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- The San Antonio Spurs roll into Sacramento winners of 14 of 15 and leading the league with a 42-12 record. Veteran Tony Parker is coming off his fifth All-Star game appearance and having another stellar season, averaging 20.8 points and 7.6 assists per game. He was joined in Houston by future Hall of Famer and 14 time All-Star Tim Duncan who is still going strong in year 16.
- Isaiah Thomas represented the Kings well at the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend, scoring 18 points and handing out 10 assists for the victorious Team Chuck. “It’s good for him,” coach Keith Smart told members of the media before the game. “It’s good for organization to have him out there playing, to see him. So it was good all the way around.”
- Manu Ginobili made his return to the Spurs’ rotation the game before the All-Star break in Cleveland after missing the teams previous five games with a sore left hamstring. Coach Gregg Popovich said before the game that Ginobili would play, but to expect his minutes to be limited while he works his way back into shape.
– James Ham