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Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan won't play in the Spurs' game on Thursday night at Houston.

By SI Wire
November 06, 2014

Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan won't play in the Spurs' game on Thursday night at Houston.

The game, which will be broadcast nationally on TNT, is the second of a back-to-back for San Antonio, who beat the Atlanta Hawks at home on Wednesday. Duncan and Ginobili logged 35 and 26 minutes, respectively, in the win. The Rockets last played Tuesday night in Miami.

This is not the first time the Spurs have elected to sit their stars for a national TV game. The NBA fined coach Gregg Popovich $25,000 in 2012 after after he sat Ginobili, Duncan, Tony Parker and Danny Green for a game against the Miami Heat.

Duncan, 38, has averaged 15.7 points and 11.7 rebounds over three games this season, while Ginobili, 37, has averaged 11.3 points and 3.7 assists. The Spurs are 2-1, while the Rockets are 5-0.

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