San Antonio Spurs’ big man Tim Duncan is not playing in Monday night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers.
Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News first reported the news via twitter.
McDonald also points out that it is San Antonio’s fifth game in seven days and that veteran Boris Diaw started in Duncan’s place. McDonald says that Spurs’ head coach Greg Popovich “was reluctant to use the word “rest” when referring to Duncan’s impending DNP, but confirmed there’s no injury involved.”
On the season, Duncan is playing only 27.8 minutes per game, down from the 35.1 minutes per game he’s played over the course of his 16 year career. Duncan is averaging 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game for the Spurs this season. He’s shooting 43.7% from the floor and 78.3% from the charity stripe.
Popovich is obviously trying to limit everything Duncan does in order to keep him healthy throughout the season. At 37 years old, Duncan is nearing the end and winning another championship is the priority.