- Josh Huskin
Leonard and company get their first look at the defending champs when Kevin Durant and the Warriors touch down in San Antonio on November 2, with a rematch at the AT&T Center on March 19. The I-10 rivalry with the Houston Rockets renews in the Alamo City on February 1, and is revisited at home on April 1. The Spurs will host reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook on November 17 and March 29.
For the first time since 2012, the Spurs will not participate in the league’s Christmas Day showcase. February’s Rodeo Road Trip will last just six games, culminating in a showdown with King James in Cleveland. LeBron and the Cavaliers will make their only appearance in San Antonio on January 23, with or without Kyrie Irving.
A cursory glance at the NBA schedule suggests that despite losing ground to Western Conference rivals in the acquisition of All-Star talent, the Spurs should be on track for a remarkable 19th consecutive campaign with at least 50 wins. A healthy Kawhi Leonard likely propels San Antonio to a record 21st successive playoff berth, where the “Race for Seis” truly begins.