Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors – Game #2

The San Antonio Spurs will try to remain undefeated in their 2020-21 campaign when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight in the AT&T Center. Thus far, the Spurs are 1-0 after an inspiring 131-119 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday evening. San Antonio had multiple players perform well in their season opening win, including having all five starters score at least 16 points.

San Antonio Spurs Starting Lineup

In the preseason, the starting lineup for the Spurs didn’t always make a whole lot of sense. The lineups were older and slower, which seemingly went against head coach Gregg Popovich’s stated goal of increasing the pace of play this season. However, in the first game of the regular season, Popovich made a lot of Spurs fans smile by going with a starting five of Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker IV, DeMar DeRozan, Keldon Johnson and LaMarcus Aldridge.

After the road win to begin the campaign, it’s doubtful that Popovich will alter what worked well. Expect the same starting lineup tonight against the Raptors.

Off the bench, the Spurs only played four players: Rudy Gay, rookie Devin Vassell, Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl. While Popovich could expand the rotation, he’ll probably give that nine-man group another game to show what they can do.

Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup

The Raptors began their season with a 113-99 loss against the New Orleans Pelicans. In that game, Toronto started Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and former Spurs center Aron Baynes. While the Raptors starters struggled in the season opener, expect Nick Nurse to keep rolling with that lineup — for now, at least.

Off the bench, the Raptors only played Norman Powell, Matt Thomas and Chris Boucher extended minutes versus the Pelicans.

San Antonio Spurs Injury Report

Two players remain out for the Spurs due to injury: Derrick White and Quinndary Weatherspoon. White, who recently signed a contract extension with the Spurs that could be worth as much as $75 million, is sidelined as he recovers from toe surgery. Weatherspoon is out after undergoing knee surgery.

The Raptors, on the other hand, have everyone available other than Patrick McCaw.

Spurs vs. Raptors – Key to a Spurs Win

Can the Spurs get another strong performance out of their youthful backcourt? Both Murray and Walker were really good in the season opener. However, both players had their ups and downs in preseason. But if Murray and Walker can play well again tonight, the Spurs will have a good chance of advancing to 2-0.