Game 59 Preview: Sac Kings at San Antonio Spurs

DeMarcus Cousins and Tim Duncan. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Game time: 5:30 p.m. PDT

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (21-37)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

San Antonio Spurs Probable Starters (36-23)

PG: Tony Parker
SG: Danny Green
SF: Kawhi Leonard
PF: Tim Duncan
C: Tiago Splitter

Three things to ponder

1. The DeMarcus effect

The Kings are 1-2 versus the Spurs this season, but they’re undefeated when DeMarcus Cousins steps on the floor. In the November 15 win, Cousins led the charge with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds (four offensive) and only one turnover. The All-Star center locked down Tim Duncan in the fourth quarter as well.

2. Bombs away, pt. 2

Sacramento’s 3-point struggles hit a low point in a loss to San Antonio last week, when they made merely 1-of-4 attempts. The Kings got rolling with an impressive 10-of-18 performance from downtown yesterday against the hapless Knicks, so the travelers must strive to maintain their aim over an elite Spurs perimeter defense.

3. Turnover management

In the November victory, the Kings spilled a season-low nine turnovers. In their two defeats, they surrendered a combined 31. Thanks again to the Knicks, Sacramento has some momentum coming into tonight’s contest, but they can’t afford to lose focus against a club that will undoubtedly take advantage of mistakes.



About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.