They are playing a lot better (I’ll admit) but there’s still problems that have plagued them in the past

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November 8, 2022 9:42 am
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I can see this year’s Kings being last year’s Pelicans. Who will be this year’s McCollum though?

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November 8, 2022 4:12 am

One of worries about Keegan pre-draft was that he was a slower player. I think that has shown to be true. He doesn’t have explosiveness on drives, and gets beat pretty easily on defense. Hope some better strength and conditioning can improve that.

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November 8, 2022 4:43 am
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More concerning to me has been how lost he’s seemed out there, particularly on defense. I think he’s given up more easy backdoor cuts than every other King combined at this point. He just keeps losing his man.

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November 8, 2022 5:06 am
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That too. The first few games off the bench he looked good. As a starter he seems to have regressed a bit each game. Maybe move him back to the bench?

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November 8, 2022 9:03 am
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Keegan is not slow. When he got beat on those drives by Kuminga and Green, I think it was more due to his technique. He seems to have a habit that worked for him at the college level, allowing players to get by him, relying on his length and timing to block their shot at the rim. This technique might work in the nba against some players and at some spots on the floor. But not how it happened last night. Seeing how easy Kuminga did it, the dubs waited until they needed a bucket to have Draymond do the same thing. Keegan will learn. He’s not a contact-averse player like Haliburton. Just look at the charge he took against Bam. He’ll stop those straight-line drives in the future.

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November 8, 2022 6:25 am

On the bright side Curry himself can’t beat us in a 7 game series. Also we need Anjali’s help
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November 8, 2022 7:54 am
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Hey, thanks to the refs, we will not win enough games to make it into the playoffs.

And therefore will not have to suffer the possibility of getting screwed in a WCF game 6 again!

Sac it to ya!

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November 8, 2022 8:05 am
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This is where Anjali World comes in. “Develop” a G-League player, activate the Sacker end of season game that would ensure a playoff spot

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November 8, 2022 7:00 am

Sadly, I think the biggest story of this game is worst game by Barnes as a King and a DNP/CD for Holmes. The Kings aren’t going to win too many games if those two guys give you zero production, and I mean ZERO. Something has to change.

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November 8, 2022 7:11 am
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Murray only scored 6 tonight. He has played only a handful of games but Barnes has played how many years in the league and played 24 minutes and didn’t score one point? People say he will respond. When? If it takes 10 more games then we might not get where we want to go.Do we take that chance or play someone else or trade him? Holmes is even in a worse boat. I think he still has some trade value but Monty needs to do something because Holmes is just warming the bench.

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November 8, 2022 7:35 am
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Barnes is off to the worst start of his career. Without looking it may even be the worst 9 game stretch of his career. Maybe bringing him off the bench lights a fire? I don’t know what to do about Holmes. That problem has been a long time coming with the arrival of Sabonis.

Neither has any trade value right now. If I squint I could still see a Holmes and Barnes for Hayward trade if the Hornets want to shed salary. That kind of deal likely won’t happen anytime soon.

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November 8, 2022 9:06 am
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Hayward for Holmes and Barnes would be a coup at this point

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November 8, 2022 11:16 am
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Do you know what Hayward is owed next year? $31M. They are going to have to “pay” to unload his deal if they want to move him.

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November 8, 2022 11:19 am
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With all that cash, maybe Gordon can go pay for a decent looking haircut.

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November 8, 2022 9:33 am
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Maybe Barnes gets himself going by attacking the basket once or twice early on. (I mentioned this about Keegan also). I get that it makes sense to leave the paint open for Sabonis and Fox, but just limiting Barnes to standing in one spot and waiting until someone shoves the ball to him at the end of the shot clock is not probably not going to bring the best out of him. So, possibly shifting around the rotations might work.

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November 8, 2022 10:54 am
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Barnes does attack the paint at times, but he gets himself into unfavorable situations, often lobbing up a prayer.

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November 8, 2022 4:39 pm
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he also draws a lot of fouls. and can take advantage of a mismatch. and one missed shot in the paint is alright if it engages him. plus variation is good. less predicability. and claiming more space.

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November 8, 2022 8:23 am
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Honestly I think Barnes will be fine in the long run, not too concerned yet

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November 8, 2022 8:45 am
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How much longer before you get concerned?

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November 8, 2022 9:27 am
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16 years?

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November 8, 2022 10:58 am
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I’m not sure who you swap Barnes out for in the starting line-up…Lyles?

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November 8, 2022 11:21 am
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Barnes and Metu for Crowder and Saric works.

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November 8, 2022 11:24 am
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I just want to see Saric healthy first. I like his game, but that ACL injury was a while back now and he still hasn’t played much this season.

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November 8, 2022 11:27 am
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Meh, he’s just expiring contract filler to make the deal work. The deal is really just Barnes for Crowder.

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November 8, 2022 12:12 pm
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Would love this. Both guys need a change.

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November 8, 2022 7:04 am

Season ORtg, DRtg and Net Rtg (with league ranking) game by game. According to NBA.com.

Game 1 vs PDX: ORtg: 106.9 (14th) DRtg: 113.9 (25th) Net Rtg: -6.9 (21st) (loss)
Game 2 vs LAC: ORtg: 109.0 (18th) DRtg: 113.0 (18th) Net Rtg: -4.0 (19th) (loss)
Game 3 vs GSW: ORtg: 110.7 (15th) DRtg: 114.5 (19th) Net Rtg: -3.8 (20th) (loss)
Game 4 vs MEM: ORtg: 110.8 (19th) DRtg: 117.3 (25th) Net Rtg: -6.5 (25th) (loss)
Game 5 vs MIA: ORtg: 112.4 (18th) DRtg: 116.0 (23rd) Net Rtg: -3.6 (23rd) (win)
Game 6 vs CHA: ORtg: 112.3 (18th) DRtg: 114.3 (22nd) Net Rtg: -2.1 (18th) (win)
Game 7 vs MIA: ORtg: 112.2 (16th) DRtg: 114.2 (22nd) Net Rtg: -2.0 (19th) (loss)
Game 8 vs ORL: ORtg: 112.3 (15th) DRtg: 113.9 (23rd) Net Rtg: -1.5 (17th) (win)
Game 9 vs GSW: ORtg: 111.8 (15th) DRtg: 113.7 (23rd) Net Rtg: -1.9 (20th) (loss)

I won’t talk about the refs on Huerter. That was…. bad. But expected from NBA refs. As they say, it’s a process, this is a part of it.

The offense in the 4th qtr was bad. De’Aaron, Domas, whoever else you want to blame, weren’t good at all. Certainly not up to the task to match an all time performance Curry put up. And that’s the NBA sometimes. You get beat by greats on a heater.

There is also a flip side to this. It took an all time performance by Stephen Curry for the Warriors to win this game. The 4 time champion, 6 NBA Finals in the last 8 years, Warriors. There are worse things. Like being listless and irrelevant. The Kings have flaws.

These games, games like the loss in Miami, are ones that help you over a longer term if you’re building good habits. Certainly crunch time offense was a problem in this game, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Sabonis was a non factor down the stretch, Fox mostly was. You’re not winning on the road that way very often in the NBA.

That’s my big picture view.

Onto the game itself. Thrilled that the Kings were able to get back into the game after being down 9-1 early without Mike Brown taking a TO. Thrilled that they were able to make the Warriors beat them instead of yet another beatdown. And the Dubs tried to deliver the beatdown.

Monk was great obviously. Davis was effective if inperfect. Barnes was MIA. Not sure what to do about that. Metu was effective again, and seems to be a lob threat at times. I wonder how he and Sabonis pair together. Davion had a quality game, much needed.

And, of course, there were the first 3 quarters overall. The Dubs scored 29, 26 and 24 points in the first 3 qtrs respectively. Then came the 37 point barrage led by Steph’s 17 in the 4th. There are going to be worse losses than this one. And at least the next time you play in SF will be the playoffs. Or next season if we get that far. Back home against Cleveland Wed night!!! Woot woot!! Should be a good one!

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November 8, 2022 7:46 am
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Metu was effective again, and seems to be a lob threat at times. I wonder how he and Sabonis pair together.

Metu did play well with Sabonis when he first arrive at Sac……….
Metu getting Lob from Sabonis.

p.s. I think Mike Brown should make some ISO play to Barnes…let he backing opponent down the paint and draw fouls…………..

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November 8, 2022 7:23 am

The Kings didn’t suck last night, they looked like the better team to me. Without Curry’s hero-ball they win that game.

What % did Curry shoot in the 4Q?

Warriors look old and slow. Klay looks old and slow. Looney looks old and slow. Sure, they can still play, but when I think of athletic teams I’m not thinking 2022 GSW, at least not after last night.

Frustrating loss. Entitled fan base just like their entitled broadcast crew. Man Fitz pretty much thinks the team shits gold bars on every play, a parent whose kid can do now wrong. That was a difficult listen last night friends, uncle.

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November 8, 2022 7:26 am
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Curry was 6 of 8 from the field and 2-3 from 3. He also was 3-3 from the line. Here’s the boxscore.

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November 8, 2022 7:29 am
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Agreed. Klay isn’t what he used to be, and neither is Green. They are going to struggle on most nights. They are going to need Curry hero ball every night to succeed again, but even then, I think their window may finally be closed.

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November 8, 2022 8:18 am
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And it doesn’t look like Moddy, Kuminga, Wiseman have developed much. Wiggins is looking deadly, and he might have to be the one to lead them in the next year or two. Poole I think is overrated.

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November 8, 2022 8:48 am
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It won’t be too long to retire.

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November 8, 2022 8:47 am
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As one comparison Barnes looked old and slow.

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November 8, 2022 10:51 am
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For sure

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November 8, 2022 7:34 am

Curry should have been ejected when he came at the ref like he was going to punch him.

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November 8, 2022 7:50 am
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yes………

And that is clearly the “Hall of fame” privilege……..

And that’s why I really hate the Warriors………….

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November 8, 2022 8:52 am

Or the Lakers.

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November 8, 2022 8:51 am
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Good point but what ref is going to eject Curry? Won”t happen. No guts.

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November 8, 2022 10:16 am
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My first thought was that he did get ejected.
The ref even steps back in fear for a sec before handing out the tech.
For a half second I thought Curry was going to hit the guy.
Elitism at its best.

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November 8, 2022 10:52 am

And he’s out there doing TV commercials acting like he’s one of the regular folks.

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November 8, 2022 1:15 pm
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selling fake bitcoin and underwear.