Can the San Antonio Spurs exploit the Sacramento Kings’ weak frontcourt?
The San Antonio Spurs are no strangers to a shallow frontcourt plagued by issues. With Trey Lyles and LaMarcus Aldridge out San Antonio has had to get creative with their lineups, relying on Jakob Poeltl, Drew Eubanks, and Chimizie Metu far more than they did at any point in the regular season.
That said, the Kings are going through some frontcourt problems of their own. Marvin Bagley is going to be out for the remainder of the regular season and Alex Len is set to miss the game on Friday but is considered day to day at this point. This means the Kings will lean heavily on Harry Giles and Nemanja Bjelica.
The Kings will also look to Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes, but as the two have played sparingly in the scrimmages it’s unclear where they might be with their conditioning. While the two are not under any minute restrictions per se, poorer conditioning due to a lack of playing time up until this point could limit the impact they have in Friday’s game.
All of this opens a great opportunity for a statement game Jakob Poeltl. He’s one of the Spurs we’ve consistently pointed to as a threat to break out here in Orlando and he couldn’t be in a better situation for Friday’s game.
He’s got a substantial height advantage over every man the Kings can throw at him and should use that to his advantage on both ends of the floor. He’s been involved on offense, he’s done a great job of running the floor and letting the Spurs guards find him for easy finishes, but it would be encouraging to see him be more aggressive on the offensive glass on Friday.
On defense, Blockob just has to keep doing what he’s been doing all season long. He’s an advanced stats darling on defense and has proven that he can provide elite-level rim protection when he’s given the opportunity. Well, his opportunity is here. Let’s see what he makes of it.