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San Antonio Spurs: TNT games on 2018-19 schedule

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 6: Gregg Popovich coaches Kawhi Leonard
SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 6: Gregg Popovich coaches Kawhi Leonard /

The San Antonio Spurs schedule came out earlier in August. Who will they play on TNT as part of their national television lineup?

The San Antonio Spurs will take the court for the 2018-19 season in October; a campaign set to display the offseason changes to the roster, including the trade of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, Tony Parker‘s departure and Kyle Anderson‘s signing with the Memphis Grizzlies.

However, the Spurs added DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, Marco Belinelli, Dante Cunningham and Lonnie Walker IV to the roster. They should be part of a team that tries for the playoffs, but with a smaller spotlight, given the absence of Leonard’s star power.

The Silver and Black will still have a part on national television, however. This comes through games on ESPN, NBA TV and TNT, with the latter on four Thursday nights from November to February:

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  • Thursday, Nov. 15 @ Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT): This matchup could be representative of the bottom two seeds in the Western Conference’s playoff race by March or April. The Clippers were in the postseason mix in 2017-18, until a late season fade took them out.
  • Thursday, Jan. 3 vs. Toronto Raptors at 8:00 p.m. ET (TNT): NBA fans will have this game circled, as Kawhi Leonard returns to the AT&T Center for the first time since the July trade. Expect a mixed reaction from the Spurs faithful after this past season’s events.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT): No Carmelo Anthony, but the Thunder still have Russell Westbrook and the newly re-signed Paul George to throw at San Antonio.
  • Thursday, Feb. 7 @ Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT): The Blazers hold one of the league’s most dynamic backcourts, with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both back for another go-around.

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The Spurs have a short but interesting slate of games on TNT. Aside from Leonard’s return, which game stands out?