The 2018-19 NBA schedule will release soon for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 teams.
The San Antonio Spurs were left off Wednesday’s reveal of the Opening Week matchups on national television, as well as the Christmas Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day games in the 2018-19 season. So, the Silver and Black will take a smaller spotlight this campaign, at least in its brightest moments, without Kawhi Leonard’s presence on the team and a myriad of other changes.
However, that means the full 82-game schedule has yet to come to fruition for the Spurs, along with other teams left off Wednesday’s reveal.
When will the schedule arrive, though? According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Friday, Aug. 10 is the official date for the full release.
Officially official: NBA season opens w/ Sixers @ Celts and Thunder @ Warriors on Oct. 16 on TNT. Coverage includes ring ceremony.
LeBron's Laker debut is Oct. 18, vs. Portland, also on TNT.
MLK Day: Pelicans @ Grizz, Rox @ 76ers, Warriors @ Lakers.
Full TV sked coming Friday.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) August 8, 2018
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Spurs fans will finally learn when Leonard returns to the AT&T Center, an event in itself, pending the Toronto Raptors play him. The same goes for DeMar DeRozan’s first game back in Canada. Potential dates for both games remain unknown, but they should have their own spot on the 2018-19 calendar, rather than being stuffed between full Opening Week and Christmas Day action.
Of course the schedule goes beyond this, including the Opening Night opponent on local television for San Antonio, and if it’s at home or on the road. The same goes for the first game against LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, who will often hold a national television spot this season, and matchups against the reigning champions, the Golden State Warriors; they defeated the Spurs in five games in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.
There should be plenty of fanfare when the Spurs schedule comes out Friday, so look out for Opening Night, marquee opponents, the dreaded back-to-backs and more. Which Spurs games are you most anticipating in the 2018-19 season? Who do you think they will face in the first game?