Duncan out for Spurs against Warriors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the season just lost a little bit of its shine.

The San Antonio Spurs announced via Twitter that forward Tim Duncan will miss Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors have the best record in the NBA, at 40-4, while the Spurs are just behind them, at 38-6. This will be their first matchup this season.

The Spurs have always stressed rest and conservation, and resting players in an attempt to have as healthy a roster as possible for the postseason is nothing new for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. The 39-year-old Duncan has played in 37 of San Antonio’s 44 games this season, and is averaging a career-low 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds, in this his 19th season.

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  1. lbj says:

    Kerr should do a “Popovich”. He should rest Curry, Thompson, Green, and Iguodala for this game.

    In the postgame interviews, Green should tell the Spurs they got “Popped.”

  2. dave says:

    bah … they should rest Curry for the game. Don’t let San Antonio get any experience on defensive strategies for Curry.

  3. Johbu says:

    even with timmy out. spurs still has a lot of firepower enough to pace a 100+ point game. defensively on the other hand has decreased a bit cuz duncan is good at defending under the rim. Warriors will play small ball while Spurs will take advantage of their height in Lamarcus, Boban, Diaw, West…. Spurs just have to limit curry’s energy and his threes and spurs will get the W.

  4. Al says:

    Love it, this is Coach Pop at his best…psychological warfare. If SA loses, then they weren’t at full power. If they win, they beat them shorthanded. No damage to the confidence of the team going full force at GS like Cleveland when they got blown out.

    David Blatt should have done the same when they faced GS…should have sat out some good players. Save the confidence as you knew GS has a chip on their shoulder after beating Cavs shorthanded last year.

  5. battle guy says:

    lost his touch this season

  6. I’m not surprised that Coach Pop has made this decision. He is certainly not with the wave of any pomp and circumstance. All he cares about, is winning a championship, not a particular game. I can here him saying “so what, any more questions?”