How to watch Sixers at Spurs: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

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Key Spurs sitting for Sixers' road trip opener originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The 42-21 Sixers will play in Texas twice on their three-game road trip, though they won’t be staying in the state long.

They’ll play the Spurs Sunday, head to Chicago for a game the next night against the Bulls and then wrap up the unusual trip with a Wednesday game in Houston.

Following the Bucks’ 117-114 win Sunday afternoon over the Nets, the Sixers would lead the Eastern Conference by a half-game if they beat San Antonio. 

Here are the essentials for the Sixers' matchup Sunday with the 31-31 Spurs: 

  • When: 8 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7 p.m. 

  • Where: AT&T Center

  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia  

  • Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the MyTeams app 

And here are three storylines to watch: 

Green comes back ‘home’ 

Danny Green and George Hill first played together on the 2010-11 Spurs and have fond memories of their time in San Antonio. However, Green’s first game there as a visiting player didn’t go quite as he imagined. 

“My first time in Toronto when there were fans, there were a lot of emotions going at the time,” he said Friday. “We lost; we got our ass kicked, by the way. So, hopefully we can change that narrative. Hopefully we can get a win and hopefully I can be better. … It’s not my first visit, so (there won’t be) as many emotions running high and it’s not as big of a rivalry, I guess, because when it was Toronto-San Antonio, they made it a whole big thing — Kawhi (Leonard), DeMar (DeRozan) and that ordeal. 

“But it’s always a home for me, always a home for George. It’s always a place that I’ll love. The fans, they showed a lot of love to me, and support. It’s another challenge, a day for us to get better and hopefully continue to win games and find rhythm individually and as a group going into the playoffs.”

Green shot 0 for 7 from the floor in that game he recalled, a 125-107 Raptors loss. He scored a total of nine points on combined 4-for-11 shooting last year in early-season Lakers wins at San Antonio. 

In the Sixers’ March 14 victory over the Spurs at Wells Fargo Center, Green scored 11 of his team’s first 15 points. 

Sixers staying healthy; Spurs shorthanded 

The Sixers again had no injuries to report.

The team’s three straight home blowouts certainly helped with this stretch of sustained good health. No starter has played more than 27 minutes in a game during the Sixers’ current winning streak. 

For San Antonio, Trey Lyles and Derrick White are out with right ankle sprains. The Spurs updated their injury report Sunday afternoon to indicate that star wing DeMar DeRozan and starting center Jakob Poeltl will rest against the Sixers. Starting guard Dejounte Murray is also out with left knee soreness.

Will this one be competitive? 

Initially, before the Spurs' updated injury report, there were a few reasons to think the team would give the Sixers a challenge.

San Antonio lost this season’s first Sixers-Spurs meeting by 35 points in Philadelphia. On Friday, the Spurs squandered a 32-point lead, losing in overtime and allowing Jayson Tatum to score 60 points. Next up on their schedule is four road games, starting with two in Utah against the NBA-leading Jazz. The Spurs are 10th in the Western Conference standings, three games ahead of the 11th-place Pelicans and a half-game behind the eighth-place Grizzlies.

Now, with key players sitting out, will any of that background help San Antonio challenge the Sixers? Even if the Spurs who suit up play very hard, the Sixers will have a significant manpower advantage and perhaps a chance to ensure the first half of this back-to-back is not taxing for their starters.