Spurs: Duncan, Ginoboli sit for finale after all

The San Antonio Spurs turned in a starting lineup for the season

finale that included Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Then coach Gregg

Popovich changed his mind.

Duncan and Ginobili didn’t even suit up for a game against the

Dallas Mavericks that had direct playoff implications – a Dallas

win would give the Mavs the No. 2 seed and the Spurs the No. 7

seed, meaning they would meet in the first round of the


San Antonio could’ve moved up to the No. 6 seed with a win, but

that also might have dropped Dallas to No. 3, which also would’ve

set up a first-round meeting.

Popovich told the official scorers 18 minutes before pregame

warmups that Duncan and Ginobili would play. He still had a chance

to change his mind, and did with a few minutes left in warmups.

Duncan and Ginobili were not even sitting courtside when the

game began, and the team said they would be listed as “did not

play-coaches decision.” DeJuan Blair and Roger Mason Jr. started

in their place.