The NBA schedule is set to release soon but already the San Antonio Spurs are getting an idea of what they’ll face in the months to come.
Ring Night and then Dirk Nowitzki and Dallas Mavericks
How fitting it is that the night the Spurs receive their championship rings comes against the very team that came the closest to preventing it from happening during the playoffs in May. It was the Dallas Mavericks that pushed San Antonio harder than any team last season, fighting to a furious seven games in the first round and they appear even strong than they were during that epic series. Dirk Nowitzki is back and he’ll have reinforcements with him when the Mavs take the floor in former Rockets forward Chandler Parsons and recent trade acquisition Tyson Chandler. Their additions, on paper, have made Dallas very relevant in the Western Conference picture. Sending a message to the Spurs on Ring Night just prior to Halloween would be in their best interests.
Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City Thunder bring Christmas present
One thing about the NBA is they love to offer intriguing tilts during the holidays, especially on Christmas. So what better matchup to put out there than the San Antonio Spurs having their highly anticipated rematch with the Oklahoma City Thunder the afternoon of Christmas day. There is little argument both teams are widely considered the best in the West and it’s clear reigning MVP Kevin Durant his gearing up for all-out championship push in 2014-2015 after dropping out from Team USA. Leading his latest incarnation of the Thunder over the world champs with the fresh memory of their conference finals defeat still fresh would be just the ticket.
San Antonio won’t have an easy time in either of these games, but as veterans of the championship picture, they should know that by now.