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In first week of season, Spurs rest Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili


SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with player Tony Parker #9 during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on October 27, 2016 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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It’s never too early for Gregg Popovich to think rest — even if it is the team’s home opener.

It’s the first week of the season, but the Spurs have three games in four nights, and Popovich is going to make sure his guys get their rest whether it’s October or March. Whether it’s the Spurs home opener or not.

Detest on this if you want, but whether you buy the analytics or just use the eye test, players perform better when rested, and they are less likely to suffer injuries. It’s that simple.

Popovich is more aggressive with the rest than most, but he also has some older players that he knows he is going to need come April and May. So he starts the rest early.