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Spurs, Mavericks renew their rivalry on Tuesday night

Tip-off between San Antonio, Dallas is at 7:30 p.m. on FSSW

San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) drives against Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs head to Dallas to square off against their long-time rival Mavericks on Tuesday night, the first of two road games in two nights.

The tip-off between San Antonio and Dallas is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest.

Most Recently, San Antonio blasted the Chicago Bulls 133-94 at home on Saturday night. Center Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the short-handed Spurs, who scored a season-high in points despite missing a third of the roster.

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Missing for San Antonio that night included all-star forward Kawhi Leonard and point guard Tony Parker, but also absent were Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Joffrey Lauvergne and Derrick White.

Dejounte Murray added 17 points and Davis Bertans had 16 points in 18 minutes for San Antonio in the win.

The San Antonio Spurs say that guard Danny Green and big man Joffrey Lauvergne are questionable for Tuesday's game. The team continues to try to bide time until the eventual return of both Leonard and Parker, both of whom are rehabilitating from quadriceps injuries.

Dallas (2-12) enters the game looking for a break through win after losing on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-99 on Sunday night.

Dallas this year is led by young players Harrison Barnes and first round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr., part of a youth movement by the organization.

Barnes is averaging 19 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor and rookie point guard Smith, the ninth overall selection in the draft, has made waves with his strong play -- enough to get star LeBron James to question the New York Knicks decision to pass on selecting him.

Dallas' big move in the offseason was to resign restricted free agent big man Nerlens Noel, a trade acquisition last year who has since been juggled in and out of the starting lineup due to his inconsistent play.

Franchise pillar Dirk Nowitzki, now in his 20th season, also continues to start despite his diminishing on court production. The forward's true value to the Mavericks however is as a veteran leader, a role with the team that goes unquestioned.

Last year San Antonio won three of four games against the Mavericks, winning 96-91 on Nov. 21, again on Nov. 30 94-87, before losing at home 105-101 on Jan. 29. The Spurs won the final matchup between the two teams last year 102-89.


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