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Kings 102, Knicks 94: Scenes from another David Fizdale coaching clinic


NBA: Sacramento Kings at New York Knicks Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Heeeeey, the Knicks still suck.

The boys in orange and blue quickly jumped on the sleepy Sacramento Kings, playing at 9 AM Pacific Time en route to an early 15-point lead. That lead would be gone by the second quarter, of course, as these were still the Knicks. The Kings looked to run away things, building their own lead to 12 at the end of the third quarter, but the Knicks clawed back into the game in the fourth featuring the frontcourt of Mitchell Robinson and Luke Kornet.

Then, with three minutes remaining, head coach David Fizdale decided it was “winning time,” and reinserted starters Lance Thomas and DeAndre Jordan. The results were predictable: both players surrendered an and-1 layup to De’Aaron Fox, and that was pretty much all she wrote: 102-94 Kings is your final.

Dennis Smith Jr. was hot to start, but cooled off considerably late. At least he got himself a late tech, though.

Mitch blocked some shots — three, in fact. It was cool, as always. He played fewer minutes than Jordan, because screw next year, am I right?

Good times all around. Recap to come. Happy Saturday!