All the pieces are back in place for the San Antonio Spurs. What are some intriguing storylines throughout their new NBA schedule?
Dirk Nowitzki and Mavs out for revenge on opening night
The thing about being the champion is that every team you crushed to reach the top brings that extra motivating factor of revenge to the table the next time you meet. For the Spurs that is how their entire NBA season starts when Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks arrive on opening night in hopes of avenging their crushing loss in Game 7 three months go. He’ll have more help this time with the additions of Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler. Tim Duncan and crew will have to see if this new animal knows any new tricks.
LeBron James itching to test new team against an old foe
Dirk isn’t the only player gunning for the Spurs though. After all, his loss was in the first round of the playoffs. It was LeBron James who had to endure the far more humiliating defeat in the Finals, not only losing to San Antonio for the second time in June, but also losing what will likely be his best chance at a threepeat. He’ll want to know if his decision to depart Miami back to Cleveland where he joins forces with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love was the right one. On November 19th, the King will find out.
Kevin Durant and James Harden will test champs down the stretch
In the Western Conference, home court advantage is going to be crucial with so many good teams to fight through. The San Antonio Spurs know this, and 2014-2015 is going to prove daunting, especially down the stretch. Starting March 25th, the champs will play nine out of 12 games against probably playoff participants including four against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City and James Harden and the Houston Rockets. It is a murderous end to the regular season and could prove the defining sequence on whether the Spurs can accomplish their elusive mission for a repeat.