When: Tue., Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Former Spur Sean Marks is making moves in Brooklyn. Now in his third season as the general manager of the beleaguered Nets, Marks recently acquired Jahlil Okafor, the third pick in the 2015 draft who had fallen out of favor in Philadelphia. After losing guards Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell to a pair of knee injuries, Brooklyn turned to G-League journeyman Spencer Dinwiddie to run the offense. Dinwiddie has delivered for the Nets, averaging 12 points and six assists per contest — another potential diamond in the rough for Marks. For San Antonio, it’s all about Kawhi Leonard, who continues to shake off the rust from his lengthy rehabilitation. On the surface, Leonard’s return to the lineup has reenergized a franchise that exceeded expectations in his absence, and a hungry fan base clamoring for its lone NBA superstar. Barring minute restrictions, look for Leonard to scorch the Nets as he returns to MVP form.