Jimmy Butler (ribs) is a game time decision tonight vs Atlanta.
Butler has been dealing with nagging injuries all year and cannot catch a break. Bruised ribs, the latest prognosis, kept him out of Sundays battle with Miami and could do the same tonight vs. ATL. The missed games - 14 on the year - are absolutely killing Butlers value.ANALYST:
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender