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Injuries have forced Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to tinker with his lineup and rotations much later in the season than is custom in San Antonio. Popovich has been doing his best to keep his veteran team healthy down the stretch, resting Duncan in back-to-back games over last month to keep him fresh for the postseason.
Now the Spurs will likely need even more from All-Stars Duncan and Parker to make a long playoff run.
The 31-year-old Ginobili has played in seven NBA seasons, all with Spurs, and teamed with Duncan and Parker to build a nucleus that has won three NBA titles since 2003.
Last season, Ginobili's sore left ankle made his signature explosiveness visibly absent in the playoffs, particularly in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. Later that summer in the Olympics while playing for Argentina, he hobbled off the court during a loss to United States and eventual got surgery to repair a ligament in the ankle.
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