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Determining the state of the Spurs after a grueling opening week schedule

Noah Magaro-George and Damien Bartonek discuss San Antonio’s early strengths, weaknesses, rotations, and surprises.

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Although the San Antonio Spurs have started the 2021-2022 season 1-3, there are plenty of positive takeaways from their opening-week schedule. Not only did they take care of business against the lowly Orlando Magic, but they held their own in three consecutive tilts with the title-contending Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Lakers.

Keldon Johnson, Dejounte Murray, and Jakob Poeltl have ramped up their production in the wake of several veteran departures this offseason. Doug McDermott has meshed seamlessly within the starting lineup. Lonnie Walker IV and Devin Vassell have taken charge of the second unit. And best of all, the Silver and Black are playing team-first basketball.

With 78 regular-season games remaining, there is more than enough time for the Spurs to continue molding their identity. But San Antonio is already beginning to answer questions about their roster, so tune in to this edition of the Alamo City Limits Podcast as Damien Bartonek joins me to discuss early surprises, disappointments, and everything in between.