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Sactown Royalty 5 hours ago

10 things we learned about the Kings from Preseason

Wins and Losses don't matter in preseason but that doesn't mean we can't learn from it. With yesterday's win over the Lakers, the Kings have officially completed preseason and are busy getting ready for the actual season to start this Wednesday.  Sacramento finished 3-4 in the preseason and along the way we learned a few things. 1. DeMarcus Cousins is going to be even better than last year The Kings center was dominant in his 6 preseason games, averaging 18.2 points in just 23.5 minutes a game.  The reason for his ridiculous scoring volume (that translates to 27.9 points per 36...
Silver Screen and Roll 14 hours ago

Lakers vs. Kings final score: Ray McCallum hits buzzer-beater in 93-92 loss

The Lakers were in cruise control until the fourth quarter. Then Ray McCallum happened. The Los Angeles Lakers end their preseason on a sour note with a 93-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings, finishing exhibition play with a 3-5 record. Los Angeles was shorthanded and dealing with foul trouble through the game, then lost control of the game through the last quarter. The Kings, down one, had the final possession. Ray McCallum swooped in to grab a missed shot, and barely managed to beat the buzzer. The Lakers' fourth-quarter collapse included missing three out of their four free-throws in the...
Sactown Royalty 14 hours ago

Sweet Baby Ray Saves The Day

Ray McCallum Forever!!
Sactown Royalty 15 hours ago

Kings 93, Lakers 92: Ray McCallum tips in game winner at buzzer to lead Kings comeback

The Kings ended the preseason on a Ray McCallum buzzer beating tip in. Typical. The Sacramento Kings looked as though they were going to end the preseason on a sour note, falling to the Lakers by double digits late in the game, but Ray McCallum and Sacramento's bench led a big comeback that included a 15-2 run and a game-winning tip shot by McCallum at the buzzer to win 93-92.  McCallum only played the final 4 minutes and 12 seconds of the game but was a +14 for the Kings as he both tied the game and won it in the final minute. DeMarcus Cousins was about the only real positive for...
Sactown Royalty 15 hours ago

Here Lies Robert Sacre

Boogie is BBBBBAAAADDDD MAN!!
Sactown Royalty 16 hours ago

Rudy Gay knocked out of game with Jaw injury

The Kings forward took a mean elbow from Julius Randle and is not expected to return. We're at halftime of the Kings-Lakers preseason game, but Rudy Gay's night is done. Gay took an elbow to the face from Lakers rookie Julius Randle during a fastbreak and had to leave the game, running immediately to the locker room.  It's possible the elbow may have reaggravated an earlier jaw injury that Gay suffered this past summer during the FIBA World Cup in Spain. According to reporters around the team, Rudy will not return to game action tonight and will have X-rays taken upon his return to...
Sactown Royalty Oct 24, 2014

Sacramento Kings announce Downtown Arena Groundbreaking set for Wednesday

The ongoing joke regarding the Kings arena for the last decade has been "I'll believe it when I see shovels going into the ground".  That day has actually come, and it's next Wednesday. The Kings sent out a press release today announcing the groundbreaking ceremony would take place at 11:30 am on Wednesday, October 29th, also the same day as Opening Night of the Regular Season.  Unfortunately the public is not invited as it is an active construction site, but the entire event will be live streamed. Demolition on the site is continuing and is almost done.  Per the Kings, the site should...
Sactown Royalty Oct 24, 2014

Kings vs. Lakers Preview: Preseason ends

The NBA preseason is coming to an end for the Sacramento Kings tonight as they face the Los Angeles Lakers in their annual preseason matchup in Las Vegas.  The game is not televised on our end but will be on Time Warner Sports Network in Los Angeles if you're in the area.  Otherwise you can listen to the game on KHTK 1140.  Tip-off is at 7:00 pm Pacific Time. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. Turnovers have been a huge issue for the Kings this preseason as they attempt to learn a new offense.  DeMarcus Cousins has been the biggest offender, with 19 turnovers in the last two games alone.  While...
Sactown Royalty Oct 22, 2014

Jordan Crawford overestimated his value and turned down Kings, now he's in China

In unsurprising but interesting news, David Pick of Eurobasket.com and Sportando.com tweeted today that the Kings had offered Jordan Crawford a deal this summer.  You may have noticed a distinct lack of Jordan Crawfords on the Kings roster today, so what happened? Spoke to Jordan Crawford. He said the Kings extended an off-season deal, wasn't comfortable with a backup role in Sacramento. — David Pick (@IAmDPick) October 22, 2014 Jordan Crawford signed a $1.4m deal in China during the summer. Said he was "overlooked in the NBA." Full read drops tomm. — David Pick (@IAmDPick)...
Sactown Royalty Oct 22, 2014

The national narrative around DeMarcus Cousins is changing

ESPN's NBA Rank is just the latest example of Boogie starting to get the respect he's earned. The national narrative surrounding DeMarcus Cousins is changing for the better.  It's been slowly happening since last season, but this summer has been a turning point.  Cousins' performance on Team USA at the FIBA World Cup certainly helped draw attention to Boogie's improved performance and effort on both ends of the floor. NBATV's The Starters unanimously agreed that Cousins would make the All-Star Team this season, stating "now is the time we all fall in love with DeMarcus Cousins." Then...
Sactown Royalty Oct 22, 2014

NBA owners vote down lottery reform

Sacramento voted for the change, but the reform's failure helps the Kings. The NBA's Board of Governors have voted down lottery reform, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.  This is big news, as the reform was widely expected to hurt small market teams. The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 22, 2014 But in an interesting turn of events, Woj reports that the Kings voted in favor of the reform. Big markets -- Chicago and Washington -- voted...
Sactown Royalty Oct 21, 2014

Michael Malone has chosen his starting lineup

No real surprises here. Coming into the preseason, Sacramento's starting lineup was a bit of a question mark aside from DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.  Coach Michael Malone said as much in most of his interviews on the subject.  That left three positions up for grabs. Today, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that the starting lineup we saw on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs will be the opening night starting lineup.  That lineup featured Darren Collison and Ben McLemore in the backcourt and Rudy Gay, Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins up front.  Despite the...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014

Kings 99, Spurs 106: Cousins dominates but Kings play sloppy and fall in San Antonio

DeMarcus Cousins had a dominating performance but it wasn't enough to overcome the lack of late game execution and overall sloppiness of the Kings. Despite leading for much of the game, a dominating DeMarcus Cousins performance, and no Tim Duncan or Kawhi Leonard for the Spurs, the Kings fell to the San Antonio Spurs 106 to 99.  It was a bit of deja vu to the last few times the Kings have visited San Antonio, as once again the team failed to execute and close out in the final quarter as the game tightened up. Cousins led the way with 32 points on 12-14 shooting from the field.  He also...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014
Kings vs Spurs Preview: Summer League Champs face Regular Season Champs

Kings vs Spurs Preview: Summer League Champs face Regular Season Champs

The Kings travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs in a clash of title contenders. Preseason is ending quickly as the Kings head to Texas for their penultimate exhibition, this time against the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.  The game is not set to be televised either in Sacramento or San Antonio, meaning you'll only be able to track it by listening to KHTK 1140.  Tip off is at 5:30 pm Pacific. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. With preseason winding down, the hope is that the mistakes will lessen and the offense will tighten up.  The Kings have been a bit turnover prone in their new...
Sactown Royalty Oct 20, 2014

Omri Casspi getting comfortable in new role with Kings

Omri Casspi looks to be a key contributor off the Kings bench this season. When Omri Casspi signed with the Kings over the summer, many shrugged their shoulders with a "meh." The sixth-year man is in his second stint with Sacramento after all and how much of a role could he possibly have now? As the preseason has rolled along, Casspi continues to contribute steady, productive minutes and likely will be one of the two to three top contributors off the Kings bench this season. Casspi, who helped the Kings defeat Maccabi Haifa 91-59 on Saturday, seems to have absorbed his NBA experience quite...
Pounding The Rock Oct 20, 2014
Preseason Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

Preseason Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

Following a heartbreaker against the Heat on Saturday, the Spurs look to get back on track in a tango with the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXOctober 20, 2014, 7:30 PM Spurs TimeRADIO: 1200 AM WOAI Last season, the Sacramento Kings were chock-full of talented players whose skill sets almost entirely overlapped on both ends of the floor. Their offense was limited to several ball-dependent playmakers (DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay), and several role players who couldn't hit their jumpers (27th in the league for 3-point %)....
Sactown Royalty Oct 19, 2014

Sacramento Kings waive Sim Bhullar, David Wear, and Deonte Burton

Farewell, Sim City, we hardly knew ye. The Sacramento Kings waived Sim Bhullar, David Wear, and Deonte Burton following Saturday's win against Maccabi Haifa, according to our friend James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom and later confirmed by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. According to NBA source, the Sacramento Kings will have waived Sim Bhullar, David Wear and Deonte Burton. — James Ham (@James_Ham) October 19, 2014 Bhullar, the 7 foot 5 inch center from New Mexico State, played limited minutes for the Kings this preseason.  He's struggled to find time on the court, and simply isn't in...
Sactown Royalty Oct 19, 2014

Kings beat Maccabi Haifa 91-59: Point Guards Shine, Turnovers Abound, and Sim Scores

The Kings welcomed Maccabi Haifa into Sacramento for an exhibition game. While they started out rough, and had their obligatory turnover problems, they did get their act together and won 91-59. In a very different type of game at Sleep Train Arena, the Sacramento Kings hostedMaccabi Haifa, a ball club straight out of Israel. The game opened with a very nice rendition of the Israeli National Anthem, and an exchanging of gifts between the two teams. I really like the NBA not only embracing the international community by traveling abroad, but welcoming some of these clubs here. The game had...
CelticsBlog Oct 18, 2014

Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Preview - Boogie time

The Kings are likely to miss the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but lead by DeMarcus Cousins road to stardom, they'll be fun to watch. Sactown Royalty - Sacramento Kings 2014-15 Preview - SBNation.com There are several goals for this Kings team as they try to improve enough to end what is likely to be a 9 year playoff drought after this season.  Sacramento has won just 28 games in each of the least two seasons and haven't won 30 games since 2007-08.  Even with two stars in DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, this team probably doesn't have what it takes to make the 20 or so...
Sactown Royalty Oct 18, 2014

Kings vs. Maccabi Haifa Preview: Now it's Sacramento's turn to host an international team

The Kings are back home in Sacramento for the last time before the regular season home opener.  They're hosting Israeli team Maccabi Haifa at 7:30 PM Pacific Time.  There is no television broadcast of the game but as usual you can hear it on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. DeMarcus Cousins sat out last game with "bilateral achilles soreness" so I wouldn't be surprised to see him sit out this game either, especially since it isn't against NBA competition.  Carl Landry got the start for him last time, but did not play much himself.  At some point this preseason I'd like to see Carl get...

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