Pregaming: Spurs vs. Kings
AT&T CENTER — Second-to-the-last home game of the regular season tonight when the Spurs host the Sacramento Kings. The Spurs will boast a full roster against the Kings, although coming off last night’s win over the Hawks, we’ll see how many minutes the Spurs’ core plays.
Before tip-off, here are some notes from pregame shootaround:
- When I got out to my normal spot behind the Spurs bench for shootaround, the only player working out was Kings guard, and former Spur, Beno Udrih. Udrih was getting some shots up with Kings Assistant Coach Mario Elie. A blast from the past, indeed.
- There was a similar rotation to Sunday for big men looking to get shots up. DeJuan Blair and Tim Duncan split the Spurs’ end of the floor while Tiago Splitter waited his turn on the sideline. Perhaps it’s a seniority thing?
- Spurs Assistant Coach Chad Forcier worked with Tiago Splitter on his shooting touch early in Splitter’s time on the floor. Forcier threw the ball off of the glass and Tiago had to catch, balance and release the ball in a shooting motion, all with his right hand. Splitter’s left hand wasn’t allowed to touch to ball to help control it.
- Coach Pop was very complimentary of the Kings during his pregame press conference. “They want to beat everybody, theyâ€™ve won six out of their last eight, and you donâ€™t just do that with luck. You do it with purpose and professionalism and commitment.”
- Dale Dye of Pounding the Rock asked Coach Pop during his presser about the Jacob Riis quote that Pop and the Spurs are so famous for using as inspiration. The response Pop gave was easily one of the best of the year, and I don’t want to step on the folks at PtR’s toes on this one, seeing as they’ve obviously got something planned around their namesake quote, so I won’t reprint it. But I will definitely post a link to their piece when it’s ready.
- If the Spurs win tonight and the Lakers lose to the Warriors, the Spurs will clinch home court advantage throughout the Western Conference Playoffs.