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Popovich says Duncan may only miss 4-5 games

Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks with Tim Duncan, right, during a time-out following the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Basically, we have no idea when Tim Duncan is coming back.

After spraining his ankle Monday night Duncan himself said two weeks. Then after looking at the MRI the team said it was between a grade 1 and 2 sprain, which would mean more like three weeks. The official diagnosis was expected when the swelling went down Thursday or Friday.

Then before the Spurs took the court Wednesday night coach Gregg Popovich made it sound like it might not be that long at all, Chris Tomasson reports on twitter.

Popovich on Tim Duncan’s ankle: “I’m hoping it won’t be that long (2 weeks). I think it will be a good four or five games for sure.’'

Popovich was asked if there’s any reason to believe his injury could hamper him start of playoffs. “No, no, no,’' Popovich said.

Four or five games would have Duncan back around the start of April. Whether that is accurate or not, the belief that he will not miss any playoff games is really the key point. I expect the Spurs will be extra cautious in bringing him back, but they will want him once the playoffs begin.