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Kings Under Review: Harrison Barnes' big game not enough to overcome Nuggets originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Just off the mark. The Sacramento Kings blew a first half lead and couldn't come up with the big shot they needed to upset the high-powered Nuggets. Paul Millsap hit the Kings hard in the post.
With the clock ticking on the Kings' season, they need their new reinforcements to find their way quickly if they are going to stay in the playoff chase. Win or lose, Joerger had no choice but to throw both Barnes and Burks into the fire and let them find their way. Through the first half, the Kings looked like they were running in mud.
Harrison Barnes is focusing on his future with the Sacramento Kings having been left surprised by the unusual manner in which he was traded from the Dallas Mavericks. Barnes reportedly found out the Mavericks made a deal to send him to Sacramento in the middle of Dallas' game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The Mavericks' decision to inform Barnes of his trade mid-game was met with some criticism, including from LeBron James, who said in a rant on Instagram that he wants the “narrative” around player movement to change.
Barnes, Burks and Brewer have already cleared physicals and are on the active roster for Friday's clash with the Miami Heat. Swanigan is still in the process of having his paperwork finished, although it's unknown what role he might have with the team moving forward. For Barnes, this is the first time he's been traded mid-season.
''They always catch me by surprise,'' said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team had a major role in the plotline. Despite complaints from the likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James, the league's off-the-court drama leading up to Thursday's trade deadline was a welcome respite from the long, sometimes dreary regular season - enhancing all the compelling story lines (and there are plenty) while highlighting a system that really works well for everyone. The King may grumble about how the tacky way the NBA goes about its business - yes, it was lame of the Dallas Mavericks to trade Harrison Barnes during a game, though they apparently told him beforehand that a deal was in the works and he decided to play anyway - but the system certainly works well for James, who has collected hundreds of millions of dollars (well worth it) and pretty much moved around the county whenever he pleased.