SPURS AT JAZZ, 9 P.M. ET

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  • For the second time this season, after reaching an 11-game winning streak, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will rest key players. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili did not make the trip to Utah for tonight’s game. “Well, we’re trying to survive,” Popovich said. “Our schedule speaks for itself. If you look at the schedule, you figure out real quickly. No matter how look at it (five games in seven nights this week), eight games in 13 nights, 16 games in 23 days, it’s just crazy, so I got to do something about it. It just doesn’t make sense to have those guys playing four times in five nights, or three in a row.”
  • The last time the Spurs had an 11-game winning streak, Popovich sat Duncan and Parker and San Antonio lost at Portland, 137-97. Tonight, San Antonio, which defeated Utah 114-104 on Sunday, will start Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, DeJuan Blair, Danny Green and Patty Mills. Blair did not play against the Jazz on Sunday.
  • While the Spurs are sitting their three best players, not all news is good for the Jazz. Injuries suffered by C.J. Miles and Earl Watson at San Antonio on Sunday turned out to be serious and costly. Miles, who had an MRI today, suffered a left calf strain and will be reevaluated in a week. Watson also had an MRI on his right knee today and it revealed a torn medial meniscus. Watson will need surgery and is out indefinitely. “It’s unfortunate,” said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. “They’ve been great for us all year and we’re really going to miss them. We’ll support them fully and hopefully they can recover quickly.”
  • DeMarre Carroll will start in place of Miles, and rookie Alec Burks will likely get more playing time.
  • The Jazz are incredibly thin in wing depth now that Miles joins injured players Raja Bell and Josh Howard on the sidelines. To help, they have signed Blake Ahearn to a 10-day contract. Ahearn is a five-year veteran of the NBA Development League and has appeared in 15 career NBA games with San Antonio and Miami.
  • Corbin said he isn’t concerned or rejoicing that San Antonio will be without Parker, Duncan and Ginobili tonight. “We can’t worry about that,” he said. “We have to play. We can’t afford to think that because some guys are out of the lineup we can just show up and win the game.”
  • Popovich was in a joking mood in his pregame meeting with the media. When asked who did not make the trip for tonight’s game, he said, “George Gervin. David Robinson.”

Andrew Aragon

6 Comments

  1. UGK4LIFE says:

    Handle your biz POP… I bet we still win tonite… TX that’s where i stay!!

  2. JIMMY says:

    The Jazz played tough last night it was no blow out game. I think Pop knows he’s not going to win this game against the younger Jazz squad on their home floor after a tough battle last night in S.A. So why play the 3 bigs. Actually I think S.A. has abetter chance to win by resting their bigs and playing the more rested guys. So maybe it’s to kill two birds with one stone.

  3. Rjohn says:

    Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the league, the spurs are a class organization we can all learn something from the silver and black. GO SPURS!!!

  4. ken wilson says:

    as this is awaiting moderation- i do like san antonio and think popovich is a good coach-but i am cheering for the suns to be no.8 and it seems never a team deserved it more : but teams can throw games-is this not equivalent to gambling–is it not the same as ref’s tweeting to let the desired team win?-ken wilson

  5. ken wilson says:

    as this is still awaiting something or nothing-are there no rules of ethics in the nba-such as tattoos are for degenerates and inferior minds who would rather spend money on you know who rather than on helping kids bounce balls or maybe something better like giving street kids a fighting chance- on the other side of the coin- if you make 40 million dollars for bouncing a ball it is obvious there are no values and what are the rules- as doctors take bullets from victims bodies because they do not care about the 40 million dollars some common place athlete athlete makes inspite of his calf injury- his broken foot -the planets broken dreams as super salarys dictate a smple game with very few ray kurweils playing the game- not to be funny but all basketball players would chew gum if they had as much free time and blown out bellys as the sacred baseball PLAYERS OF AMERICA-AMEN- LOVE YOU ALL BROTHERSIN GAME

  6. ken wilson says:

    I WANT A RESPONSE-BUT LIFE GOES ON-GOODNIGHT TO ALL THE LADIES IN UTAH-I COULD HOT REMEMBER THE H

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