Spurs vs. Kings: Sacramento and all their forwards come to town
The Sacramento Kings visit San Antonio Sunday evening. It’s the first time the Spurs will get a look at these new Kings, which have a ton of different faces and, yet they look pretty much the same.
Demarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas look better offensively. Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams are definitely upgrades over guys like John Salmons and Travis Outlaw, but the results haven’t been very different. They’re still a train wreck defensively, allowing the second most points per game in the league and letting teams shoot 53 percent from the field. At 9-19, they’d be a bottom five team in the Eastern Conference. The ball movement isn’t great outside of Thomas’ passing once he gets into the paint. Any Spurs fans looking for a fun drinking game should take a shot or drink anytime someone doesn’t pass to a wide open Ben McLemore and instead takes a contested jumper.
This should be one of those winnable games and you know what the Spurs haven’t done so far this season? Lose to teams they’re not supposed to. All of their losses have come from teams with records well over .500 and they are beating the crap out of teams below .500, especially when they have some rest. In theory, this should be another one of these big wins.
On the Spurs end, there’s the lineup question. Marco Belinelli continues to struggle with the starting five and Danny Green has had his ups and downs. Those ups included a perfect shooting night against Dallas Thursday night. We’ll also see if Tim Duncan’s hot December can continue. During this month, he’s averaging 16.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game and has recorded a double-double in ten of the 12 games he’s played in.
Whether it’s Belinelli or Green, the Spurs starters shouldn’t have any trouble scoring against this Kings team, who have been so woeful on defense their head coach lashed out after a home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tonight’s game has an earlier tip-off, 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.