Posted Apr 30 2011 3:10PM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Coach Gregg Popovich says injuries to Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili robbed the 61-win San Antonio Spurs of their rhythm heading into the playoffs.
Popovich said Saturday he wasn't making excuses after the Spurs became just the fourth No. 1 seed in NBA history to lose in the first round, falling to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 on Friday night.
But Popovich said the Spurs were never the same after Duncan sprained his left ankle in late March and Ginobili hurt his right elbow in the last regular-season game.
San Antonio finished the season 6-12, including the playoffs, after Duncan was injured March 21.
Popovich said his roster won't undergo drastic changes, though Antonio McDyess is leaning toward retirement.
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