Spurs look for third straight win to start season on Monday
Tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Fox Southwest, NBATV
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs will look for their third straight win to start the 2017-2018 season when they face the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday night.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Fox Southwest and NBATV.
The Spurs had a day off Sunday after defeating the Chicago Bulls 87-77 on the road Saturday.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge has opened the season with consecutive double-doubles and scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus Chicago, continuing his stellar play from the preseason.
"I've been in a different mindset since the summer started," Aldridge told the Associated Press. "That carried over to training camp to preseason to now. I don't think I've changed after the contract. My mindset coming into the season was to try to be more dominant."
Spurs MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard and fellow starter Tony Parker again will not play on Monday versus the Raptors, forcing young players Dejounte Murray and Kyle Anderson into more prominent roles.
In his first two starts this season, Murray has averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 26 minutes. Anderson in the season opener also played well, grabbing nine rebounds to go with 12 points in place of Leonard.
Spurs free agent signee Rudy Gay will be facing a former team in Toronto, who has opened their new season at 2-0.
The Raptors defeated Chicago in the opener 117-100 and then beat Philadelphia 128-84 on Saturday.
Toronto's all-star backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry again lead the team in scoring but this year has seen seven players averaging double figures in the early going.
The big addition to Toronto's roster is new sharpshooter C.J. Miles, who is averaging 13.5 points and more than three three-pointers per game.
San Antonio has won four of the last five meetings between the two teams, including a 110-82 victory at home last season.
Monday night's matchup is the second of six straight games versus Eastern Conference opponents for the Spurs, before they play their nationally-televised matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
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