The San Antonio Spurs host the Orlando Magic on Saturday for the first pre-season game of the 2019 NBA season. Here are three things to watch for as the Spurs take the court for the first time since April.
At long last, we are almost ready to see the San Antonio Spurs take the court again. It is only pre-season basketball, but it’s basketball none the less. It was a great off-season for the Spurs but it’s finally time to get back to what we all love, watching the Silver and Black in live-action.
The first action of the NBA pre-season comes against the Orlando Magic. The Magic were an intriguing team last year. After spending much of the post-Dwight Howard years hovering around 30 wins per season, they took a sizeable step forward.
Led by a cadre of rangy forwards, Orlando jumped up to a record of 42-40, good enough for the 7th seed in the East. That allowed them to put a nice scare into the Toronto Raptors in the first round. That taste of playoff action will have fueled them all summer. This is a team that has greater post-season aspirations than a first-round exit.
The Spurs and Magic are an interesting matchup. Orlando is full of promising new age big men and short on guard play. The Spurs are a near-polar opposite. Their forwards lack the wingspan and bounce of Orlando’s but San Antonio has the decisive edge in backcourt power. It’s sure to be a fun game. Here are three things to keep an eye out for in the first real action for the Spurs.