Here is the latest news live from Sleep Train Arena:
- The Sacramento Kings return home after a rough 1-3 road trip that included back-to-back devastating losses to the Mavericks and Grizzlies. “We win it’s together, we lose it’s together,” coach Michael Malone said. “There’s nobody blaming anybody – Ben McLemore missing free throws or Rudy (Gay) and JT (Jason Thompson) and the end of the game play, the miscommunication. It should never have come down to that situation.”
- Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has spent the last 19 years amassing victories in San Antonio. A surefire Hall of Famer, the 65-year-old Popovich spends very little time worrying about his opponents. “It’s a game of mistakes,” Popovich said during pre-game. “So I worry about us more than I do other people. I haven’t seen any magic plays or people doing different things defensively or offensively in a lot of years. It’s about the same things. It’s about execution and competitiveness and so if you concentrate on your team, you’ll be in pretty good shape.”
- The Spurs will be without the services of Marco Belinelli (mild groin strain), Patty Mills (right shoulder surgery) and Tiago Splitter (right calf tightness) tonight. Sacramento has a healthy 13 players and Eric Moreland stashed up in Reno with the Bighorns.
- Sacramento’s schedule doesn’t get any easier this week. After tonight’s game against the Spurs, they pull the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday and Chicago Bulls on Thursday.