• The Sacramento Kings return home Wednesday night to begin a five game home stand against the San Antonio Spurs.  This will be Sacramento’s second game against the Spurs this season, with the first game ending with a 102-94 loss.

    Despite dropping the first game of the season series, the team has reason to be optimistic.  In the first game, Sacramento was playing the second game of a back-to-back, and they were without starting point guard Darren Collison.  Collison has returned from his suspension, and the team has had four days off in a row to try to get him comfortable in the new system.

    Here are some notes heading into the game:

    • Tonight’s game will be a great chance for Sacramento to show that they can get a good win at home.  Sacramento struggled to a 4-7 record after a hectic early schedule that saw the team play numerous road games and back-to-back’s, so a strong game against a tough opponent would put the team on a good track moving forward.
    • DeMarcus Cousins dominated in the last matchup, scoring 37 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.  Pau Gasol clearly did not have the strength or athleticism to keep up with Cousins, so this should be an advantage for the Kings.
    • Sacramento has had issues scoring without DeMarcus Cousins or Rudy Gay, and with Kawhi Leonard matching up with Gay, the Kings will need to find other ways to score.  The return of Collison should help, but even then Sacramento will need to look to their bench and other starters for support.
    • The four days off gave the Kings plenty of time to figure out their rotations, so Wednesday should be a good look at the roles that various players will be expected to fill.  Many players have dealt with inconsistency early, so this will be a good game to identify minutes played and roles for those players.

    Sacramento was able to lead for most of the first half, but fell short in the second half in what was ultimately a very close game.  The Kings should be much more prepared this time out, and will have an opportunity to show what type of team they can be.

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