The Sacramento Kings had their biggest margin of loss of the season on Wednesday. It came against the San Antonio Spurs at the beginning of a favorable four-game road trip for the Kings while Tyrese Haliburton and Terence Davis were sidelined.
Will Griffith joins the shows for the first segment to explain what we saw as the issues in the discouraging loss. There was plenty of unacceptable and self-inflicted errors from Sacramento, but it's also worth noting the outlier shooting in each direction.
The Spurs averaged just over nine made threes per game headed into the night and finished having converted 18/32 (56.3%). Meanwhile, Buddy Hield was 0/7 from three until the 2:59 mark in the closing quarter when the team was already down more than 20 points. Harrison Barnes finished with a season-low nine points while shooting 3/8 from the field, 1/4 from three, and 2/2 from the line.
Down nights like that from both Buddy and Barnes should be an extreme rarity this season. On the bright side, De'Aaron Fox finally displayed his ability to take over games with an impressive final stat line of 37 points and six assists while shooting 14/24 from the field, 2/5 from three, and 7/8 from the charity stripe.
We share our thoughts on how much that performance from Fox really matters, considering that it came in a blowout loss. Will and I also dive into our thoughts on how Luke Walton and the coaching staff have been throughout the early season.
We expand on our noted potential areas of improvement and where we still have some question marks:
- The underwhelming half-court offense
- The confusing decision to only play Richaun Holmes for 19 minutes
- The variety of defensive coverages
The closing moments with Will focus on Marvin Bagley refusing to check into the game against the Phoenix Suns and then being the only player to not log minutes in San Antonio.
The second segment of this episode features Bruno Passos (@bouncepassos), who covers the San Antonio Spurs for Pounding the Rock. He joined me on his way home from the game last night to give his perspective on the night
- How much of San Antonio's season-best shooting night was poor defense from Sacramento compared to shots simply falling?
- His thoughts on the Kings basic half-court offense
- The Kings never forced the Spurs to face their clear weaknesses
Moving past the single-game notes, I wanted to pick Bruno's brain on how the Spurs' season has been going since they are a team that is rubbing shoulders with Sacramento while both attempt to make the play-in.
The Spurs are a well-run organization with stellar coaching and a culture that is highly praised around the association - they also have fully embraced a youth movement. That combination sounds like an ideal environment for Bagley, so I was sure to ask Bruno his thoughts on the former number two pick as an outsider.
Is swapping Marvin Bagley for Thaddeus Young a possibility? Would more draft assets need to be included?
Towards the end of our conversation, I ask if he could see the Spurs could be involved in a win-now trade conversation for Ben Simmons or any other "star" talent that could become available.
We closed with a conversation on where in the Western Conference he thinks the San Antonio Spurs could find themselves by the end of the regular season? Does it seem likely they are in the same tier as the Sacramento Kings?
Overtime Question: Uhhhhhh I forgot... forgive me. The two different segments format is new to me and I completely spaced on it. Ask me any OT-type question in the comments to make up for it.
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