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Spurs: Breaking down the toughest 10-game stretch of '21-22

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Nov. 26: San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics

Continuing on in the homestand, the Spurs will face the Boston Celtics two days after their game against the Hawks. After a very mediocre performance in the regular season this past year, the Celtics will probably look to return to form a bit and be much more securely in the mix for a spot in the playoffs.

While this is a game that I think is winnable for the Spurs, they'll have to figure out what to do about Jayson Tatum. I'm sure that few of us have forgotten the Spurs' heartbreaking loss to the Cs this past season after coming out incredibly strong in the first half. That game likely still stings pretty badly for the Spurs' young players, and I think they'll do everything in their power to make a statement with this game.

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Nov. 29: San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards

Much like with the Timberwolves, I don't really know what to think about the Wizards, but one thing I do know is that they made some good moves in the offseason. Although the team lost Russell Westbrook, they gained Spencer Dinwiddie, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma.

With a new head coach in Wes Unseld Jr., I think that scouting the Wizards will prove to be a bit of a challenge and that, in turn, the game will be a little more challenging than many might assume. If the Spurs have a bad game against Boston, look for this game to be a bit of a struggle as well.

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Dec. 2: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trailblazers

The Spurs will end this 10-game stretch and begin December with a three-game road trip, beginning in Portland against the Trailblazers. Damian Lillard and Portland are still in a very precarious spot after yet another first-round exit in the playoffs and the controversial hiring of Chauncey Billups as their new head coach.

I could be overthinking this one a bit, but after all that was said about Becky Hammon in Portland's coaching search, I expect for the young Spurs to come out swinging in this game. This will be the Spurs' and Trailblazers' first meeting of the season and I think the young Spurs will want to make a statement here, especially if they are trying to get out of a rough patch in the schedule.

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Dec. 4: San Antonio Spurs at Golden State Warriors

While the Golden State Warriors haven't looked like themselves in the past couple of seasons, I expect them to make a full resurgence this upcoming season barring any injuries. Klay Thompson will finally be making his return, Steph Curry and Draymond Green should both still be healthy, and they committed highway robbery in the draft by coming away with both Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.

This is not to mention that they retained both James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins, while also bringing back Andre Iguodala. There is no doubt in my mind that the Warriors will be in the playoff picture again, and I'm expecting that they're going to play much like their former selves.

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Dec. 6: San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns

Last, but not least, the Spurs will be facing the Suns yet again, but this time in Phoenix. I would not be surprised at all to see the Spurs drop both games against the Suns, but if they were to lose their first game against them in San Antonio, I think they'll want to give them a taste of their own medicine back in Phoenix.

At the end of the day, this is probably going to be another one of those "momentum games" when the Spurs will have to purely focus on finishing the road trip strong rather than dwelling on their previous losses. It'll be a toss-up as to who wins this one but expect another very tough game against the Suns.

While we're only discussing this 10-game stretch, this could easily be extended to 12 or even 14 tough games. On November 12 immediately before this stretch of games begins, they'll face off against the Dallas Mavericks. After their final game against Phoenix, they'll face the New York Knicks followed by two games at home against the Denver Nuggets.

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It's very clear that the Spurs are going to have it tough to begin the 2021-2022 season, but with a revamped roster, the team could always come out and surprise everybody. Regardless, though, we should all be excited to see the Spurs make their return in two months.