The San Antonio Spurs will be looking for revenge tonight when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the AT&T Center. The Spurs (18-13) lost to the Thunder (14-21) back on Feb. 24 by a final score of 102-99. That was San Antonio’s first game back after having four of their games postponed due to COVID-10 protocols. The Spurs were without DeMar DeRozan, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Rudy Gay and Quinndary Weatherspoon in that contest.
On Tuesday, the Spurs posted one of their most impressive victories of the season. They dismantled the New York Knicks, 119-93. Trey Lyles led the team in scoring with 18 points.
The Thunder have lost their last two games. Last night, they lost to the Dallas Mavericks by a final count of 87-78.
San Antonio Spurs Injury Update
Four player (White, Vassell, Gay and Weatherspoon) remain out due to COVID-19 protocols. LaMarcus Aldridge missed last game with a stomach illness and he remains sidelined for tonight’s contest against the Thunder.
Johnson returned against the Knicks but only played 11 minutes. Expect his minutes to be limited again tonight.
While it’s not a certainty, it’s definitely possible that the Spurs could have a full roster once they return from the All-Star break.
Oklahoma City Thunder Injury Update
The Thunder will be without three rotation players tonight. Former Spurs guard George Hill is out with a thumb injury. Veteran Al Horford will be held out to rest on the second night of a back-to-back, while Hamidou Diallo (hamstring) will also be on the sidelines.
All-Star Break and the San Antonio Spurs
This is San Antonio’s final game before the All-Star break. They won’t play again until Mar. 10th in Dallas against the Mavericks.
The Spurs should be able to get a lot of rest over the All-Star break, as they won’t have any representatives in the All-Star game, slam dunk contest, three-point contest or the skills challenge. That rest will be very important considering that the Spurs will play 40 games over a span of 68 days once the second half of the season begins.
Spurs vs. Thunder – How the Spurs Can Win
Last game between these two teams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander almost single-handedly beat the Spurs. He finished with 42 points, eight rebounds and four assists. If the Spurs are going to be successful in their bid for revenge, they will need to get a handle of Gilgeous-Alexander. Expect Dejounte Murray to defend him early and often.