Game Preview #77: San Antonio Spurs @ Sacramento Kings [Updated]


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No words necessary to describe. You know what it is.

Oh, snap. Another potential letdown game? Please, Manu! Save us!

Nothingness Worthlessness, after the jump.

Because the comics are so fugly, you might want to read it while listening to a couple of tunes from Kings of Leon, one of my favorite bands. Yeah, it sucks that they're pretty mainstream nowadays but I think their music still rocks.

Spurred to Action Returns!

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I have a few more strips ready but guess I'll spare you the agony and just save it for the Suns preview. Off to the Kings preview then.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Sacramento Kings
Where: ARCO Arena - Sacramento, CA
When: April 6, 2010; 9:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSNSW (SA), CSN-CA (Sacramento)


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How They Stack Up
28-11 Home 17-20
19-18 Road 7-33
101.2
Offense 99.8
96.0 Defense 104.2
47.3 FG% 45.4
36.3
3-pt% 34.8
74.6
FT% 72.4
42.6
Rebounds 42.8
12.9
TOs 14.4
7-3 Last 10 1-9
Won 3
Streak Lost 7
2nd, Southwest Position 4th, Pacific

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 11:00 PM
West Coast
7:00 PM
Philippines 10:00 AM
Central Europe 3:00 AM
Palestine/Egypt 4:00 AM
East Coast 10:00 PM
Mountains
8:00 PM
Perth, AUS 10:00 AM
Tokyo, JP 12:00 PM
Sydney, AUS 12:00 PM

Spurs
(47-29)
Matchups

Kings
(24-53)

Roger Mason, Jr.
Fails At Life

Point Guard

Tony has been out for awhile and now, George. Somebody needs to make an offering to the basketball gods soon, for good health entering the playoffs. I'm gonna put RoMaJu here because well, he's the next PG we have even though he really sucks at playing point. We can only hope that The Manu can save Mase's shot and soul as well.

Add to that the fact that Beno has been playing well as of late and the Kings pretty much own this match-up.

Advantage: Kings


Beno Udrih
Not Pop's Favorite

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Manu Ginobili
POTM Snubee

Shooting Guard

I don't care if 'Reke is a ROY candidate. He hasn't faced Manu in god mode yet. Best of luck to the young fella.

Advantage: Spurs


Tyreke Evans
ROY Candidate

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Richard Jefferson
Realized Potential?

Small Forward

If you combined RJ's athleticism with Noc's ferocity and devil-may-care playing style, that would've been a real asset to the Spurs. Alas, we are left with only one half of it. But at least RJ's been playing well on both ends as of late, for a winning team mind you, while Nocioni is wallowing in mediocrity, so beggars can't be choosers in this one.

Advantage: Spurs


Andres Nocioni
Another ARGENTINE

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Tim Duncan
Time Duncan

Power Forward

I like "Time Duncan" as a nickname. If you're a Negative Nancy, you can view it as Tim being the slowly closing window of opportunity for the Spurs' championship aspirations. On a more positive tone, it could convey throwback performances from the GPFOAT, just like what we saw against Pau and the Lakers.

On the other end, Morey trading Carl Landry has been really a head-scratcher. Landry was, I believe, one of the frontrunners (along with Jamal Crawford of the Hawks) then for 6th man of the year honors and was really playing well for the Rockets. And then BOOM. Off his butt goes to Sactown. Landry's energy always gives the Spurs' problems, so hopefully Tim won't take it easy on the kid.

Advantage: Spurs


Carl Landry
Former Rocket

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Antonio McDyess
Dice Is Nice

Center

Dice has been playing solidly against the contenders, and that's all you could ask for against the old man. He'll be matched up tonight, however, against a very athletic and long player so expect a bit of a letdown from the veteran.

Advantage: Kings


Jason Thompson
Good Young Big Man

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DeJuan Blair
Walling

Bench & Role Players

Bonner's a key cog to this bench squad. There, I said it. This version of BAM may not outscore opponents, but contributions to defense by The Hoagie Hammer and The Bogeyman have been crucial in the last few games.

The Kings have a really decent core going, which includes nice rookies in Omri Casspi and a seldom-used but probably useful Jon Brockman. Oh yeah, expect a Fatality sighting in this one.

Advantage: Spurs


Omri Casspi
Israeli Baller

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Gregg Popovich
"NBA Champions"

Coach

Pop is in full-on "avoid L.A. at all costs" mode, so hopefully he won't fall for the same TARP twice.

Advantage: Spurs


Paul Westphal
Killer Horse Game
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

Maybe the good thing that came out of that Jersey loss is that the Spurs won't take these Kings lightly.

Advantage: Spurs

Mojo

What if the mojo was the one who really caused that LA earthquake, trying to make its presence felt after being declared dead for so long? Bah, all lies I tell you.

Advantage: None

Winner:

Spurs win. Or we can always win against the good teams and lose versus the bad ones. That's how we sorta roll.

Keys To The Game

  • Keep Up The Intensity - Again, teams that have little or nothing else to play for are the most dangerous ones. No rest for the weary, we need to keep on chugging along.
  • Pick Up The PG Slack - Someone has to step up. Seriously. It can't be Manu and Tim all the time, as we know how that similar 2-man story ended last season. Okay, I'm hoping a bit for Mase and his shot to finally kick into high gear because his favorite opponent, the Suns, are coming up after this one.
  • Fast Start - This game, while rather dangerous, can still afford to be blown open early to give the aging vets a rest. The Run 'N Gun Suns are waiting on a dangerous SEGABABA.

Strength of Schedule

Great. We catch the Suns on a SEGABABA at their place without two PGs who can probably shred Steve Nash and the Suns defense to pieces. After that, the Spurs get a day off and close out their season series with Memphis at the AT&T.

The Kings are on the second game of a four-game homestand against the West. Good luck to them.

Last Time They Met

The Spurs nearly let this one slip, 115-113 last February 3, because some people decided to do their best Adam impersonation and call it a game too soon. Not cool. Make no mistake about it folks, another attempt at that and the ban hammer will be having a party dropping on people's heads.

Some Other Reading

Kings

Sactown Royalty - The Kings' SBN blog. Run by Ziller, it's a very active site with some great chops.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog. If you haven't been visiting lately, shame on you. Their insightful musings have been otstanding lately, especially with the addition of Jesse and Andrew.
Project Spurs: Check out their podcast recaps of the game, plus the well-written articles.


Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired on Fox Sports Net SW in SA and CSN-CA in Sacramento. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

Online

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com for more assistance.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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