[Grades] Grades v. Warriors 2/4/2017

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Bricklayer, Feb 4, 2017.


Does it mean anything?

Poll closed Feb 6, 2017.
  1. Everything

  2. We're coming around

  3. Same story all season

  4. We suck, Cousins got a T, Joerger smiles too much, and Vlade's clueless

  1. Bricklayer

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



    Link to Boxscore

    Afflalo ( C ) -- okay, this is a real hard grade. Here is Afflalo's statline: 36min 0-3FG 2pts 2reb 1ast. I mean...!!! And yet somehow he felt solid. He really worked on defense, it didn't feel like he was being taken advantage of, Klay and Durant combined for 12-35 shooting. There are no numbers to support this grade, but it felt like he was a part of this win rather than a detriment.

    Cousins ( A- ) -- and another tough grade. This was winning how you are supposed to win with a great center. Strangle the other team, beat them up, slam your big man into their middle and uglify the game. But there was some real ugly. Almost a second straight triple double, flat muscle work inside down the stretch, big defensive plays, but also 7 TOs, 0-5 from three, a badly timed tech, a fumbled board in the final seconds that could have led to a loss... A-?

    Koufos ( B- ) -- yet another game where small ball tactics (and the Warriors nearly complete lack of bigs) meant very few minutes for Koufos. But he did his work on the boards, defended the rim nicely, and even flipped the script and added a nice little interior assist to Cousins.

    McLemore ( B- ) -- there's a bit of the McLemore scale in play here again, but there is also a bit of not, as Ben wasn't very Ben like. His numbers were modest, you rarely noticed him, but that's precisely the thing. Like Afflalo, he hustled on D and didn't hurt us, and we got away with starting Arron Afflalo and Ben McLemore vs. Klay and Durant and just hustled and scrapped.

    Collison ( B+ ) --I think on this you almost have to ignore Steph going on because...Steph. You also have to begin to ignore DC not getting any assists because its pretty clear Cuz is our PG now, and DC is just a small scorer. And so you judge him as a small scorer, and he hit important shots and gave us outside presence Lawson could not. + some big attempts at hustle too.


    Tolliver ( A- ) -- and see? Anthony clearly heard me insult him yesterday, and vowed to do better. And he roleplayered it up in a big way, hitting all his threes this time, and really playing defense at a high level for him, including maybe intimidating Curry into missing the huge go ahead layup.

    Barnes ( A ) -- was huge on the glass, and maybe bigger on defense, where he contributed mightily to Durant's miserable night and harassed him all over court. Our huge bench advantage is where we won this one.

    Lawson ( C ) -- normally the leader of the bench crew, but just seemed off. made some uncommon turnovers and had trouble with Steph. Got himself benched late in the game by repeatedly refusing to shoot the ball on open kicks and swings, often ending up settling for a worse shot or throwing it to Boogie to have to beat the clock with a tough contested look.

    Richardson ( INC ) -- did pretty well really in his first half stint guarding Klay Thompson. Hit his only shot, and aside from one rookie mistake, was very fundamentally solid on Klay.

    Cauley Stein ( A- ) -- is beginning to contribute every night now. Really aggressive on offense, including uncorking an impressive spin move borrowed from Cuz's arsenal. Got to see some of that ability to guard perimeter people as Golden State got him in switches, and it didn't go the way they planned. Not enough muscle on the glass though, and finishes got too soft late as the game got physical.
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  2. HndsmCelt

    HndsmCelt Well-Known Member

    Demarcus only gets nine assists blows the triple double and gets a technical I don't see how that nets him above a d
  3. gunks

    gunks Well-Known Member

    "A"s for everyone. **** The Dubs. Long live The Kings!
  4. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    kind of reminds me of a two way road you take towards either a castle or towards the desert, in hindsight and reality, you tend to go towards the castle, where you have safe haven. However, once you arrive at the castle, you are greeted by knights waiting to execute you when all along, you should of gone towards the desert with a chance of finding a way home.
  5. The_Jamal

    The_Jamal Well-Known Member

    Boogie since Jan 1:

    34 MPG
    26.7 PPG
    11.3 RPG
    6.4 APG
    1.3 SPG
    1.2 BPG
    4.4 TO
    10 FTA/Game
    56.4 TS%
    37.9% USG rate

    Kings Record: 6-12

    Basically, get this guy some wins and he's got a case for MVP
  6. Mr. S£im Citrus

    Mr. S£im Citrus That's right, I said it! Staff Member Contributor

    Looking at some of the highlights, and how Cousins manages to muscle some of those layups in... it makes you realize that, if Cousins got James Harden's calls, he'd average forty points a game.
  7. PurpleHaze

    PurpleHaze Well-Known Member

    We mostly suck, might turn it around since don't play any games outside of Calif until March. But then again, Kings not proved much at home to be confident in anything. Cousins so far is not leading NBA in techs. Joerger must be reading KingFans as did not smile once few minutes ago post-game presser. Coz chimed in coach not getting too
    high or too low. Vlade on camera in his Petrie standing in tunnel position near end looked like might be hoping for
    another narrow loss. I'm confused, don't know how to vote in poll.
  8. SLAB

    SLAB Well-Known Member

    Hell, I'll take the calls that Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis get.

    If DMC got the same calls as a superstar guard he'd average 20+ FT's a game.
  9. The_Jamal

    The_Jamal Well-Known Member

    Shaq syndrome unfortunately, who probably got fouled every time he had the ball in the post. Tis the life of a "big" big man
  10. Mr. S£im Citrus

    Mr. S£im Citrus That's right, I said it! Staff Member Contributor

    If anything, we have demonstrated that we can beat anybody, and we can lose to anybody; the rest of this season is impossible to call.
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  11. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    Um, what?
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  12. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

  13. Mr. S£im Citrus

    Mr. S£im Citrus That's right, I said it! Staff Member Contributor

    There's a lot of truth to that, but Shaq didn't face up as much as Cousins does. There aren't many All-Star caliber player who get as few calls, relative to how many drives he takes.
  14. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    Matt Barnes just basically shut down a stupid reporter who sounded suspiciously like James Ham.

    Question: Is there any rhyme or reason how you guys win and lose? It seems like every night you just have no idea...

    Barnes (Interrupting): Next question.
  15. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    Yep, definitely Ham who reworded the question slightly when he asked WCS. Willie actually answered... He'll learn.
  16. SLAB

    SLAB Well-Known Member

    The same question was just asked to WCS. (Paraphrased) "I guess there was more focus tonight. We played to them. Effort fluctuates on who we're playing."
  17. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    This is what winning looks like.

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  18. kingdivac

    kingdivac Well-Known Member

    McClemore following up a good game with an ok game. I'm encouraged. McClemore is still getting chances to right his play. Barnes active. Cousins with an All-Pro type performance. I like when Cousins dribble-drives into an assist instead of forcing it (sometimes). Win took the sting out of the Suns close loss surely, and hopefully gave the team a shot of confidence. So I'm wondering if any other team has beaten both the Warrior and Cavs this regular season - a small feather in the cap.
  19. SLAB

    SLAB Well-Known Member

    Just Memphis.
  20. CruzDude

    CruzDude Senior Member sharing a brew with bajaden

    Great game and team win. However, their totally predictable half court offense late in game and overtime against one of the best defensive teams in NBA was tough to watch. It worked, sort of as they won, but not good practice in long run as DMC did have 7 TO's and another "T". The open shots not taken was tough also. Good team win.
  21. The Hammer

    The Hammer Well-Known Member

    I've been saying it for while now, but it bears repeating: this is the game where we really turned it around.
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  22. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    just so happens to be the same team the Kings are trying to emulate....go figure.
  23. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    one thing I've noticed over these last two games with McLemore, he is trying the floater a lot more rather than going straight to the basket where he usually spirals out of control and falls down or gets blocked.
  24. jcwkings

    jcwkings Well-Known Member

    James Ham is a moron who knows next to nothing about basketball yet somehow works for the team.
  25. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    And we beat Memphis. :p
  26. DesertFox

    DesertFox Well-Known Member

    He's actually pretty skilled at manuvering his body and putting the ball in the basket. Would be nice to see him use his athleticism more often, besides open court dunks.
  27. whoopdeedoo

    whoopdeedoo Well-Known Member

    Whoever is working with the guys to help develop them seems to be doing a good job, something rare around these parts. How can I get one of the "insiders" to write an article on player development? I wanna know who to thank! I think it's typically assistants who do that job.
  28. kingdivac

    kingdivac Well-Known Member

    Huh, it just finished ~45 min ago? I assume you meant to write, this is the game where they needed to turn it around?
  29. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    Need to see this for longer durations. Right now, he's out there to take the open shots and help spread the floor a bit. His defense is still next to nothing but if he can even shoot at a respectable clip, then he will be playing more until Temple returns. Malachi will get his time either later in the season or most likely next season when Ben is gone.
  30. parker

    parker Well-Known Member

    Late in the game and OT they kept running the clock down under 10 seconds before they would get it into cousins. The W was great, but agree some of the possessions at the end were hard to watch.

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