March 28, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) shoots the ball against San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Spurs defeated the Kings 117-112. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

"The Big Fundamental" vs. The "Boogie": San Antonio Spurs (44-16) @ Sacramento Kings (20-41)

Where: Power Balance Pavillion, Sacramento CA

When: Wednesday April 18th, 2012 7:00 PM

Starting Lineups:

                               Sacramento                                                San Antonio

PG: Isaiah Thomas                                       PG: Tony Parker

SG: Marcus Thornton                                   SG: Daniel Green

SF: Tyreke Evans                                            SF: Kawhi Leonard

PF: Jason Thompson                                     PF: Tim Duncan

C: Demarcus Cousins                                      C: Dejuan Blair

Injury Report:

Sacramento                                                San Antonio

C Hassan Whiteside (ANKLE)- OUT                                            NONE

SF John Salmons (HIP)-OUT

Keys to the Game:

1.) Hold onto the Basketball

-It is obvious the Kings really struggle at holding onto the basketball and making smart decisions. The Kings have averaged 15 Turnovers per game this season, meanwhile the Spurs average only 13 Turnovers per game. 2 Turnovers may seem like a small margin but when you consider 2 turnovers could mean up to an 8 point swing. If the Kings want to even stay close tonight they have to play smart basketball a.k.a Spurs basketball. If they can play as a unit, and make the right decisions they can stay close in this game.

2.) Battle of the Big Men

A match up everyone should be keeping an eye on tonight is the old veteran, and future 1st Ballot Hall of Famer Tim Duncan vs. the young future star, Demarcus Cousins. Duncan has earned the nickname “The Big Fundamental” thanks to his incredible basketball IQ, and how he plays both on offense and defense. In previous match ups Duncan has frustrated Cousins with his veteran play, and taking advantage of Cousins weaknesses. The key for Cousins tonight will be not to outsmart Duncan, but to out hustle him. Duncan is 35, and has really lost the athleticism he once had. In order for Cousins to have a big game against one of the greatest to ever play the position, Cousins must wear Duncan down, and keep him on the bench. If Cousins can do that he should have a strong game, and give the Kings a great chance to win

Team MVP: Marcus Thornton 26 Points, 3 Assists, 3 Steals

Prediction: Spurs 105 Kings 98


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