Posted by: Kingsguru21 | October 31, 2009

Kings at San Antonio Spurs tonight (game 3 of an annual 82 NBA game series)

Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba,
Se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba y arriba
Y arriba y arriba, por ti sere,
Por ti sere.
Por ti sere.

Yo no soy marinero.
Yo no soy marinero, soy capitan.
Soy capitan.
Soy capitan.

Ba-ba-bamba,
Ba-ba-bamba,
Ba-ba-bamba,
Ba…

Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba, se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba, arriba.

R-r-r-r-r, Ja! Ja!

Para bailar la bamba,
Para bailar la bamba,
Se necesita una poca de gracia.
Una poca de gracia pa mi pa ti.
Arriba y arriba
Y arriba y arriba, por ti sere,
Por ti sere.
Por ti sere.

Ba-ba-bamba.
Ba-ba-bamba.
Ba-ba-bamba

Tonight, the indispensable San Antonio Spurs with their gaudy defensiveness challenges the Kings to stay within 20 points. Heh. Maybe not.

Last night, we saw a tough team take on a playoff caliber team. We know the Kings came up short, but that’s not really that big of a deal.

Tonight, it’s Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Antonio McDyess, DeJuan Blair, and Co.

I’ll be shocked if the Spurs don’t win by 25 tonight. The Kings are on a 2nd game of a back to back. The Spurs last played Thursday at Chicago.

Furthermore, Tim Duncan is pretty good. (In case you haven’t heard.) He’s a bit better than Emeka Okafor. (Shocking I know.) This same Spurs team kicked the shit out of the Hornets this past Wednesday. (Although Okafor had a good showing in that particular game.)

The Kings are going to have a difficult time matching up with the Spurs if Duncan plays well. Manu Ginobili, if healthy, gives everyone problems. Manu is pretty healthy right now.

While I’m intrigued to see Tony Parker vs Tyreke Evans, I’m not going to hold my breath. Evans has a serious future in the NBA, but matching up vs Chris Paul and Tony Parker in back to back games is not something that usually benefits young players. This usually eats them alive, truthfully.

Here’s what I want: No Injuries.

Here’s what I would love to see, but am not expecting to see: A competitive ball game with a chance to win at the end. (Similar to last night in fact.)

There are people who will tell you that Kevin Martin played too many minutes, but last night was the first game of a back to back. I have no problem with Martin 42 mins in a b2b. He knows what the deal is. This is not his first go around in the NBA. (Right?) On the other hand, Tyreke Evans is going to find that the NBA is a very different animal than playing 2 games a week at Memphis. Tyreke Evans played 33 mins last night, and I’m okay with that. Wearing him out in the first 3 games of the season is probably not wise.

Here are the players who played more than 30 mins last night: Kevin Martin (42), Jason Thompson (39) and Tyreke Evans (33).

If the Kings can get a quality contribution from Hawes, another quality contribution from May & Mason, and get a few more mins from Casspi tonight (he did play poorly last night–and I don’t care what anybody says–he’s a rookie for chrissake!) than they did last night, I think the Kings can in fact compete if the offense runs smoothly. Or, within reason of smoothly anyway.

In years past, the Kings were generally at a disadvantage rebounding. I think this year we can chalk one of this team’s strengths is that they can out-rebound most teams in the NBA. That’s a start, and that can keep you in games if you can get offensive rebounds. What you may lack in pretty half-court offense, you make up with effective scoring that can wear a team down defensively.

I would love to see Tyreke Evans post up Tony Parker because Parker is nowhere near the defender Chris Paul happens to be. I would love to see JT run the high post as it is something he does well. I would love to see Spencer Hawes play effectively on the low block offensively. I would love to see Hawes stop throwing up crappy shots against the rhythm of the offense (or when JT is on the ground and not getting up quickly), and against his own rhythm. He needs to stop pressing, in otherwords.

I just want to see the Kings hang in there. If I can’t ask baby steps, maybe the world is really ending.

Ba-ba-bamba, Ba-ba-bamba, Ba-ba-bamba.

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