SPURS GAMEDAY: Silver and Black shorthanded in OKC

Spurs (15-7) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (9-12) 
When, where:
6 p.m., Sunday, OKC
Season series: Spurs lead 1-0
Last meeting: Spurs 104, Thunder 101, Nov. 17, AT&T Center
Spurs’ last game: Beat Grizzlies 95-79, Friday, Memphis
Thunder’s last game: Beat Timberwolves 111-107, Friday, OKC
Spurs’ last 10 games, streak: 8-2, won four
Thunder’s last 10 games, streak: 5-5, won one
Notable: LaMarcus Aldridge (rest), Rudy Gay (sore right heel), Kawhi Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy), and Tony Parker (return from injury management) are out for Sunday night’s game. Derrick White (right wrist fracture) has been upgraded to probable.

The last time the Spurs won four consecutive games this season, they dropped their next four in a row. Those were the first eight games of the season for the Silver and Black, who are 11-3 since then.

San Antonio’s four-game skid began with a road game against Orlando, and the Spurs will be on the road again Sunday night when they play the Oklahoma City Thunder (9-12).

The Spurs are 1-0 against OKC this season, storming back from a 23-point deficit in the first half to win 104-101 on Nov. 17 at the AT&T Center. LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Silver and Black, scoring 26 points and finishing with a game-high nine rebounds.

San Antonio nailed 14 of 35 three-pointers. Danny Green, who finished with 17 points, hit 5 of 13 shots from beyond the arc.

All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard has been sidelined with tendinopathy in his right quadriceps since the start of training camp, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said last week that he’s getting closer to return. Leonard is out for Sunday night’s game, but he’s on the road trip with the team.

There is speculation that Leonard could play in Monday night’s game against Dallas at the AT&T Center.

Veteran point guard Tony Parker made his season debut last week and has played well in three games, scoring 24 points and dishing out 13 assists while averaging 16 minutes. Parker is out for the game against OKC.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) and Rudy Gay (sore right heel) also won’t play against the Thunder. Aldridge is the Spurs’ leading scorer (23) and rebounder (8.1).

A formidable team already with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook on its roster, OKC added All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in the offseason.

But 21 games into their season, the Thunder are still trying to mesh. OKC broke out of a three-game skid with a home win over Minnesota on Friday, but is only 5-5 in its last 10 games.

OKC traded Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana in July for George, a four-time All-Star guard and small forward. The Thunder worked another trade in September, sending Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott to the New York Knicks for Anthony, a 12-time All-Star forward. 

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