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Canis Hoopus 2 hours ago

Wolves fight hard, fall to Kings, 113-101

The Minnesota Timberwolves were defeated by the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. I don't have internet in my apartment right now. So I'm maneuvering. I move at the end of the month and this is just how things worked out. Sorry for being tardy. Here's your recap. -- In the second game played since it was announced Kevin Martin would be sidelined with a fractured wrist for an indefinite period of time, Andrew Wiggins was the only active, opening day starter in the lineup on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings. Ricky Rubio wore knit-looking-sweater on the sidelines, Martin sat aside Ryan...
Sactown Royalty 16 hours ago

Kings 113, Timberwolves, 101: Kings Tame Wolves

The Sacramento Kings continued their domination of ferocious animals. It wasn't always pretty. It wasn't always fun. But the Kings got the win. The Sacramento Kings have had so many quality wins so far this season. We have beat some of the best teams in the league, and struggled against some of the worst. With almost all of the Minnesota Timberwolves guns on the bench with an array of injuries, this was a trap game. The Kings played like it was, too. In the first half, they seemed to be more content with hitting the big three or trying to get that big play down low that they forgot the...
Canis Hoopus 17 hours ago

Timberwolves Lose to Kings 113-101: DeMarcus Cousins Dominates

The Wolves competed against the Kings tonight, but ultimately fell short. The Wolves lost to the Sacramento Kings at Target Center tonight 113-99. It wasn't nearly as bad as last night against the Spurs, as the Wolves competed all night but ultimately were not able to overcome their talent disadvantage against a pretty good Kings team. The Wolves played a zone defense throughout the first half and into the second, a strategy that forced a number of Kings turnovers and missed shots. It eventually stopped working when Ben McLemore got hot from beyond the arc, and they had to abandon...
Sactown Royalty 18 hours ago

#RoyalReplay: Ben McLemore Jumps, Turns it over, Steals it back, and Gets an Assist (and Probably Travels)

Weirdest. Play. Ever. Ben McLemore did an amazing... um... something... during the game. McLemore kinda sort of not really travel/turnover/steal https://t.co/jwxL4Y5Nm2 — John (@HeuristicLineup) November 23, 2014 and here it is in .gif form. @kfippin Here's a gfy: http://t.co/NDpneK5OXn — Glenn Valencich (@glennvalencich) November 23, 2014 Thanks to John and Glenn for the video and the gif.
Canis Hoopus 20 hours ago

Kings at Timberwolves First Half Game Thread

Wolves host Kings tonight in the 2nd game of a home back to back, still short four starters. Hopefully not a recipe game. Kings at Wolves7:00 pm CSTFS North The Sacramento Kings come to town tonight sporting a 7-5 record on the young season. The Kings, yet another team that once inhabited the lower reaches of the Western Conference along with the Wolves, have the look of a team that is moving up, with recent wins over the Spurs and the Bulls. The Kings are succeeding by dominating the boards at both ends and leading the league in free throw rate. In addition to Cousins and Collison, Rudy...
Canis Hoopus Nov 22, 2014

Kings at Timberwolves Game Preview

The Wolves host the Kings at Target Center tonight. Kings at Wolves7:00 pm CSTFS North The Sacramento Kings come to town tonight sporting a 7-5 record on the young season. The Kings, yet another team that once inhabited the lower reaches of the Western Conference along with the Wolves, have the look of a team that is moving up, with recent wins over the Spurs and the Bulls. They are led by center DeMarcus Cousins, yet another player the Wolves could have drafted. Cousins has been dominating this season, averaging 22 and 12 in 31 minutes a game, getting to the line, and leading the 2nd best...
Sactown Royalty Nov 22, 2014

Selflessness and communication helping Kings to hot start

The Kings' early success may stem from a new vibe and changing culture in the locker room. The small market team with the black and purple trim has been anything but a Cinderella story over the last seven years. No effective systems on offense or defense and a rotating door of coaches and players, combined with relocation threat after relocation threat, left the Kings locker room in shambles and with a record of 182-376 between 2007 and 2013. But this year's Kings team is off to a 7-5 start and national media continues to take notice, mentioning DeMarcus Cousins as a potential MVP...
Sactown Royalty Nov 22, 2014

Kings vs. Timberwolves Preview: Trap game or cake walk?

After wrapping up a 2-1 homestand with a victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Kings are back on the road again for a four game trip starting today in Minnesota.  The Timberwolves are ravaged by injuries and thanks to this summer's Kevin Love trade are more full of potential than actual production.  This is a rare early season game for Sacramento that they should be expected to win, but they can't fall into the trap of playing down to their opponent.  Tonight's action tips off at 5:00 pm tonight on Comcast SportsNet California and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. As I mentioned above,...
Sactown Royalty Nov 21, 2014

Disagreement Between Comcast SportsNet CA And DISH Could Leave Kings Fans In The Dark

Contractual negotiations between Comcast Sportsnet California and DISH Network could end up depriving fans of the ability to watch the best Kings team in years. News has slowly begun to trickle out regarding contractual disputes between DISH network and several of Comcast SportsNet's regional networks around the country. Sactown Royalty has learned that the carriage agreement between DISH Network and Comcast SportsNet California is also set to expire on December 1st of this year. And, from the looks of things, both sides are nowhere near coming to terms on an agreement. But what does all...
Sactown Royalty Nov 21, 2014

Kings Links: DeMarcus Cousins is leading the way for the Kings

Happy Friday folks!  A great Kings win always makes the next day a little better.  Here's your Friday links, with a lot of focus on how DeMarcus Cousins is turning the Kings into a team to be reckoned with on any given night. On this day in history: November 21st, 1694: French historian, playwright and philosopher Voltaire is born. NBA.com: Critics take note: Cousins' game doing the talking nowSekou Smith has an NBA MVP ladder he's running over at NBA.com and DeMarcus Cousins is currently 8th thanks to his improvement and more importantly, Sacramento's improvement. ESPN: Kings show they...
Sactown Royalty Nov 21, 2014

Omri Casspi is playing the best basketball of his career

When the Kings signed Omri Casspi this summer, reaction was decidedly mixed among Kings fans.  Casspi started off his career here in Sacramento and did well for a time, but eventually he fell out of favor and was traded to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson.  Now returning to the Kings after a few years elsewhere, Casspi was now a veteran, a player who had learned to fill a role and might be able to contribute a few minutes here and there off the bench.  There were no big expectations for him, much like there weren't for the Kings themselves. So far this season however, Casspi is making a case...
Sactown Royalty Nov 21, 2014

Kings 103, Bulls 88: Sacramento holds off Chicago in well-rounded effort

Six Kings hit double figures led by DeMarcus Cousins' 22 point, 14 rebound effort as Sacramento holds off the streaking Bulls in a nationally televised performance. The Chicago Bulls came into Sleep Train Arena as the only undefeated road team left in the NBA, and with a national audience watching the Sacramento Kings protected their home court. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points along with 14 rebounds and four assists, while Darren Collison had 17 points and 12 assists in the Kings 103-88 victory. Rudy Gay added 20 points and seven rebounds on 7-11 shooting as six Kings topped the ten point...
Sactown Royalty Nov 20, 2014

Remembering Chris Webber and Mike Bibby

While it is never argued that Chris Webber and Vlade Divac were the MVP's of the Kings' "Glory Years", Chris Webber along with his other partner, Mike Bibby should not be overlooked. The year was 2001. After an impressive 3-year-run, the Sacramento Kings parted ways with Jason Williams in a trade that sent him to the newly relocated Memphis Grizzlies for another third year guard named Mike Bibby. While the trade was not immediately popular, Mike Bibby quickly became a fan favorite in his own right, and the better part of the Kings' glory years was born. What made the Kings go to the next...
Sactown Royalty Nov 20, 2014

Kings vs. Bulls Preview: The East finally comes to town

Your Sacramento Kings are on national tv tonight to take on a very tough Chicago Bulls team.  Sacramento is looking to go 2-1 on this short homestand before heading back out on the road and also trying to avoid dropping down to .500 for the first time since they were 1-1. This is also Sacramento's first game against an Eastern Conference opponent. Tonight's action tips off at 7:30 pm tonight on TNT and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. Both teams are dealing with injuries although it's more severe for Chicago.  Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol are both definitively out for tonight's game....
Sactown Royalty Nov 20, 2014

Kings vs. Bulls Fan Predicitons

Link to the Leaderboard Below are a series of prediction questions for today's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after tip-off will not...
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2014

Rudy Gay Press Conference Open Thread

The Rudy Gay extension is now official, and at 2 pm Pacific today the Kings will be holding a Press Conference to discuss it.  The presser will be broadcast on CSN California (the same channel you watch Kings games on) and probably live streamed elsewhere.  It will definitely be on KHTK 1140, which you can listen to online here (Click the big, red listen live button). Feel free to use this as an open thread for the press conference as well as for any discussion related to Rudy Gay's extension.
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2014

Reassessing Expectations: How many games will the Kings win?

The Kings' hot start makes us wonder just how good this team actually is. The Sacramento Kings have started the season much better than pretty much any of us expected.  Even with Tuesday's disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and even with the controversial loss to the Memphis Grizzlies that remains under protest, the Kings are an improbable 6-5.  This is despite a brutal schedule, which some feared could derail the season before it even began. There are optimists before every season, but I think it's fair to say that the team is exceeding expectations thus far.  A lot of...
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2014

SB Nation FanDuel Tournament for Wednesday night

SBNation is holding a $2 buy-in tournament on FanDuel today that starts at 4:00 PM Pacific.  Many of SBNation NBA's writers and editors will be joining in, so if you think you can beat us, come on and give it your best shot. Click here to join Wednesday's tournament. If you are not already a member of FanDuel click here and you'll get a 100% first time matching deposit bonus ($200 max) to exclusive to SB Nation readers. Use the hashtag #FanDuelSBN to brag about lineup.  Here's mine for tonight: PG: John WallPG: Nate RobinsonSG: Joe JohnsonSG: Jamal CrawfordSF: Tobias HarrisSF: Trevor...
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins: 'This was a terrible game for us'

Michael Malone and his players share their thoughts on Tuesday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and their plan going into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls. The Sacramento Kings fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 106-100 Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena. Following the game, head coach Michael Malone and the players shared their thoughts with the media on how a lackluster second half did them in and talked about preparing for the Chicago Bulls. What Went Wrong Malone: "In that third quarter, I had no idea what we were doing the whole quarter. It was random, one-on-one iso, pound...
Sactown Royalty Nov 19, 2014

Pelicans 106, Kings 100: Kings unable to overcome third quarter collapse

The Kings come out flat after the halftime break and are unable to recover as the Pelicans steal one in Sacramento The Sacramento Kings have been a largely starter-reliant squad thus far this year. The bench has proven to be shallow, but the starting unit has been one of the top ranked units in the league. And when the starters struggle, the Kings have very little chance of winning. Unfortunately, thats exactly what happened coming out of the locker room, as the New Orleans Pelicans rode a 31-15 third quarter thumping to win 106 -100. It's unfortunate because the Kings really came out...

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