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Eddy from Austin 11-09-12 09:11 AM

Official Spurs at Kings Game Thread (9:00 PM)
9:00 PM CT
San Antonio (4 - 1)
Sacramento (2 - 3)


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(AP) -- Coming off their first loss of the season, the San Antonio Spurs look to get back to winning against a team they've dominated in recent years.

The Sacramento Kings have won both of their home games, but they'll have a tall task trying to make it three in a row Friday night against a Spurs team that has won eight straight at Sleep Train Arena.

San Antonio (4-1) has had its way with the Kings (2-3) for the past six seasons, winning 19 of 21 meetings by an average of 8.9 points.

It's averaged 106.6 points during its winning streak in Sacramento, and has put up 119.0 points per game while shooting an astounding 56.5 percent in three wins there over the past two seasons.

After picking up back-to-back home wins for the first time since a three-game run March 16-20, though, the Kings are out to prove they're no longer a Western Conference doormat.
"It's a new year, a new team - we're not concerned about last year," Kings center DeMarcus Cousins said. "We're trying to change things around in Sacramento."

The Spurs aren't trying to do anything different to one of the league's most successful teams, yet their 4-0 start was a franchise first. They didn't come close to stretching their run to five, though, shooting a season-low 41.1 percent Wednesday in a 106-84 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center.

"They kicked our (rear end)," coach Gregg Popovich said. "We hung in there for a half, but after that I don't think we played with the same intensity that they did, and it showed."
San Antonio shot just 41.1 percent after hitting 48.8 percent during its unbeaten beginning, while the Kings' ability to knock down some open looks has gotten them back on track. Sacramento shot 37.5 percent during its 0-3 start, but it's hit 47.2 percent in its two victories.

The Kings shot 48.8 percent in Wednesday's 105-103 win over Detroit.
"When we started 0-3, it was a reminder for us to relax," said point guard Isaiah Thomas, who's scored 25 points in 42 minutes of Sacramento's two wins. "It's relax if you're playing, relax if you're not. It refers to everything we're doing as a team."
After averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in Sacramento's first two games, Cousins has turned it on with three consecutive double-doubles. He finished with 21 points and 11 boards in the Kings' 105-103 victory over Detroit on Wednesday.

Cousins averaged 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in the three meetings with San Antonio last season, while Thomas had a career-high 28 points and 10 assists in a 117-112 loss March 28.
Marcus Thornton, now coming off the bench, shot 49.0 percent and averaged 18.3 points in three starts against the Spurs last season.

San Antonio hasn't lost back-to-back road games in the regular season since Jan. 27 and 29, but it could have trouble Friday if Tony Parker continues to struggle. The four-time All-Star has scored a combined 10 points on 5 of 20 shooting in his last two games.

Manu Ginobili, who scored nine points on 2 of 8 shooting in 19 minutes in Los Angeles, continues to work his way back from a back injury that kept him out of the first two games.
Perhaps he'll fare better against the Kings. Ginobili has averaged 20.5 points and shot 61.7 percent in his last four games versus Sacramento.

One Spur who's had little trouble connecting is Danny Green, who's shooting 56.8 percent overall and has hit 12 of 22 (54.5) from 3-point range. Green, though, might have a tough time finding good looks against a Sacramento team that's defending the arc better than anyone (24.2).

Kings forward Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, was suspended for two games Thursday for elbowing Detroit's Jonas Jerebko in the neck.

td4mvp2k 11-09-12 11:32 AM

Good game for them to rebound from the last game.

Eddy from Austin 11-09-12 11:51 AM

Kings forward Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in this year's draft, was suspended for two games Thursday for elbowing Detroit's Jonas Jerebko in the neck.
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Eddy from Austin 11-09-12 12:30 PM

Dumb rookie is going to cost his team games against the Spurs and Lakers.

spurscrazed 11-09-12 04:19 PM

Spurs 104
Kings 98

Not an automatic win but Spurs Survive and SHOW UP!

Spurs TEAM Defense comes back and wins them this game!

Go Spurs Go!

Eddy from Austin 11-09-12 04:56 PM

Spurs 94
Kings 89

Eddy from Austin 11-09-12 09:35 PM

If they're both listed at 6'-7" how come Leonard looks taller?
Nice headband by Blair in remembrance of Veterans Day

grizzly_bexar 11-09-12 10:12 PM

Kawhi is probably closer to 6'8" and Blair is probably about 6'5".

Mombear 11-09-12 11:15 PM

oh snap... they pissed off Tim "Mother F'ing" Duncan!!! :hat

Mombear 11-09-12 11:18 PM

go ahead... piss Tim off again Cousins...

Dulce 11-09-12 11:23 PM

Spurs 97
Kings 86
Tim 23 points 12 reb.

Mombear 11-09-12 11:24 PM

Eddy.... soooooooooooooo close. :thumb

td4mvp2k 11-09-12 11:41 PM

Cousins beat again!

spurscrazed 11-10-12 02:41 AM

Nice win despite all the wooooes in Sac Town.

This Kings team is just too immature. They have long ways to go... They have great talents there however they lack experience and LEADERSHIP!

Thank Goodness we have Great Leaders on our TEAM. :rockon

Kings were chippy and played not very smart especially at the end of the game!

I wouldn't celebrate if I was them and start daring and taunting TD and Co. That was not very smart.... Paid for that at the end!!! Very childlike.

Spurs showed great composure and patience and played as a TEAM.

Props to Pop who made the right changes with TP, Jack, & Bonner feeling under the weather..

My favorite moments came as Danny Green sneaking up on the kings and sticking his hands in their pockets stealing, and clocking those Timely Threes. Danny Green!!! This guy rocks!!! :D So Glad we have him here!!!

Then Leonard was GREAT out there. Leonard can frustrate the opponents like hell. He can be so annoying to other teams on D... So can Danny Green sometimes...

off course TD and Manu were the main reason we were winning.

The most obvious HERO was that Mills being such a SMART player recognizing where to pass and when to shoot and steal. Mills was AWESOME! HUGE plays as TP was not able to sustain his energy!!! LOVED watching Mills out there.

Hope TP and Captain Jack get well soon. The bug might slow them a little but they will be back.

Let's hope Manu gets few stitches and comes back soon!

Go Spurs Go!

td4mvp2k 11-11-12 01:21 PM

I cant believe Cousins wanted to fight with Sean Elliott after the game, that just tells you how un-pro Cousins is.

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