[Grades] Grades v. Celtics 02/08/17

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Bricklayer, Feb 8, 2017.

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Who blew your hair back the most tonight?

Poll closed Feb 10, 2017.
  1. Darren

    19.6%
  2. Willie

    65.2%
  3. Matty ******* Barnes

    8.7%
  4. Ben

    6.5%
  1. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor

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    I really don't care about people hating on this team anymore. You know what? You all suck. :p

    This team isn't that good, it's beat up, but damn if it doesn't fight. After 10 straight years of teams quitting, and a few years before that when we were led by a pack of talented softies like Peja and Kevin and Brad, this team fights harder than any crew we've had since maybe the Ron Ron and Bonzi show. Much respect.

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    Link to Boxscore

    Afflalo ( C+ ) -- this is another one of those games where it was not there statistically. Hit a few shots early, not much else. But he was somehow a stabilizing force, never let his man get off, and was brought back in late as a guard just to be a steadying hand

    Tolliver ( B- ) -- this was trying very hard to be a strong game for Tolliver. he did almost everything right EXCEPT the one thing he is supposed to be out there doing. So he made a ton of saavy plays, and snuck inside for scores, and did a good job defending Al Horford, who likes to have a quickness advantage and did not...but everytime the grade surged, Anthony would badly brick another open three, and down it went again. Part of this though.

    Koufos ( B- ) -- its hard to go any higher with this grade. Statistically the game looks very solid, and he hit the glass. But he looked uncomfortable all night on offense, and in the end ceded the late minutes to Willie instead.

    Lawson ( B+ ) -- wanted to give him a real grade here, and actually truth is he might have deserved a FIFTH A of some sort. He was right up and competing with IT from the opening tip, and going right at him and challenging that defensive questionmark. Looked to be the key to us neutralizing IT...then suddenly came up lame with yet another hammy injury for us. luckily DC picked right up in the amazing effort department.

    Collison ( A+ ) -- huge game. Enormous game on BOTH ends. That was the excitement here. We were down half our offense before we even tipped off. Early it was Ty Lawson giving Isaiah all he wanted. Then we lose Lawson too. And DC stepped up in huge fashion, both as a scorer, and working his ass off to deny IT the ball. Many props here.

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    Barnes ( A ) -- our upset bid faced a major challenge in the late 3rd, as Lawson's loss left us with no backup to DC at all. So instead we turned the ball over to Matt to run the show for a few minutes and get DC a rest, and he was amazing for about 6 minutes. Bombed in three after three, rebounded, defended, and kept us fighting. May have lost a "+" with a Matt special near flagrant as we tried to wrap things up in the final minutes.

    Cauley Stein ( A- ) -- there were some warts here, his second stint was better than the first, he let guys slip inside for rebounding position a few times, and he made one incredibly stupid 1 on 1 force at a critical time in the early 4th, causing Joerger to call a timeout. But, BUT, not only was he again aggressive and confident, coming up with blocks and bothers, and attacking offensive moves, he also did this:



    McLemore ( A- ) -- came in off the bench and played this game with uncommon confidence. No hesitation, even a little arrogance as he began bombing in the 2nd quarter. It was refreshing. A breakaway dunk in the third, after a nice defensive effort on the other end, was an early exclamation point for us. Joerger wisely pulled him as he began to return to Bendom, but great for a while buoying us through all the holes in the roster.

    Richardson ( INC ) -- short first half stint where he he hit a three, drew a good charge on the hard charging Jaylen Brown, but also was attacked and beaten repeatedly by Brown. The fight got serious, Ben blew up, and Malachi was not back until garbagetime.

    Labissiere ( INC ) -- just the last minute after we got done stomping the last fight out of them scrubs :p

    Papagiannis ( INC ) -- see Skal above
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  2. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    the Kings as a unit need to see a Sports Psychologist and figure out this bipolar act they have going on.
  3. John Galt

    John Galt Well-Known Member

    I have the exact same sentiment as Brick. We are a tough team to beat. You cannot assume we are a schedule win. We're pretty gritty, pretty badass. I love it, record be damned. And by the way, I think we are going to the playoffs. I really do - can't wait to play the Nuggets.

    Willie gets my vote for the sportscenter dunk - one of the all time sweet Kings dunks
  4. Sac.1989

    Sac.1989 Well-Known Member

    Haters goona hate always and forever.

    What you have here is character.

    It's all coming together
  5. steelevt

    steelevt Well-Known Member

    This feels like the Memphis team coach had when his guys were dropping like flies but he kept chugging away and winning games.

    Ps. Not a bad consolation prize for kingfanpaul.
  6. c-webb1s#1

    c-webb1s#1 Well-Known Member

    The best way for me to describe the effect of this team upon myself would be to quote Bilbo Baggins..

    "I am old, Gandalf...I know I don't look it, but i'm beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel thin...sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread."

    I'll admit I didn't watch this game until the 4th. I kept checking the score, but I did not want to have my heart broken again by this team so I decided to take a step back. My mood goes with the success of the team some nights, and it's hard to always wear yourself out with the cheering and then the sadness. This circus act has gone on for years as we all know! Years!

    However, when I see the team come together like this, it really bolsters my moral in many ways. I want them to succeed...I want our city to win!! Hopefully this victory fills our players hearts with a newfound sense of pride. This was a team victory and i'm proud of every one of them! This is the kind of fight I wan't to see from our guys each and every night!


    Whooooo!!!!!
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  7. VF21

    VF21 #CharacterMatters? Staff Member Contributor

    Scott Moak ‏@AnnouncerScott 43m43 minutes ago
    Do not question this teams' heart.
  8. Gilles

    Gilles Well-Known Member

    As always BSPN is eager to tell you everything about Kings last game.
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  9. VF21

    VF21 #CharacterMatters? Staff Member Contributor

    And somebody asked why we call it "BSPN"...
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  10. alonshin

    alonshin Active Member

    Amazing.
    I just don't get this team. No Cousins, no Gay, no Temple, no Casspi. Against red hot Celtics who comes after 7 straight wins, + 2 days rest.
    Then of course we bit them by 16, and even find time for all of our rookies to play! Wow, just wow.
    Great effort, really amazing. No other team like that in the NBA, for good and bad... o_O
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  11. VF21

    VF21 #CharacterMatters? Staff Member Contributor

  12. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member

    I've said this before but it bears repeating: this is the game where we really turned it around.
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  13. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member

    This team is better coached than people realize. We are quietly developing a strength of character and a great culture. Watching Joeger after this win, it clicked for me, what he's doing with this team. Our guys fight for each other. A sign of a well coached team is that guys don't get bitter and atrophy on the bench, but when their number is called, there are scrappy performances and good chemistry. We've seen this repeatedly this season. The team picked Cuz up tonight. That's what teammates do.
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  14. 206Fan

    206Fan Well-Known Member

    Watching the game now, really refreshing to see no arguing and yelling. If only the Kings can maintain their composure every game.. maybe we'd be a better team than we are now? Negative energy is really understated. Of course, when we're winning, everyone's happy. When we're losing, everyone's frustrated, but when you unnecessarily add more onto that frustration, it brings the entire team to the deeper depths of lows.

    I really hope this suspension can light a fire under Cousins. The team won tonight, but we all know we're a sub 20W team without him. Cousins is probably the only thing stopping Cousins from being great. I hope we can build on from tonight. Continue the positive energy. Don't recall a single Cousins game where he didn't get upset and do something dumb. I know we've all been saying it for the last 7 years, but I really hope Cousins can start trending in a positive direction soon.
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  15. KingsFanSince85

    KingsFanSince85 Well-Known Member

    Let's face it -- this team just consistently does what you don't expect them to do.

    Every time we feel good about the team's play and their ability to take care of business against lower level teams, they lay an egg.
    Every time we get down about them laying an egg against a lower level team, they then beat an above average to elite level team.

    Like the Warrior game on a back-to-back after a horrible loss to PHX, I had ZERO confidence that they could pull off a W tonight. None. Boy, do I love being pleasantly surprised!

    Not sure they could sustain this level of play w/o Cousins for more than a game or two -- especially considering their track record when Boogie doesn't play -- but it sure was awesome to see and sorely needed.

    Shout out to Darren Collison for stepping up when the team needed him most. He's taken criticism on this site for not being clutch. Well, he sure was clutch tonight!
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  16. 206Fan

    206Fan Well-Known Member

    Strength of character? Would have to disagree with that due to the player's off-court reps.

    It's arguable that Cousins put his teammates in a poopooty position tonight against a top 3 team in the East. They were able to pull it out, but 9times out of 10, it's a loss. To begin with, Cousins should have been playing in this game. How he got his 16th technical was extremely immature and showed a lack of composure+leadership. The game was a few seconds away from being over. All he needed to do was go in the lockeroom, but instead, he exploded at the refs well knowing that it was his 16th tech. At that split second, he decided he'd let his anger consume him, and make his teammates play without their best player on Friday. Those aren't decisions you can make when you're supposed to be a leader, according to Joerger.

    Even with that being said, it seems like our role players have bought in. Now, we need Cousins to buy in. I can't recall the last game within the last 4-5 years where Cousins was actually able to maintain himself at a steady level. That needs to change if the Kings are really trying to buy into playoff talks. Today, it was a game where no one argued about any calls, or non-calls. It was a game where no one was slow to get back on defense because they were upset.
    It's the little things that really start to add up. It's the little things that start to stand out when they start impacting you in a big way.

    So, I would respectfully disagree with you. I don't see a change in culture or character. It should start with Cousins, not end at him.
  17. Bricklayer

    Bricklayer Don't Make Me Use The Bat Staff Member Contributor


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  18. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member

    If you don't see strength of character in this team after tonight's win, you never will.

    There is nothing you can say that takes away the fact that Cousins has the respect of his teammates.
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  19. Tetsujin

    Tetsujin The Game Thread Dude

    Joerger coached his ass off.

    Games like this show you the difference between DJ and some of the past regimes where the Kings would go through that Celtics first quarter and then just roll over for the rest of the game.
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  20. Larry89

    Larry89 Disgruntled Kings Fan

    Was that WCS or KG??
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  21. Suicide King

    Suicide King Active Member

    The Sleeper has Awoken...
  22. KingMilz

    KingMilz Well-Known Member

    Good luck topping that WCS dunk for the #1 Kings play this season impressive effort by the team tonight they jump on a lackluster Boston and outplayed them basically the whole game.
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  23. Kingfanpaul

    Kingfanpaul Well-Known Member

    LOL

    What a freaking game! Here I was all sad that I wouldn't get to watch Cousins and then the team goes out and plays an excellent game. Good luck trying to make sense of this team haha.

    Man oh man am I glad that I got to see that Cauley-Stein dunk live!
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  24. Siranthony

    Siranthony Active Member

    Great win by our team tonight. Congrats to the players who played and gave it all.
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  25. Tetsujin

    Tetsujin The Game Thread Dude

    Boogie
    Rudy
    Omri
    Temple
    Lawson

    The injured/inactive list by the end of the game featured arguably our best lineup.
  26. CelticsFan

    CelticsFan Active Member

    Best Kings win of the season
  27. mac

    mac Well-Known Member

    Looks like Joerger needs to have injuries in order to win games
  28. Sac.Kings

    Sac.Kings Well-Known Member

    This is when a coach like DJ shows what he's all about. For all of those "he's an average coach" folks, well he just clearly isn't. He's a scrappy fighter type of coach and now his team is too. I feel like he doesn't get enough credit for completely changing this teams culture in half a season. That comes from the coach and the rest of the coaching staff. That alone is a major accomplishment. We are the team that can beat anybody anytime and that counts for something, playoffs or no playoffs.
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  29. King Baller

    King Baller Well-Known Member

  30. dude12

    dude12 Well-Known Member

    @Darren_Collison: This is not the full content of the interview. We are all together in the locker room... Stop it!
    https://t.co/kY7ahWDIFA
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  31. King Baller

    King Baller Well-Known Member

    Joerger is a great Coach. The Kings Players last night played to a level to make us all proud. A+ all around from me:)

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