10:24 AM EST, Fri November 27, 2015
Sactown Royalty Nov 23, 2015

Ben McLemore is starting to figure it out

Ben McLemore had lost his starting role after just four games to some combination of James Anderson, Darren Collison, and Marco Belinelli. He had been on the verge of falling out of the rotation completely, but due to an increased aggressiveness (we've only been saying that this is how he needs to play for his entire career), he's scratched and clawed his way back into the starting lineup, and he’s been playing some of the best basketball of his career since. The Kings’ win on November 12th in Brooklyn was where the Ben McLemore we had been sold finally showed up. He played 24 minutes...
Sactown Royalty Nov 23, 2015

Kings vs. Hornets Preview: Can Sacramento make it two in a row?

Sacramento finally got the monkey off their backs and got a road win on Saturday, but it'd be nice to close out this road trip with at least a couple wins, and both of these final games represent nice opportunities to do so. The Hornets are an improved team, and are finally showcasing some offense for the fans in Charlotte. Today's action tips off at 4:00 pm on CSN California and on KHTK 1140. 3 Questions 1. Can the Kings slow down the Hornets? For as long as the Hornets/Bobcats have been in existence (this iteration), they've tended to be a slow, grinding team that beat you with their...
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2015

Kings 109, Heat 116: Kings continue to be own worst enemy

In what was a winnable game in Miami, even without suspended star DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings hung close but couldn't make up for their own mistakes, losing 116 to 109 in Miami.  Marco Belinelli scored 23 points to lead the Kings in scoring and Rajon Rondo tied the Sacramento-era record for assists with 18 (and was just 1 rebound away from another triple-double).  But it was a combination of bad defense, costly turnovers and a terrible time at the free throw line that cost the Kings the game. Yes, the officiating was a bit one-side.  The Kings were called for 27 fouls to just...
Pounding The Rock Nov 10, 2015

Recap: Spurs pull away in 4th, beat Kings 106-88

The Sacramento Kings are improved this year with the addition of Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and Marco Belinelli, but the San Antonio Spurs wore them down by playing even for three quarters and then pulled away with a great display of Spurs basketball in the fourth quarter, led by Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard. The Sacramento Kings are much improved this year, with the addition of Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and former Spur Marco Belinelli.  DeMarcus Cousins has a lot more talent around him than he has had in previous seasons, although the Kings have only won one game this...

Ginobili on Belinelli: ‘We had a great time’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Teammates come and go during the course of a long career like the one Manu Ginobili has enjoyed, but the Spurs guard made it clear Marco Belinelli was no ordinary teammate. “We had a great time,” Ginobili said at shootaround in preparation for Monday night’s game with the Kings. “We had a

Warriors beat Kings, no Curry face-off

SACRAMENTO - The Curry family was looking forward to this, two siblings facing each other in an NBA game for the first time, one an MVP and the other just trying to make a name for himself and perhaps play his way from his brother’s shadow. Because of an ankle sprain, Seth Curry never got off the Kings’ bench and never got a chance to put a move on Stephen Curry, like he tried so many times in the backyard when they were kids. The Kings took a 55-53 lead midway into the third quarter on a top-of-the-key 3-pointer by ex-Warrior Marco Belinelli, but the Warriors restored order by taking...
Pounding The Rock Oct 27, 2015

The Spurs must turn weaknesses into strengths to hide lack of shooting

If the Spurs are going to take fewer three-pointers, as Pop has said, they will need to not only hit more of them but also improve on other areas to have an elite offense. While concerns about rim protection and rebounding dominated offseason discussions about Spurs weaknesses, San Antonio's potential lack of shooting flew under the radar. Gregg Popovich conceded that the team will likely take fewer three-pointers this year, which is not surprising considering the personnel they have. Unfortunately, that's not the only concern. Marco Belinelli is gone and Tony Parker will likely regress...
Pounding The Rock Oct 27, 2015

For the new Spurs, class is over and the exams begin

Most of the work done to incorporate new pieces into the Spurs machine takes place in private. As the regular season begins, it's finally time to see what the new-look Spurs are capable of. Coaches love Practices This is an interesting time of year for Spurs fans.  We know we will miss some favorites who have gone on to different teams (CuJo, Splitter, Belinelli). But in Spurs land, "the future's so bright, we are all wearing shades".  The addition of LaMarcus Aldridge and the return of Manu, TD, Kawhi and Danny Green led to the Spurs' Summer of Domination. Even though this year's...
Pounding The Rock Oct 27, 2015

Get to know the 2015-16 San Antonio Spurs

They won just 55 games last season. Obviously major changes were in order. The 24th of a 30-part series profiling every team in the league. [I always run out of time to finish these, so we're skipping ahead a bit to get the Spurs in under the gun. I'll still do the others, ASAP.] San Antonio Spurs Who's New: F LaMarcus Aldridge (free agent), F David West (free agent), G Ray McCallum (trade), F Rasual Butler (free agent), C Boban Marjanovic (free agent), G Jonathon Simmons (free agent) Who's Gone: C Tiago Splitter (trade), G Marco Belinelli (free agent), G Cory Joseph (free agent), C Aron...

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