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Sactown Royalty Nov 23, 2015

Rudy Gay claims he is ready to return tonight

Should he return as soon as he is able or give himself a little more time to heal? Rudy Gay might be primed to return to the court tonight, according to Jason Jones. Rudy Gay says at shootaround he's good to play tonight. — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) November 23, 2015 (h/t Jason Jones twitter)
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 21, 2015

Kings vs. Magic: Can Sacramento finally win on the road?

The Kings are above .500 with a healthy DeMarcus Cousins but they have yet to win on the road either way.  After starting this five-game road trip 0-2, the Kings desperately need a win.  Today's action tips off at 2:00 pm on CSN California and on KHTK 1140. 3 Questions 1. Who will step up in Rudy Gay's absence?  Gay left Thursday's game with a shoulder strain and that's a big part of Sacramento's offense gone.  Last time Gay was out, Karl chose to start Caron Butler.  Omri Casspi is a far better player at this point in his career, but I think Karl likes Casspi's energy off the bench....
Sactown Royalty Nov 20, 2015

Rudy Gay listed as day-to-day with left shoulder strain

The Kings have had some bad luck with regards to strains this year.  First was an Achilles strain for DeMarcus Cousins, then a strained hamstring for Darren Collison.  Now an MRI done on Rudy Gay has revealed a left shoulder strain, and he is listed as day-to-day. Gay suffered the injury early in the 3rd quarter of Thursday's game against the Miami Heat.  He drove to the basket and had the ball pulled away from him by rookie Justise Winslow, who also got his arm.  Gay immediately clutched his shoulder in pain and the Kings intentionally fouled to get him out of the game.  The worrying...
Sactown Royalty Nov 13, 2015

Rudy Gay has stomach flu, unlikely to play against Brooklyn Nets

The Kings can't seem to catch a break.  Darren Collison remains out with a hamstring injury and now it appears the Kings have also lost Rudy Gay for tonight's game, as he's suffering from a bout of gastroenteritis, a.k.a. stomach flu. Rudy posted the above image to his Snapchat earlier today, and the Kings confirmed his illness shortly there after, listing him as doubtful to play.  In Gay's place we'll likely see Omri Casspi get his first start of the season.  Casspi has played well so far this season, averaging a career-high 10.7 points (52.9% from the field and 57.1% from three) and...
Sactown Royalty Nov 13, 2015

Let's take a minute to appreciate Rajon Rondo

Amidst the chaos, Rondo has been a pro. The biggest shame of all the recent Sacramento Kings chaos, aside from the fact that our beloved team may be circling the drain for yet another season, is that some genuinely amazing stories are being missed. Take, for instance, Rajon Rondo. When the Kings signed Rondo, many expected he would be the cause of distress in the locker room. After a bad stint with the Dallas Mavericks, it was easy to understand why. Rondo is known for being stubborn, and doesn't always mesh well with coaches. But we haven't seen that Rondo. We've seen consummate...
Sactown Royalty Nov 13, 2015

Duje Dukan assigned to the Reno Bighorns

The Sacramento Kings announced today that they would be assigning rookie Duje Dukan to their D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.  Dukan was signed to a two-year contract this summer after a good stint with the summer league, but has yet to see any playing time this season and only played 9 minutes during preseason as well. Dukan will get plenty of opportunity in Reno in a high-octane offense.  The Bighorns start their season tonight and it's not inconceivable that Duje could play in that game.  Duje will join Vince Hunter and Marshall Henderson as affiliate players, although Hunter...
Sactown Royalty Nov 13, 2015

Kings vs. Nets Preview: Let's make it two in a row

The Sacramento Kings broke their losing streak with a big win against the Pistons on Wednesday, and now they have a chance to get some momentum against a Brooklyn Nets team that ranks among the bottom in the NBA.  The Nets are probably thinking the same thing though, and they are coming off an even more impressive road win against the Houston Rockets.  Today's action tips off at 7:00 pm on CSN California and on KHTK 1140. 3 Questions 1. Will the Kings come out with energy?  The Nets are not a sexy opponent, but the Kings shouldn't care at this point.  This is a game that the team has to...
Sactown Royalty Nov 13, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins' heat map so far makes no sense

It's like a topographical map of the underworld. Check this out. What? (h/t reddit)
Sactown Royalty Nov 9, 2015

Rudy Gay, pass the ball!

Rudy Gay needs to ratchet up the assists. C'mon man. Let's all work together to fix this. Jarrett Jack has passed on just 11% of his drives -- 4th-lowest among 57 players who average at least 5 drives/game. Last? Rudy Gay. 5.1%. — Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 8, 2015 That's just unacceptable.
Sactown Royalty Nov 9, 2015

Is it time for George Karl to find some lineup consistency?

In reference to the Kings’ newfound versatility, George Karl mentioned throughout training camp and preseason that the Kings could use different starting lineups based on matchup and opponent, but if you told me the Sacramento Kings would have used six different staring lineups in the first seven games of the season, I would have told you you’re crazy, or something went horrible wrong. The Kings are 1-6, and I would file that under ‘horribly wrong’. Karl supporters would argue that the DeMarcus Cousins injury and the recent Darren Collison injury more or less caused the erratic...
Sactown Royalty Nov 9, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins plans to play tonight against San Antonio

Boogie is back!  That's the word from News10's Sean Cunningham at least. After missing last 4 games w/ Achilles strain, Kings C DeMarcus Cousins plans to give it a go tonight (barring any setback during warm-ups) — Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) November 9, 2015 The Kings went 0-4 without Cousins during that stretch and also lost Darren Collison to a strained hamstring.  Collison will remain day-to-day but Cousins coming back is a huge boon to this team.  Right now the Kings are 1-6 and in danger of falling to 1-7 or even 1-8 with upcoming games, so they need their man in the...

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