Game 47 Preview: Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs

Isaiah Thomas surveys the floor against Tony Parker and the Spurs. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 5:30 pm PT

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), News10 (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Projected Starters (15-31)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: Aaron Gray

San Antonio Spurs Projected Starters (33-13)

PG: Tony Parker
SG: Nando De Colo
SF: Othyus Jeffers
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Jeff Ayres




What to watch

1. Who ends their losing streak?

After starting the season 33-10, the injury bug has slowed the power house Spurs.  Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter are all down with injuries, making the Kings injury plight seem miniscule.  Sacramento has lost six straight and will most likely play without center DeMarcus Cousins for the sixth straight game.  Both teams need the win.  Sacramento is trying to avoid a season-high seven game losing streak, while San Antonio is about to begin a brutal nine game road trip.

2. Can Isaiah Thomas find his range?

Thomas is plugging away at nearly 20 points per game, but he has struggled from long range throughout the month of January.  After shooting 43 percent from 3-point range in December, he is hitting on just 32.7 percent to start 2014.  With Gay and Cousins missing games due to injury, Thomas has shot a season-high 6.7 shots per game from deep this month.  Now that Gay has returned and with Cousins almost back, Thomas will see a reduction in shots and most likely an increase in shooting percentage.

3. Can the Spurs slow down Rudy Gay?

Gay scored 35 points on 10-for-16 shooting against the Mavericks in just his second game back from a strained left Achilles.  With Leonard and Green ailing, the Spurs lack an elite perimeter defender.  Can Gay carry the load again for Sacramento?

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James Ham is co-owner and senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".