Before Tip-Off: Duncan, Belinelli to rest vs. Lakers

AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs (62-19) will host the Los Angeles Lakers (26-55) in each team’s regular season finale Wednesday evening. With the number one seed locked up for San Antonio, and the Lakers preparing to enter the offseason, the game is expected to be one where the Spurs will just use the 48-minutes as a conditioning workout and to sustain a rhythm before the playoffs begin.

In his pregame press conference, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said both Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli will both sit out the match for rest purposes. Asked after the game if he’ll stay up to begin scouting the Spurs’ opponent in the first round, Popovich responded, “I’m going home.”

According to several media outlets, the NBA announced the Spurs will host their opening game of the first found at Noon CST on Sunday at the AT&T Center.

The Spurs will have to wait until the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks conclude their regular season finale against each other Wednesday, before knowing which of the two teams San Antonio will play.

Whoever wins between the Grizzlies and Mavericks will face the second seed in the Western Conference (likely the Oklahoma City Thunder), while the loser would draw the Spurs.

The Lakers have seven players listed as either probable or out for the game, with a number of injuries.

Paul Garcia

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