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San Antonio Spurs vs. Toronto Raptors: TV Info & Notes

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 9: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs boxes out against Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during the game on February 9, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 9: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs boxes out against Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during the game on February 9, 2016 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The moment that we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. For the first time since their blockbuster trade, the San Antonio Spurs will host the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

Where do we even begin?

How about starting with former San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard returning to the Alamo City for the first time since his ugly departure in the offseason. Or maybe DeMar DeRozan getting his first opportunity to dish revenge against his previous team after an unceremonious betrayal by the front office. Flying under the radar is the return of a fan favorite in sharpshooter Danny Green, who is playing against the Spurs for the first time in more than eight seasons.

This is a date that’s been scheduled on many calendars over the last six months as two surging teams collide in what’s sure to be an emotional and impassioned matchup.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 3

Time: 7:00 p.m. CST

Location: San Antonio, TX

Venue: AT&T Center

TV Info: TNT

Live Stream: FuboTV

As the heart and soul of the San Antonio Spurs over the last two seasons, LaMarcus Aldridge is poised for another big night against Toronto. Over his last four games, Aldridge has been on a tear averaging 30.3 points per game on 58.6 percent shooting from the field. He has elevated his play on the defensive end, averaging 1.3 steals and a block over the course of that time.

Now, Aldridge has a chance to prove in front of the home crowd that he is the cog that keeps the Spurs in overdrive on the offensive end. His hyper-efficient play has enabled head coach Gregg Popovich to run his team around the veteran big man. Now, the Spurs are playing their most efficient basketball of the season.

Coming fresh off of a career-high 22 point outing against Boston, combo guard Derrick White will have the chance to attack an weakened Toronto backcourt with Kyle Lowry sidelined. With Fred VanVleet likely stepping into the starting lineup, White should have a size advantage.

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Of course, facing Kawhi changes everything. Although it’s clear that his focus has shifted more toward scoring than defense as of late, Leonard is still clear and away one of the best perimeter defenders in the history of the sport. Leonard is sure to come out with a chip on his shoulder for his return, especially with the uncertainty regarding his reception. All signs point toward boos coming from the AT&T Center crowd but the fans will simultaneously reminisce about the great times spent with Leonard in the silver and black.

Fans held Kawhi near and dear to their hearts since trading for the young stud in 2011. The lack of clarity surrounding his departure left a bad taste in the mouths of fans, so a win tonight would be huge for San Antonio.

Furthermore, DeRozan has a chance to show his former team that he has a more complete game than ever before. This is the best we’ve seen DeRozan perform with the combination of his scoring, playmaking, rebounding and defensive effort. He’ll surely play with an added fire fueled by his need for redemption.

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Ladies and gentleman, we’re in for a great matchup tonight.

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