Sacramento Kings

Kings face tall task against Leonard, Spurs

Kawhi Leonard had scored 30 points, five assists and five steals in the San Antonio Spurs’ 102-94 victory over the Kings, Nov. 10, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. ... Leonard looks on during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in San Antonio.
Kawhi Leonard had scored 30 points, five assists and five steals in the San Antonio Spurs’ 102-94 victory over the Kings, Nov. 10, 2016 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. ... Leonard looks on during an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in San Antonio. The Associated Press

Spurs (8-3) at Kings (4-7)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Golden 1 Center

When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140, 950

THREE KEYS

1. Limit Leonard: That’s easier said than done, Kings coach Dave Joerger said Tuesday. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard makes shots that can “tear your heart out,” Joerger said. Leonard scored 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting with five assists and five steals in San Antonio’s 102-94 victory over Sacramento at Golden 1 Center on Oct. 27.

2. Unleash Cousins: DeMarcus Cousins dazzled in the home opener against the Spurs, getting 37 points and 16 rebounds. He must stay out of foul trouble because the Kings struggle to score without him.

3. Execute: Kings guard Darren Collison said late-game execution was emphasized in practice this week. Failure in that area doomed the Kings in the second half of their first meeting with the Spurs, who rallied to win. “We played them pretty well, but they usually get us in the last quarter,” Collison said. “They execute better. We want to execute with the top-tier teams.”

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

10

Ty Lawson

PG

40

Arron Afflalo

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

Spurs

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Tony Parker

PG

14

Danny Green

SG

2

Kawhi Leonard

SF

12

LaMarcus Aldridge

PF

16

Pau Gasol

C

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