Duncan will sit out against Warriors

– Veteran San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan has been declared out for Monday's game against Golden State because of a sore right knee.

The 6-11 Duncan, 39, is in his 19th NBA season. He is averaging just 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds this season, even though he has started all 37 games in which he has played, averaging 25.9 minutes per game.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr joked, "Tim is 57 years old, so he deserves a night off every once in a while." The Warriors coach was a teammate of Duncan's for four seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


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