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Old 04-12-09, 01:19 AM
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The San Antonio Spurs are heading to the playoffs for the 12th straight time, but unlike previous seasons, they've been stumbling down the stretch instead of gaining momentum for a title run.

Despite their recent struggles, they still have a chance to host a first-round series.

The Spurs look to build on an important victory over a playoff-bound team and move into a first-place tie atop the Southwest Division when they visit the NBA-worst Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.

San Antonio (51-28) has averaged nearly 59 victories over the past eight seasons, but injuries to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have made wins harder to come by.

The Spurs had lost four of their previous six before pulling out a 105-99 victory over Utah on Friday night. Parker finished with a game-high 31 points, while Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds after finishing with a season-low four points in Wednesday's 95-83 loss to Portland.

"Every one is very important right now," said Duncan, whose knees have been bothering him since the All-Star break. "But more than that, getting our confidence up and getting a rhythm going."

The Spurs are locked in a back-and-forth race with Houston for the Southwest crown. San Antonio, which has won seven division titles in the past 10 seasons, was atop the Southwest for much of 2008-09 before going 8-8 over the past month and losing Ginobili this week to a season-ending ankle injury.

The Rockets have taken a one-half game lead and have only two left to play. They host New Orleans on Monday before wrapping up the regular season at Dallas on Wednesday.

San Antonio appears to have a slightly easier schedule. After this meeting with the Kings (16-63), the Spurs visit lowly Golden State on Monday before their home finale against the Hornets on Wednesday.

"It starts with effort, getting out there and playing hard, but I think we need to step up our game defensively with Manu being out," forward Ime Udoka said. "We don't have the same margin for error defensively because we're not as physical. Just come out and play hard and get a few road victories and finish it up at home."

The Spurs have had little trouble beating Sacramento lately, winning four straight and nine of the last 10 meetings. San Antonio won at Sacramento 90-88 on Nov. 16 - its sixth victory in seven games at Arco Arena - and 101-85 at home Dec. 22.

While the Spurs are trying to find their rhythm for the playoffs, the Kings are gearing up for the NBA draft lottery.

Sacramento, which has dropped seven straight since defeating Phoenix 126-118 on March 29, shot 32.6 percent from the field in Friday's 109-78 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I was embarrassed at the way we went out and did not play and it will not continue," interim coach Kenny Natt said.

The Kings, who have lost eight in a row twice this season, will have a 25 percent chance of getting the first overall pick in the draft if they finish with the worst record in the league.

Kevin Martin, averaging a team-high 24.6 points per game, sat out his fifth straight game Friday because of a sprained left ankle. Natt is hopeful that he'll return Sunday.

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Old 04-12-09, 10:41 AM
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Old 04-12-09, 05:06 PM
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The Spurs need to win this game.

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Old 04-12-09, 05:56 PM
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Old 04-12-09, 06:02 PM
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beno udrih... 50 points! u know it!

press needs to ask about what happened to george hill and why he's been cut from the team (well basically... at least for the year it seems)

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Old 04-12-09, 06:22 PM
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Old 04-12-09, 06:31 PM
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anyone in dfw area with fios know if the game is on tv?
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Old 04-12-09, 08:14 PM
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No Tim Duncan tonight.
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Old 04-12-09, 08:32 PM
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Anyone with League Pass? I am only getting the audio but no picture, just a league pass screen with intermittent green screens....
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No Tim Duncan tonight.
OH yeah he is really starting to feel better I tell ya . Damnit just end this season already, we are in a seeding race right now to finish with homecourt and not a back to back and he sits? Dude is messed up badly it seems I am not feeling good at all anymore about this year, I tried.
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OH yeah he is really starting to feel better I tell ya . Damnit just end this season already, we are in a seeding race right now to finish with homecourt and not a back to back and he sits? Dude is messed up badly it seems I am not feeling good at all anymore about this year, I tried.
b2b...keep him as fresh as possible


did fin get the shot off? refs make the right call?
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Old 04-12-09, 10:32 PM
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Fin did not get the shot off.. Spurs got a break there..

Tonight was Kings fan appreciation night. It turned out to be referee bashing night for the Kings fans.. lol!
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Spurs get a win with a controversial Finley shot at the end. Boy, the Spurs have had their shares of that this season. Not that I'm happy with the refs having a hand in the Spurs victory, but a Spurs victory we will all take...
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Old 04-12-09, 10:34 PM
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Wow, the Kings got ROBBED tonight. Should have gone to OT, feel bad for their fans, both of em.
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Old 04-12-09, 10:34 PM
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I just hope that the spurs get "lucky" calls like that in the playoffs!!!
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Fin did not get the shot off.. Spurs got a break there..

Tonight was Kings fan appreciation night. It turned out to be referee bashing night for the Kings fans.. lol!
Refs gave them a taste of 02 again, thats their fan appreciation for that team. Poor Kings fans, refs stay getting them.
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Wow, the Kings got ROBBED tonight. Should have gone to OT, feel bad for their fans, both of em.
Kings got jobbed big time. Glad for a Spurs win, but I do feel bad for their fans on the home finale and all. The difference is, when the Kings get jobbed it's when they have 16 (?) wins to close out the regular season.

We tend to get jobbed in the playoffs, like that .04 crap...:richb
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Old 04-12-09, 10:41 PM
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Great win for the Spurs.

This is definitely a group of guys that hasn't given up on this season.
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the Kings fans should be thanking us for that 'win'....lottery ping pong balls are a must for their franchise..not W's
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Old 04-12-09, 10:49 PM
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Wow, the Kings got ROBBED tonight. Should have gone to OT, feel bad for their fans, both of em.
they'll get more fans back if they get the number 1 or number 2 pick.
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Old 04-12-09, 10:57 PM
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If there were ever such a thing as a bad win...
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Old 04-12-09, 11:09 PM
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1. Lakers
2. Denver
3. Spurs (T)
4. Houston (T)
5. Portland (T)
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If there were ever such a thing as a bad win...
cant please everybody, i guess. just take the win and move on. a 'bad win' doesnt show up in the standings. kings came out fighting on fan appreciation nite.
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Old 04-12-09, 11:37 PM
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Congratulations for the Spurs, this was a great win. Hopefully, the Spurs could end second in the standings.
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cant please everybody, i guess. just take the win and move on. a 'bad win' doesnt show up in the standings. kings came out fighting on fan appreciation nite.
No.
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Old 04-13-09, 01:00 PM
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I think it's win-win-- the Kings get more ping-ping balls, the Spurs get better playoff position.
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