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Duncan, Leonard out Monday for Spurs against Grizzlies

Apr 1, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

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If you were hoping to get any read for a potential playoff matchup between the Spurs and Grizzlies out of Monday night’s matchup, think again.

The Spurs announced that Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard will be out Monday night when the two teams face off. Both are listed as having sore knees.

This is part of the Greg Popovich resting guys for the playoffs plan, which after David Stern’s fine earlier this year will now pretty much always include an injury of some kind. No doubt Duncan and Leonard have sore knees — who doesn’t at this point in the NBA season? — but this is more about a back-to-back and thinking long terms and playoffs.

The league did this a lot before the expansion of rosters and teams — little injuries were included before every rest game.

The Spurs lost at home to the Heat on Sunday, a loss when the Heat were resting their two biggest stars. These couple losses in a row don’t mean much to the Spurs, save for a quest to have the top seed in the West.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Sore knees? Well get up off the floor, wipe your mouth, and beat the Grizz dang it!

    Lol im just bitter they didn’t have “sore knees” last week against my Nuggs.

    Figures.

  2. savvybynature - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    This is probably about looking ahead and seeing OKC on the schedule at the end of a four games in five nights stretch.

    That game could very well decide home court in a potential WCF rematch.

  3. manchestermiracle - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Miami learned the lesson well and sat James and Wade against the Spurs and still won. What are the chances neither plays tonight against the Knicks? I think Popovich is a great coach and I love his brutal honesty, but I’m guessing he’s learned to lie like a dog to keep Stern off his ass.

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