NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 19th (All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (42-12) at Sacramento Kings (19-35), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs have gotten healthy and that's terrifying for the NBA.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili should all be in the lineup Tuesday night when they continue their nine-game rodeo road trip in Sacramento against the Kings.
The Spurs own the NBA's best record at 41-12 and their version of the Big Three are all back.
Duncan returned on Wednesday before the break in a 96-95 victory in Cleveland over the Spurs. He missed several games with a knee and ankle injury.
Parker sat in a road win over the Chicago Bulls, but came back against the Cavs and Ginobili has been in and out of the lineup all season.
The Spurs are 4-1 thus far on the rodeo trip with their only loss coming in Detroit to the Pistons on Feb. 8. That setback is San Antonio's only one since Jan. 11 as the Spurs are 14-1 in that span and riding a three-game winning streak.
"It's a great position to be in obviously," said Duncan. "Just want to be healthy at the end of the season, that's our goal. Pop (head coach Gregg Popovich) has done a great job of keeping our minutes down."
The Spurs don't return home until Feb. 27. After that, San Antonio has 17 of its last 24 in the AT&T Center.
The Kings dropped their last two before the break, both away from home. After Tuesday's tilt with the Spurs, Sacramento is back on the road for five straight through the southern part of the country.
Sacramento hasn't had an All Star since Brad Miller and Peja Stojakovic made the squad during the 2003-04 season. Isaiah Thomas availed himself nicely during the Rising Stars Challenge.
The second half of the Kings season won't be focused on a playoff push. It will revolve around the future of the organization.
With a sale pending to investor Chris Hansen's group, a move to Seattle seems imminent, although the transfer application needs to be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors.
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson is refusing to give up hope that the Kings will leave.
"I don't see any scenario where both cities are happy," NBA Commissioner David Stern admitted over the All-Star break.
Thomas acknowledged that the media scrutiny about a possible move looms large.
"In the situation I'm in, people want me to say things I just can't say," said Thomas. "Like I always tell people I love Sacramento, I love Seattle, and I'm never going to change that. I can't control what happens. And it's tough on my teammates, because we don't know really more than you guys know. We don't know if anything is going to happen. We just are out there, we've got to go out and play basketball."
On the court, the Kings are 10th in the NBA in scoring, but 29th in opponents' scoring.
The Spurs have won 15 of their last 16 against the Kings and the last time the Spurs lost in Sacramento was Nov. 26, 2007, winning nine in a row there.
02/19 10:30:05 ET