Game 55 Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings
Gametime: 7:00 pm PT
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.
The book on the Spurs: The Spurs continue to defy all odds and remain the best regular season team in the NBA. Winners of 14 of their last 15, San Antonio is still built around veterans Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and they are a still a machine. The Spurs are this generation’s Utah Jazz led by Karl Malone and John Stockton. A six-point lead for this team is like a 12-point advantage for any other squad.
Did you know? At age 36, Duncan just made his 14th All-Star appearance and is averaging 17.2 points and 9.6 rebounds in a little under 30 minutes per game. A first ballot Hall of Famer, “The Big Fundamental” continues to quietly dominate the NBA as he approaches his 37th birthday.
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (19-35)
San Antonio Spurs Probable Starters (42-12)
- Points Per Game: 96.8
- Offensive Rating: 103.9
- Opponents Points Per Game: 103.8
- Defensive Rating: 111.3
- Pace: 92.5
- Points Per Game: 104.2
- Offensive Rating: 109.7
- Opponents Points Per Game: 95.8
- Defensive Rating: 100.8
- Pace: 94.1
Three questions to ponder
1. What impact will a trip to All-Star weekend have on Isaiah Thomas?
The 24-year-old Thomas was the lone King to get an invite to the All-Star festivities. Most players see a spike in their performance after an event like this and Thomas should be no different. He draws Parker in his first game back, who is having one of his finest seasons in an incredible career. Thomas’ teammates need to see the point guard that dropped a season-high 10 dimes for Team Chuck in the futures game.
2. Can the Kings avoid a collapse in quarter No. 2?
The Spurs are a team that will punish you if they get a lead. The Kings are a team that struggle to compete for 48 straight minutes. If coach Smart doesn’t get a solid performance out of his second unit in the first half, this game could be over before the break.
3. After a short break to get some perspective, does Keith Smart finally settle on a rotation in the second half of the season?
The fans are starting to turn on Smart and not because his team is 19-35. The constant dabbling with the rotation and the insistence on matching up to the opponent has worn thin. Fans should never dictate your coaching strategy, but what if they are correct?
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