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    Sacramento Kings Game thread: New York Knicks vs Sacramento Kings 1/31/2021 7:30pm [Game #51]





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    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY MSG 7:30 PM EST



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    Injury Report

    Sacramento Kings New York Knicks
    Marvin Bagley - Left ankle sprain (OUT) Nerlens Noel - Left knee soreness (PROB)
    Terence Davis - Right wrist ECU tendon injury (OUT) Ryan Arcidiacono - Left ankle sprain (QUEST)
    De'Aaron Fox - Left ankle soreness (QUEST) Derrick Rose - Ankle surgery (OUT)


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    RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks said he and his teammates can learn from their wire-to-wire loss to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in their most recent outing.

    "They just had a different intensity in the fourth that we weren't able to match," Barrett said Friday's 123-108 loss in Milwaukee. "But it's good (for) a team like us, watching the defending champs, to see how they raised their level, especially in that fourth quarter. We know what we have to do to ... get to that level."

    Problem is, the Knicks are running out of time to apply knowledge gleaned from in-season teachable moments. They will face another team skidding out of the playoff picture Monday night when New York hosts the Sacramento Kings.

    The Knicks have lost three in a row while the Kings are mired in a six-game losing streak and will be looking to salvage the finale of a five-game Eastern Conference road trip.

    Despite never leading Friday, the Knicks had a chance to pull the upset in the fourth quarter when Alec Burks drained a 3-pointer 16 seconds into the period to pull the visitors within 93-91. New York's Immanuel Quickley answered back-to-back baskets by the Bucks with a jumper to cut Milwaukee's lead to 97-93 with 10:34 left.

    But the Knicks went scoreless from the field for the next 3:32, a span in which they hoisted just three shot attempts as the Bucks went on an 11-2 run. The Knicks were never within eight points the rest of the way.

    The Knicks were unable to raise their level late in games during an ominous three-game trip in which they fell to trio of Eastern Conference contenders. After a 95-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 24, they lost to the Miami Heat 110-96 last Wednesday and dropped into 12th place in the East. New York entered Sunday one game behind the 10th-place Atlanta Hawks and a bid to the play-in tournament.

    The Kings, who are in 13th place in the Western Conference and entered Sunday four games behind the 10th-place Portland Trail Blazers, also are in danger of sliding out of the playoff picture. But Sacramento's skid has contained some encouraging signs.

    Saturday, the Kings led the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers by as many as 17 points and had a chance to win at the buzzer. Alas, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer in the 103-101 defeat. While Sacramento is 3-12 since Dec. 31, six of those losses have come by 10 or fewer points to teams currently occupying a playoff or play-in spot.

    In addition, the Kings almost upset the 76ers without leading scorer De'Aaron Fox, who has missed the last four games with a sore left ankle and is not expected to play Monday.

    "If we play that way with that kind of intensity and togetherness, we'll be fine," Kings interim head coach Alvin Gentry said.

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    Evan Fournier going berserk with 16 1st quarter points. Knicks lead by 8.

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    Thanks for the Game-Thread Rady .. The Kings players are waiting (and performing) for the final day of the Feb deadline.
    Fournier with 16 pts in the first qtr.

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    MRob now with 9 points and 13 boards,. He missed his first 3 FTs but now has made 3 straight FTs.

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    Randle 7 for 13 from the floor to go with 8 boards and a team leading 3 assists.

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    Knicks have turned it on in the 3rd. Now lead by 21.

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    Big 4th quarter for Grimes. He looks so polished out there at times for a rookie. Lead is 22.

    Cam Reddish going to get some garbage time minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htr10 View Post
    Big 4th quarter for Grimes. He looks so polished out there at times for a rookie. Lead is 22.
    Cam Reddish going to get some garbage time minutes.
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    I still can't believe the Knicks traded the 19th and 21st pick in the draft to move back to 25th to get Grimes and a protected pick that turns out to be traded for Cam Reddish and salary filler .. not bright

    I hope fans are noticing the more playing-time Grimes receive the more he keep improving his chemistry skills for the following game .. only 2 other guards (Chris Duarte & D.Mitchel) out the draft are having a successful rookie season.
    Tonight, Grimes and the (Kings 9th pick) Davion Mitchell were showing off their dynamic skills on both sides of the court .. Great Game !!!

    NBA Gossip & Rumors has the Knicks, the Pacers, Kings, and the Lakers participating in the Feb Trades ....

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