The San Antonio Spurs are supposedly back on track; a blow-out win over the Suns and a solid victory over the Hawks have reversed the team's skid and made the No. 1 seed look like a certainty. Can the Sacramento Kings derail the return to form? We'll find out as the Kings and Spurs tip off at 5:30.
Sacramento's defense has been good lately, and the Kings kept Kyle Lowry in check on Tuesday in that big win over Houston. Tony Parker is quicker and a better scorer, and the pick-and-roll has always challenged Tyreke Evans. George Hill is a bit of a monster off the bench, too; if Beno Udrih is forced to guard Hill, things could swing ugly.
But Samuel Dalembert and DeMarcus Cousins are strong rebounders, and should keep Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair off the glass as much as can be expected. (Fingers crossed.) Richard Jefferson could be trouble, and Manu Ginobili is much bigger than Marcus Thornton. Add in the point guard question marks, and we've got question marks.
Scoring will, of course, rely on Thornton, Evans and the big men. San Antonio's defense has some lapses during the skid, but is typically strong. We'll see if the Kings can break through. Check out HighTops' scouting report, and tune in at 5:30. Game threads at 5:30 and 7. Sacramento basketball!