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Kings secured playoff spot hwile Warriors still in hunt

SACRAMENTO – Coach Steve Kerr kept seeing the references over and over.

Light the beam. What does that even mean?

Kerr had no idea, he said, until a week ago when he asked someone about it. They told him it was the battle cry for the Sacramento Kings, who turn on a royal purple laser after each victory that pierces the night sky. Locals can see the victory beam shooting from the roof of Golden 1 Center.

But while the Kings light the bar, the Warriors have been trying to flip the proverbial switch for months on a rocky title defense. And that brought us to Friday; a pivotal late-season game between the two Northern California NBA teams.

It has already secured a top three place in the Western Conference and rested some of its players; the other is still on shaky ground trying to get into the top six and avoid the play-in tournament.

Who would have thought seven months ago that the team that braced itself to make the playoffs would win the Larry O’Brien Trophy last summer?

The Kings broke a league record in 16 years postseason more than a week ago, after surpassing expectations in their first year at the helm of former Warriors head coach Mike Brown.

Brown came to Sacramento after winning his third title with Golden State last June, excited to take on the challenge of establishing a new culture for the Kings, who have received much of the spotlight in the NBA over the past two decades. have spent.



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