The Sacramento Kings finally got a monkey off their back on Wednesday in Dallas, defeating the Mavericks to end a 4 game losing streak (and a 13 year losing streak in that arena). They did so thanks to one of their best defensive efforts of the season, but now they'll have an even tougher challenge against the San Antonio Spurs, who have won their last 38 regular season home games. Tip-off's at 5:30 pm Pacific and you can listen to it on KHTK 1140 or watch it on CSN-California.
1. Is this defense here to stay or is it just another flash in the pan? The last two games have shown the Kings put forth very solid defensive games, especially compared to the rest of the season. However we've seen this before where the Kings play good on that side of the floor for a few games before reverting back to bad habits. The Spurs are not a team that you can afford to have a bad defensive game and they will definitely put the Kings to the test and punish them for any mistakes.
2. Is Marco Belinelli back? The other bright spot of the last two games has been Marco Belinelli, who has looked much more like the player Kings fans had hoped he'd be when the team signed him to a three-year deal this offseason. The Kings need Belinelli to provide that offensive spark and floor spacing on a consistent basis and hopefully this is a sign of him returning to form.
3. Kevin Martin, a Spur? The San Antonio Spurs reportedly signed former Kings star Kevin Martin yesterday after he was bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. That's a really good pickup for this veteran Spurs team as Martin will provide solid scoring off the bench. Still, whenever I think of Kevin Martin and the Spurs I'll always think of this:
Kings 103, Spurs 115 as the Kings play the Spurs well for three quarters and then the Spurs remember they're the Spurs in the fourth.