April 15, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after dunking the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Spurs (44-16) vs. Kings (20-41) notes


– Time: 9 p.m.

– TV: FSSW

– Radio: 1200 WOAI, 1350 KCOR

– Spurs injury report: None. Although the Spurs probably won’t field a full roster tonight because this is the third leg of a back-to-back.

– Kings injury report: John Salmons (right hip) and Hassan Whiteside (right ankle) are day-to-day.

– Best offensive lineup: The Thomas-Evans-Thornton-Thompson-Cousins (298.3 minutes) scores 112.7 points per 100 possessions and they do so at a blistering pace (97.3).

– Best defensive lineup: By “best” I mean slightly less awful in this instance. The Evans-Thornton-Salmons-Thompson-Cousins lineup only allows 108.3 points per 100 possessions on 48.8 percent shooting.

– Best overall lineup: The Kings, as evidenced by their 20-41 record, are devoid of any positive lineups. The Thomas-Evans-Thornton-Thompson-Cousins lineup is more palatable than most; they are outscored by 3.4 points per 100 possessions.

– In victories, Tyreke Evans averages 20.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. In losses, however, he averages 15 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists.

– The Kings haven’t played since Sunday, a one point victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Evans averages 26.2 points, 7.8 assists, 6.6 rebounds and a 53.8 shooting percentage on 2+ days of rest.

– Isaiah Thomas averaged 14 points and five assists in two games against San Antonio.

– The Spurs are 7-1 in their last eight trips to Arco Arena. They averaged 103.7 points per game.

– The Kings shot 25 percent from the corner 3-point position against the Spurs.

– Sacramento gets their shot blocked 7.4 percent of the time which is only lower than the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

– The Kings are 11-5 when they score 100-plus points at home.

– In two games against the Spurs, DeMarcus Cousins averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds.

– Cousins has the second highest (behind Luis Scola) turnover rate among power forwards who average 25+ minutes and play 40+ games, according to HoopData. Cousins also has the second lowest true shooting percentage among that same group.

– Cousins benefits from an assist 46.7 percent of the time, lowest in the entire league among 4s.

– Sacramento has the lowest assist rate in the entire league.

– In every space on the floor, according to HoopData, the Kings are a below-average shooting team.

– Sacramento has five players who have posted above-average PER’s.

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  • rtesoro440

    Tonight maybe a good time for coach Pops to rest some of his players again preparatory for their 3rd meeting against the lakers. They played beautifully last night. Everybody was rebounding, double teaming the lakers. They played with energy and total focus. If they play the same way in the finals, there is no doubt they will take it all. Go Spurs!