Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  10 responses

Spurs’ Struggles Not Allowing Tim Duncan to Rest

Pop wants to rest his superstar prior to the postseason, but as he tells the Express-News, that’s just not possible these days: “That grand plan Gregg Popovich had to rest Tim Duncan on more second nights of back-to-backs more than ever before? Scrap it, for now. The Spurs found themselves in such a situation Wednesday in Orlando, coming off a hard-earned victory in Miami in which Duncan approached a normal workload. In a perfect world, it would have been a perfect opportunity for Popovich to rest him. The tightening Western Conference playoff race, combined with the injury to Tony Parker, have made it virtually impossible for Popovich to sit Duncan and Manu Ginobili, his 30-something stars, as much as he’d prefer. ‘Our schedule and the situation we’re in now have made it so he and Manu have to play a little bit more than I really wanted,’ Popovich said. Duncan played 24:36 of a blowout loss to the Magic, though not well. He shot 1 for 10, statistically the worst shooting night of his career, en route to a season-low five points. When it comes to sitting Duncan, 33, Popovich has been fighting his better judgment. In the past, he has been willing to sacrifice a game or two in the playoff race to keep his most important players fresh. Duncan has missed just three games this season, and only one for non-injury reasons.”

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  • http://witnesstheking.blogspot.com Witness

    Someones age has finally caught up to them. Ha!

  • RedRum

    Or he just had a bad day…

  • The Philosopher

    Tim Duncan is arguably the greatest power foward of all time. Gregg Popovich is an all timer at the coaching position. They know what they’re doing

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    He still has more ACL’s than Blair!

  • roman

    No time for rest buddy, playoffs right around the corner. Plus your in the 7th or 8th spot. Better hope Parker comes back soon.

  • LA Huey

    Just change your goddamn batteries

  • AL29

    Time to rebuild around… Richard Jefferson?

  • JD

    This part of the Spurs schedule is just ridculous it goes Magic, Hawks, Thunder,Lakers,Cavs and Celtics and thats just unfair

  • Hicksy

    @ Witness – been waiting to say that for a while???
    Yep hack on the GOAT power forward of all time!

    Well done can’t wait for more of your in depth
    Basketball knowledge

  • MikeC.

    @LA Huey – nice one man. Pop also needs to give Tim’s knees an oil change. Maybe they can build a wind farm outside the AT&T Center so Duncan’s batteries can be charged in an eco-friendly way.