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Kings vs. Magic Game Thread

Let's go Kings!

Early one today. Tip off is at 3 p.m.  Let's go Kings!

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1951
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August 2, 2020 2:46 pm

That’s weird. I made two posts that vanished like a fart in the wind!

first one was positive: Dame Lillard is good at basketball.

second one also positive: Trent was a nice selection by Vlade.

1951
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August 2, 2020 2:54 pm
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This Blazers game is amazeballs!

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August 2, 2020 2:55 pm
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I just signed on to let everyone know to watch the end of that game. This fourth quarter is incredible.

Good for Nurk, that was an ugly injury and he has looked great in both games.

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August 2, 2020 2:57 pm
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Yeah, also Go Bears! Brown has really developed into a Star!

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August 2, 2020 3:00 pm
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He really has. It will be interesting to see where Tatum and Brown are at next year and what Ainge does to make them a true title contender.

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August 2, 2020 3:04 pm

The G man just got cut off by the A’s game. The NBCSN feed is a constant embarrassment. They deserve to have every broadcast pirated.

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August 2, 2020 3:07 pm

Spurs game is good too.

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August 2, 2020 3:09 pm

Thank you Boston!

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August 2, 2020 3:12 pm

Great start….ugh

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August 2, 2020 3:13 pm

Fire Walton. Pretty please with sugar in top.

WakeMeUpWhenWaltonIsGone
August 2, 2020 4:12 pm

That’s the song of our people. 👊🏼

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August 2, 2020 3:16 pm

As far as overall importance goes, is this the biggest Kings game in over 10 years? A win here keeps them afloat in the playoff race and a loss buries them for good. Considering the stakes and this franchise’s track record, I am prepared for the worst

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August 2, 2020 3:19 pm
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Expect to be covered in dirt.

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August 2, 2020 3:18 pm

Defense…still putrid

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August 2, 2020 3:21 pm

Waiting for someone to get physical on defense. Waiting for the ball movement on offense.

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August 2, 2020 3:25 pm
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Goal on offense is to take difficult shots so why pass it?

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August 2, 2020 3:26 pm

Walton pulled Holmes because Vuc wasn’t even bothering to cover him. I love Holmes, but he’s no threat on offense so Magic are just packing the paint to stop Fox.

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August 2, 2020 3:34 pm

Kings looking at allowing another 40 point 1st quarter

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August 2, 2020 3:34 pm

Buddy … my world! Oof.

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August 2, 2020 3:37 pm

Buddy really talked all that talk right before the start of this just to go out there and play like this. Hilarious

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August 2, 2020 3:39 pm
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He already got paid, so whatever. $106M.
 
Now we just need to trade him for peanuts as an overpaid contract and see him blossom on another team, and he’ll have done the full Kangz story arc.
 

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August 2, 2020 3:42 pm
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He may still be experiencing side effects from Covid-19.

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August 2, 2020 3:39 pm

Walton’s half court offense has been terrible all season.

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August 2, 2020 3:42 pm

Defense is good though.

40 point quarter for one of the lowest scoring teams in the league!

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August 2, 2020 3:49 pm
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33 pts with 8 left in the second? Come on!

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August 2, 2020 3:43 pm

His half court defense is even worse.

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August 2, 2020 3:51 pm
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Both are bad but Walton’s offense is painful to watch. He doesn’t take advantage of the small but important strenghts on the roster.

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August 2, 2020 3:40 pm

we lose. no comeback from 17 points down.

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August 2, 2020 3:42 pm

Well that Fultz shot just about sums up the first 5 quarters of this restart…..

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August 2, 2020 3:42 pm

So bad.

1951
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August 2, 2020 3:43 pm

Just fire everyone now please.

start over and stop pretending this is working.

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August 2, 2020 3:44 pm
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I mean now. Like, midgame.

Kingshoops
August 2, 2020 3:48 pm
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Unfortunately, whoever they hire will be just as bad. The only thing they are consistent in regard to is making bad decisions. Pathetic. What an embarrassment.

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August 2, 2020 4:01 pm
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Or at least Lane Kiffin at USC style

WakeMeUpWhenWaltonIsGone
August 2, 2020 5:14 pm
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That would have been so good. Might have been their best chance at winning, too. 🤭

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August 2, 2020 3:43 pm

Just dropped in to say KAAAAAAANNNNNNNGGGGGGGZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!

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August 2, 2020 3:46 pm

The point differential is nearly as much as the Kings’ total score. Lookin’ good, gentlemen.

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August 2, 2020 3:47 pm

Welp, this season’s over.

Wake me when Vlade and Luke are gone…

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August 2, 2020 3:48 pm

God bless Corey Brewer.

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August 2, 2020 3:48 pm

14 years of no playoffs with literally no sign of any end to it in sight. I expected nothing in these 8 games and this team delivered what they’ve always delivered. Worst part is we are stuck with Vlade/Luke for a few more years so there’s gonna be no progress or momentum, so we’re pretty much talking 2025-2026 as maybe the next possible window at the earliest for this team to be .500 or better.

WakeMeUpWhenWaltonIsGone
August 2, 2020 5:15 pm
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😥😢😭 the truth hurts.

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August 2, 2020 6:34 pm
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I think Divac and Walton will be gone at the end of next season, after falling on their faces yet again. If the rebuild starts then, I agree you’re probably looking at 3-4 years, minimum, and the poor sap that takes the job is literally going to have one asset and a lot of bad contracts.

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August 2, 2020 3:49 pm

Another boneheaded Buddy turnover. Horrible pass.

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August 2, 2020 3:51 pm

It’s looking like I’ll be 2 for 2 on my Kings get stomped prediction. Same as it ever was. Some in the Sacramento media bubble seem to have forgotten our team sucks during the quarantine.

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August 2, 2020 3:52 pm

This team didn’t earn a second page of comments!

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August 2, 2020 3:56 pm

This is disgusting…do they even care? It doesn’t look like it. Sloppy defense, no effort, settling for bad jump shots. Just awful, terrible, disgusting basketball. Trade and fire everyone except Fox and hit the reset button.

Vlade and Luke needs to be fired, Vivek needs to give up control, and we need to hit the reset button. Obviously this 8th rebuild didn’t work. Remember when the Kings could’ve easily had Aaron Gordon and (He who must be not named). Instead the Kings drafted Bagley and offered Zach Lavine a max contract.

Just pathetic. The worst part-they play with zero fire and intensity.

AmphibiousHandle
August 2, 2020 3:57 pm

So firing Vlade and Walton is still on the table if they go 0-8, right?

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August 2, 2020 6:36 pm

Not seeing it. They have way too many excuses and too much money left on their deals.

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August 2, 2020 7:33 pm
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Wildcard: Vivek could reassign Vlade internally, and go with a stopgap option, like promoting Catanella, to ride out the Divac or Walton deal(s). Then the new GM could ostensibly fire Walton and start anew.

It would convey, “I get it, we were awful” but cost him next to nothing. It fits his MO perfectly.

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August 2, 2020 3:59 pm

Why heck did Wallyworld not play Giles last game?

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August 2, 2020 4:01 pm

He did, just briefly.

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August 2, 2020 4:06 pm

Cant let him ball out and show other teams hes worth more than 4 mil/year

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August 2, 2020 4:01 pm

Totally spaced the start time and just tuned in – things appear to be going well!

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August 2, 2020 4:06 pm
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same

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August 2, 2020 4:02 pm

This is just terrible, simply terrible.

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August 2, 2020 4:02 pm

What happened to the playing faster thing? Zero fast break points. It is almost as if everything coach L says is horse shit

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August 2, 2020 4:04 pm

Walton’s rotation plan: Throw darts at the wall until they go on a run.

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August 2, 2020 4:07 pm

Good thing this is summer league/training camp lite.

1951
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August 2, 2020 4:05 pm

this is incredible, and that’s saying something for the Kings!

holy schnikies!

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August 2, 2020 4:07 pm

Covid leaves you with more energy than this team is exhibiting. Thankfully the A’s game is still on.

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August 2, 2020 4:07 pm

Crash and burn baby. Crash and burn.

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August 2, 2020 4:16 pm
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the whole chess board

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August 2, 2020 4:12 pm

Would fans rather we go 0’fer this restart and possibly firing the front office or a playoff berth?

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August 2, 2020 4:14 pm
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A question as old as time itself.

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August 2, 2020 4:15 pm
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I want to win, always want to win. Besides I don’t think an O-8 performance does anything.

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August 2, 2020 4:22 pm
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Hope never dies, right? Hah

WakeMeUpWhenWaltonIsGone
August 2, 2020 4:23 pm
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Sadly, I think we’re stuck with the Luke/Vlade/Vivek cycle of tears for a couple more years regardless. I can’t watch any more until Walton’s gone. Every time they show him on TV he’s looking like he’s that guy who lied on his resume and got the job and now has no idea what he’s doing.

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August 2, 2020 4:50 pm
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Fire everyone.

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August 2, 2020 4:21 pm

Why do we do this to ourselves?

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August 2, 2020 4:21 pm

Kings fans know how to handle heart break, dissapointment, and sadness better then most humans because we live in it constantly. It just gets old. We deserve better.

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August 2, 2020 4:22 pm

This team is surprisingly resilient, so I don’t think it’s over yet. But damn, that defense is so bad.

By the way, if any of you want to claim “First”, it’s still available on the game thread of that website-not-to-be-named.

WakeMeUpWhenWaltonIsGone
August 2, 2020 4:45 pm
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🤭

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August 2, 2020 5:01 pm
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Lol. I might do that

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August 2, 2020 4:22 pm

Remember when the org and local media told us Luke tanked the beginning of the season so that the team could €œlearn to play the right way?€

good times!

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August 2, 2020 5:30 pm
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We’re learning to play.
 
We’re injured.
 
We play down to our opponents.
 
It’s the refs, luck, a curse, animal spirits etc.
 
Or maybe we are a piss poor excuse for an organization. Top to bottom. Garbage. I wish the league would step in and take control like they did the Pelicans. Anything but this

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August 2, 2020 4:22 pm

I might be imagining things but
 
didn’t clown Walton say a month ago he was going to start Fox/Bogdan/Hield/Barnes together?
 
the + statistical lineup?

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August 2, 2020 4:32 pm
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Stats are for nerds and direct quotes are fake news.

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August 2, 2020 4:38 pm
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He needs to see the tape of himself saying that.

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August 2, 2020 4:41 pm
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Tapeception

sheagoobye
August 2, 2020 4:28 pm

Misspelled my username when creating my account.

Seems appropriate based on how this game has gone so far.

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August 2, 2020 4:30 pm

Did we lose yet?

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August 2, 2020 4:44 pm
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That’s our secret, jdwhit
 
We’re always losing
 

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August 2, 2020 4:47 pm

This is really for the best…

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August 2, 2020 4:49 pm

Madre de Dios.

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August 2, 2020 4:50 pm

Someone check on Matt George.

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August 2, 2020 4:54 pm
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Somebody needs to ask him why we keep playing down to our opponents all the time.

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August 2, 2020 4:51 pm

Remove Vivek, Fire Vlade, and Fire Walton

#0-8ToTerminate

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August 2, 2020 5:09 pm
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And Matina. Rot starts at the top. All these people have enablers.

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August 2, 2020 4:51 pm

This is bad even judging on a Kings scale.

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August 2, 2020 4:52 pm

The Kings stunk from the get go this season. They don’t mentally show up.

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August 2, 2020 4:57 pm

Walton’s lack of preparation is his most glaring deficiency as a coach

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August 2, 2020 5:32 pm
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100%. The mental approach went in the toilet with Walton. He’ll never be a head coach again.

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August 2, 2020 4:54 pm

Fox is the only potential All Star on this team and everyone else is not as good as the fanbase builds them up to be. It messes up our expectations.

Just not a good team. No concept of team defense. No go-to scorer. A coach better suited for D2 ball.

Bazemore and Len came in and raised our collective eyebrows. That kind of explains everything.

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August 2, 2020 5:02 pm
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This is a good point. And quite frankly, the Magic have three guys on their team that would probably be the Kings best player, right now.

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August 2, 2020 6:52 pm
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This is a critical point. The team has nowhere near the talent that we are constantly being told by the organization and local media that it does. Name the Kings top 3 players, and compare them to the other teams around the league. The Kings come out in the bottom third at best. It is not a playoff roster.

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August 2, 2020 4:54 pm

This isnt an ass kicking so much as it’s an ass bulldozing.

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August 2, 2020 4:55 pm

I could be wrong, but it’s almost like this team isn’t very talented.

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August 2, 2020 5:02 pm

Bad roster. Bad coaching. Bad play.

Other than that we are headed in the right direction!

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August 2, 2020 5:05 pm
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Yes things are moving along swimmingly!

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August 2, 2020 5:52 pm

Swimmingly?

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August 2, 2020 4:58 pm

You have to give it to Walton, there is a rhythm to how this team plays:

Possession 1: low % FGA (missed)
Possession 2: low % FGA (missed)
Possession 3: 3PT FGA (missed)
Possession 4: Turnover
Possession 5: shot clock violation
Possession 6: high % FGA (missed)
Possession 7: FG made.

Repeat cycle all game.

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August 2, 2020 5:19 pm
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It boggles the mind.

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