When will the San Antonio Spurs go head-to-head with the Golden State Warriors in the 2018-19 NBA season?
The San Antonio Spurs for the past two postseasons were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors. It started with a series sweep in the 2017 Western Conference Finals, after the controversial Zaza Pachulia closeout on Kawhi Leonard, which put the Spurs star out for the rest of the playoffs. 2018 saw San Antonio find its way onto the win column, but still fell 4-1.
Given their respective spots in the Western Conference, the Spurs and Warriors will face off three times in the 2018-19 regular season, based on the schedule that was released Friday. It’s a change from the four times they battled in 2017-18.
- Home: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET
- Away: Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET
- Home: Monday, Mar. 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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These games are spread out through the season, but the latter two could be when Golden State gets DeMarcus Cousins back; he ruptured his Achilles with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and joined the two-time reigning champions on a surprising one-year, $5.3 million contract.
Outside of Cousins, the usual cast will return for the Warriors, with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all back. Role players, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Jordan Bell will appear for them this season, as well.
The Spurs potentially have another tall task at hand to battle the Warriors, similar to what happened last season; although each game did not have Leonard around, the Silver and Black might still find issues defending the perimeter, unless DeMar DeRozan progresses in this area.
Warriors games will remain marquee showings on the 82-game calendar for the Spurs. The question is can they pull off at least one win in the regular season and avoid a third consecutive postseason date?