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San Antonio Spurs roundup: Timberwolves problems, Thunder preview

By Rob Wolkenbrod
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs defends against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs defends against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game on November 15, 2017 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Before that, let’s look at the latest news, notes and headlines for Nov. 17.

Thursday, Nov. 16 marked a quiet day for the San Antonio Spurs. There was no game, along with minimal news that made its way online. However, there were still things to take note of.

Friday will be an important day for the Spurs, who will face the Oklahoma City Thunder. These teams haven’t met in the 2017-18 season, so it will be an introduction to the Big 3 of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

Before this game takes place, let’s look at the latest news, notes and headlines for the Spurs on Friday, Nov. 17:

  • The Spurs suffered a disappointing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. We looked at the issues that led to this, including the wide turnover margin that favored the opposition.
  • The Silver and Black lost Jonathon Simmons in the offseason, as he signed a multi-year contract with the Orlando Magic. However, Pounding the Rock thinks Brandon Paul can make Spurs fans forget about Simmons. Paul’s shooting and defense are just two of the reasons for this.
  • The San Antonio Express-News has a piece on head coach Gregg Popovich keeping an eye on World Cup qualifying for USA Basketball. Popovich will coach the team at the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Next: Top 25 players in Spurs history

The Spurs and Thunder will go head-to-head at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Stay tuned for our post-game recap when the clock hits triple zeroes.

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