The San Antonio Spurs struggled against an improving Sacramento Kings team on Saturday night. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were quiet and the Spurs lost the turnover battle. Despite not playing the way we are accustomed to seeing the Spurs play, they had a chance to tie the game with under five seconds to play, but Manu Ginobili air balled a three point attempt.
Below are the key takeaways for the San Antonio Spurs after the discouraging loss to Sacramento.
–DeMarcus Cousins Destroyed Spurs
While it’s not a surprise that DeMarcus Cousins had a monster game, as he is arguably the best center in the league. Cousins finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds, despite not playing a single second in the second quarter due to foul trouble. The absence of Tiago Splitter hurt the Spurs in this one.
-Tim Duncan and Tony Parker Silent
It’s not too often that Tony Parker and Tim Duncan have quiet games on the same night. Duncan finished with 15 points (4-11 fg) and 8 rebounds. Duncan also struggled to contain Cousins, just like the rest of his teammates. Parker had 11 points (5-11 fg) and 6 assists. Expect big nights from the two, against Philadelphia on Monday.
-Manu Ginobili Provided Spark off the Bench
Besides Manu Ginobili, the Spurs bench combined for only 10 points. Ginobili finished with 21 points (7-15 fg, 1-7 threes) and 5 assists. Cory Joseph went scoreless in 16 minutes and Boris Diaw had 7 points and 8 rebounds.
-Spurs Defended Well
The San Antonio Spurs allowed the Kings to shoot a below average 43% from the field. How many times does a team that goes without hitting a three win a game? Not too often, but that happened on Saturday, as the Kings went 0-12 from downtown. Defense wasn’t the problem in this one, it was the Spurs 14 turnovers that cost them at the end.