Monday, March 4, 2024
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NBA Preview: San Antonio Spurs (10-43) at Toronto Raptors (19-34)

The San Antonio Spurs will try to avoid their eighth straight loss Monday night when they visit the rebuilding Toronto Raptors.

Both teams are coming off decisive losses.

In the third of nine consecutive road games, on both sides of the All-Star break, the Spurs lost to the Brooklyn Nets 123-103 on Saturday.

The Raptors, who are adjusting their lineup following trades, lost 119-95 to the surging Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday in the second game of five in a row at home and four consecutive heading into the break.

The Raptors won their two previous games. In the loss on Saturday, the Raptors worked Kelly Olynyk and Ochai Agbaji into the mix after both were obtained Thursday in a trade with the Utah Jazz. They did not play in a win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

Olynyk had 11 points and three steals as a reserve against the Cavaliers and Agbaji had eight points off the bench.

Scottie Barnes led Toronto with his third triple-double of the season and the fourth of his career when he had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Olynyk, who was born in Toronto, received an ovation when he entered the game during the first quarter.

It also marked the beginning of an adjustment period.

With the roster turnover that included dealing away Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby well before the deadline, Barnes has become something of a veteran presence in his third season.

Rookie Victor Wembanyama, the 20-year-old first overall pick of the 2023 draft, scored 21 points for the Spurs on Saturday.

Wembanyama said that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has talked to him about the difficulty of getting through long road trips during a long, tiring season.

Dominick Barlow might have earned more playing time after a productive 12 minutes on Saturday. He had seven points and nine rebounds after replacing struggling backup center Zach Collins.

Toronto signed Justise Winslow and Mouhamadou Gueye to 10-day contracts Saturday.

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