PBT: NBA could vote for lockout Tuesday

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PBT: NBA could vote for lockout Tuesday

June 28, 2011WARRIORS PAGE WARRIORS VIDEOKINGS PAGE KINGS VIDEOKurt HelinProBasketballTalk.com

The NBAs Board of Governors -- which is made up of all the team owners -- is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them.

At the heart of the days agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds of million apart. At that time the owners could vote to authorize a lockout starting on July 1. They dont have to make this vote Tuesday, David Stern has said it could be done later via email, but it could come down Tuesday.

The fact that the two sides do not even agree if revenue sharing should be part of the CBA talks and that topic is at best third on the list of biggest hurdles to a deal behind the split of Basketball Related Income and a hard salary cap should be a pretty good sign that the lockout is coming. And it will be ugly.

Well see if that lockout gets approved on Tuesday or not. But it will soon, one way or another.

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NBA Gameday: Kings close homestand against George, Pacers

NBA Gameday: Kings close homestand against George, Pacers

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings look to salvage the final game of their season-long seven game homestand Wednesday night when they host the Indiana Pacers at Golden 1 Center. The Kings are 1-5 over the six home games after dropping Sunday’s battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sacramento has fallen behind by 14 points or more in each of their six home games, including a 17-point deficit against the Thunder. Coach Dave Joerger has gone with the same starting lineup four straight, featuring Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, Rudy Gay, Anthony Tolliver and DeMarcus Cousins. There is no word if he will stick with the same group against Indiana, but Ty Lawson is questionable with an ankle sprain and Omri Casspi is out with calf injury, leaving the Kings shorthanded.

The Pacers have won six of their last seven coming into Wednesday night. They are fresh off a 98-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Paul George led the way with 19 points and six assists while point guard Jeff Teague barely missed a triple-double, finishing the night with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the win.

OPENING LINE

Pacers by 1

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Rudy Gay vs. Paul George -- After missing 10-of-11 games with a hip injury, Gay has bounced back for Sacramento. The 30-year-old forward has posted 19.4 points, seven rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in his last five contests since returning to action. George is a three-time All-Star that presents matchup issues for most teams. He’s the engine that makes the Pacers go. If they can take away George, the Kings have a chance to pick up a big win before heading out for eight straight on the road.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 16-24, third place in Pacific

Pacers: 21-19, second place in Central

INJURY REPORT

Kings: F Omri Casspi (left calf strain) out, PG Ty Lawson (left ankle sprain) out.

Pacers: PG Rodney Stuckey (hamstring) out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Kings swept the season series 2-0 last year and have a four-game win streak against the Pacers. Indiana holds a 44-39 lead over the Kings all-time and a 33-26 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

“He’s very unique - a special talent in our league. A point center, being able to handle the ball, bring the ball up, shoot 3’s. He’s a load in the paint, in the pick-and-roll, he can do anything and everything on the court. It’s a special cover, we’ll be locked in, we’ll mix up some things to guard him, but it’s going to be a tough night for us.” -Paul George on facing DeMarcus Cousins

NHL Gameday: Sharks conclude season series with biggest rival

NHL Gameday: Sharks conclude season series with biggest rival

Programming note – Sharks-Kings coverage starts today at 7:30 on NBCSN

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 26-16-2, 54 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Kings: 22-18-4, 48 points, 5th Pacific Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***Logan Couture won’t play due to illness, so the Sharks will have three different lines for tonight (see below), leaving only the effective third line intact from Monday’s win over the Jets. 

Ryan Carpenter will center the fourth line, playing in his first NHL game since he scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 30 in Los Angeles, a 4-1 Sharks win.

“Last NHL game I played, [left with] good feelings, and stuff,” said Carpenter, who was promptly reassigned to the Barracuda afterwards. “It’s nice to be back here, hopefully have the same outcome tonight and come away with a win.”

***It was just one week ago when the Sharks were tied with Anaheim atop the Pacific Division in points, with two games in hand on the Ducks. But after dropping consecutive games in regulation against the Flames and Blues, San Jose now finds itself five points behind Anaheim (with three games in hand) and one point behind the Oilers (with two games in hand) despite Monday’s win over the Jets.

They still have a decent cushion on the Kings, up by six points after 44 games apiece, but they’d like nothing more than to put some distance between themselves and a division rival. They failed to do that in Calgary last Wednesday.

“These are all critical games now, we’re at that time of the season,” DeBoer said. “You look at the standings, and we’ve lived it here a little bit the last couple weeks. You start to feel a little comfortable where you’re at, you lose a couple games, and all of a sudden you’re back in the pack. It’s going to be like that from now until the end.”

San Jose is 8-6-2 against the Pacific this season.

***This is the fifth and final game of the season series between the Sharks and Kings, who have split the first four. The Kings have won the previous two meetings, including Jan. 3 at SAP Center, 2-1 in overtime.

This will be the Sharks’ final trip of the regular season to Southern California, as they have just one games left with the Ducks at SAP Center.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Chris Tierney. The Sharks’ third line center posted his first multiple-point game of the season on Monday against Winnipeg, with a goal and an assist. That ended a stretch of just one assist in 13 games for Tierney. The Sharks have surely been looking for a bit more production from the 22-year-old, now in his third season, so perhaps be can build off of his most recent performance.

Kings: Tanner Pearson. The winger has at least one point in eight of his last 12 games, and scored the overtime winner against the Sharks on Jan. 3 at SAP Center. His 13 goals on the season is second on the team only to Jeff Carter’s 23, while his plus-nine rating leads the Kings.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc – Patrick Marleau – Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Ryan Carpenter – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (starter)
Aaron Dell

Kings
Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Trevor Lewis
Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Dustin Brown
Dwight King – Nic Dowd – Devin Setoguchi
Kyle Clifford – Nick Shore – Jordan Nolan

Derek Forbort – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Kevin Gravel – Matt Greene

Peter Budaj
Jeff Zatkoff

INJURIES

Sharks: Logan Couture (illness), Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) and Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain) are out.

Kings: Jonathan Quick (groin) and Tyler Toffoli (lower body) are out.

QUOTEABLE

“I’m trying not to try too much. Just do the little things, keep working hard, have fun out there, and enjoy the process.” – Timo Meier