The San Antonio Spurs (1-2) will continue their preseason road trip with a visit to Atlanta (1-2) to face the Hawks.
The Spurs are coming off a loss to the Nuggets in Denver 94-98. Kawhi Leonard finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Cory Joseph finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists while Tiago Splitter scored 12 points.
The Hawks are coming off a 73-105 loss to New Orleans. Al Horford led the Hawks with 21 points and 6 rebounds.
As the Spurs continue their slate of preseason games, and visit former Spurs coach Mike Budenholzer who is now the Hawks head coach, here are five things to watch for during tonight's preseason contest.
• The continued meshing of Jeff Ayres and Marco Belinelli. The two new Spurs will get another game under their belts which can only help them learn the Spurs' system as the regular season nears.
• Dan Nwaelele and Courtney Fells. The Spurs recently waived Corey Maggette, Marcus Cousin and Myck Kabongo which means the two will have ample time to impress the Spurs in the remaining preseason games.
• The "Big 3" return to preseason action. After sitting out the loss to Denver, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are expected to return to the court tonight. After a few days of rest, it be interesting to see how spry they look.
• Nando De Colo. Much criticism has been heaped on Nando as far as his play on the court. Can he turn the page and be the player the Spurs need? Or will he continue to give Spurs fans a reason to see him out of a Spurs jersey?
• Cory Joseph vs. Patty Mills. Who will back up Parker this season? Cory seems to be the man for the job but can Mills sneak in for the job?
The main thing to look for here is that it is a preseason game and it doesn't matter.
We just played in the NBA finals a few months ago and that mattered. And it was actually pretty awesome.
Preseason games, not so much.
Don't forget that its the first time that Pop and the Spurs match up against coach Bud for anything other than scrimmage or a friendly competition. I am curious if Pop is going to have such a relaxed outlook on winning preseason games against his former head assistant coach.
You touch on some great points Jeff. The most that I am most looking forward too is watching Jeff Ayers and Marco Belinelli. Belinelli I feel can be big asset to the team, not taking anything away from Ayers. De Colo is in a world of trouble. He is dwindling away at his chances of staying on this team. I just don't feel he has what it takes to contribute in a way that Joseph and Mills can.
Speaking of Joseph and Mills. You are right, Joseph is the heavy favorite to back-up Tony. Just can't sleep on Mills though either.
@gruelingslate While I agree that the outcome doesnt really matter, the preseason does provide time for new guys to adjust to new teammates etc and that can be very valuable.