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Kings Pulse: HB is “irreplaceable”, Keegan’s growth, Fox setting the tone, and the bench production

Talking through some big takeaways following Sacramento's win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

After defeating the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, who were without Ja Morant and Steven Adams, the Sacramento Kings were sitting with an impressive 27-19 record.

It was a hectic game that featured a record-breaking offensive performance in the opening quarter and stellar defense in the closing twelve. Recorded live from Golden 1 Center, I talked about some of the primary takeaways from that game and the Kings' recent stretch.

Head Coach Mike Brown made no mistake when talking about the importance of Harrison Barnes to the success of this team both on and off the court. "He's irreplaceable from the standpoint where he brings a calming presence," Coach Brown said. "He has to be around." The full audio quote is included in the podcast.

Barnes and rookie Keegan Murray have been stellar in the month of January. I walked through some of their recent production before moving on to the growth that Keegan Murray has displayed. Quotes were included from both Murray and Coach Brown about his continued growth and upward trajectory.

The bench production has been huge as of late, particularly from Trey Lyles and Richaun Holmes. With Metu's unavailability, Holmes has been given some opportunity as of late and has taken advantage of it.

As for Lyles, his production has seemingly come out of nowhere. He's become a staple in Coach Brown's rotations which is crucial when there were times earlier this year when the rotation felt up in the air after the seventh man. Quotes from Lyles and Brown about his jump in play are included in the episode as well.

Malik Monk had a bounce-back game last night but there have been some very interesting quotes from Coach Brown and De'Aaron Fox regarding the "extra work" that Monk needs to be putting in during this slump.

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January 24, 2023 1:36 pm

regarding Keegan, I’m not sure if you guys have picked up on this because Katie only says it 7 to 8 times during the Kings broadcast; usually after Keegan grabs a rebound. “ Coach Brown has challenged Keegan to do other things like improve defense and rebounding”

regarding Monk “ Malik is a connector”. According to mark Jones and Kayte at least 5 to 6 times a game whenever he’s in the game.

I just wanted you casual watchers to know that because it’s kind of hard to pick up on during the games because they don’t say it nearly enough every freaking game

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January 24, 2023 2:28 pm

When talking about Holmes’ contract, it seems clearer to say he has two years after this season, as opposed to three more years. Whether for trade purposes or a potential buyout, the distinction seems important.

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January 25, 2023 9:16 am

Good show! Thanks. I didn’t pick up on the comments about Monk needing to be in the gym more. Makes me wonder what’s going on with him. I’m guessing that Monk could be risking a spot in the rotation due to subpar play and not spending additional time in the gym to get back on track.

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