Spurs look to stay hot heading into All-Star Break

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So last week, well I had a hiccup and didn’t provide a preview for this past week’s games. I apologize to the readers, but I’m back and better now baby.

However, before I dive into the two-game preview this week, we have to touch base on the shenanigans that took place this past Thursday that changed the identity of the young-led Spurs team.

If you ask any Spurs fan whether the team makes any moves at the trade deadline, you are more likely to hear about hypothetical moves than realistic ones.

With that being said, it seemed the Spurs had nothing planned per usual, but the franchise took a big step Thursday afternoon and fired on some moves.

Such moves included the departure of Derrick White, Thaddeus Young, and Drew Eubanks, which resulted in landing them Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, Goran Dragic, and two-first-round picks.

The biggest surprise for fans was the departure of starting guard Derrick White, who came out and said he was blindsided by the trade but felt fortunate to land in Boston.

Following those moves, the fanbase concluded their regular back-and-forth debate over Spurs issues, but the writing seemed to signify that it was lottery time in San Antonio.

However, in the Spurs’ past two games they have been able to pick up wins, sit now 2-1 during the Rodeo Road Trip, and are putting a stop to those lottery talks.

This week, the Spurs visit Chicago and Oklahoma City and look to continue on their win streak and ultimately inch closer to getting Pop the all-time winningest coach record.

Below, I preview the two-game slate and offer matchups and predictions. Enjoy!

San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls

Date: February 14, 2022, 7:00 P.M. CT
Arena: United Center
Broadcast: Bally Sports Southwest
Live Stream: SilverandBlack.TV

The Spurs open this week in the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bulls and let’s hope there is some love in the air. I mean it’s Valentine’s Day, so that means the ball will love the Spurs this game, and they’re going to hit all their shots.

Ok, that was too much.

However, the team faces Demar DeRozan and his undermanned Bulls for the second time this season, and it should be a fairly close matchup once again.

In their January matchup, the Spurs pulled off an upset 132-131 victory in Demar’s homecoming, as Murray led the way with a near triple double.

This game should be different for both teams as the Bulls will be without Zach Lavine, and the Spurs are without Derrick White, Thaddeus Young, and Drew Eubanks who are no longer with the team.

The matchup to look for is Demar vs Vassell who has been etched into the starting two positions with White gone and has averaged 17.3 points in his last three games.

Prediction: The Spurs pull away in the fourth quarter and head to OKC on a three-game winning streak.

San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Date: February 16, 2022, 7:00 P.M. CT
Arena: Paycom Center
Broadcast: Bally Sports Southwest
Live Stream: SilverandBlack.TV

Following their victory in Chicago, the Spurs get a date with the Thunder on Wednesday and will be looking to head into the All-Star Break with some confidence.

The Thunder, who are on a current five-game losing streak, will be coming into this game off about with the New York Knicks and could see the Spurs fresh off six straight losses.

Now before I make this next statement, just hear me out.

This matchup is a little bit of a win-win for the Spurs who are pro-lottery or pro-playoffs because either way, the team will end up something positive.

If we predict the Thunder beat the Spurs, that gives them a loss but also makes them closer to catching up to OKC in the standing and improving their odds to land the number one pick.

On the other hand, if the Spurs beat the Thunder, then they improve their odds of reaching the playoffs. I understand that only one crowd may be happy with the outcome, but a win-win situation is good for the team in my book.

With that being said, the matchup to look for is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander versus Dejounte Murray, and give me the Spurs pulling out a victory and riding high heading into the last stretch of the season.

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