Sore Spurs: Parker, Ginobili, Duncan all sidelined
Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan are all injured, and
the San Antonio Spurs don’t know when they’ll be back.
The NBA’s winningest team is also without veteran Antonio
McDyess, out with a sore back, and it all comes with nine games
left in a season that has seen the Spurs coast in near-perfect
All four starters were out for Monday night’s game against
The Spurs hosted the Trail Blazers on a three-game skid, their
longest all season. Richard Jefferson was the only starter left in
In the case of McDyess, at least, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was
being cautious with the playoffs imminent.
”Money time is approaching,” Popovich said.
San Antonio’s next game is Thursday against Boston. Popovich
hinted that Parker (left knee contusion) could return by then, but
said the timetable for Ginobili (left quad contusion) and Duncan
Duncan has been out since spraining his left ankle last week in
a victory over Golden State. He didn’t travel with the Spurs on
their three-game road trip to Denver, Portland and Memphis.
San Antonio left each city with a loss. It’s just the third time
the Spurs (57-16) have lost consecutive games during what has so
far been the best regular season in franchise history.
Ginobili (17.8 points per game), Parker (17.5), and Duncan
(13.1) are San Antonio’s three leading scorers.
The Spurs began Monday night with a four-game lead over the Los
Angeles Lakers for first place in the Western Conference. San
Antonio has kept a healthy lead for the No. 1 seed most of the
season, but the surging Lakers already moved three games closer in
the past week.