Duncan put on injured list with ankle sprain

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan will be sidelined at least two
weeks because of a sprained right ankle and might miss the rest of
the regular season.

The San Antonio Spurs placed the two-time MVP on the injured
list Monday following an MRI exam. He flew home to San Antonio on
Sunday to begin treatment while the rest of the team went to New
York and lost to the Knicks 88-75 on Monday night.

The Spurs activated forward-center Sean Marks from the injured
list to take Duncan's roster slot. Robert Horry started in Duncan's
place against the Knicks and had 10 points.

Duncan -- the Spurs' leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker --
crumpled to the floor in the opening minutes of a 110-101 loss to
Detroit on Sunday after scoring inside and coming down on Rasheed
Wallace's foot. After the landing, Duncan's ankle turned in a
gruesome fashion.

The 7-footer missed two games earlier this month with a sprained
right ankle.

"It's the same ankle he hurt previously, and he really did a
number on this one," coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's not broken,
but he can't walk on it or anything right now. Two week minimum,
I'm sure."

San Antonio (50-16), the Western Conference leader, has 16 more
games over the next 30 days before the playoffs start. The Spurs
clinched a playoff spot last week and are contending with Miami and
Phoenix for home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

"If he's ready to play, we'll play him. If he isn't, we
won't," Popovich said. "He won't allow me to let him sit there if
he's healthy and ready to go. If he doesn't play any more regular
season games, it'll because his ankle's not ready and he's not

Duncan entered Sunday's game averaging 21.2 points, 11.5
rebounds and nearly three blocks in 62 games.

The Spurs went 1-3 without him earlier this season.

Marks, a 7-foot New Zealander, has averaged three points and one
rebound in seven games this season.