[Grades] Grades v. Wolves 12/23/2016

Discussion in 'Kings Rap' started by Bricklayer, Dec 23, 2016.

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When does our win streak finally end?

Poll closed Dec 26, 2016.
  1. 12/26 vs. 76ers

    5 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. 12/28 @ Blazers

    20 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. 12/31 vs. Grizzlies

    11 vote(s)
    15.7%
  4. 1/3 @ Nuggets

    2 vote(s)
    2.9%
  5. 1/4 vs. Heat

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. 1/6 vs. Clippers

    11 vote(s)
    15.7%
  7. 1/8 vs. Warriors

    7 vote(s)
    10.0%
  8. Never! MUHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    14 vote(s)
    20.0%
  1. Bricklayer

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



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    Not sure about the strategy of letting Karl Anthony Towns have not one, but TWO wide open corner threes to tie the game in the final seconds, but hey, look at us: 13-17, 6-4 in our last 10, and on a 3 game winning streak. Going into the holidays. Merry Christmas folks.


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    Link to Boxscore

    Starters
    32min 10pts (4-6 2-4 0-0) 5reb 5ast 0stl 0blk 3To
    Barnes ( B ) -- surprisingly effective in the first half against the long Wolves frontline. Overpowered a couple of times by Wiggins in the post, but in general Wiggins did little. A few of his patented bad passes, but outweighed by the good passes as everybody moved the ball.

    37min 32pts (13-24 3-6 3-5) 7reb 7ast 4stl 2blk 5To
    Cousins ( A- ) -- there was an air of calm and smart play around Cuz for most of this night. He made the right shot decision, when the Wolves started TRIPLE teaming him (yes) he waited and picked it apart hitting open men. He was the saavy vet...who also drops 32 on you. But not strong enough on the glass, and some late mistakes for the "-".

    21min 12pts (6-8 0-0 0-0) 4reb 0ast 1stl 0blk 0To
    Koufos ( B ) -- minutes were limited as we chose to go with Tolliver's spacing value at PF, but in the early going especially, Kosta did a great job of being "the other big", and moving to the rim for little dumpoffs and follows. Did let Towns overwhelm him on the glass however.

    16min 7pts (2-4 1-3 2-3) 3reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0To
    McLemore ( C+ ) -- at the start of both halves Ben came out moving well and playing with a purpose, but rather than it turning into one of "those games" for him, it just fizzled both times, and with LaVine going off for career numbers we needed Temple, stat.

    20min 3pts (1-5 1-2 0-0) 1reb 6ast 0stl 0blk 0To
    Collison ( D ) -- no idea what to say here. Continues to play a dead game, and I have no explanation for why.

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    Bench

    31min 17pts (6-9 5-7 0-0) 3reb 0ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
    Tolliver ( B+ ) -- I mean basically the old man at the park 3pt bomber here. Did nothing else, got creamed on the boards. But he was part of the defensive hustle that brought the Wolves to heel, and he had his best 3pt shooting night since preseason, with several of them at key junctures.

    28min 15pts (5-11 2-3 3-4) 3reb 4ast 2stl 0blk 1TO
    Lawson ( B+ ) -- two or three weeks ago Lawson was the PG where we wondered what had happened to his game, and now here is is again providing the heady leadership and scrap, and winning all the crunchtime minutes in a Kings W. Teamed with Cuz to give us our late offense.

    8min 2pts (1-3 0-0 0-0) 2reb 0ast 0stl 1blk 1TO
    Cauley-Stein ( C+ ) -- can't go any higher, but really Willie did not look bad in his first half minutes, and critically, he is starting to compete. looked like he knew what he wanted to do, just got beat several times.

    26min 9pts (3-6 1-3 2-2) 6reb 4ast 0stl 0blk 1TO
    Temple ( B ) -- as it turned out LaVine was too hot to cool off through the mere application of a Temple, but he did make him work, and gradually as the game got near the end, Zach finally started missing the occasional shot. meanwhile Temple was playing the glue guy in all other ways. Didn't stop his target, but still played a good game.

    23min 2pts (1-4 0-1 0-0) 0reb 1ast 0stl 0blk 0TO
    Afflalo ( D+ ) -- well, in some ways the Afflalo resurgence stopped here. Not able to get his offense going, and couldn't bully Wiggins. But he still felt like he was playing as pretty solid floorgame and giving an effort on D. This wasn't one of those dead, not ready to play outings. Just a bad night.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  2. lwc

    lwc Well-Known Member

    I predicted the Blazers because they are the kind of team that can legitimately beat anyone on any given. night.

    With that said, I could see the Kings going 4-3 in those 7 games. That would be a good pace with wins against teams in that 6-10 range in the Western Conference.
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  3. Mr. S£im Citrus

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

    It only took seven years for management to figure out that the optimal use of Cousins is to surround him with energy guys... Who'da thunk it?


    How's this grab you: Cleveland and Golden State play on Christmas night. That means that, one way or another, we will go into the 76ers game on Monday tied for the second-longest winning streak in the NBA.
  4. Jimbob

    Jimbob Well-Known Member

    Nice seeing Tolliver and Lawson playin good ball. Barnes and Kosta are off and on, on today for the win. Collison whats up?

    Vlade get us a PG this season that will make these playoffs exciting.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  5. Larry89

    Larry89 Disgruntled Kings Fan

    76ers game will be a classic trap game, Blazers game is going to be a slugfest
  6. jcwkings

    jcwkings Well-Known Member

    Cousins should get player of the week. Impressive win, Minnesota was coming in hot and this was a win that would vault them right into the thick of the race for eigth. Lavine was was stupid hot but Temple kept working and it paid off down the stretch.
  7. Mr. S£im Citrus

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

    Absolutely need to go into Monday with the attitude of that being a must-win.
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  8. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    Tolliver and Lawson were incredible off the bench. Lawson has been stringing along consecutive solid outings...great to see. Collison continues to do absolutely nothing and is slowly falling into that "Rudy Gay ineffectiveness" category.

    Good to see the Kings surviving a scorching night courtesy of Zach. 15 made three point field goals is something you don't see very often so that was huge.
    KingMilz, ppine, lwc and 2 others like this.
  9. Suicide King

    Suicide King Well-Known Member

    Kings end up shooting 52.5 % from two and 51.7% from three. That always helps. The off season additions of Temple, Lawson , Tolliver and even Barnes have payed dividends in our last three wins. Credit to Vlade , maybe he knows a thing or two.
  10. Jimbob

    Jimbob Well-Known Member

    If Tolliver keeps up like this we might be tempted to pick up that second year. He can stretch the floor.
    Rudy, Collison, lets make a deal please.
  11. Tetsujin

    Tetsujin The Game Thread Dude

    Which probably means Embiid goes for Wilt's record.
  12. kingsboi

    kingsboi Well-Known Member

    Let's just hope this shooting from Tolliver and Lawson isn't a mirage and we see this on a consistent basis more often than not.
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  13. King Baller

    King Baller Well-Known Member

  14. Larry89

    Larry89 Disgruntled Kings Fan

    There is a chance we can win 8 in a row
  15. Joshoua

    Joshoua Well-Known Member

    Haha Acy over Tolliver I remember people complaining about that.
  16. SCKingsfan

    SCKingsfan Active Member

    Cousins ho-hum game of 32 pts, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Not even a double-double. What a bum :rolleyes:
  17. andjel

    andjel Well-Known Member

    and Utah and Denver lost.... merry christmas
  18. jcwkings

    jcwkings Well-Known Member

    Spurs putting the vice grips on Portland.
  19. SLAB

    SLAB Well-Known Member

    Not like that already mega-star KAT who had almost a double double in one single quarter and is only 21 years old!!!
  20. Ron

    Ron Well-Known Member

    I voted that it ends in the next game...
    and not as a counter-jinx measure, too.

    Can't y'all see it?
    • We're facing the SIXERS!
    • Playing at HOME!
    • After a 3-DAY REST!
    • And we're HEALTHY!
    Get real: What does that spell?
    In my #Kangz book that's a sure L
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  21. Larry89

    Larry89 Disgruntled Kings Fan

    Spurs handing the Blazers their asses tonight
  22. SCKingsfan

    SCKingsfan Active Member

    that man can rebound
  23. Ron

    Ron Well-Known Member

    If we shall be serious about it for a second, the steals DO make it rare:

    This kind of a stat-line was only achieved 3 times in this decade so far
    (twice by LBJ in his super-playoff-finals-mode vs GSW in 2 different seasons, and once by KD)
    and only 27 time in NBA history, ever since they started counting (1985).

    Furthermore - It was NEVER done in such short playing time (36 minutes).

    See here, in the Player Game Log Search
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  24. kupman

    kupman Well-Known Member

    What the heck has gotten into our bench?

    Kings bench: 45
    Wolves bench: 11
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  25. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    You mean that group of scrubs Vlade was insane to bring to the Kings? :p
    steelevt, Geoff, King Baller and 10 others like this.
  26. Larry89

    Larry89 Disgruntled Kings Fan

    They get more touches without having to dribble with Rudy out and Ty getting more minutes
    FaStRmAn, lwc, kingsfan1984 and 2 others like this.
  27. VF21

    VF21 #KingsFansForever Staff Member Contributor

    I think you may be right. The team has just looked more TEAMY the past three games.
    FaStRmAn, King Baller, lwc and 6 others like this.
  28. kingdivac

    kingdivac Well-Known Member

    Lawson and Tolliver are key......but Collison needs to get it better together. Interestingly, this year's team is tracking last year's squad's standings very closely through similar timeframes.
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  29. ockingsfan

    ockingsfan Well-Known Member

    Big, Big, Big Difference.

    Last year the Kings was a ticking time bomb with DMC-Karl dynamic.

    This year, the team is running through walls for Coach Joeger! :p
    lwc, Čarolija, Tetsujin and 7 others like this.
  30. kingdivac

    kingdivac Well-Known Member


    We'll see......

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