The San Antonio Spurs will be without forward Tim Duncan and guard Manu Ginobili Saturday against the Denver Nuggets as the pair of veterans will receive some much-needed rest. With the contest slated as the second half of a back-to-back, the Spurs suffered just their sixth loss of the season at the hands of the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day.
Now 25-6 on the year, the Spurs’ 88-84 loss to the Rockets also snapped the team’s seven-game win streak.
Duncan, who is currently in the midst of his 18th NBA season, is averaging nine points, eight rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game over the course of 17.66 minutes this season. Appearing in 28 of the Spurs’ 31 contests up until this point, the 39-year-old posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists on Christmas Day.
On the other hand, Ginobili is participating in his 13th season while averaging 10.2 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds per game over 19.98 minutes. Adding nine points, six rebounds and three assists Friday, the 38-year-old has appeared in 26 games thus far.