The San Antonio Spurs will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Opening Night for the second consecutive season.
With the 2018-19 NBA season a short time away, the schedule was announced Friday afternoon for the San Antonio Spurs and the other 29 teams. This previously included the holiday schedule, which the Silver and Black were left off.
Well, everyone was included in Friday’s festivities, and San Antonio had its Opening Night matchup set. As Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News noted, it will be against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Oct. 17. It’s the second consecutive season these teams will face off, and it’s at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.
For the second season in a row, the Spurs will open the season at home against Minnesota. Game No. 1 is scheduled for Oct. 17.
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) August 10, 2018
This means another first-night-of-the-season matchup with the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague. It’s a mostly similar group to the 2017-18 season, sans Jamal Crawford and the addition of rookies on the roster.
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There’s just nine weeks until the Spurs and Timberwolves go head-to-head before the rest of the season goes forward. The preseason will occur first, but Oct. 17 should be the date San Antonio fans circle on their calendars, as it’s the first official look at DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, Marco Belinelli and Lonnie Walker IV in Spurs uniforms. Plus, the return of LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray and Pau Gasol.
Though, the Spurs will not have Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker on the roster, which gives their season-opening look an overhaul. It’s up to a roster that features short-term Spurs, new additions and young players, so this team will be intriguing to watch navigate the Western Conference in the 2018-19 season.
It all starts with the Timberwolves, though, as the first of an 82-game schedule. Following that is games against the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and a loaded Western Conference of new faces and some of the NBA’s best players.