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“It structurally looks good,” general manager R.C. Buford said Tuesday. “We will have a better idea of what the timeline is in the next 48 hours.”
Duncan sprained the ankle Monday night in a win over Golden State. Four minutes had barely passed in the game when Duncan, after making a short jumper, landed awkwardly on his left foot and collapsed beneath the basket.
The two-time MVP lay clutching the foot for more than a minute in the scariest moment for the Spurs all season. San Antonio has reclaimed its place atop the NBA behind the durability of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili after injuries derailed the four-time champions the last few years.
Duncan will not travel with the Spurs on a three-game road trip that begins Wednesday in Denver. The Spurs (57-13) have a seven-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for the top seed in the West with 12 games remaining.
Only one of San Antonio’s remaining dozen opponents _ Sacramento _ are out of the playoff chase.
“There’s a lot of frustration,” Buford said. “But I think he’s pretty tough and you guys saw him on the court.”
Buford and the rest of San Antonio’s front office left their box at the AT&T Center and went to the locker room after Duncan limped off the court Monday night, steadying himself with the help of trainers.
After stumbling into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed a year ago, San Antonio is on pace to surpass its franchise-record 63 wins set in 2005-06. Observers have chalked up the surprise resurgence on everything from pushing a faster tempo to a deeper bench.
But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has said it just boils down to health. Ginobili missed the 2009 postseason with a bad right ankle. Last season, the Spurs upset Dallas in the first round, but withered against Phoenix in the semifinals as Duncan wore down and Parker recovered from a broken hand.
The Spurs likely had the past in mind when Duncan _ who turns 35 in April _ earned his first night off all season Saturday against Charlotte. Before that, Duncan had been the only Spurs player to start the first 68 games.
Popovich’s reason for resting Duncan was simple: he didn’t want him getting hurt.
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