Spurs try to avoid letdown, face Atlanta Hawks on Monday night

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

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dishes off against the Atlanta Hawks defense of forward Kent Bazemore (24) and guard Dennis Schroder, of Germany during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 114-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/John Amis)
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dishes off against the Atlanta Hawks defense of forward Kent Bazemore (24) and guard Dennis Schroder, of Germany during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 114-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/John Amis)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs will try to avoid a major letdown and win their second in a row when they take on the Atlanta Hawks at home on Monday night.

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

Most Recently San Antonio defeated the new-look Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night storming back from 23 points down to get the win.

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Forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points to lead the Spurs while Danny Green added 17 points, and Pau Gasol had 14.

Missing for San Antonio once again were all-star forward Kawhi Leonard and starting point guard Tony Parker. Parker continues to inch closer to a return as he worked out with Spurs shooting guru Chip Engelland prior to Friday's game but there still is no timeline for Leonard's return.

Atlanta (3-13) enters the game coming off a 110-99 loss versus Boston. The team was led by point guard Dennis Schroder, who scored 23 points and dished out nine assists. 

Former Spur Dwayne Dedmon has started 16 games for Atlanta this year. The center averages a near double-double in just 24 minutes per game. In the team's last win versus Sacramento, Dedmon scored 20 points, had 14 rebounds and five assists.

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is a former assistant with San Antonio and has coached the team since 2013. He has accumulated a 189-139 record with four playoff appearances.

Last year San Antonio split the two games against Atlanta losing in overtime 114-112 on the road, and then winning 109-107 at home.


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