October 29, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) San Antonio veterans Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will both sit out Saturday night's home opener against New Orleans for rest.

Patty Mills will start at point guard in place of Parker.

It's only their third game of the season, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is not a fan of the congested early schedule.

''Everybody goes through this,'' Popovich said. ''This is our third game in five nights. Tomorrow's is going to be four games in six nights. It's ridiculous. (New Orleans) played at 8:30 last night and they have to play a back-to-back tonight. Seems like you could figure that out.''

The Pelicans are coming off a 122-114 loss at home to the Golden State Warriors.

In his 16th season, Parker is averaging 6.5 points and 25.9 minutes through two games. Ginobili is averaging 9.0 points in 20.1 minutes in his 15th season.

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