Kings Face Tough Test as Spurs Come to Town


Tyreke Evans drives on Steven Jackson

Tyreke Evans drives on Steven Jackson

The Sacramento Kings face the San Antonio Spurs in the Kings final game of their first three game home stand. The Kings face a Spurs team who has once again returned this season and show they are no joke, and have meant business right from the start of this season.

The Spurs started the season with a franchise record 4-0 start to the 2012-13 season, but they showed their age a little when they couldn’t hold on in the second half and lost on their first game on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers. A younger, more athletic Clippers team simply out ran the Spurs. If the Kings have any hope to take advantage of the Spurs early season road troubles, they will need to play the most complete game they have of the season.

Some might say tonight is the first real test for this young Kings team. Although the Kings have played well against two Eastern Conference defensive powerhouses, the San Antonio Spurs have been showing everyone how to win games with solid defense for years. The Spurs have 3 NBA Championships with this solid formula, and perhaps their real secret weapon, Greg Popovich. The Spurs coach has always found a way to win with his “Defense First” mentality.

The Spurs have always seemed to have the upper hand against the Kings going 19-2 against Sacramento in the past 6 seasons. The Kings are playing a new style of basketball this year, and plan on showing the league – starting with the San Antonio Spurs, that the Sacramento Kings can be contenders in the West once again. If DeMarcus Cousins can play his third straight game and put up consistent numbers against a proven Spurs team, this might be more than a glimpse of what Cousins is capable of. Could this be the beginning of the Sacramento Kings’ rise in the West?

The Kings must as always, play well on both sides of the floor. Playing tight, tough defense, and remember to move the ball on offense. The Spurs are a veteran team, who will exploit the simple mistakes and turn them into points. The Kings however have the ability to play a more up-tempo style of basketball, and perhaps run this Spurs team right out of Sleep Train Arena.

Probable Starters

Kings

No. Player Pos.

22 Isaiah Thomas G
13 Tyreke Evans G
52 James Johnson F
34 Jason Thompson F
15 DeMarcus Cousins C

Spurs

No. Player Pos.

9 Tony Parker G
4 Danny Green G
2 Kawhi Leonard F
33 Boris Diaw F
21 Tim Duncan C

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