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Spurs to rest their five best players Saturday vs. Thunder

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 30: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs talk during the game with the Brooklyn Nets at the AT&T Center on October 30, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

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Gregg Popovich has been known to rest his stars in big games in the past — he did it against the Miami Heat in 2013. But this might be his most extreme instance yet. When the Spurs take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Saturday, they will be without their five best players, according to the team:

Popovich is lucky this game is on NBA TV rather than ABC, and that it runs against the NCAA Tournament, or else he might have gotten the Spurs another fine.