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Suns catch break: Spurs likely to rest Duncan, Parker Friday night

Apr 11, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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Phoenix controls its own destiny — win out and they make the playoffs in the West. They are currently the seven seed, in a virtual tie with Dallas for in the last two playoff spots in the West, one game ahead of Memphis.

Of course, the Suns also play the league-leading Spurs Friday night, get the Mavericks in the second night of a road back-to-back on Saturday, then face Memphis Monday in a huge game. That’s a brutal stretch in which to try and control your destiny.

The Suns catch one break Friday — the Spurs are likely to rest Tim Duncan and Tony Parker Friday on the second night of a back-to-back. It’s not for sure, but the Express-News’ Jeff McDonald is making a logical assumption.

We should note that the Spurs resting guys does not make them a pushover — everyone remembers the game Gregg Popovich got the Spurs fined a quarter of a million bucks by the league for resting Duncan, Parker and Manu Ginobili against the Heat on national television and pissing off David Stern in the process, what everyone forgets is that the Spurs almost won that game. They win a lot resting their stars. Spurs reserves play the same system and adhere to it the same way.

Those final playoff spots in the West are really going to come down to all the head-to-heads between Memphis, Dallas and Phoenix in the coming six nights. In addition to Phoenix/Dallas Saturday and Phoenix/Memphis Monday, there is Dallas/Memphis next Wednesday, the final night of regular season games. It very well may come down to that.

  1. sensiblevoice - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Either way Kawhi Leonard is the 2nd best player on the spurs right now.

  2. au1978 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    No fair.

    Signed,

    The Mavericks

    • spursareold - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      I was thinking about this last night watching the Spurs/Mavs game. If Carlysle wanted the Spurs to be able to go all out vs PHO, he should have run up the white flag a lot sooner. He forced the Spurs to play Duncan like 38 minutes, Leonard 37 and Mills 36. They were never winning that game, and all they did was seal the deal that the Spurs would dump tonight’s game and rest guys.

  3. sportsnut101 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Spurs can beat phx without them. Spurs actually win with or without their stars

    I wanna see phx in playoffs over gizz

  4. spursareold - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Oh, and the Mavs went 4-4 on a recent 8 game homestand. If they had gone even 6-2, they’d be the 6 seed right now and not worried about making the playoffs.

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