After smacking around the New York Knicks on Tuesday night, the Sacramento Kings (21-38) struggled with their shot tonight in San Antonio. Sacramento looked tired and listless and the result was a 112-85 loss to the Spurs (37-23).
DeMarcus Cousins never found his rhythm, finishing with 14 points and just three rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Rudy Gay added 10 points, but shot just 4-for-16 and was lit up on the defensive end by Kawhi Leonard. Ray McCallum scored 12 and grabbed seven rebounds, while Derrick Williams finished with 11 off the bench in 19 minutes.
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What to watch
1. The DeMarcus effect
The Kings are 1-2 versus the Spurs this season, but they’re undefeated when DeMarcus Cousins steps on the floor. In the November 15 win, Cousins led the charge with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 10 rebounds (four offensive) and only one turnover. The All-Star center locked down Tim Duncan in the fourth quarter as well.
2. Bombs away, pt. 2
Sacramento’s 3-point struggles hit a low point in a loss to San Antonio last week, when they made merely 1-of-4 attempts. The Kings got rolling with an impressive 10-of-18 performance from downtown yesterday against the hapless Knicks, so the travelers must strive to maintain their aim over an elite Spurs perimeter defense.
3. Turnover management
In the November victory, the Kings spilled a season-low nine turnovers. In their two defeats, they surrendered a combined 31. Thanks again to the Knicks, Sacramento has some momentum coming into tonight’s contest, but they can’t afford to lose focus against a club that will undoubtedly take advantage of mistakes.