GAMEDAY AT A GLANCE
Sacramento Kings (15-33) vs. Spurs (32-19)
When, where: Sunday, 6 p.m., AT&T Center
Season series: Spurs lead 2-0
Last meeting: Spurs 107, Kings 100, Jan. 8, Sacramento
Kings’ last game: Beat Heat 89-88, Thursday, Miami
Spurs’ last game: Lost to 76ers 97-78, Friday, San Antonio
Kings’ last 10 games, streak: 2-8, won two
Spurs’ last 10 games, streak: 5-5, lost one
Notable: Spurs Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Kawhi Leonard (rehabbing quad injury) are out for Sunday's game . . . Spurs coach Gregg Popovich turned 69 on Sunday . . . Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge is the only player in the NBA with 16,000+ points and 7,000+ rebounds since he entered the league in 2006.
Always brutally honest, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went straight for the jugular Friday night after his team's tepid performance in a 97-78 home loss to the resurgent Philadelphia 76ers.
"If I was a San Antonio fan tonight," Popovich said, "I'd ask for my money back."
And that was that.
While there's been no word on whether fans have started lining up for refunds, the Spurs face the task of having to bounce back yet again in an up-and-down month when they continue their five-game homestand Sunday night against the injury-depleted Sacramento Kings.
The Silver and Black (32-19) are 7-7 in January and have dropped eight of their last 15 games. They haven't lost seven games in a month since December 2014.
Here's something else for Spurs fans to ponder: The Silver and Black haven't had 19 losses this early in the season since a 103-89 home defeat to Denver dropped them to 27-19 on Jan. 31, 2010. The 2009-10 team went on to finish 50-32 and get swept by Phoenix in the Western Conference semifinals.
Although hampered by injuries since the preseason, the Spurs have managed to stay in the top tier of the Western Conference, trailing only defending league champion Golden State and Houston in the standings.
Sacramento, playing the fifth of a six-game trip, has six players sidelined by injuries, including starting center Willie Cauley-Stein, out with bone contusion in his right knee and a sprained left foot.
The Silver and Black played against the 76ers without All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard and key reserves Manu Ginobili and Rudy Gay, all sidelined by injuries.
Popovich told reporters before the game that Ginobili, who has missed six consecutive games with a contusion in his right thigh, will play, but Leonard and Gay have been ruled out.
"You have to stay positive, keep things in perspective, get your rest and get ready for the next one," Spurs center Pau Gasol said after Friday night's game. "You bounce back and find a way to give yourself a better chance to win.
"We have this homestand and we have to capitalize on that. We play well at home, and we need to continue, so we'll put this one behind us, learn from it and get ready for the next one."
Although they've lost two of their last three games at the AT&T Center, the Spurs still have the league's best home record (20-4) this season.
Like Gasol, point guard Dejounte Murray stressed the importance of remaining positive and hanging tough as a team.
"We win together, we lose together, and that's the biggest part," he said Friday night. "We have to stay together whether we win or whether we lose. We do a great job of doing that here, so tomorrow the guys will watch individual film and do what we have to do to get ready for Sunday."
The Kings (15-33) have the worst record in the Western Conference and already have lost to the Spurs twice this season. The Silver and Black have a 12-game winning streak in the series and have beaten Sacramento nine consecutive times in San Antonio since the 2011-12 season.
Still, the Kings could be dangerous. D'Aaron Fox scored on a put-back dunk with three seconds left to give Sacramento, which trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, an 89-88 win over the Heat. The victory was the Kings' first in Miami since 2001.
Up next for the Spurs after Sunday's game: vs. Nuggets, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., AT&T Center