|Last 5 Games||1-4||-3.2||2-3||2-3||103.2||54.8||44.1%||50.6||106.2||52.4||47.9%||50.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.2||49.4||38-84||44.8%||7-20||36.3%||18-23||77.1%||49||11||21||21||8||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.4||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.6||46.5||36-84||43.0%||7-20||34.9%||16-21||75.7%||48||12||20||21||8||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||104.8||52.3||39-83||47.0%||8-21||35.2%||19-24||78.4%||52||12||25||20||8||14||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.3%||51||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||104.9||53.8||40-84||47.4%||7-21||35.6%||18-23||76.7%||55||13||25||19||8||14||7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1||2-3||1-4||92.2||45.4||43.4%||52.0||93.8||42.6||43.6%||50.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.2||51.2||39-81||48.3%||8-22||37.7%||17-21||79.0%||49||8||25||17||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.8||53.8||40-81||49.8%||8-21||38.5%||16-20||78.8%||49||8||27||17||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||96.2||47.3||37-85||44.2%||6-18||34.8%||15-20||76.1%||50||11||21||19||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||93.8||47.5||37-84||43.9%||6-18||34.9%||14-19||75.0%||48||10||21||20||8||15||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SACRAMENTO 95.8, SAN ANTONIO 95.7|
|3/6/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||83-87||L||10.5||W||224||U||33-83||39.8%||48||14||27-75||36.0%||57||17|
|3/17/2013||@ LA LAKERS||102-113||L||8.5||L||215.5||U||42-96||43.7%||43||5||41-72||56.9%||52||13|
|3/27/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||105-98||W||8.5||W||214.5||U||41-90||45.6%||60||15||41-90||45.6%||49||14|
|4/12/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||LA CLIPPERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/4/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||88-100||L||7.5||L||201||U||33-83||39.8%||47||10||38-82||46.3%||51||12|
|4/12/2013||SACRAMENTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|SACRAMENTO: GUARDS: MARCUS THORNTON is the only one guaranteed a consistent role on the perimeter . . . ISAIAH THOMAS was the story of the second half for the Kings. He can fill up the box score, but at 5-foot-9 (at best) he's too much of a defensive liability and not a point guard . . . AARON BROOKS is the most talented guard on this team. He's had attitude problems in the past, but he could, and should, lead this team . . . Now that he remained in Sacto, TYREKE EVANS will be playing off the ball at the three against his wishes . . . The Kings will keep on trying to unload JOHN SALMONS, who's not a useful NBA player . . . JIMMER FREDETTE should have a role off the bench, but his ball-handling is not where it has to be for an NBA point guard . . . FRANCISCO GARCIA's chance seems to have passed him by. FORWARDS: THOMAS ROBINSON should emerge as a starter early in his rookie year. He has his flaws on both ends of the floor, but he brings energy and doesn't need a lot of touches to get his points . . . Even if Robinson knocks him to the bench, JASON THOMPSON should play the five at times and see close to starter's minutes . . . JAMES JOHNSON should also play big minutes soon considering his ability to make positive contributions without a lot of touches . . . CHUCK HAYES should continue to play second-unit minutes as a glue guy . . . TRAVIS OUTLAW has regressed to the point that he's lucky to have a roster spot . . . TYLER HONEYCUTT has an intriguing skill set as a defensive-minded point forward, but he's likely ticketed for the D-League again. CENTERS: DeMARCUS COUSINS came on strong late last season. There's no doubt he has All-Star potential, but between his awful shot selection and occasional attitude problems, he just hasn't lived up to his potential. After Team USA passed on him this summer because of reported maturity problems, he might still not get it.|
|SAN ANTONIO: GUARDS: TONY PARKER played at an MVP level last year. His eye injury is obviously not an issue, and he was constantly getting on coach Gregg Popovich to let him finish meaningless games last year. There's no reason he can't repeat last year's performance . . . MANU GINOBILI dealt with a series of nagging injuries last year, and it's clear the team will have to monitor his regular-season workload . . . GARY NEAL provides solid minutes in this rotation, mostly at the point, and is able to consistently knock down threes . . . DANNY GREEN's rotation spot is in a bit of peril. He was too much of an offensive liability in last year's Western Conference Finals . . . NANDO de COLO is a combo guard who can provide instant offense off the bench. He can shoot it and does a nice job getting to the line . . . PATTY MILLS steps in as another viable option in this loaded backcourt . . . CORY JOSEPH's roster spot is in jeopardy after a middling D-League season. FORWARDS: TIM DUNCAN will continue to save it up for the playoffs. He still has plenty left in the tank, but he'll get tons of rest in March and April and more and more often defers to Tony Parker on offense when he does play . . . There's plenty to like about KAWHI LEONARD, who proved to be useful on both ends of the court last season. He'll be asked to be a little more aggressive offensively this year and should even have a couple of sets designed for him . . . STEPHEN JACKSON was a bit of a disaster in Milwaukee before landing with the Spurs last year. He's another veteran who will be paced during the regular season. And while he's been a facilitator in the past, he's really just a catch-and-shoot guy in San Antonio . . . MATT BONNER will continue to come off the bench and hoist some threes. CENTERS: BORIS DIAW's pick-and-pop ability makes him Popovich's top choice in the center rotation . . . TIAGO SPLITTER looks to be a career second-unit guy. He works hard and can defend, but he's just too clunky on the offensive end . . . DeJUAN BLAIR can pick up some cheap baskets, but his lack of offensive skills and defensive size makes him a fringe rotation player.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (SACRAMENTO-SAN ANTONIO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Kings-Spurs Preview* =====================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Sacramento (28-50) at San Antonio (57-21), 8:30 p.m. EDT
The injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs have been forced to try and get healthier while continuing their quest for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Perhaps they'll be able to do both in a home date against a team they've dominated in recent years.
The Spurs, who have one of the league's best home records at 34-5, continue their pursuit of home-court advantage throughout the West on Friday night against the Sacramento Kings.
San Antonio (57-21) has been struggling through its recent injury epidemic and dropped its fourth in six games with Wednesday's 96-86 loss at Denver.
The Spurs are locked in a tight race with Oklahoma City for first place in the West with just four games remaining.
Playing without Tony Parker (sore neck), Boris Diaw (back), Stephen Jackson (ankle) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring), the Spurs scored a season-low 37 in the first half, shot 40.2 percent overall and made 4 of 21 from 3-point range against the Nuggets.
"When you're that bad from the 3-point line and you turn it over at the same time, people make runs," Gregg Popovich told the team's official website.
While the Spurs have won 11 of 15 without Parker, they could get the All-Star point guard back Friday. Parker, who has only played in eight games since March 1, is expected to be a game-time decision.
Tim Duncan has tried to pick up some of the slack, averaging 22.5 points and 11.3 rebounds over his last 12 games.
Danny Green has given Sacramento trouble lately, totaling 36 points while shooting 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in the last two meetings.
San Antonio hopes to get back on track by sweeping the season series and beat the Kings for the 25th time in 27 meetings dating back to the 2006 playoffs. The Spurs have also won 17 of 19 at home by an average of 12.6 points.
The Kings (28-50), 8-30 on the road, play their first away from Sacramento since winning back-to-back road games March 27-28. They're beginning a difficult three-game road trip that continues with stops in Houston and Oklahoma City.
"All these teams we're going to be playing are fighting," guard Marcus Thornton said. "San Antonio is fighting for the (top) seed. We feel like if we come out and play hard we can be right there with those teams."
John Salmons had 22 points, while Thornton added 20 as Sacramento shot 55.3 percent and made 10 of 20 from beyond the arc to snap a four-game losing streak with a 121-110 home win over New Orleans on Wednesday.
Thornton may be able to keep rolling in this contest since he's averaging 19.5 points on 48.4 percent shooting in his last four games against the Spurs.
Guard Isaiah Thomas has averaged 16.7 points in this season series, and 20.4 while making 19 of 47 from 3-point range in his last eight overall.
The Kings have scored 105.5 per game on 45.6 percent shooting over their last six, but face a San Antonio defense that has limited them to 96.7 and 39.5, respectively, in the three meetings.
The Spurs have averaged 115.8 points on 54.0 percent shooting during their five-game winning streak in this series.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 10:46:21 PM EST|