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Kings Talk: Episode 77

On this week’s episode of Kings Talk presented by Cap City Crown, Tony and John discuss the In-Season tournament and Sacramento’s chances of making the knockout stage, Trey Lyles’ return and what that means to […]

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Kings Talk: Episode 77
Kings Talk: Episode 76
  • After defeating the Mavericks on Sunday, the Kings have won six straight games and catapulted themselves up to fourth place in the Western Conference with an 8-4 record. They’re rolling, and they look better than last season’s team. Defensively, they’ve clearly improved and there’s a lot to be said about that, but another area Sacramento has seen growth in is their work on the glass, particularly on the offensive end. [...]
  • The Kings beat the Spurs on Friday night in a fairly close game. It probably wouldn’t have been so close had Trey Lyles been available. Lyles has not played a game this season due to a calf strain sustained during the preseason. He was cleared for basketball activity this week, according to FOX40’s Sean Cunningham, and he’ll return when his reconditioning process gets him back into better form. It could [...]
  • Keon Ellis currently holds the reins on the backup point guard role as Davion Mitchell has received two straight DNP’s since De’Aaron Fox’s return. Mike Brown has been enamored with Ellis’ impact on the floor, and justifiably so. He’s been an energetic defender, one that Fox called “a playmaker defensively” while gaining other compliments from his teammates regarding his activity and disruption. He’s earned the job, at least for now. [...]
  • It feels like the Kings are back. De’Aaron Fox returned to the floor last night as Sacramento defeated Cleveland, winning their third straight game and ascending to a winning level of energy. Even before Fox came back from his ankle sprain, the previous two games featured a much better defensive team that was finally beginning to reap benefits from some of their best players’ offense. Kevin Huerter is, if anything, [...]
  • Over the last week, the Kings have gone from losing three straight with plenty of questions surrounding them to a team that’s won two straight on the back of the team’s connectivity. All five of those games have been without All-NBA point guard De’Aaron Fox and while the two contests in Houston brought up concerns about Sacramento’s identity, it’s clear who they are and what their biggest strength is. This [...]
  • Keon Ellis has been an exceptionally adequate spot starter in the previous two games in place of the injured De’Aaron Fox, whose timetable for return is still unknown. In his first NBA start on Wednesday against Portland, Ellis provided a difference-making defensive presence with ample levels of energy and activity. He added 4 points and 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. On Friday night against Oklahoma City, the second-year player continued [...]
  • An added benefit of a guy earning an opportunity is the fact it opens up another opportunity for a different guy to respond. Keon Ellis performed valiantly despite his team’s dismal showing on Monday night. He defended, played with pace, and hit some shots. As such, Mike Brown gave him the start on Wednesday over Davion Mitchell, who started the first three games with De’Aaron Fox’s absence due to his [...]
  • Early in training camp, Mike Brown vowed that he’s “going to keep harping” on his team about playing physical defense. The defensive-minded head coach is driving up the emphasis on that end of the floor, challenging players and even chewing them out to try and establish a mindset to play both ends of the floor. Being a team that is among the top half of the league defensively is a [...]
  • Last Thursday, when speaking about the ankle sprain that has since kept him out of the previous three games, De’Aaron Fox stated that he doesn’t “want to rush back” and wants to “make sure” he’s “ready,” and the coaching staff agreed. A factor in all of that, other than it being early in the season, was that they all trusted the rest of the roster to hold the fort, but [...]
  • One of the prominent characteristics of championship teams and contenders is winning games when their best players are out, especially when playing weaker opponents. Among some of the best NBA teams, most hold their own without their number-one star. The Bucks went 11-8 without Giannis Antetokounmpo last season. The 76ers were 11-5 without Joel Embiid, the Celtics were 5-3 without Jayson Tatum, and the Eastern Conference champion Heat broke even [...]
  • Earlier this week, the Kings acquired Filip Petrušev and cash from the Clippers after they received him as part of the trade that sent James Harden and PJ Tucker to LA. In return, Sacramento gave up the draft rights to Luka Mitrovic, a 30-year-old who was the last pick in the 2015 draft. As reports indicate, the Kings intend to evaluate the 23-year-old Petrušev as they have one roster spot [...]
  • With all the buzz about what Keegan Murray’s year-two jump will look like, a lot of focus has been put on his shot creation, but it’s his defense that may contribute the most to his second season growth. That notion seemed to come into light on Wednesday night in San Francisco where, despite going 4 of 15 from the field and 0 of 7 from three, Murray was a plus-defender [...]
  • After last Friday night’s loss to the Warriors, in which De’Aaron Fox single handedly shrunk the gap in the fourth quarter to make it a closer game down the stretch, the star point guard declared that he’s got to bring that intensity to the floor much earlier. “We’ve talked about it before,” he said. “I need to be more aggressive throughout the game.” This is evidently not a matter that’s [...]
  • The concerns from the preseason starkly manifested themselves in the first two regular season games, but Kevin Huerter got things moving in the right direction during the Kings’ 132-127 overtime win over the Lakers on Sunday night. At face value, it was easy to see that Huerter got his outside shot—his primary monkey-maker—to start falling, going 3 of 7 from deep, including a clutch make with about 30 seconds remaining [...]
  • As the Kings dropped their home opener to the Warriors by a score of 114-122, it was evident that many of last year’s demons had surfaced throughout the contest. It wasn’t all at once, but as Sacramento made certain corrections to one issue, another one would be waiting right around the corner to meet them as Mike Brown’s team struggled to lock in defensively, protect the ball, and convert at [...]

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