Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/15/14
It’s time to get the 2012-2013 NBA season underway! For the San Antonio Spurs, the big question this year is whether or not they can still compete with the top teams in the Western Conference. As always, the NBA season is packed with must-see games and the Spurs have quite a few themselves. Thursday, November 1st – Oklahoma City Thunder – Home Is there a better way to kick things off at the AT&T Center than with a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals? Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder come to town for the Spurs’ home opener. The second game of the season is way too early to make predictions about the rest of the year, but this may be a chance for the Spurs to move past some lingering bad memories. Tuesday, November 13th – Los Angeles Lakers – Away The Spurs’ first matchup with new and improved Lakers comes in Los Angeles. We’ll be a few games into the season so by then we should have a decent idea of how well this new “juggernaut” is gelling. Taking on Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash is not going to be a picnic by any means. This will be a good test early on to gauge how well the Spurs can do in the West this year. Thursday, November 29th – Miami Heat – Away To be the best, you have to beat the best. Of course, doing it in a regular season game doesn’t mean nearly as much as in the Finals, but traveling to South Beach to take on the defending champs will be a big test for the Spurs. LeBron and company won’t be taking San Antonio lightly and this is sure to be a great game. Friday, December 7th – Houston Rockets – Home By December we should be able to tell how good the new-look Rockets are going to be. Their core of fresh players consists of Jeremy Lin, James Harden and Omer Asik. Probably not going to be one of the more feared trios in the league, but the Spurs surely won’t mess around against a divisional opponent. Sunday, December 23rd – Dallas Mavericks – Home The Spurs don’t face off against their I-35 rivals until two days before Christmas. By then, Dirk Nowitzki should be back and the Mavericks could be at full strength, eager to rise back to the top of the West after slipping so far last year. These two teams never hide their disdain for each other, and when Dallas comes to town, Spurs fans love to show up for a little bit of “innocent heckling.” Wednesday, January 9th – Los Angeles Lakers – Home Obviously when you go into the season as the heavy favorite to win the conference, every team is going to circle the calendar when you come to play in their house. The Lakers make it on this list twice just because of all the preseason hype, whether it’s deserved or not. Whenever the Lakers play in San Antonio, there seems to be an abundance of L.A. fans that come out of the woodwork. This game will be a chance for the Spurs to show they still belong in the Western Conference elite and a chance for Spurs fans to kick the Lakers fans out of San Antonio. Sunday, February 10th – Brooklyn Nets – Away The highlight of the Spurs’ Rodeo Road Trip will surely be their stop in the new Brooklyn palace known as the Barclays Center. There will be many eyes on the Brooklyn Nets this season as they try to reinvent themselves with new talent and a fancy new look. You know, the one that the Nets stole from the Spurs. Hopefully the Spurs don’t get too spoiled by the massage chairs on the bench and the personal hot tubs in the locker room (I may have made that up). Wednesday, March 27th to Sunday, March 31st – Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat – Home The end of March brings a series of three home games in five days against high-octane offenses. The Spurs face off against the Nuggets, Clippers and Heat. All three of these teams love to get up and down and there will surely be a lot points to go around. If you’re going to watch all three, don’t expect too many dull moments.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

Clippers defeat Spurs, even series at 2-2

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

JR Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension

Dana White: No more WWE for Ronda Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk for 'bush league' play

Report: Eli Manning not concerned about contract

Several teams interested in Bucs' No. 1 overall pick?

Report: Marcus Smart overslept, could get less playing time

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

Joe Flacco content with current Ravens receivers

WATCH: Demetrious Johnson wins with last-second submission

WATCH: Jerryd Bayless beats Bulls with buzzer-beater

John Legend catches Belichick checking out Chrissy Teigen

Jim Rice to Jim Palmer: 'Quit complaining'

Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Kevin Love rips Kelly Olynyk

JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder

Report: Wainwright likely done for year

UAB player brings helmet to graduation

Leah Still scores in Temple spring game

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.