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Spurs Direct Back of Their Hands to Fans

AP

On one hand, what San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did Thursday is completely understandable.

Popovich's team has had an almost ridiculously difficult opening schedule, having embarked on a four-game trip early in the month and wrapping up now with a six-game junket through the Eastern Conference.

Wednesday in Orlando, Popovich said his players were tired. So instead of going through with the end of the trip in Miami on Thursday, Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home early. They'll get an extra day of rest ahead of the team's next game, on Saturday.

Sure, that leaves the Spurs with nine active players for the game against the defending champion Miami Heat, but the Spurs have gotten off to a good start and won five...

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