After losing their first game in the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs (4-1) will look to bounce back on the winning track as they visit the Sacramento Kings (2-3).
The Spurs are coming off a 106-84 loss to the Clippers mostly due to 20 turnovers and allowing the Clippers to shoot 55% for the game. As for the Kings, they are coming off a narrow 105-103 win over Detroit and have won two games in a row after starting the season 0-3.
But as the two teams get ready to tangle in Sacramento, here are five things to watch for during tonight's contest:
• The Kings are 2-0 when leading at halftime and are 2-0 when they outrebound their opponent this season.
• After five games, the Kings are holding opposing teams to 41% shooting which makes them tied for fifth in the NBA.
• In his first five starts for the Kings, Isaiah Thomas averaged 19.2 points, shooting 50% from the field, 44% from the three-point line, 94% from the free-throw line, 3.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists in 35.4 minutes per game. Not bad for the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
• Manu Ginobili needs 28 more minutes to pass Bruce Bowen on the Spurs' all-time minutes list for eighth place.
• Spurs are 4-0 when they outshoot their opponent this season.
The Kings have big men and this will pose a problem to the Spurs. Again, let me repeat, the game of basketball is for giants. Unfortunately, Blair is not. It requires agility and both Bonner and splitter are not. Lineups should be balanced not 8 guards.