After opening the 2015-16 campaign with a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs will look to bounce back and notch their first victory when taking on the Brooklyn Nets.
While LaMarcus Aldridge tallied 11 points in his Spurs debut, Kawhi Leonard stole the show with 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting, adding eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. But the team fell short of OKC, dropping a hard-fought 112-106 contest.
San Antonio will lean Aldridge and Leonard to lead the team past a Brooklyn’s deep frontcourt. Brook Lopez headlines the Nets, while Thaddeus Young, Joe Johnson and Andrea Bargnani play significant minutes.
The Spurs split the 2014-15 season series with Brooklyn. San Antonio earned a 99-87 victory, and the Nets stole a 95-93 overtime win.
But it’s a new year. Here’s all the pertinent information for Friday night’s contest.
Brooklyn Nets at San Antonio Spurs — 8:30 p.m. ET
When, Where and How
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: AT&T Center; San Antonio, TX
- TV: Fox Sports Southwest
- Radio: WOAI 1200AM
- Online Streaming: NBA League Pass
- Favorite: Spurs by 14
San Antonio Spurs
- No injuries to report
Nov 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots the ball as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) defends during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Nets (0-1)
Brooklyn opened its 2015-16 campaign with a 115-110 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Brook Lopez poured in 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Andrea Bargnani chipped in 17 points and seven boards.
The Nets had trouble defending Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic, since the power forward netted 18 points. Mirotic has proven three-point range, so his offensive style is different than Aldridge. Nevertheless, that success seems to bode well for Aldridge’s potential on Friday.
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Plus, Jimmy Butler torched Brooklyn for 24 points on a 9-of-11 mark from the field. Kawhi is in wonderful position for another great performance.
San Antonio Spurs (0-1)
Basically, the only thing that could’ve made Wednesday’s clash with the Thunder any better is if the Spurs could’ve pulled out the win. It was an exciting way to open the season.
In addition to Leonard’s career-best night, Manu Ginobili (11 PTS, 7 AST) and Boris Diaw (9 PTS, 6 AST, 3 BLK) played well off the bench. The biggest negative was Danny Green’s 0-of-5 mark from long distance.