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Kings Pulse: The fight of the ’21-22 Sacramento Kings

Tim and Greg join the show to talk about the resilience of this team and some early trends.

The Sacramento Kings played quite the game against the Phoenix Suns last night, nearly coming back from down a 24 point margin. However, close doesn't count in this league and the final result was just another tally in the loss column.

Tim and Greg join the show to talk about the resilience we saw from this Kings' team. Aside from blowout victories, Sacramento has been a part of close games every night. After scoring just 12 points in the third quarter, the Kings held Phoenix to 11 in the fourth to give them a chance to win.

So, we start by giving our thoughts on how much their fight really matters. In the end, it was all for nothing, but does this show that this team is different this season?

The three of us break down what we see going wrong during these extreme highs and lows in the 2021-22 season, starting with the lows. The halfcourt offensive struggles are familiar and apparent throughout these lulls.

How much of it has to do with a lack of shooting on the roster? How much of it is caused by the lackluster start for De'Aaron Fox? How is the defensive inconsistency affecting the offense?

On the other side, there have been some phenomenal offensive quarters this season as well. What is going right in those moments?

Harrison Barnes has been the Sacramento Kings' best player this season. He is averaging 22.5 points and 8.7 rebounds on 49.7/43.5/86.4 shooting splits with a substantial jump in attempts across the board.

Now that we've seen the Black Falcon manage this level of play for a notable stretch of games, do we think this is sustainable? To put it bluntly, can Barnes average 20+ points per game this season?

Other topics that we touch on include:

  • Our thoughts on the ultimate green-light of Buddy Hield
  • Terence Davis receiving playing time once again
  • Chimezie Metu playing over Marvin Bagley
  • After 11 games, does this feel like a play-in team?

In closing, we point out how important the upcoming road trip is for the Sacramento Kings. Their opponents include San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Detroit, and Minnesota. That's four games that the Kings will likely be favored going in, and taking care of business is essential.

OT Question: What TV show should have run for one more season?

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BabyGiraffe
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November 9, 2021 10:31 am

My parents watched Seinfeld, Greg.

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November 9, 2021 11:08 am
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November 9, 2021 10:35 am

I take very little from that fourth quarter. I don’t see resilience, I see fools gold.

The Kings got trucked. The time for resilience was in the third quarter and no one stepped up.

Unless we are relying on the Fox, Ramsey, TD, Metu, Jones lineup to be our “resilient” rotational line-up going forward!

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November 9, 2021 10:43 am
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Agree that macro>micro. I don’t read a lot into a team playing hard for 48 minutes eleven games into the season. The Kings lost at home to a Phoenix team that was missing DeAndre Ayton, a night after losing to a 3-7 Pacers team that was missing Malcolm Brogdon.

The basketball is entertaining, and I am enjoying the team and the broadcasts. But I’m not seeing anything yet to convince me to clear my late Spring calendar for playoff basketball.

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November 9, 2021 11:08 am
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I see resilience in the fans that continue to watch after 15 years of drought.

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November 9, 2021 11:55 am
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November 9, 2021 12:03 pm
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1951- Perfect summation. This is like the Kings winning 4 of 5 to end the season when they are eliminated from the playoffs and people getting all excited. Its all empty calories. The comeback was against the PHX scrubs, and Monty waited too long to put his starters back in so they could finish the game out. Our max player was a non-factor until the 4Q and he was a big reason the team got down by 20 in the 3rd.

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November 9, 2021 1:11 pm
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Fox played well in the first half and was hitting shots

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November 9, 2021 12:57 pm
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I think people are forgetting, but they did that all the time last year. I think Tim mentioned that they had the most close games last year, and it was for that reason.

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