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Spurs’ Tim Duncan to sit out Monday night against Philadelphia

Nov 11, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

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Gregg Popovich has learned his lesson — there will be a “medical reason” Tim Duncan has to sit out Monday night when the San Antonio Spurs take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

But we all know the real reason is this is the Spurs fifth game in seven days and it is never too early for Popovich to start resting his players. Jim McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News broke the story.

Boris Diaw will start in his place.

Last year Popovich got the Spurs fined $250,000 for sending Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all home before a nationally televised game against the Heat to get his stars rest. The result around the league is teams just making up an injury or going with a “DNP-Coach’s Decision” when they want to rest guys. Nobody wants to pay another fine.

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Dwyane Wade has sat out a game to rest, now Duncan has and there will be a lot more guys getting nights off over the course of a long NBA season.

  1. legend30 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    I’m rooting for 76ers to go to the playoffs, so Miami get there 1st round pick (top 12th protected). So 76ers get this win tonight!

  2. apkyletexas - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Looks like Duncan’s absence is really hurting the Spurs. They’re only leading by 19 at the half.

  3. Anoesis - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    More hypocrisy courtesy of David Stern. Good on Pop for not changing his strategy.

  4. reastnt - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Pop still has the best lineup scratch ever for Duncan from last year: DND – OLD. Classic.

  5. bflobacker - Nov 11, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Tim Duncan is 100 years old.

    • sportsfan18 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Plays damn well for being 100 yrs old too…

  6. 00maltliquor - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Get ‘em Stern!! Get ‘em one last time before you go! Puff that bird chest of yours out and slap ‘em with a ridiculous fine!

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