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Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Kings vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- Looking to get back on track, the Kings will host the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at Golden 1 Center. The Spurs have won 14 in a row against the Kings dating to 2014.

The Kings couldn’t buy a bucket in their last game out and fell to the Los Angeles Lakers. They’ll now face a veteran Spurs team that continues to win despite missing major pieces due to injury. 

Pregame show on NBC Sports Bay California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm.

The Kings get a three-day break before heading back out on the road for a back-to-back Friday and Saturday in Memphis and Houston.

Line

Spurs by 3

Projected Starting Lineup

Kings
PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

Spurs
PG Derrick White
SG Bryn Forbes
SF DeMar DeRozan
PF Dante Cunningham
C LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury Report

Kings 
C Kosta Koufos (right calf soreness) OUT

Spurs 
SF Rudy Gay (sore right heel) PROBABLE, C Jakob Poeltl (ankle) PROBABLE, C Pau Gasol (sore left foot) OUT, PG DeJounte Murray (knee) OUT, SG Lonnie Walker (knee) OUT.

Rotation Outlook

Kings
Coach Dave Joerger still is mixing and matching his lineups after the return of Bogdan Bogdanovic. The 26-year-old wing slowly is having his minutes restrictions lifted after missing 11 of the first 13 games following a knee issue.

Harry Giles is back with the team after spending Sunday with the Stockton Kings of the G-League. There is a chance he could see court time with veteran big man Kosta Koufos sitting with a calf issue.

Buddy Hield is hoping for a bounce-back game after shooting just 3 of 17 from the field in the loss to the Lakers.

Spurs
Gregg Popovich continues to put his team in contention to win games. Injuries at key positions have forced the veteran coach to mix and match his lineups all season.

Derrick White is coming off a 14-point, eight-assist performance in his second game as the team’s starting point guard. Rudy Gay is scheduled to return after missing the previous three games due to injury.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge anchor a quality squad that currently sits at 7-4 on the season.

 

Spurs lose starting point guard Dejounte Murray to torn ACL

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Spurs lose starting point guard Dejounte Murray to torn ACL

The Spurs' streak of 21 consecutive postseason berths took a serious hit on Monday.

Starting point guard Dejounte Murray was diagnosed with a torn ACL, the team announced. No word yet on exactly how long the third-year guard will be out, but the injury could cost Murray the entire season.

Murray suffered the injury in the second quarter of the Spurs' preseason game against the Rockets on Sunday.

Murray started 48 games last season and was slated for a big role in Gregg Popovich's offense this season. With all-time great Tony Parker gone to Charlotte and Murray out indefinitely, Patty Mills and Derrick White are the only two point guards remaining on the Spurs roster.

In 81 games last season, Murray averaged 8.1 points, 2.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds. In the first round of the playoffs against the Warriors, Murray averaged 7.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Shortly after the news was announced, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry posted a message to Murray on Twitter.

Manu Ginobili retires as Spurs see another pillar of dynasty come down

Manu Ginobili retires as Spurs see another pillar of dynasty come down

In one offseason, three integral parts of the Spurs dynasty have left San Antonio.

Point guard Tony Parker left as a free agent, signing with the Charlotte Hornets. Small forward Kawhi Leonard was traded to Toronto. And now, shooting guard Manu Ginobili has retired.

The 41-year-old from Argentina made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter.

"Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball. IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams," Ginobili wrote.

Drafted No. 57 overall by the Spurs in the 1999 NBA Draft, Ginobili began playing in the league in 2002 and spent his entire 16-year career in San Antonio. He was part of four NBA championship teams. In 1,057 games, the two-time All-Star averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Ginobili's last time on an NBA court was April 24, 2018 in Game 5 of the first-round series against the Warriors. He scored 10 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in the Warriors' 99-91 series-clinching win.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who played with Ginobili during his final season in 2002-03, chimed in on his former teammate's retirement.