Tuesday , Mar , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio Spurs Team Report – March 16

=== San Antonio Spurs Team Report – March 16 ===

(Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs lost to the Golden State
Warriors, 97-80, on Monday at the Arena in Oakland. With the loss, the Spurs
have dropped two in a row overall and four of their last five on the road.

Tony Parker scored a game-high 29 points with six assists and five rebounds
for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili was the only other scorer in double figures for
San Antonio with 16 points.

San Antonio continued to struggle without two-time MVP Tim Duncan, who missed
the game with an injured left knee. Duncan, who was out of action for the 10th
time in the Spurs’ last 11 games, returned from the injured list to score nine
points last Wednesday in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but was
sidelined for Friday’s victory over Golden State and Sunday’s loss to
Sacramento.

The league’s reigning MVP missed six games with an irritation of the
patellofemoral joint just above his left knee before playing against the
Clippers. Duncan is averaging 22.9 points and 12.8 rebounds over 55 games this
season, both team highs. The Spurs are 5-4 without Duncan during his current
injury.

Parker has scored in double digits in seven of his last eight games. He has
averaged 18.5 points and 6.8 assists in that span.

San Antonio is off until Thursday when it hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves. It
will be the third meeting of the season between the two squads, as each club
has picked up a victory on the road in the two previous contests. The teams
will meet again on March 23rd at the Target Center.

SAN