Game 79 Preview: Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan discusses a call with an official. (Photo: Steven Chea)

Gametime: 5:30 pm PT

Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX.

Broadcast Information: TV – Comcast SportsNet, Radio – CBS Sports 1140

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The book on the Spurs:  Once again, San Antonio is one of the best teams in the league.  They are on the verge of their fourth 60-win season in franchise history.  Since joining the NBA in the 1976-77 season, only the Lakers, Bulls and Celtics have had more 60-win seasons than the Spurs.

Did you know?  Tim Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to 50-wins or more in 15 out of his 16 NBA seasons.  He’s played in the postseason every single year of his career.

Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (28-50)

PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Tyreke Evans
SF: John Salmons
PF: Jason Thompson
C: DeMarcus Cousins

San Antonio Spurs Probable Starters (57-21)

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

C: Tim Duncan

Stats

Kings

  • Points Per Game: 100.2
  • Offensive Rating: 106.4
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 104.8
  • Defensive Rating: 111.3
  • Pace: 93.4

Spurs

  • Points Per Game: 103.2
  • Offensive Rating: 108.8
  • Opponents Points Per Game: 96.2
  • Defensive Rating: 101.4
  • Pace: 93.9

Three questions to ponder

1.  Will the Spurs rest some of their players?

With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Spurs have bigger fish to fry than the Kings.  If there was ever a game for San Antonio to rest its players before the postseason, this would be it.  Tony Parker seems like a prime candidate.   He’s listed as day-to-day with a sore neck and did not play against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.  He’s also still recovering from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Kings last month.

2.  Will Patrick Patterson play? 

Patterson has missed the last two games with a sore back.  The third-year power forward has been a model citizen since arriving to Sacramento via trade in February.  Per 36 minutes, Patterson is averaging roughly 13 points and eight rebounds for the Kings.

3.  Will Tyreke Evans snap out of his two-game slump?

Evans has not scored particularly well for the Kings recently.  The Kings starting shooting guard has averaged just 6.5 points over his previous two outings.  Before that, he scored 23 points in three contests prior.  Sacramento may be facing an undermanned Spurs team, so they may not need Evans’ scoring output.  But it sure wouldn’t hurt.

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Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.