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Kings Pulse: A great start for Barnes & Holmes while Fox & Haliburton struggle

Mirann joins the show to talk about some early trends to the Kings season, both from individuals and the team as a whole.

Mirann joins the show today to talk about how the Kings have played four games into the season, both as individuals and the team as a whole.

The obvious place to start was with Harrison Barnes, who has been Sacramento's best player and hit the game-winning three at the buzzer in Phoenix. Barnes led the team in scoring in each of the first three matchups, and we talk about what his jump in field goal attempts means moving forward.

Is an average of 20 points per night reasonable this season? I explain why I think it is. What would this sort of jump mean for his league-wide value and Sacramento's ceiling?

Richaun Holmes is another player who has been his usual productive and efficient self to start the season. We dive into his offensive contributions as well as how he has been the best defensive center on the roster.

There has been an idea of the backup center spot, which is a battle between Alex Len and Tristan Thompson, being situational. We've seen that come to fruition early on and Mirann and I talk through their early performances and when each could be preferred.

De'Aaron Fox's shooting percentages have been horrific to start the season, but sometimes they just don't go down. I was surprised to see where his shots were coming from this season compared to last and broke down those numbers in conversation. Mirann and I broke down where we stand on Fox's slow start and if there is any reason for concern moving forward.

Fox's backcourt pairing of Tyrese Haliburton has gotten off to a similarly slow start in 2021-22. Unlike Fox, Haliburton's type of attempts have been notably different compared to his rookie campaign, and we talk through some of those numbers - which of course has the asterisk of being a small sample size.

Aside from those main points, we talk about the coaching we have seen this season and if there seems to be promising growth. Specifically, does the coaching staff deserve credit for the halftime switch we saw from the roster in Phoenix?

Overtime: What is the most underrated and overrated Halloween candy?

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andy_sims
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October 29, 2021 9:56 am

Overrated: Nestle Crunch. Complete trash. “Let’s take something delicious and dump a bunch of rice into it!”

Underrated: York Peppermint Patties. I think that they’re held in high regard by most, but not nearly as high as they oughta be. It’s dark chocolate and peppermint! Try and do better!

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October 29, 2021 10:41 am
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Reminds me of Eppie’s. As a youngster the family would go to Eppie’s for the rare and special night out (either Eppie’s or Slick & Reds). Eppie’s had the tub-o-York peppermint patties at the register – I think they were a nickel each at the time – and mom would buy each kid one for “dessert.” The taste has not changed over the years, and the memories come flooding back every time.

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October 29, 2021 10:27 am

I just want to say… It has never been distributed, but black licorice should have always been a Halloween candy staple. Of course, I’m demented. So there’s that

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October 29, 2021 10:55 am
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It’s fantastic.

Good & Plentys are highly underrated.

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October 29, 2021 11:07 am
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Trader Joe’s had a version of Good & Plenty, except it was better, because it was less sweet. Then one day, they disappeared.

Those of you who’ve noticed that I’m slightly bitter now know why.

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October 29, 2021 11:16 am
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That was a good product, wasn’t it. I love anything licorice flavored.

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October 29, 2021 1:29 pm
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I guess we’re all outing ourselves!

I went so far as to try black licorice-flavored yogurt from a gas station in Iceland.

It was terrible!

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October 29, 2021 5:01 pm
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I’m going to advocate that the black licorice may not have been at fault.

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October 29, 2021 10:28 am

Good points. Honestly, I think this supports the notion of not trading shooters ( Barnes and Buddy) for Simmonds.
Hali’s shots have changed. Last year he was reluctant to take the mid-range, now this is a big part of his shots. His 3 point shots have decreased but that may be a result of more aware defenders. And I like Fox and Hali separate. That’s why I have advocated the un-popular notion of starting Buddy.
I appreciate Mirann’s comments on Hali improving on playmaking.
Pretty interesting that the Kings are not at all performing at top potential and yet are 2-2.

“Nervous”- absolutely and this team is a puzzle. Can fluke figure that out?

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October 29, 2021 11:57 am

Best Halloween candy is Reese’s PB cups and Kit-Kat and grail piece is the full size Snickers or Milky Way. Worse are Dum Dums, leftover Peeps from two Easter’s ago, loose candy corn with the tips knocked off, and homemade unsalted skillet popcorn in fold over sandwich bags.

I know it is not under- and over-rated. I don’t always play by the rules.

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October 29, 2021 1:32 pm

I know folks don’t really give/get these as halloween candy, but somewhat related in the candy-sphere:

Toblerone…..I never understood the appeal. Is it just the weird shape of it?

Ritter Sport is nice, especially Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts.

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October 29, 2021 3:44 pm

Overrated- Candy corn (ugh). Underrated- Reese’s Peanut butter cups !

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