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Kings Pulse: What has changed during this winning streak?

The Sacramento Kings have now won 4 of their last 5 games, and we break down what changes have lead to that streak.

After a win against the Boston Celtics, the Sacramento Kings have now won five of their last 6 games! This streak puts them just 1.5 games out of the 5th seed in the Western Conference, yet they still only remain 1.5 games ahead of the 14th seed.

There have been some notable changes to the rotation that have contributed to Sacramento's current hot streak - which we dive into on the latest episode of the Kings Pulse podcast.

Role changes have emerged for De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, and Tyrese Haliburton continues to impress night in and night out.

Bryant West and I discuss the progress that we have seen in De'Aaron Fox, who is playing at an all-star level.

Marvin Bagley accepting the defensive challenge on a nightly basis while also playing within the flow of the offense on the other end of the floor.

Harrison Barnes looked like his usual well-rounded self in his tryout against the shorthanded Boston Celtics.

Tyrese Haliburton is amidst a shooting slump, but it's hard to tell with the stellar plays that he makes left and right.

We also debate Glenn Robinson III and Kyle Guy for the 9th spot in the rotation and touch on Robert Woodard II and Jahmi'us Ramsey competing in the G-League bubble.

And we wrap up with taking a look at the rough upcoming schedule for Sacramento against three championship contenders.

The Kings Pulse podcast is available on all major listening platforms.

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February 4, 2021 3:08 pm

Fox is playing at an All-Star level….yet he’s not even in the top 10 voting for guards. Frickin Klay Thompson is number 10 and he hasn’t stepped on the court in 2 years SMH

February 4, 2021 3:13 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

The fan votes barely select the first 10/ starters.
“Conference affiliation still matters when it comes to voting, with 12 players from both the East and West earning spots. The 10 starters – two guards and three frontcourt players per conference – are chosen by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current players (25 percent) and basketball media (25 percent). The players and media were granted a vote in 2017 – only fans selected the starting lineup before then.
The 30 NBA coaches select the 14 reserves, voting for two guards, three frontcourt players and two players at any position in their respective conferences.”

February 4, 2021 3:29 pm
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

I think the automatics: Doncic, Curry, Lillard, Paul, and Mitchell.

I do want to preface that by saying Fox has looked better than both Paul and Doncic over the past few weeks. But, coaches love Doncic and Paul, as well.

If the Kings can beat some really good teams in the next few weeks, I think Fox gets in as a reserve.

Fox has looked great over the past 2 weeks. But, he was pretty inconsistent to start the season. I would also throw in Morant as a possibility.

February 4, 2021 4:49 pm
Reply to  GFunkClassic

It doesn’t bother me. Conventional sentiment is nothing. Popularity contests are nothing.

I make a living against what the masses think to be factual. I love the conventional thinking because they are the uniformed who provide opportunity.

If the masses think you are wrong, you may be onto something.

And if Fox does not make the All-Star Team, what is the effect except for more motivation to dominate?!?!

February 4, 2021 5:15 pm
Reply to  kings4ever

Yeah I wouldn’t hate it if he got snubbed. Would just give him more motivation to improve and prove people wrong a la Dame. I think Fox kinda likes the underdog role too.

February 4, 2021 3:20 pm

Fox has certainly made some strides and has become an Alpha Dog over the last 5 games. Hali is a Gem.

But, the Kings are taking advantage of those less fortunate.
Which, Is important. But, also Skews the fact this team has been awfully lucky the past 5 games. Yes, progress is being made. But, how much? We will see in the next 2 weeks. Against teams that are really good. Most importantly, very healthy.

Lets Start with Injuries:

Every single team the Kings have faced in this stretch has had Major Players out of their lineup;

Magic: Issac/Fultz/ Aminu
Heat: Dragic, Bradley, Dunn and Vincent
Toronto: Anounby
Pels: Adams/Redick
Celtics: Smart/Kemba/Pritchard

I know people like to put a sheet over this. But, if Fox or Barnes missed a game, this Kings team is probably not winning.

On the plus side, Kings would typically lose these games in the past. But, They’re finally showing some mettle. To put the Kings in the good category, they would need to win some of these games coming up. Nets, Clips, Sixers, Etc.

February 4, 2021 4:39 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Are you reposting what you said in the other thread? This looks familiar.

February 5, 2021 2:12 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

Those other teams lucked out too not having the marvelous Marvin Bagley in the fourth. So. HA! There!

Oh wait! We would have lost those games if he did.

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February 4, 2021 3:33 pm

Seems simple… Whiteside

February 4, 2021 4:38 pm

This is a different podcast than the Kings Herald Show….with Jerry and the other guys, Tony and the other guy?

Uh…..what you talkin about Willis !

February 4, 2021 5:06 pm

I will subscribe to a Kings Podcast and listen faithfully (at 1.5 to 2X speed) if they are willing to criticize and provide objective analysis.

I don’t listen to games with sound or read media so alternative perspectives are new to me.

I cannot stamd sugarcoatting, aka ass-kisser frauds like James Ham and Sean Cunningham! I cannot listen to Doug Christie or his sidekick, just forget about it, my ears will bleed !

From what I heard of the Kings Pulse, it seems okay. One of the host said he was “sick of Joseph…” so that is promising! 🙂

I think this podast that I never heard of has potential if they are not wanting to be too nice. I will subscribe to this podcast, but I have a short leash, don’t beat around the bush!

February 4, 2021 5:12 pm

On the topic of podcasts. Zach Lowe had CWebb on his podcast and of course they talk about the Kings and Kings/Lakers rivalry from years past. Good listen whilst driving.

February 4, 2021 9:04 pm

Great analysis guys! Loved listening, and I think the more digestible length (30-40 mins) is a good way to recap what’s been happening in the Kingdom.

And good to know I can always count on Kings fans for some of the worst food takes I’ve ever heard.

February 4, 2021 9:16 pm

In n out fries are good.

I also wonder what would happen if we had just two more legit bench players to support Hali.
Our starters continue to play well together but our bench can really take us out of games.

February 5, 2021 12:11 pm

you guys should save the audio clip about the fair market value of an In n Out burger.

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