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Warriors 120, Kings 100: The End of the Road

A disappointing end to a magical season.
By | 204 Comments | Apr 30, 2023

April 30, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings players sit on the bench during the fourth quarter in game seven of the 2023 NBA playoffs first round against the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings have enjoyed an improbably wonderful season full of miraculous moments and shocking comebacks. Sadly their season ended without even a whiff of such magic, losing 120-100 in Game 7 of their series with the Golden State Warriors.

For a team that defied expectations at every turn, this game went about as you’d expect if you were a casual fan. Stephen Curry dropped 50 points in a reminder that he’s still one of the best to ever play the game. Kevon Looney dominated the Kings on the boards, finishing with 21 rebounds, including 10 backbreaking offensive rebounds.

The Warriors were the better team today. The Kings failed to show up when it mattered most. There were questionable choices from the players and from the coaching staff, and at the end of the day we’re left hoping that the Kings learned some valuable lessons that will help them next season.

The Kings played well in the first half, but completely fell apart in the second half. A big third quarter from Steph and Looney put the Kings in a deficit they never recovered from.

A few quick player notes:

Domantas Sabonis: Domas will be the subject of a lot of scrutiny in the days and weeks to come. He finished with a respectable stat line of 22 points, 7 assists, and 8 rebounds, but most of that production came in the first half and in garbage time with the game already out of reach. Sabonis struggled this entire series against Kevon Looney.

It’s a difficult line to walk when discussing Sabonis, because his shortcomings were a big reason the Kings lost this series. But Sabonis’ play this year is also a huge part of why the Kings were the 3 seed to begin with. Sabonis is critical to Sacramento’s success, this was just a terrible matchup and a terrible series for him.

De’Aaron Fox: I admire the hell out of De’Aaron Fox for continuing to play through his broken index finger on his shooting hand, but it was clearly a hindrance. Fox finished with 16 points on 19 shots, along with 5 turnovers. Fox was not himself. I’m not making excuses here, he chose to play, but it was obvious he wasn’t playing at full capacity. I’ll always wonder what might have been if he hadn’t gotten hurt.

Kevin Huerter: Another brutal game in an awful series for Huerter. 7 points on 9 shots. Huerter did his best to have a positive impact on the game in other ways, with 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal, but the Kings desperately needed him to just make an open shot.

Harrison Barnes: Barnes likely cost himself some money over the last 7 games. Just a terrible series from a guy who is supposed to be a veteran leader with big game experience. 4 points on 4 shots and zero other contributions to the game. Not a rebound, not an assist, not a steal. not a single moment that stands out as a positive impact over 14 minutes of game time.

Some thoughts on coaching:

Mike Brown outcoached Steve Kerr in Game 6. Steve Kerr outcoached Mike Brown in Game 7.

The adjustment to use Terence Davis instead of Davion Mitchell on Steph Curry was an unexpected and successful wrinkle in Game 6, but clearly was not working in Game 7. Brown stuck with it, leading to the aforementioned 50-piece from Steph. Davion played just 8 minutes in this game, and it feels like a huge mistake.

It generally felt like Brown stuck with things that weren’t working, instead of adjusting on the fly. Brown has done this throughout the year, and game to game in a long season it makes sense to trust your guys even when it isn’t working, but it felt like a failure in Game 7.

Mike Brown was clearly the right choice for the Kings last summer. He has transformed the culture in Sacramento, and absolutely deserved his Coach Of The Year honors. But he got outcoached in this one. I suspect he’ll be the first to admit it in post game interviews.

Thoughts on the season:

It’s such a let down to end this season on this note. A 20-point blowout at home sucks, there’s no other way to take it. This wasn’t a fluke loss on a last second shot. It was a championship team showing up and reminding the upstarts that they still have a lot to learn.

And yet despite that, this season remains an incredible success for the Kings. None of us expected this team to be the 3 seed in the West. We as fans can be proud of what this team has accomplished, while still being bitter that our reward for such success was to face a team like the Warriors instead of a more flawed team like the Clippers. Alas.

The Kings accelerated the timeline beyond expectations. Under influence of a truth serum, I suspect even Monte McNair would admit he never expected the Kings to be this good. The Kings now have the offseason to address their issues and get set for another run next season. Contracts will expire, pieces will be lost, new pieces will be added, and we’ll hope the Kings can be even better next year.

No matter what happens next, this season will always hold a special place in my heart. The Beam Team was a transcendent moment for Kings fans who have suffered through so many bad years. Take a moment to be upset at this loss, but then take a longer moment of gratitude for all that we got to enjoy this season.

The lingering moment I’ll remember from this playoff series is going to be Kings fans sticking around to the final buzzer in a 20-point loss, chanting “SA-CRA-MEN-TO” for all the world to hear.

The Sacramento Kings are back. And we’ll be here to Light The Beam in years to come.

 

 

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Ellis5
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April 30, 2023 3:49 pm

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April 30, 2023 4:00 pm
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Every King’s fan right now, appreciative of the ride this season.

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April 30, 2023 4:20 pm
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Yup, it was so good while it lasted. The best Kings season I’ve ever watched.

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April 30, 2023 4:54 pm
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A salute to the season

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April 30, 2023 3:53 pm

Huge thanks to the entire TKH staff – you’ve made the losing seasons bearable and made this magical season even more enjoyable. Here’s to the start of a long run of fun times ahead!

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April 30, 2023 3:54 pm

A bit hollow as this season ends,
But there’s hope in what it portends.
On to much better times
While sharing more rhymes
With all of my Kings Herald friends!

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April 30, 2023 4:36 pm
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Now I have to wait until October for the Jman pregame rhymes. 🙁

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May 1, 2023 11:40 am
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Nope!

Remember the quote of George Santayana

We got lessons learned from Game 7 brouhaha

And keep your exciment
thru the draft my brotha

Let’s see who selects
Victor Wembenyama!

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April 30, 2023 3:54 pm

It’s the beginning of a great journey.

Thanks to all the thought provoking comments and stories on TKH from commenters.

A wonderful season.

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April 30, 2023 5:47 pm
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It has been a great season. So much to grow from for next season. Keegan has blown me away and despite not starting off well you could see him grow more confident as the series progressed. The other thing I really liked was Davion’s growth. His D has made so much difference. Last…..Fox man…..what can you say. If he hadn’t broken his finger would the outcome been different? We’ll never know but I think it would have. The Sacramento fans have been incredible all season and it is wonderful to see the Kings and their fans display their loyalty, Civic pride and their belief in this miraculous team.

Last to all the members of TKH, including the King’s fans outside of the US who were here for every game and made me feel proud for being a member of this site and for being a crazy ass…….reality dismissing….always hopeful fan of this insane team.

I have come to the conclusion that being a long time Kings fan is a lot like living in a different dimension that most fans of sports teams won’t ever get to experience. Like the Kings this fan base will be better off for going this season and when the poles shift we’ll recognise each other because we will be the only people not freaking. Love you all…LTFB!!!

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April 30, 2023 6:30 pm
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Nicely put Bluejohn. Fun reading your posts through the season.

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April 30, 2023 8:39 pm
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Well said BlueJohn. Cheers!

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April 30, 2023 3:57 pm

Thank you, Sacramento Kings! What a season. Despite the 4 am (local time) game time here, I still managed to watch more than half of the games, a good way to start my day, especially in wins. Thank you also to the TKH community for making this season more enjoyable.

Not the way we want to end the season, but man, we are back, and we’ll be better!

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April 30, 2023 3:58 pm

Gutted but proud. From a uk fan – much love to Sactown.
After 15 plus years of bleak fandom this has been a pleasure.
Next year let’s “ put the fucking jets on z”again”
Raise the hot hand, expect the yeti, rebound more than a coke machine and light the Beam.
Sactown PROUD …

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April 30, 2023 5:23 pm
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You are Sactown.

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April 30, 2023 3:59 pm

It was a helluva ride.
If KH, Domas and HB played even 80 percent the way they did all season, we would have won in 6. Oh well.
🔦🟣
On to next year…
The needs are clear:
More athleticism at the 4 and 5 spots. A stretch 4, athletic, defensive big to slot with Sabonis would do wonders. Good luck to MM on finding one.

Feels like this may be the end of HB’s time in Sac unless he takes a very team friendly deal. Ideally, KM is the starting 3 and we have a stretch 4 a long KM and Domas.

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April 30, 2023 4:48 pm
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Yeah I’d like to see Murray start at the 3 and just play the 4 in spots. I’d also like to see him create more off the dribble next year.

to many more beams!

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May 1, 2023 5:02 pm
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Need to get longer and more athletic at 3-4, rim protector back up for DS and a third PG.
Can only get through trade, FA and draft. Not many trade assets, so that’s limited. Draft could yield a rim protector with Derrick Lively or a long 2 guard ( Maxwell Lewis) or even a long 4- Hope that Vezenkov comes over but he is 6/8. Will help and is “free” but not the perfect 4.

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April 30, 2023 4:00 pm

Davion’s defense >>>Davis’ defense and offense. Needed more Davion and should have been in the game earlier.

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April 30, 2023 4:35 pm
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You, me and dozens of other fans agree on this. See the game thread (very difficult to upvote on incredibly slow WordPress site from my phone). The TD experiment was a big failure, save for the 3’s on offense which should have come from Huerter and Barnes, both of whom were once again neutralized or ineffective in this series.

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April 30, 2023 5:38 pm
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Yep – that’s a big reason why they got crushed in this game. Crazy to me.

The other big coaching mistake was not focusing on the glass all series long. The team that dominated the boards was usually the one that got the W … But when you have the #1 rebounder in reg season getting absolutely destroyed repeatedly by a guy putting up Wilt numbers, you need to address it. I had a sinking feeling when Barnes just missed that 3 to win game 4 that this might end badly. In my experience, when you make mistakes or give extra chances to great teams, you pay for it.

Seemed like for the most part, we hung with them in the scoring department and we had moments of decent D. But the real story of this series was rebounding dominance of Looney, and why did we NEVER try to address it by trying some different looks — Mehtu barely played at all. We should have tried some Lyles and Mehtu, or Sabonis and Lyles. And we also should’ve given far less minutes to Huerter, who has been struggling for almost the whole second half of the season … Accountability ….

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April 30, 2023 8:52 pm
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Great, memorable season. But I agree, Mike Brown didn’t push the right buttons today. Trey Lyles needed more PT the whole series. Why couldn’t he play alongside Sabonis? Would have really helped the rebounding. Upgrade over Barnes and Heurter. How many bricks do we need to see from those guys?

Or why not Len over Sabonis when it’s clear we’re getting beat on the boards?

Brown may have hurt his own credibility in the locker room today.

Go Kings!

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April 30, 2023 6:15 pm
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Davion does not score consistently. When losing a game you need to score more points than the other team rapidly. Mike Brown knows this.

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April 30, 2023 7:13 pm

That would make sense if the other guards and wing players were scoring consistently but they weren’t and didn’t.

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April 30, 2023 10:14 pm
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So put in another guard or wing and lose the same way. Davion is not the game changer in this this game.

Curry suddenly sucked up by aliens is the only game changer in this game. That isn’t on Brown’s bench ready to go.

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May 1, 2023 4:21 pm

Proof is in the pudding. The game he guarded him the least, and got the least amount of playing time, was the easiest scoring game for Steph by far. You’re underselling the impact of making Steph work hard to get his shots. He wasn’t able to attack Davion off the dribble. Everything was predicated on running him off multiple screens to get him to switch off of him. When Steph didn’t have the ball, Davion would blanket him to make it more difficult to get the ball back. These are things that make him tired and less efficient. Making Steph work harder to get his points, and putting our best on ball defender on him should be a no brainer. I mean Steph was treating Davis like he wasn’t even there. No need to run him off multiple screens and waste energy when you can easily waltz past your defender time and time again….like he did. He drove into the lane at will, and hit a plethora of close range shots, floaters, and scoops. He didn’t even shoot particularly well overall. It was a volume game for him. 38 shots is absurd. 20 2pt FG attempts is absurd, 18 3pt attempts is absurd. Coach blew it by not even attempting to slow him down. It’s almost as if the game plan was to let Curry get his and try to slow everyone else down, and the Warriors were like we’re OK with it if you are. And it proved to be a downright foolish strategy.

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April 30, 2023 7:20 pm
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Absolutely. Mistake.

great season . Disappointing game 7. Very.

playoffs showed -1-Barnes probably needs to be replaced. 2-Heurter very ?able if this is how he shoots in playoffs. 3-Sabonis needs a mid range and I was disturbed by how mentally unfocused he seemed/rattled easily.

A small part of me wonders if this is all Sabonis will ever be in playoffs? They need more to win on a big scale.

But the Kings have started to build. Great to see that.

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April 30, 2023 8:44 pm
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Give Sabonis alot more credit. He’s literally battling two monsters–Looney and Green, plus the others–almost by himself, while being the center of the offense. I do agree on the mid-range shot, and when he shoots we need a way to have others in position for an offensive rebound. Most of the time when Sabonis shoots that the entire middle is cleared out.

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May 1, 2023 1:16 am

Amen, Now.

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May 1, 2023 8:41 am

That’s how I feel.
Sabonis seemed to be moving too fast, which was odd, as this season I was impressed by how patient he could be down low.
I think the playoff pressure got to him. But I also think he needed help inside. Play Lyles more, Metu, even Len or Holmes. Barnes was invisible.
I kept thinking what if Vlade had chosen Jaren Jackson Jr.? That domino would have changed draft outcomes, no doubt, but imagine JJJ next to Sabonis. He gets defense, rebounding and offensive help.
Let’s see what the Bulgarian brings us.

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April 30, 2023 4:02 pm

Will there be an “open box” discount on Barnes? Might be good value.

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April 30, 2023 4:23 pm
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Probably time to move on from hb

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May 1, 2023 4:28 am
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Barnes is a locker room guy. He’ll probably get paid this season but I agree, time for Barnes to become our Udonis Haslem.

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May 1, 2023 8:42 am

I’d be fine with Barnes coming off the bench.

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April 30, 2023 4:26 pm
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Welcome to the forum

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April 30, 2023 4:02 pm

It sure hurts less than 2002.

That’s all the positive spin I can muster right now.

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April 30, 2023 5:07 pm
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Agree, a lot less since the Kings were the leagues best in 02 and Kings now maybe top 8 . A team on the rise like the 99 team .

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April 30, 2023 5:13 pm
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Yeah, in that first year, we were actually leading 2-1 against the Jazz. Then the next year they took the Lakers to five games. Took them till 2001 to get out of the first round, and 2002 to become championship contenders. Hoping they can learn and grow from this experience and get even better.

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May 1, 2023 8:43 am
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Reminds me of that Jazz series. Surprised everyone. Gave the Jazz a scare.

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April 30, 2023 4:03 pm

A wonderful unexpected season. Tough to experience this loss in person w my little one, but we are very hopeful for the future. Learn and get better. Go Kings!

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April 30, 2023 4:06 pm

Now we will have some decent cap space this off-season – approx $19 million in hard cap space to sign a free agent. I’d be more inclined to try paying someone else rather than Barnes coming back.

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April 30, 2023 4:08 pm
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And you are?

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April 30, 2023 4:12 pm
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Been a member here and Sactownroyalty since Ziller was writing articles and the Kings were deciding between Ricky Rubio and Tyreke Evans. Been a fan of the Kings since the days of Spud Webb and Bobby Hurley. Been through the days of Mitch Richmond getting this team to the playoffs, seeing him traded off for Webber and sticking through with this team through all this mediocrity. And you are?

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April 30, 2023 4:15 pm
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Sorry I thought you were “cloudy eyes” my bad

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April 30, 2023 4:26 pm
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Epic response 🔥

Anyways, I agree, the cap space would be better used moving on from Barnes. This team needs defense and athleticism in the front court. A stretch 4 that can provide defense and athleticism next to Domas Sabonis would do wonders for this team. At least one would think, I’m not sure why the Myles Turner/Domas pairing never worked.

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April 30, 2023 4:34 pm
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Ziller is writing articles here again… welcome back? I don’t understand what is happening now.

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April 30, 2023 9:40 pm
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Nice. I have a badass picture of me with Reggie Theus – he in a really dope velour Kings… thing. Loungewear is the best way I can describe it. Made for the smoking lounge.

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April 30, 2023 8:58 pm
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WTF is with this comment? People need credentials now? Where’s YOUR badge?

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April 30, 2023 10:27 pm
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This.

kingofjapan
April 30, 2023 4:09 pm

Woke up at 4AM today in Japan. So fired up to watch the game – felt like I’d had 10 cups of espresso. The ending is what it is. Too bad this team did not have one more rabbit to pull out of the hat. But we got plenty this year — and Game 6 of this series was legendary.

Nothing to be ashamed of! Experience beats youth sometimes. Damn, this season was so fun. We just absorb the lessons, and come back nastier and even more fun next year.

So grateful for TKH — both the staff and many commenters that have made me smile from the shadows for years. TKH makes rooting for the Kings 10X more fun. This ain’t no ordinary blog…

42 years after graduating Del Campo and moving away from Sacramento, it’s awesome to see Sac in the national spotlight for all the right reasons. What a city! What a year!!

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Not to get too off topic, but regarding fandom, and Japan. I discovered sumo this year and will be attending the Natsu Basho in Tokyo on May 22nd. I find it relaxing to fan with much lower emotional stakes, for now at least, and just enjoy the skill and competition without all of the toxic nonsense on the internet that our major sports come with. Anyway, just wanted to share!

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April 30, 2023 4:12 pm

What a great turnaround of a season. To be an afterthought before the season started to being the team that defied expectations and kept showing up when people least expected it, I have nothing but admiration for this squad and they hard work they put in on this incredible season. I hope we get to see more of this in the future and I expect we will.

There’s a lot to unpack from this series, but I also hope we don’t overthink what was an obviously successful formula. Sabonis needs to tweak some things about his game but has a great foundation to build on. Fox was transcendental, and our role players were way better than most everyone else’s. Coach Brown made some good adjustments but has room to grow. There’s a lot to like about our first playoff run with this core.

My takeaway is the Warriors needed all 7 games to deal with these “raw and inexperienced Kings” that they thought were gonna lay down and lose. We won’t get to see what we could’ve done to the rest of the West but it would have been great shoving that “we want the Kings” talk down everyone’s throats. We have way more to build on than all the other Cali teams and are poised to keep control of the Pacific for a while. Keep the train rolling, Monte.
& Great job, Kings. All of you. Great. Fkn. Job.

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April 30, 2023 5:33 pm
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Assuming we play this way next season, how many teams will be stoked to see us in the playoffs?

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April 30, 2023 4:14 pm

Good wrapup to a great season with a very disappointing end. The mantra that never was all season: defense. Can’t win without it.

Off season mission: turn Off Night into a reliable 2 and 3 point shooter. Help Domas confidently shoot a mod range jumper to open up his game. Help Keegan become an inside threat and defender. Keep Trey Lyles. And find a better backup for Domas.

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April 30, 2023 4:17 pm

Is it too soon to bring up how bad Harrison Barnes was?

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April 30, 2023 4:23 pm
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Yes?

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April 30, 2023 4:27 pm
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That missed 3 to win game 5 will live in Kangz lore.

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April 30, 2023 4:39 pm
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Naw… his game winners during the regular season were epic.

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April 30, 2023 4:53 pm
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That was the series and a great metaphor for the low ceiling this kings team will have if he’s in the starting 5

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April 30, 2023 7:23 pm
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No. We can discuss limitations we see in this team because we now see they have a chance to contend.

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April 30, 2023 10:37 pm
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Never understood the emphasis upon Barnes’ “playoff experience”.

“In the three-game stretch that secured the blown 3-1 series lead for the Dubs, he was 5-of-32, including 0-for-8 (0-5 from three) in Game 6.”

I think he was 3-16 from 3 in the last 3 games.

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April 30, 2023 4:18 pm

A great season but such a painful ending.

I can’t sleep. Too much turmoil.

There will be time to reflect on a wonderful year, but right now I can only curse.

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April 30, 2023 8:49 pm
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Appreciate all your insightful comments.

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April 30, 2023 11:06 pm

Thank you.
I love spouting my nonsense on this great site.

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April 30, 2023 4:20 pm

I know that in a few days the grandeur of the task that this team has overcome this season will truly hit me. They reestablished normalcy in whats been basketball hell. Expecting to go to the moon from there was maybe a stretch.

That said I just feel sad with how this game played out. I wasn’t really convinced in how we were getting points the first half (with the exception of maybe the best possession of the year). How there wasn’t some adjustments over the course of the 3rd I find a bit perplexing. We aren’t here without Mike but I do think he left some choices on the table. 

I don’t want to take away from the team as my thoughts meander. Its been an exceptional year. But making the parallel to the pains in this franchises canon are kind of flooding over me. I remember 02, 03 and 04 and this aint too dissimilar.

Appreciate this team and all of you. I hope better times are ahead.

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lutherRackley
April 30, 2023 4:22 pm

You have to pay your dues in the NBA playoffs. This was the initial down payment.

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April 30, 2023 4:30 pm
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Howdy, Luther. Good to “see” you. Your comment says it all.

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April 30, 2023 4:36 pm
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Thanks. Yeah, you and I learned this when the franchise was playing at The Cincinnati Gardens.

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April 30, 2023 4:46 pm
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Indeed. The game has changed so much and still remains remarkably the same at its core. Experience means a lot. So does talent.

They tore down Cincy Gardens about two years ago. One of the first arenas with no interior pillars to block the view. It was a work of art as an Art Deco building. The Bas Reliefs on the outside of the building are in the similarly beautiful
Art Deco style of the Train Depot.

Really a treat to see you on here

Down payment paid, as you said.

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April 30, 2023 4:55 pm
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Yes a cool place to watch a game with the 3,000 or so other souls. Fondest memory was when they turned all the lights off except for those illuminating the court.

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April 30, 2023 5:06 pm
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We need Maurice Stokes
on this Kings team! Easier
said than done finding the next Maurice.

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April 30, 2023 8:47 pm
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Maurice Stokes!

Great callback JP.

Thanks for your contributions on game threads all year long.

Class act.

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May 1, 2023 1:08 am
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LVSL is just around the corner. I’ll be there, searching out empty seats near other Kings fans.

Michael, your game summary posts were a highlight of the season. TY.

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April 30, 2023 8:45 pm
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Spot on Luther.

Good luck to the Western Conference next year.

To quote Malik; We here too though. We coming at everybody.

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April 30, 2023 4:25 pm

In the overall it was a great season. Way better than I had hoped for. That being said, Monte has some tinkering to do.

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April 30, 2023 8:48 pm
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The path is obvious, isnt it?

Prior years having to squint to see some unlikely probabilities.

The core is here. The identity is clear.

Now it is the fine tuning.

Here we go.

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April 30, 2023 4:26 pm

Sadly, I was not able to watch live, but looking at the box, two things decided the game imo- wretched shooting by the Kings and a “this is why I’m a first ballot hall of famer” game by Steph. Poole, Thompson and Wiggins were garbage, at least offensively. Looks like the only other guy to do anything for them was Looney. As awful as we were, do they win with “average” Steph?

Welp, the only good news here is that one of the Ws or Fakers are exiting after the next round and boy, I would’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to send the Lebrons home! Such is life…

Seemed like the 1st half went reasonably well, then the wheels totally fell off. What happened in the 2nd half?

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April 30, 2023 4:45 pm
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The biggest problems in the 2nd half were Curry’s scoring, Looney’s offensive rebounding & the Kings’ inability to make shots.

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April 30, 2023 7:25 pm
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Kings mostly looked like they were just standing around watching. Wanted to yell -Go get the ball!!!

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April 30, 2023 5:26 pm
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Looney, Wiggins, and Draymond kept getting offensive boards and this prevented the kings from running out. Lots of bad 3’s once we got down a little bit trying to hit that home run and come back fast.

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April 30, 2023 5:51 pm
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Just hate that the two teams i absolutely despise the most both advanced to the next round. Hopefully the L*kers and Duds wear each other out completely and whoever wins the series has no gas left over for the next round.

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May 1, 2023 8:49 am
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Can’t imagine any of the teams left in the West getting past Denver. They look so locked in.

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May 1, 2023 5:09 pm
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can they both lose?
I have visceral long term hate for the fakers. But the duds entitled, jump arounds make me hate them more.

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May 1, 2023 6:35 pm
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It’s much like an election where you have to chose between which of the candidates you dislike the least.

“This candidate is awful but I just can’t make myself vote for the other choice”

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April 30, 2023 5:53 pm
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If the Kings had gotten more rebounds in the 2nd half, Steph has at minimum 10-15 less points. The whole section I was in was screaming get the rebound, but didn’t happen.

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April 30, 2023 8:51 pm
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Watch the game. Stats don’t tell the story, they just summarize it.

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April 30, 2023 4:27 pm

An awful ending to a great season. Hopefully everyone learns from this & adjustments are made.

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April 30, 2023 4:31 pm

Great season. Kings hadn’t made the playoffs in so long I had somewhat forgotten the importance of experience and physicality.

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April 30, 2023 4:33 pm

Amazing season, and I’ll appreciate it later

But I’m still feeling gut punched. A blowout L on home court and having to deal with some of the worst fans in North American sports has really got me in my feelings

2023 will always be magical, but the way it ended was absolutely brutal

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April 30, 2023 7:42 pm
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I recommend staying off Reddit for a while.

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May 1, 2023 5:11 pm
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yes and the duds fans are the absolute worst. My brother is one of them and we are no longer talking.

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April 30, 2023 4:40 pm

The soul crushing part is that the Kings lost this series because they couldn’t score. A team with an all-time offense that averaged nearly 121 points per game only mustered 120 twice in seven games. I didn’t expect the Kings to play shut down defense but I definitely didn’t expect to see them miss so many open, makable baskets and have their offense grind to a halt for multiple long stretches. A frustrating reminder that the playoffs are indeed a different beast than the regular season.

A hard pill to swallow but man, what a fun season. Thank you Kings and thanks TKH for keeping us engaged.

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April 30, 2023 4:43 pm

Man, what a hell of a ride this season was. It sucks it had to end on such a sour note, but if you step back from this one game, this was such a great season overall. The fact that I was actually paying attention to games and being entertained, while also just LOVING the guys on the roster, I’ll always be appreciative of this season. And we took the defending champs to a game 7, we made them work for it to win the series.

My dad and I talked after the game, he brought up how when the Kings started to be a good team, it took them a few years before they really became contenders (including how they were up 2-1 against he Jazz in the 1999 playoffs before losing the next two games). Hoping this team will take this series as a good learning experience and build off of it for the future. And now that the Kings have shown they are a good team, I’m hoping that we can get more good players that want to come here during the offseason.

Thank you for this season, Kings. It was a long, 17 year wait, but it was a great experience.

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April 30, 2023 6:33 pm
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I was at Game 4 of that Jazz series. They nearly beat Utah, but Stockton hit a GW shot. IIRC, Game 5 went to OT. Hopefully the flaws that this series ID’d can be fixed.

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April 30, 2023 4:43 pm

They’re a star PF who can defend and rebound away from truly contending. Domas needs to do some work this off-season.

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April 30, 2023 5:01 pm
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And if he can get those mid range jumpers to fall, he will be really good.

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April 30, 2023 5:39 pm
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Forget Luka, Vlade boofed it when he didn’t pick Jaren Jackson Jr. Probably could have gotten another asset with him, too.

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April 30, 2023 10:29 pm
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Jackson was my second choice after Luka for the Kings. Given what I’ve seen of Luka lately, I’d probably go with Jackson first now.

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April 30, 2023 7:50 pm
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I hear PJ Washington is available.

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May 1, 2023 5:13 pm

I think he might be but can he rebound? Not a rim protector guy.

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April 30, 2023 4:50 pm

Looking back, I think this was a great series and despite this ending in a bitter disappointing loss, I’d rather have this series against the Warriors than having the crumpled Clippers.

This series has unlocked and unveiled a lot of things about the Kings, both positives and negatives, which really just jump starts the further ascent of this team.

Crazy to think, from relocating to actually contending. We have gone a lots of ways to this point. Crazier to think that it is looking brighter ahead. What a time to be a Kings fan.

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April 30, 2023 4:51 pm

Young team with a bright future took the current NBA champs to game 7 and came up short. Loony and Steph teamed up to win this game. Not to make excuses, but Steph gets away with an offensive foul push off on nearly half his shots. Nonetheless, he was unstoppable and the inability to grab rebounds did the team in.

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April 30, 2023 7:02 pm
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The push offs are fucking egregious. It’s like Jordan rules.

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May 1, 2023 8:51 am

Not to mention the moving screens that go uncalled.

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April 30, 2023 5:00 pm

This team was a lot of fun to watch and cheer for . Sad it ended on a bad half but the Dubs have an All Time great and Kings don’t . Experience, some smart moves and good times ahead .

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April 30, 2023 5:05 pm

I’m so proud to be a Kings fan right now.

Down by 24 with like a minute left to play, what do the fans do? Give their team a standing ovation. Because despite the disappointing second half, this team deserved it for the season they gave us.

Can’t wait for October.

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May 1, 2023 7:58 am
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The “Sacramento” chants at the end gave me chills.

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April 30, 2023 5:08 pm

This season was exceptionally fun. Disappointed in the ending, and there’s a lot to say about the series, but for now, I’m just appreciating the wins, the team and the community.

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April 30, 2023 5:11 pm

Monte and Wes need to:
1. Nail the draft and add a rotational piece
2. Convince Vezenkov to sign here
3. Re-sign Trey Lyles
4. Sign a stretch big like Naz Reid,
5. Find a way to trade Holmes in the offseason
6. Make a qualifying offer to Jerami Grant, PJ Washington
7. Fill up the 3rd PG and center spots with vets like Gabe Vincent and Msson Plumlee

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April 30, 2023 5:15 pm
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Isn’t Grant an UFA? Vincent wouldn’t accept being a 3rd PG.

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April 30, 2023 5:29 pm
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Grant already turned down a 28 million a year contract. He wants 30+. We can’t afford him.

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May 1, 2023 12:48 pm
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Is it possible to buy out Holmes’ contract and use that cap space before free agency? The Kings will have $19 million in cap space. Buying out Holmes puts the Kings at over $30 million to go after a super free agent. After that, extend the MLE to Lyles and we’re all set. I’m fine with Barnes going elsewhere.

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May 1, 2023 5:24 pm
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the buy out on Holmes is probably the “stretch provision” which stretches out his last year over 3 years. Will not get all the space.

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May 2, 2023 11:19 pm
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If that’s the case – using the stretch provision to spread out $10 mil across 3 years provides $6.6 mil of cap. That puts us at about $25-$26 mil per season. Could probably even modify the contract into a back-loaded contract. I think that would at least make us players in signing a superstar – like Jeremi Grant or maybe even Porzingis or Kris Middleton.

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May 1, 2023 8:54 am
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I like your thinking.
Would love to get Grant, but he’s probably beyond our price range.
Yes to Naz Reid.
I’m half open to signing Dillon Brooks. Good defender. I figure if the media is going to portray the Kings as bad guys, might as well give them a good reason.

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May 1, 2023 5:23 pm
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good start here. yes on 1,2 and 3. Love Reid but is he available?
yes on 5
on 6- Sasha may better than PJ and cheaper. Grant–? not sure. we need rebounds.
Don’t like Plumblee and agree – need vet third PG- Patty Mills?
Draft- there are some scattered big guys at #24 (Lively, Leonard Miller, Clowney and Fhilpowski (sp)) and a few long 2 guards (Hawkins, Lewis, Rupert) which may make TD expendable.

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April 30, 2023 5:13 pm

There’s not much to add about what went wrong today.

I believe that the future is bright because Keegan Murray is on the verge on stardom. Sabonis, Fox, Murray, Mitchell and Monk are the nucleus.

But Sabonis has limitations noted by many here. He’s not a rim protector, and Looney exposed him as a player who physically and mentally wilts under the conditions of playoff basketball.

Barnes was his typical self in the playoffs. There must be someone out there who is younger, more athletic and more aggressive for a role in the front court rotation.

A 3 and D front court player is essential.

Josh Hart would have helped the Kings a lot in dealing with this.

What is there to be said about Huerter? We can only hope it was just one bad series for him.

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April 30, 2023 7:20 pm
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FWIW, I believe this was Huerter’s fifth career playoff series.

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April 30, 2023 7:27 pm
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I did not like what I saw in playoff Heurter. Would rather have a guard who can shoot some in playoffs and defend.

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April 30, 2023 10:28 pm
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Look at the kind of players the Heat play at the 2 and 3.

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April 30, 2023 10:50 pm
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Yes, I think there are a number of wings out there who can fulfill the roll.

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May 1, 2023 5:29 pm
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can only play one guy who does not score
Edwards, Mitchell and I like Yura Watanabe- a FA

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April 30, 2023 10:49 pm
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It was the mental wilting from Sabonis that was alarming.

But my hope is, with a mid range shot he’ll be ok….,,, hopefully

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April 30, 2023 5:26 pm

Let’s get Sasha over to the NBA and run it back next year. Everyone else will be a year older, we gonna be the same age.

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April 30, 2023 5:34 pm

A Matthew McConaughey reference. Nice.

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April 30, 2023 7:21 pm
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Oh yeah

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April 30, 2023 5:27 pm

Great season this year, but next year…

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April 30, 2023 5:32 pm

Kings only down 5 with 57 seconds to go in the third. Get outscored by 5 to end the quarter.
including that ridiculous foul on Klay 3 with 1.7 to go. That was the game there. Crowd wanted to get into it, but missed shot after warrior rebound killed the energy. I hear everyone about Davion on Curry, but I don’t think it would have mattered today. Would’ve still lost by 10 or more. Couldn’t hit shots, Barnes disappeared, Huerter makes one 3 for our first points, then no more. Murray not much of a factor. Fox tried, but subpar, Sabonis good numbers but killed momentum with missed shots. They were all short. Needs more arc on the ball. Dreaming about a Siakam or Jaylen Brown pickup. Barnes is a quality human being, but not more than a 2/20M player at this point and strictly a back up. He will give one 20+ point every 6 games and you believe again, then the next 5 games averages less than 12. Needs: long athletic wing defender, back up center, Murray to work on being a 3, bigger rebounding 4, 3rd string PG. Maybe Monk starts next year with Huerter off the bench. Loved the interaction and writing here. Sorry it ended the way it did, but I have to admit a bit of relief. Was strung out the past two weeks. Hate that the fakers or duds will go the WCF. Rooting for my team from many years ago, the Celtics, or the Nuggets. Afraid that this year might have been a mirage and we revert to past performances. I think the culture has been changed but we will have a target on our backs next year. Maybe Vezenkov will come and help. Needs to be better than Bogdanovic. I guess it’s back to tankathon for a few weeks. Thank you to all the TKH staff up and down the line. Tell Greg we said you deserve a raise!

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May 1, 2023 5:38 pm
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good comments. Duds had 2 super-human performances – Kings had only a few ordinary ones. Needs- rim protection and rebounding + long athletic wing + third PG.
Sasha is none of these but he can help. In draft get one of first two, in FA, get the other and search for a vet released PG. Westbrook?? –
that was a big time joke.
Not sure if any of this years FA class is the right fit. It is possible, despite restrictions- to trade the #24. If 24 is picked and Kings get a “wing” then Keegan has to slide to 4 and he does not rebound enough there.
Sasha is a solid rebounder ( in Europe) but that slides KM to 3 and Kings still do not protect rim.

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April 30, 2023 5:38 pm

I am disappointed, but happy for the future! No more game 7’s for me though; because I’m now 0-2 in Sacramento History

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April 30, 2023 6:10 pm
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Wasn’t able to watch a complete game of the series myself. I still have flashbacks to starting a new job the day after the Kings were eliminated in 2002, I was absolutely miserable. This should wear off in a couple of days and I can get back to being happy about this wonderful season.

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April 30, 2023 8:52 pm
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Appreciate all of your contributions and interesting comments this season W2W.

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April 30, 2023 5:43 pm

Thank you Greg

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April 30, 2023 5:49 pm

Remarkable season, and this last game shows there’s still a lot to learn. The team will only get better in the years ahead. I have full faith in Monte and Mike. Sacramento is back on the NBA map and I believe we’ll be contending for championships in the near future.

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April 30, 2023 6:07 pm

Mostly a lurker but check the site every day. Like a lot of you, been around since the early 90’s. What a surprise of a season! One thing I must have forgotten after so many years rooting for a team in the lottery is what playoff losses feel like. Ouch… But yes, great season, great fans and lots of room for improvement from the front office. Thanks TKH team for being there for all of us!

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April 30, 2023 6:10 pm

Amazing season. From start to finish. Just an amazing group of players and coaches and fans and everything.

And congrats to the dubs. Their dynasty has been amazing, and yes that was me talking up Steph Curry when he was a Sophomore and Junior at Davidson. That means every year of their dynasty, I have enjoyed … well, okay. And Klay coming back from the knee injury? great stuff. And I also like Draymond.

That aside, … wow, what a BLUNDER not to have Davion to guard Steph for even one minute. What is the result? Steph is money from all over the court. No-one else can guard him! that means 3-pointers? money. layups money. everything, money. The one game of TD and 6 fouls, well, how much time do you think it takes Steph to figure out how to toast him like a marshmallow at the campfire.

Don’t forget those 16 seasons of Kangz. Davion was there for only one, and the coaches benched him for game 7, opting not to D up Curry. Wait a second. Did I hear that right? Yes. The Sacramento Kings decided NOT TO GUARD STEPH CURRY. Game over. Season over. Please don’t bring up Davion’s name in the trade rumors because without him the Kings are the Kangz.

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April 30, 2023 10:26 pm
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What is missed here is that Davion is also a more disciplined player than Davis, meaning that he makes good switches, moves without the ball on offense, runs the play and distributes the ball, meaning better spacing and fewer breakdowns. It is highly arguable whether Davis is even better offensively when he isn’t scoring.

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April 30, 2023 6:11 pm

The Kings finally made the playoffs. Yay. And it appears they are heading in the right direction. But they are still a flawed team. They have no home court advantage. And their 2 point lead at halftime should have been 12 points. Other than a couple of outliers this year, they simply have zero ability to push a lead. So down they go. Okay, I’m not quite done. Davion Mitchell,  our second-year backup point guard who won the college basketball title two years ago, is making Curry work his ass off in this series with his elite defense. So he plays 8 minutes in game 7 tonight and Curry scores 50 points. And we lose. And I’m sure this sounds like sour grapes, but the refs were totally pro Warriors. They literally assaulted Domas, for starters. That’s real, and right now I just want to move past the NBA. Thank God for the off season. By the way, my wife and I watched the whole season on NBA League Pass, as we have for years.

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April 30, 2023 6:19 pm
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FWIW all of the youtube comments on the NBA highlights of game six were Warriors fans talking about how the NBA is rigged and the refs want Sacramento to win etc. I don’t know why so many people on both sides get so stuck on this fantasy that the games are fixed. The Kings didn’t lose this series or the 2002 WCF because there was a fix in, they lost because they were playing superior opponents.

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April 30, 2023 6:32 pm
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Not saying they didn’t play a worthy opponent. Just saying I didn’t enjoy the violence.

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April 30, 2023 6:49 pm
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And by the way, 2002 was fixed.

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April 30, 2023 7:07 pm
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we can agree to disagree here, but this series was certainly not fixed. Referees don’t create 19 and 20 point blowouts.

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April 30, 2023 7:37 pm
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I don’t think this series was fixed, but if we had stomped Curry in the chest and given him a black eye, how would that have played out? As for 2002, 27 free throws by the Lakers in the 4th quarter of game 6? I will never be okay with that. Anyway, sorry if I’m a little cranky right now. Tomorrow is a new day!

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April 30, 2023 7:52 pm
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I hear that, me too. I don’t disagree with any of the above by the way. I heard about game 6 but didn’t see it as I was on vacation in Mendocino when it was played. I just remember them getting stomped in game 1 of that series and laying an egg in overtime of game 7. That’s why I don’t think the whole series was fixed even if a game had a bunch of crappy calls.

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May 1, 2023 9:08 am
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What BJG said.
I don’t think the entire 2002 series was fixed. Kings had their chances.
I think Game 6 was rigged. Either the refs had money on the game or they just did not like the Kings. Maybe they had grudges against Webber and Vlade during the season and decided to fuck them.
It’s hard to watch that game, especially the fourth quarter, and not believe that something was up.

Also, what BJG said. What would the media say if Domas stomped on Curry (or even Draymond)? What would the media say if Domas elbowed Looney in the eye and play carried on as he lay on the floor? What would the media say if Domas had broken Curry’s finger?
Domas was stomped on and the media narrative was “Domas is a dirty player.” (Hell, at this point, I’m all for signing Dillon Brooks. They want dirty, let’s give them dirty.)
What about, was it Game 4, where Domas didn’t get a single call inside?
What about the moving screens to free up Curry that were never called?

Could the Kings have won? Yes, if Heurter and Murray had played like they did all most of the season. If Fox didn’t have a broken finger.
Was it a level playing field? Not from what I saw.

Still, we put a scare in them and the Kings are on the rise while the Warriors are deteriorating.

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May 1, 2023 5:42 pm

the simplest “Kings would have won if..”—————
HB’s shot was 6 inches shorter.

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April 30, 2023 6:18 pm

If we indeed move on from Barnes. I’d like to see some of these players be our targets: (no order)

PJ Washington
Josh Hart
Grant Williams
Thomas Bryant
Mason Plumlee
George Niang

Feel free to add to the list.

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April 30, 2023 6:58 pm

Be nice if they could somehow get Bobby Portis from the Bucks. Not likely, but he would add some toughness and defense to the PF position.

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April 30, 2023 8:59 pm
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Dream on…

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May 1, 2023 4:54 am

Zzzzzzzzz

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April 30, 2023 11:41 pm

Siakam and Jaylen Brown if I’m allowed to dream. Only hart on the list above move the needle for me.

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May 1, 2023 3:10 pm

Dillon Brooks? Haha….ugh. At least he’s Draymond’s arch-nemesis. might as well have him on our team.

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May 1, 2023 5:44 pm

Hart is a good rebounder but he has to play the 3. Bryant helps solve the back up big issue.
Don’t like MP.
Yuta Watanabe
Naz Reid would be ideal but no way.

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April 30, 2023 6:42 pm

very disappointing…I don’t know if guys give 100% effort in this game…

No one is crashing the offensive broad except Lyles, and no one on this team is fighting for defensive rebound…

If they give all their effort and we still lost, I don’t mind, but feels like the Warriors are just a work harder team…

p.s. I also hate all is the focus is on Curry’s 50 pts performance………(I mean, if Davion is on the game, there is no way Curry can score that much)

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April 30, 2023 6:55 pm

This was one of those magical seasons as a fan we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

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April 30, 2023 8:55 pm
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Absolutely Marty.

I have been a fan of the Kings since they were in KC with Lacey, Birdsong, and Phil Ford.

This was far and away the most entertaining season I have experienced as a fan.

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April 30, 2023 7:44 pm

I’m not mad. We lost to the veteran team, the Warriors our played and out coached the Kings today. That’s what happens when you have multiple championships and the experience that comes with them. This season was completely unexpected and I’m happy that we finally have a future to be excited about. I’m glad that for the first time ever, I got to watch all of the Kings playoff games. The last time we were good, I was much younger and was working the night shift so I missed most of the classic playoff games from the glory years. Here’s to a new set of glory years! LIGHT THE BEAM!

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April 30, 2023 7:47 pm

“We were never supposed to be here.”

Those are the words uttered by the majority, except by the team and the fans.

We were never supposed to get a 7-win streak early in the season, yet we went on that magical run.

We were never supposed to be over .500 in December, yet there we were 2 games above .500.

We were never supposed to win games with Sabonis as the center, yet here he is still playing with a broken finger.

We were never supposed to be a great road team, yet here we are with the best road record in the West.

We were never supposed to have a season with Fox being healthy, yet here we are with Fox being an All-Star and winning the inaugural Clutch Player of the Year.

We were never supposed to win games while having an atrocious defense, yet here we are pushing the pace and making teams uncomfortable.

We were never supposed to get Keegan Murray to be impactful in our team, yet there he is getting the 3 point rookie record and having a great playoff run.

We were never supposed to be the 3 seed in the West, yet here we are getting that seed and keeping it.

We were never supposed to make the playoffs, yet here we are ending the longest playoff drought in NBA history.

We were never supposed to win a game against the Warriors, yet here they are taking the former champs to a game 7 where they needed Steph to be scorching hot to beat us.

We were never supposed to matter, but we always were, we just took a 17 year detour to get here.

This season, we were never supposed to be here but we did. We are here and we’re going to stay.

Thank you Kings and Kings fans, bandwagonners and OGs. We did it. We deserved it. It was cut short but it was magical and wonderful.

Light The Beam!

See you next season.

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April 30, 2023 8:58 pm

Well said.