San Antonio Spurs will need Derrick White to maintain the fire as they face Miami on Wednesday

click to enlarge The Spurs will play Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on Dec. 29. - TWITTER / SPURS
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The Spurs will play Miami Heat at the AT&T Center on Dec. 29.
Former NBA Finals foes return to San Antonio on Wednesday night when the Miami Heat square off against the Spurs.

Propelled by the off-season acquisition of Kyle Lowry and steady play of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, Miami has proved resilient in a much-improved Eastern Conference despite recent COVID concerns.

The resurgence of catalyst Derrick White has been a game changer for the Spurs, who head into the biggest challenge of their campaign after their showdown with the Heat.

A grueling seven-game road trip that tips off in Memphis against the Grizzlies and continues through the competitive East presents a steep climb for a youthful team still trying to secure its footing. Dejounte Murray’s brilliance as a playmaker and White’s emergence as San Antonio’s talisman should give the Spurs a chance to fight its way through another gauntlet.

With Gregg Popovich less than 16 wins away from becoming the winningest coach in NBA history, optimism endures in San Antonio.

$17-$1,660, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (210) 444-5000, attcenter.com, KENS.

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