Welcome to the part of the program where the San Antonio Spurs plan for the future by resting their players because they’re “old”.
Gregg Popovich might not fill that out on the injury report this time, but Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili did not travel with the team to Denver, thus will not play against the Nuggets on Friday night.
Per the team’s Twitter account:
INJURY REPORT – Tim Duncan (rest) and Manu Ginobili (rest) did not accompany the team to Denver and will miss tomorrow's Spurs-Nuggets game
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 27, 2015
This is nothing new for the Spurs nor Duncan and Ginobili. For years Popovich has found games in the schedule to intentionally rest his aging stars. The move has certainly helped players like Duncan, Ginobili and Tony Parker stay fresh in the playoffs, which is the main goal for the Spurs.
On the year, Duncan is averaging just 10 points to go along with 8.2 rebounds a game. Ginobili is averaging 11.4 points per game.
The two are likely to play when the Spurs return home on Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Spurs are 12-3 on the season, second in the Western Conference only to the Golden State Warriors, who are 16-0.
Without Duncan, it could provide new Spur LaMarcus Aldridge another opportunity to find his groove offensively.