Spurs vs. Raptors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The San Antonio Spurs (14-21) play against the Toronto Raptors (17-17) at Scotiabank Arena

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Tuesday January 4, 2022

San Antonio Spurs 6, Toronto Raptors 5 (Q1 09:07)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
We’re underway up North! 🤙
Enter the Spurs Digital Arena pres. by @SociosHoops now to interact with the Spurs Fam while watching the game and for a chance to win $50 in Spurs Pay! 🤑
➡ https://t.co/ksrJfJM6WH pic.twitter.com/hzbYxI9O047:13 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Per Spurs, although Keita Bates-Diop is back after missing the Detroit game with a hamstring injury, Pop is sticking with the same starters he used Saturday against the Pistons:
Tre Jones, Derrick White, Devin Vassell, Keldon Johnson and Jakob Poeltl. – 7:08 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
*Scottie Barnes braids alert* – 7:07 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Becky Hammon: NBA head-coaching pursuit hindered by working for only Spurs, never being head coach nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/04/bec…7:00 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors sticking with what worked the other night: VanVleet, Trent, Anunoby. Barnes, Siakam start tonight vs. Spurs – 6:51 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Given a chance, the Austin #Spurs‘ Jaylen Morris will impress after joining the big club on a 10-day COVID hardship contract, Josh Primo believes.
“He’s like a utility guy. He’s got everything in his bag.”
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…6:50 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Tonight’s @invisalign Starting Lineup pic.twitter.com/SNE8SYIFJS6:49 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks injury report for Wednesday’s game against the Raptors:
Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton – OUT (health and safety protocols)
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Jordan Nwora, Semi Ojeleye – Questionable (health and safety protocols) – 6:39 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
ready for work 🤟
#ULTRADrip | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/7zFk7vfEtE6:38 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
30 min til tip…
Spurs vs Raptors
on @FAN590 pic.twitter.com/PcaeNZWSAV6:38 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop reiterated that the difference between Primo and Parker, who was 19 when he joined the Spurs, was that “Tony played a couple of years against grown men in the European Leagues before he came over so it was a little bit different situation.” – 6:37 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Josh Primo said he will have about 20 guests in attendance at Scotiabank Arena tonight.
“It was going to be in the hundreds if it wasn’t for what is going on with omicron,” he said. – 6:30 PM
Jim Lefko @jimlefko
Substitute teacher shortage reaches crisis level at San Antonio-area school districts news4sanantonio.com/news/local/sub…6:25 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Primo fondly recalled watching Vince Carter, DeMar Derozan and Rudy Gay as Raptors:
“I was talking to coach Pop about standing in front of the Raptors (with his club teammates) during the national anthem, and I was just star struck getting to see Rudy Gay for the 1st time.” – 6:23 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs rookie and Toronto native Josh Primo says growing up watching the Raptors is a huge reason why he “loves this game so dearly.” – 6:21 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
First of our next back-to-back!
🆚 @Toronto Raptors
⏰ 6pm CT
📍 Scotiabank Arena
📺 @BallySportsSA
🎲 https://t.co/9tnP05yFRW
📻 @1200WOAI, @kxtn1350 AM & 107.5 FM HD 2 pic.twitter.com/4hQLZS9nZt6:15 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Spurs Josh Primo, the just turned 19-year-old 🇨🇦🏀 and the NBA’s youngest player, has big plans, among them: “Playing on the national team and playing in the Olympics is one of my biggest goals” pic.twitter.com/zJ16lxkzbg6:08 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Josh Primo said he was prepared to have hundreds of tickets for tonight’s game, but he got about 20, given the circumstances. Also said he’s very interested in playing for Canada down the road. – 5:57 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Josh Primo says he’s been planning for months on how to bring as many friends and family as possible to the game but with the restrictions the final number for who’s watching in the stands is around 20. pic.twitter.com/7AsaAGuHWB5:56 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Josh Primo says one of his future goals is to play on the Canadian National team and to play in the Olympics. – 5:55 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
19yo Mississauga native Josh Primo on first NBA game in Toronto: “Its kinda weird. Its been my home for so long and I’m coming back now and I’m visiting, I’m the enemy. Its a warm feeling knowing that I’m gonna have family cheering me on but other than that its business as usual” pic.twitter.com/QaY6EV4lV15:52 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Gregg Popovich with high praise for Toronto product and Spurs rookie Joshua Primo and Raptor Favourite Son DeMar DeRozan pre-game
That’s about the news value of the chats with the coaches – 5:50 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Joshua has an uncanny maturity about him. He’s not in a awe by the NBA. He knows how to play.” – Coach Pop on Josh Primo – 5:41 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Pop said the plan is for Dejounte Murray to join the team in Boston tomorrow. – 5:40 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Nick Nurse says Yuta Watanabe is “fine” and will be “out for a little while.” Team found out this morning. – 5:29 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Mannnn would ya look at them votes
@OG Anunoby | #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/6U5KmFVCPl5:22 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
I scream, you scream, we all scream to vote @Fred VanVleet into #NBAAllStar
⭐ 1 RT = 1 VOTE ⭐ pic.twitter.com/2jpkJknHUW5:20 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Here’s the Celtics injury report for tomorrow’s game against the Spurs. Nobody except Broderick Thomas has been ruled out. Robert Williams (right big toe sprain) is probable. pic.twitter.com/A6zTks0NUx4:50 PM

Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Celtics say Robert Williams is probable vs. Spurs.
Romeo Langford (non-COVID), Aaron Nesmith (health and safety), and Jabari Parker (dental work) are all questionable.
Brodric Thomas (back pain) is out. – 4:49 PM
Boston Celtics @celtics
#NEBHInjuryReport vs San Antonio:
Romeo Langford (illness, non-COVID) – QUESTIONABLE
Aaron Nesmith (Health & Safety Protocols) – QUESTIONABLE
Jabari Parker (dental work) – QUESTIONABLE
Brodric Thomas (low back pain) – OUT
Robert Williams (right big toe sprain) – PROBABLE – 4:49 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics Injury Report vs. San Antonio on Wed:
Romeo Langford – Illness (Non-COVID) – QUESTIONABLE
Aaron Nesmith – H&S Protocols – QUESTIONABLE
Jabari Parker – Dental Work – QUESTIONABLE
Brodric Thomas – Low Back Pain – OUT
Robert Williams – Right Big Toe Sprain – PROBABLE – 4:48 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
The boards are still up for tonight’s Raptors game 😂 pic.twitter.com/Yn6K3yys0B4:43 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Running through the 6⃣ with Primo 🇨🇦
Josh talks about what it’s like returning to his hometown while taking a stroll in Toronto ahead of our game tonight.
@Josh Primo | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/rtpXypOS6L4:38 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Us everytime you RT Pascal for All-Star ⭐
@Pascal Siakam | #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/XaPLzRKgku4:01 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Support the Raptors and your community by purchasing your 50/50 tickets today for a chance to WIN the jackpot!
 🎟: https://t.co/4Eo8xUvs9b pic.twitter.com/UEIG8jIhyx3:31 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Fred VanVleet was a nominee for December player of the month for the Eastern Conference, won by Joel Embiid. – 3:20 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Fred VanVleet earned a nomination for Eastern Conference Player of the Month, as did a couple of former Raptors, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, but it went to Joel Embiid. – 3:14 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Earlier the Spurs announced Keita Bates-Diop (right hamstring tightness) will be available for tonight’s game.
The Raptors are favored by 6.5 against the Spurs – 2:17 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Svi Mykhailiuk and Yuta Watanabe have entered the health/safety protocol. Outside of David Johnson (injured) and Goran Dragic (excused leave), who haven’t been with the team, 13 of 14 Raptors have been in the protocols over the last 3 weeks (Boucher the only player who hasn’t). – 2:10 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Fred VanVleet this season:
20.9 PPG
5.0 RPG
6.7 APG
3.5 3PG (3rd in NBA)
All career-highs
The Raptors are outscoring opponents by 5.9 per 100 possessions with FVV on the court. Outscored by 14.6 with him off. That 20.5 net difference is 2nd in the league to Jokic. pic.twitter.com/b8t4OgybFU2:06 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs have updated Keita Bates-Diop from questionable to available for tonight at Toronto after he missed Saturday’s loss at Detroit with a tight right hamstring. – 1:23 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
The #Celtics have had their usual starting five available in just eight of their 37 games (21 percent) this season. That should change tomorrow night against the Spurs masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…1:08 PM





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