5 things to watch: Kings vs. Spurs (Preseason)


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The San Antonio Spurs (0-1) will resume their preseason play at the AT&T Center when they host the Sacramento Kings (1-0). The Spurs will be without Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard both dealing with injuries but Rudy Gay is expected to play his first game as a Spur and return to the court after recovering from his Achilles injury.

The Spurs are coming off a 100-106 loss to the Kings in Sacramento. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 17 points in the preseason opener.

And as the Spurs look for their first preseason win, here are five things to watch in tonight's game:

  1. Rudy Gay returns to the court. Gay will finally get back on the NBA floor tonight after suffering an Achilles heel injury last season. Although he'll be given limited minutes, to see him make it back to the court will be something to watch, as well as how he meshes with his new teammates.
  2. Dejounte Murray's progress. One preseason game down, and another one for Murray. Since he might be given the nod as the team's starting point guard, keep an eye on his development as the floor general. In the previous outing, he picked up four fouls.
  3. Brandon Paul's defense. During a recent practice, Patty Mills commented that Paul's mark on the team could be his defense.
  4. The new pieces. With a bevy of new players on the roster, keep an eye on their integration into the Spurs' system.
  5. 3-point shooting. The Spurs shot an abysmal 8-33 versus the Kings to start their preseason. With 3-point shooting at a premium in the NBA, the Spurs can use these games to tune up their long distance shot.
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