When: Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. 2018
After years of feasting on inferior Eastern Conference foes, the Spurs head into their Monday night matchup against the Celtics with a subpar record against Eastern opponents this season. San Antonio’s struggles versus the East include a pair of groan-inducing losses to the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic at the AT&T Center. Despite a slow start, Boston remains a formidable opponent with a generational talent in Kyrie Irving at the point. Earlier this month, San Antonio’s full potential was on display in a signature win against the upstart Philadelphia 76ers. Consistency remains key for a Spurs unit whose defensive deficiencies have led to critical lapses throughout this campaign. With the return of Kawhi Leonard looming on the schedule, a revival of defensive form would be a welcome resolution for the Spurs.