Matt Barnes isn’t ready to press the panic button for the Kings

Nov 7, 2023, 3:11 PM

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 04: Keegan Murray #13 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles the ball as Fred V...

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The Sacramento Kings have lost three straight games, with Monday’s blowout loss to the Houston Rockets being the latest bump in the road for the ‘Beam Team.’

Matt Barnes, former Kings forward and current analyst for NBC Sports California, joined The Drive Guys to discuss whether or not it’s time to panic about Sacramento’s rough stretch, talk about how opposing teams view the Kings in a different light this season, and much more.

Plus: Could we see some changes to Mike Brown’s rotation if the skid continues?

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Topics Discussed with Matt Barnes

  • Where do the Kings need to start when it comes to getting back on track
  • Matt says that energy has been an issue for Sacramento during De’Aaron Fox’s absence
  • Is it time to panic about the Kings?
  • “I think everyone should be calm… Last year, they started 0-4 and made something out of themselves. Rarely will you have both of your best shooters not shooting the ball well while missing your best player. That’s a recipe for disaster for any team.”
  • Barnes says Christmas is the time to gauge where this team is and how they’ve responded to the rough start
  • Has the lack of physicality played a role in Sacramento’s struggles?
  • Dissecting Keegan Murray’s start to the season
  • Barnes says that the Kings ‘have a target on their back’ this season
  • “You can’t take anyone lightly.”
  • After scoring 15 points over 14 minutes on Monday, could Keon Ellis get a more extended look in Mike Brown’s rotation?

Listen to The Drive Guys with Kevin ‘Whitey’ Gleason and Kyle Draper from 2 – 6 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday, on Sactown Sports 1140.

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When is the next Sacramento Kings Game?

Sacramento will return home for a three-game homestand that tips off on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Keegan Murray will come face-to-face with his twin brother and rookie forward Kris Murray for the first time as NBA players when Portland arrives at Golden 1 Center.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Blazers coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from downtown Sacramento.

Upcoming Sacramento Kings Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 8th – Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trail Blazers – 7 PM PST
  • Friday, November 10th – Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder** – 7 PM PST
  • Monday, November 13th – Sacramento Kings vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 7:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, November 15th – Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Lakers – 7:00 PM PST
  • Friday, November 17th – Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio Spurs – 4:30 PM PST

** NBA In-Season Tournament Group Play

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