Knee already ailing, he hurts ankle in practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tim Duncan missed his first two games of the season, sitting out Tuesday's San Antonio Spurs' matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats and Wednesday's game at Washington due to a sprained right ankle.
Duncan, who was injured at the end of Monday's practice, also has a hyperextended left knee.
San Antonio managed to defeat the Bobcats 104-85 on Tuesday, but the Spurs lost to the Wizards 95-87 the following night.
"We'll let him rest and see what he feels like after the back-to-back," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Duncan said treatment on the ankle Tuesday went well, but he was not sure when he would be able to play again.
"It actually feels pretty good, it felt a lot worse yesterday," he said. "We've been treating it two to three times a day, and it's not as serious as I thought it was initially, so that's good."
Tony Massenburg replaced Duncan in the starting lineup. Duncan, averaging 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, joked that the Spurs were looking forward to playing without him.
"I don't think I will be missed at all," he said.
There's still a chance the Spurs could have Karl Malone to fill in for Duncan before their road trip ends Feb. 23. Malone has said if he plays at all this season, it would be for San Antonio. He's expected to make a decision before the All-Star break later this month.
Asked what he thought about Malone joining the team, Duncan deferred comment.
"It's just talk right now," he said.
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