Spurs look to stay unbeaten at home without Duncan

Star forward will sit out game to rest

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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SAN ANTONIO – When the San Antonio Spurs host the Washington Wizards Wednesday night at the AT&T Center they will be without Tim Duncan.

Once again, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is implementing his rest a player plan.

Washington is one of only five teams to beat San Antonio this season.

The Wizards beat the Spurs 102-99 on Nov. 4 on a Bradley Beal 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Spurs will be looking to extend their home winning streak to 14 to start the season. "Protecting home is a big key for us," said Spurs guard Danny Green.

During that 13 game stretch, the Spurs have been dominant. 

They have been winning by an average of 15 points, and only three times have they won by less than double digits.

"We are getting off to pretty good starts, there is pretty good energy in the building," said Spurs reserve David West.

Seven of the last eight Spurs wins have come by 20 points or more, so they are on a roll for revenge.

It could be a long night for Washington since they are without Beal, the team’s leading scorer.

That will put a lot on the shoulders of guard John Wall, who is averaging 19 points a game.

"Got to focus on him, make sure he sees a crowd, sees a wall of defenders," West said.

"He is going to be aggressive, he is going to attack he is going to look to score," Green said.

Wednesday’s game will be the second game of a four game home stand.  

Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. from the AT&T Center.

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