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Kings Return Home After Short But Disappointing Road Trip

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Tim Duncan taught John Salmons everything he knew about not expressing emotion.
Tim Duncan taught John Salmons everything he knew about not expressing emotion.

After a long nine game homestand, the Kings went on a two game road trip and ended up losing both games in very close fashion. Add the last game of the homestand to that list where the Kings lost the game on a tip-in by Al Jefferson and you have three games in a row where the Kings have lost the game in crunch time.

They return home tonight to play a very good San Antonio Spurs team. The Spurs are solidly in the second spot in the Western Conference standings, despite missing a lot of games from key players, like Manu Ginobili. Ginobili was unavailable the last time the Kings played the Spurs, a surprise road win as Sacramento handed the Spurs their first home loss of the season. Ginobili will be on hand for tonight's matchup though. Tiago Splitter has missed the last few games with back spasms.

The catalyst for the Spurs' success this season has been the play of Tony Parker, having one of his best seasons to date. Parker is averaging 19.6 PPG, 8.0 APG, and 2.8 RPG this year and should probably be in MVP conversation. Isaiah Thomas will have his hands full tonight in trying to deal with Parker.

Jason Thompson will hopefully be back in action for the Kings, having missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. Thompson was on a roll prior to his injury, averaging 17.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his last five games. Per Jon Santiago, John Salmons, who tweaked his hip against Houston, will not be playing. That likely means more time for Terrence Williams and Francisco Garcia.

This will be the second game of a back-to-back for San Antonio, having beaten the Suns the night prior with Tim Duncan looking a lot like his old self. Speaking of his old self, Duncan sat a game last week to rest and Gregg Popovich's official reason was "DNP - Old". That was actually on the official box score.

Game tonight starts at 7 PM. Game threads at 7 and 8:30. Let's go Kings!