The Spurs are 0-1 versus the Nets this season. The game will also mark the return of former Spurs players Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge to San Antonio. In the Spurs' previous game, the team cruised to an easy win, beating the Thunder, 118-96, in San Antonio.
The NBA has fined Brooklyn Nets assistant coach David Vanterpool $10,000 for interfering with live play in Wednesday's 119-118 victory over the Wizards. With five minutes and 42 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Vanterpool reached across the sideline and deflected a Spencer Dinwiddie pass to Kyle Kuzma, causing a turnover in the Nets' favor. The refs didn't notice Vanterpool interfering, so no punishment was meted out during the game.
As Kyrie Irving stayed away from his Brooklyn Nets teammates the past three months, he wondered what it would be like to venture out and watch a game like a fan. "I can't really go out and watch at a local bar or anything like that," Irving, who is still not vaccinated against COVID-19, said recently. "I would love to be, 'OK, [Kevin Durant] hit a shot, let's [take a shot]'; I'm joking, but just having fun watching it.