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It’s time for the first [preseason] game of the new season. If it seems like the Spurs just played a few weeks ago, that’s almost true. The last season was incredibly weird, like everything else in 2020, but the Spurs have been a bright spot so far, as they played well in the Orlando bubble, just not quite well enough to earn a playoff spot.

Tonight, the Spurs are back in the AT&T Center, but without fans, and it will be the first time to see Devin Vassell and Tre Jones in the Silver and Black (or Teal, Orange, and Pink, depending on the jersey choice). It’s also a chance to see Luka Samanic’s off season development as he develops into an impactful NBA player, and also see how LaMarcus Aldridge has adjusted his game to adapt to the new style of play. As always, DeMar DeRozan will be the lynchpin of the Spurs offense. There are so many great young players in the roster this year, and I expect a breakout season from Lonnie Walker IV and a return to form for Dejounte Murray after a relatively quiet year after recovering from knee surgery.

The Oklahoma City Thunder has a ton of first round draft picks, but they’re in future years, but they will be sneaky good this year, with a lot of young players that will be complementary players this year to the superstars they will no doubt be drafting in the next few years.

Since this is a preseason game, I doubt either team puts much effort into winning the game, but it will be a good chance to evaluate young players and see some guys that will be playing most of this year in Austin, if the G-League ever gets underway.

One final word:

Go Spurs GOOOOOO!!

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
December 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM CT
Streaming: NBA League Pass
TV: NBATV, FSSW
RADIO: WOAI

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