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Popovich says Duncan may only miss 4-5 games

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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.

Duncan leaves game with injury but returns

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It looked scary — Tim Duncan down on the court in pain, grabbing his knee.

Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing serious.

In the second quarter Duncan was setting a pick on Golden State’s Acie Law, started to move to roll to the basket and his knee seemed to buckle under him. He was on the floor then went straight to the locker room. The Spurs officially called it a “hyperflexed left knee.”

Which couldn’t have been too bad because Duncan came out and started the third quarter. He went on to play what seemed like slightly reduced but not dramatically minutes in the second half. In the 10 games prior to this one Duncan averaged 30.9 minutes per game.