Everything you need to know for Monday’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors.
On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs will return to the hardwood for the third game of the 2017-18 season. This will be against the Toronto Raptors. The Spurs enter this matchup at 2-0, with wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
Entering this game, LaMarcus Aldridge remains red-hot. His double-doubles in the first two games made him the centerpiece of the offense, finding his comfort zone and a rhythm. If this keeps up when Kawhi Leonard returns, the offense might be better than 2016-17.
Speaking of Leonard, the team announced he will not play against the Raptors. Due to a quad injury, he missed all of the preseason and the first two games. No timetable was announced by the organization. Tony Parker will not play, either, with a quad ailment of his own.
The Raptors are coming off a dominant performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, with a 128-94 win. They received 30 points from DeMar DeRozan and 21 from Serge Ibaka, while the team made 13 3-pointers. The Spurs hit just one against the Bulls, something that can’t happen against if they want to keep up with this offensively-skilled team.
Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs – 8:30 p.m. ETVenue: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TXTV: NBA TV, FSSWRadio: WOAI 1200 (click here for affiliates)Online streaming: NBA League PassSportsbook Review favorite: Spurs (-2)
- Kawhi Leonard (quad): Out
- Tony Parker (quad): Out
The Spurs vs. Raptors will be one of the NBA’s top games on Monday night. It’s arguably the Silver and Black’s toughest matchup of the early season, after putting up with an improved Timberwolves team and the lowly Bulls. Will they achieve a third win?