Blake Ellington

Blake Ellington is the author of Bleed Black and Purple, a blog about the Sacramento Kings.

Web Site: http://bleedblackandpurple.blogspot.com/


Managing the expectations of Kings fans

Nov 19, 2014
Managing the expectations of Kings fans

By Dustin Bailey

In an age of instantaneous gratification, access and knowledge how does a sudden turnaround in improvement impact expectations?

The Kings lost the first game of the season against the Golden State Warriors, who are arguably the best team in the league, and Kings fans where ready to...

Breaking down Ramon Sessions’ plus/minus

Nov 14, 2014

By Dustin Bailey

Statistics can be a funny thing. Recently, the NBA has trended toward advanced analytics to determine a player’s value. These can range from very obscure metrics such as dribbles per possession, to more broad stats like the famous plus/minus, which measures the team's scoring verse an opponent’s when a given player...

DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

Nov 5, 2014
DeMarcus Cousins and his mistaken identity

By Dustin Bailey

In a recent ESPN Insider article discussing the players with the most squandered talent Chad Ford said that DeMarcus Cousins was his pick:

“It's just tough to see that much talent out on the court and not see it live up to its full potential.”

To me, this is...

Things will get better for the Kings despite rocky start

Oct 30, 2014
Things will get better for the Kings despite rocky start

By Dustin Bailey

How does one tell a formerly jaded fan base with a decade of losing to be patient and not hit the panic button knowing the team they love will most likely start 2-8, or 3-7?

Not easily.

The Kings enter the year with a very demanding schedule against...

Kings roundtable season prediction discussion

Oct 26, 2014
Kings roundtable season prediction discussion

The Kings preseason is over and real basketball is upon us as the team will welcome the Golden State Warriors into Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday to kick off the regular season.

To bring in the new season, all of us here at Bleed Black and Purple shared our input...

Kings preseason results are clear as mud

Oct 18, 2014
Kings preseason results are clear as mud

By Dustin Bailey

As the Kings preseason continues so do the question marks. On Wednesday, the Kings fell to the Brooklyn Nets for the second straight game leaving their preseason record at 1-3. One would expect that four games into the unofficial season things would become clearer, but I feel...

Defining the depth of the Sacramento Kings

Oct 12, 2014
Defining the depth of the Sacramento Kings

By Dustin Bailey

Depth has two definitions in the NBA. One can speak of depth in reference to the number of players a team can play any given day without much drop-off in talent from the starting unit, or it may refer to the cumulative amount of talent a roster carries.

Pump the breaks on the Eric Moreland hype train

Oct 1, 2014
Pump the breaks on the Eric Moreland hype train

By Dustin Bailey

Eric Moreland, the Summer League standout out of Oregon State made quite an impression on Kings fans and management alike in Las Vegas; enough so that he earned a three-year contract. Moreland stands at 6’10” and 220 pounds with long limbs and a knack for shot...

Hello Sacramento Kings training camp

Sep 28, 2014
Hello Sacramento Kings training camp

By Dustin Bailey 

The Kings started off the 2014-15 season with training camp this weekend. Despite not landing a big name free agent or making a monumental splash with trades that packaged expiring deals for a superstar, the Kings front office was very busy. The exceptional rate of player...

The three most important games of the season for the Kings

Aug 16, 2014
The three most important games of the season for the Kings

By Dustin Bailey


Yesterday, I wrote about the three matchups I’m most excited to see this season. Today, I will discuss the three most important games on the Kings' schedule. They are Nov. 15 at home against the Spurs, Dec. 9 in L.A. at the Lakers and opening...

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