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The Sacramento Kings now miss the playoffs 15 times in a row, an NBA record after they were eliminated from the game in the post-season after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies 116-110 on Thursday.
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The Sacramento Kings will miss the playoffs for the 15th consecutive season.
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The Los Angeles Clipper franchise previously held fewer than a single playoff record, missing a season run from 1976-77 to 1990-91, according to NBA.com’s John Schuhmann.
The Kings’ only hope for Port in the season is to sneak into a play-in tournament as the 10th over the San Antonio Spurs.
However, Spurs 33-37 own a head-to-head tiebreaker over the 31-39 Sacramento Kings, with each team having two games left, so Sacramento has no way of jumping Spurs into the play-in.
The Kings had been so successful in eight seasons prior to the current drought, making it to the playoffs eight times in a row. They nearly made it to the 2002 NBA Western Conference finals before losing a closely contested seven-game series. (And very controversial) for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sacramento hasn’t found itself in that round since.
The Kings haven’t come close to any playoffs in any previous season, especially from 2008-2018, without winning more than 33 games in a single campaign.
This year has been a challenging one for the Kings as injuries and illness have forced many players to stay on the sidelines for a long time. Buddy Hild is the only King to miss fewer than nine games this season. Still, the team fought hard 6-1 despite missing De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Harrison Barnes.
The notorious Western Conference is packed with superstars and formidable teams every year, and the playoffs from there are the annual gloves.
However, The Kings has the ability to break through that trend next year, with Fox and Haliburton starring exclusively in 2020-21 and showing their potential for further greatness.