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Kayte Christensen on what Keon Ellis brings to the Kings’ lineup

Mar 20, 2024, 9:30 AM

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The Sacramento Kings continue to push for the NBA Playoffs, although a few key pieces will miss some time due to injury.

NBC Sports California analyst Kayte Christensen joined The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross on Wednesday morning to talk about Keon Ellis’ emergence in the rotation, break down what makes Ellis effective in the lineup, and much more.

Plus: Kayte says that the officiating during Sacramento’s loss to the New York Knicks was “the worst officiated game that she has ever seen.”

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Topics Discussed

  • Kayte says that although the Raptors have struggled and will be shorthanded, the Kings can’t let their guard down.
  • Starting guard Kevin Huerter will miss some time due to a dislocated left shoulder, although there is currently no clarity on a timetable.
  • Kayte says she’s curious to see how Mike Brown navigates the loss of Huerter and Trey Lyles, who is sidelined with an MCL sprain.
  • Sacramento is starting its first of two remaining East-coast road trips with three weeks remaining in the regular season
  • What has Kayte liked the most about Keon Ellis’ game?
  • “I just love his defense. Love, love, love his defense… He allows De’Aaron [Fox] to take a step and defend somebody else… He’s going to have a consistent approach and be tough the entire time.”
  • Kayte says the Kings’ loss to the Knicks was the “worst officiated game she has ever seen.”
  • “The way the [officials] let the game get out of control is how people get hurt.”
  • Christensen says it was “a complete and utter failure” on the officials’ part

Listen to The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross from 6 – 10 a.m. PST, Monday through Friday, on Sactown Sports 1140.

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When is the next Sacramento Kings game?

Sacramento will hit the road for a three-game trip that will begin on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors.

Back on January 5th, the Kings secured a 135-130 win over Toronto at Golden 1 Center behind a triple-double performance from Domantas Sabonis (24 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists) and a double-double outing by Keegan Murray (18 points and 12 rebounds).

Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Sacramento holds a 4-6 record at Scotiabank Arena, including 2-4 over the past six seasons.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Raptors coverage, beginning at 3:00 PM PST on Game Night before a 4:30 PM PST tip-off from Toronto.

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Upcoming Schedule

  • Wednesday, March 20th – Sacramento Kings @ Toronto Raptors – 4:30 PM PST
  • Thursday, March 21st – Sacramento Kings @ Washington Wizards – 4:00 PM PST
  • Saturday, March 23rd – Sacramento Kings @ Orlando Magic – 4:00 PM PST
  • Monday, March 25th – Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers – 7:00 PM PST
  • Tuesday, March 26th – Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks – 7:00 PM PST
  • Friday, March 29th – Sacramento Kings vs. Dallas Mavericks – 7:00 PM PST

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