As each day arrives in July, the NBA season restart draws closer for the San Antonio Spurs and their fans. The Spurs will have several weeks to prepare for an eight-game slate that gives them a shot at the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. In addition to team practices, each NBA team will also have inter-squad scrimmages to help prepare. As of Saturday, the Spurs’ schedule for those scrimmage games was officially revealed.
Spurs’ Draw Eastern Conference Playoff Teams For Scrimmages
Ahead of the season restart, each of the 22 NBA teams gets to participate in a total of three inter-squad scrimmages in Orlando. They’ll begin with four scrimmages on July 22, but the San Antonio Spurs won’t have their first scrimmage until Thursday, July 23. Their first scrimmage opponent happens to be the Milwaukee Bucks, a team many believe could go to the NBA Finals and even win it.
The Spurs get a day to rest before they have their second session when they scrimmage against the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets were just recently rumored to be a team interested in luring Gregg Popovich to be their next head coach. However, Brooklyn’s GM shot those rumors down.
The Spurs’ third and final opponent will be the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, July 28. It was recently revealed that Pacers star guard Victor Oladipo won’t be participating in the NBA season restart in Orlando.
The scrimmage sessions will take place at three different arenas at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. These will be the same three courts used for the season restart games, play-in games, and NBA playoffs.
How Scrimmage Sessions Will Help Players
Players and teams haven’t played in games like usual since March 11, which is when the NBA suspended the season following Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert’s positive test for COVID-19. While players may have worked out regularly on their own, it isn’t the same as what they’re used to. Therefore, the scrimmages will be extremely helpful for players to become reacquainted with NBA game conditions.
Per NetsDaily, Brooklyn interim head coach Jacque Vaughn, a former assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, commented on the necessity of the scrimmages.
“Really, the goal of those games is to give some guys some rhythm. Our guys haven’t played 3-on-3, 5-on-5, none of the normal build-up you have going into a regular season. More than anything, the conditioning is going to be a piece of it.”
Scrimmage sessions are against teams from opposite conferences, or versus teams that are unlikely to be a first-round playoff opponent. As seen above, the Spurs are facing three Eastern Conference teams.
Once the Spurs participate in their final scrimmage on July 28, they’ll have a couple of days off and then begin the first game of the NBA restart schedule on July 31.
It appears fans will get to see the scrimmages broadcast on television. Details for television broadcasts are still TBD, as of this report. For more player and team news, make sure to visit our Spurs news page.