When: Sat., Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m. 2015
With Coach Mike Budenholzer at the helm and Tiago Splitter in the paint, the Atlanta Hawks have fully embraced their identity as Spurs East. Splitter, the first Brazilian to win an NBA title, was an integral part of San Antonio’s back-to-back Finals appearances, before gravity and injuries stifled his game. Trading Tiago to Atlanta enabled the arrival of LaMarcus Aldridge in the Alamo City, so to finicky Spurs fans all is forgiven. After some initial adjustments, Aldridge appears to grow more comfortable with his new team with each contest, which is a scary thought for the rest of the Western Conference. At their current pace, the Spurs are chasing only Stephen Curry and the red-hot Golden State Warriors in the West.