The San Antonio Spurs find ways to win no matter what's thrown at them. They are an impressive team to watch. Last night, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and Stephen Jackson all sat. And it was not because coach Gregg Popovich wanted to give them rest. They are all nursing injuries.
According to Joe Alexander of the San Antonio Express News, all four players sat out last night with a range of injuries. Parker is battling a sore knee, Manu Ginobili a sore back, Tim Duncan and sore knee, and Stephen Jackson was taking care of something undisclosed. The four players being out obviously did not cause the same firestorm that came when Popovich sent his stars home for rest rather than playing them on a nationally televised stage against the Miami Heat.
Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili have been in and out of the lineup all season. Each has dealt with multiple injuries and reoccurring problems all season long. Yet, the Spurs continue to win. They did so without Parker's 20.7 points per game, Ginobili's 12.5 points, Duncan's 17.3 point and 9.7 boards, and without Jackson's 6.6 assists per game.
Each player (aside from Jackson) is expected to be listed as day-to-day, but none of the injuries should keep the stars from missing too much time. San Antonio does not want to make it a habit to play without them. They beat the Chicago Bulls 103-89, but they'd like to be at full strength going forward. The Spurs are currently 41-12 and lead the Western Conference by one game.
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