The San Antonio Spurs will square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road in their preseason opener tonight at Paycom Center. Although this thrilling matchup could be the unofficial first chapter in a generational rivalry between these up-and-coming Western Conference teams, several notable names will be on the sidelines when the game tips off.
Victor Wembanyama injury status for Spurs @ Thunder
Victor Wembanyama was front and center during the Silver & Black Open Scrimmage on Saturday night, and the French phenom should see extended minutes when the Spurs start their preseason schedule in Oklahoma City. Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan sat out the intrasquad exhibition last weekend, and both players will miss this contest with general soreness.
Spurs and Thunder complete injury reports for October 9th
Spurs: Keldon Johnson (Out - General Soreness), Jeremy Sochan (Out - General Soreness)
Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Out - Rest), Vasilije Micic (Out - Ankle), Aleksej Pokusevski (Out - Ankle), Victor Oladipo (Out - Knee)
San Antonio Spurs Upcoming Schedule
The Spurs will have three days to recover and evaluate their performance before returning to the 2-1-0 for a meeting with the Miami Heat. Everyone looks healthy, a welcome sight for an organization that suffered countless lingering injuries amid the first year of their full-scale rebuild last season.
• Spurs vs. Heat on Oct. 13th at 6:30 PM CT (TNT)
• Spurs vs. Rockets on Oct. 16th at 7:00 PM CT (CW35)
• Spurs vs. Rockets on Oct. 18th at 7:00 PM CT (CW35)
• Spurs @ Warriors on Oct. 20th at 9:00 PM CT (NBA TV)
Head Coach Gregg Popovich has plenty of time to configure rotations and cement the starting lineup before the season begins. Every second on the court will be crucial for fringe roster players as San Antonio's front office decides who makes the final cuts and who deserves the last two-way contract.