Playoff-bound NBA teams value health over seeding
Without a healthy Ginobili, the Spurs fell in six games to the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to fall to a No. 8 since the league went to a seven-game format in the first round for 2002-03.
“We ended up first last year, but with Manu’s injury it didn’t do us any good,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recently told USA TODAY Sports.
Going into the last week of this truncated, 66-game season, teams that have clinched playoff spots are resting starters, even at the expense of a higher seeding.
The Spurs were at full strength for Monday’s game vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. If they win, they’ll lock up the best record in the West for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and it’s
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