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Gregg Popovich called holding Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker out of Monday's matchup with the Jazz "a no-brainer" because it was the single road game in a set of four games in five nights [schedule]. The stand-in starters for Duncan and Parker were Boris Diaw and Patty Mills, and Stephen Jackson played ahead of Kawhi Leonard at small forward. The Spurs have two more sets of four games in five days, which should mean at least two more games off for the Spurs' veteran trio. Expect them to sit either the first or last game of next week's back-to-back-to-back (Mon @GSW, Wed @SAC), as well as one or both of the Spurs' final two games of the season (Apr 25 @PHO, Apr 26 @GSW).

• Magic updates: Dwight Howard is questionable for Tuesday because of his lingering back spasms. The team has Wednesday and Thursday off, so holding him out another game would mean a full five days of rest. Orlando's remaining games this week: Fri ATL, Sun @CLE. Glen Davis has been massive while Howard and Ryan Anderson have missed games - he's averaged 35 minutes, 20.6 points, 12.2 boards, and 1.2 steals over the past five games - and Stan Van Gundy said that his play has earned him more playing time over the remainder of the season. SVG says he would like to shave a few minutes off Howard's season average (38) and keep both Anderson and Davis in the 28-30 range the rest of the way. Van Gundy has also gone with a smaller look since Hedo Turkoglu was lost for the regular season with facial fractures - Jason Richardson has slid to small forward to make room for J.J. Redick, who has averaged and efficient 19.5 points (61% FG, 100% FT) and 2.5 threes in two games.

• Deep-leaguers should keep an eye on James Singleton's line on Tuesday, as he could make sense as a Thursday add for the Wizards' weekend back-to-back (Fri @NYK, Sat CLE).. He's always been a productive per-minute performer for defensive stats, he's coming off a big Monday line (38 minutes, 18 points, 12 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks), and the Wizards' frontcourt remains woefully thin. Nene is unlikely to play Tuesday but could return for the weekend's games, and Trevor Booker's battle with plantar fasciitis may keep him out for the remainder of the season.

• Other transaction-related notes: The Celtics, Grizzlies, and Cavs are the three teams with four games from Wednesday to Sunday. For a Tuesday add that produces two games in two days (Wed/Thurs), look to the T-Wolves (@DEN, LAC), Clippers (@OKC, @MIN), Grizzlies (PHO, @SAS), and Spurs (LAL, MEM). Only four teams play just once between Wednesday and Friday, the Magic (Fri ATL), Wizards (Fri @NYK), Bulls (Thu MIA), and Nets (Fri @PHI). The best way to get a look at the schedules for your possible add/drops is to add everyone you are considering to your Watch List. Then, while still in the Player List area, select "My Watch List" in Status, "Opponents" in Stats, check "Show my team" and click "Filter." From there, you get a look at games and off days for every player in question.

Status updates: Dwyane Wade (ankle) was a full participant in Tuesday shootaround and is expected to play .. Derrick Rose (ankle) is officially a game-time decision but looks unlikely to play on Tuesday. His ankle still had some pain and swelling as of Tuesday morning .. Kobe Bryant's shin is improving, but there are risks to playing through tenosynovitis, and he'll sit again on Wednesday .. LaMarcus Aldridge is getting a second opinion of his sore right hip and is questionable for Wednesday .. Marcus Thornton (calf) is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday .. Nicolas Batum (quad) is day-to-day .. Gerald Wallace (hamstring) is out Tuesday, which should mean good things for Gerald Green. The Nets are then off until the weekend (Fri @PHI, Sat BOS) .. Eric Gordon (back) was a light practice participant on Tuesday and remains questionable for Wednesday .. Andrea Bargnani (calf) will meet with the Raptors' medical staff Tuesday to determine his status, with a season shutdown looking inevitable. Amir Johnson is the upgrade .. Luke Ridnour (ankle) did not travel with the T-Wolves to Denver and is out Wednesday. The team has home games on Thursday (LAC) and Saturday (OKC) .. Jason Kidd (groin) will return Tuesday but will not play "a full menu of minutes" .. Kevin Martin remains without a timetable in his return from a shoulder injury .. Darren Collison missed Monday's game with a sore groin and is day-to-day .. Trevor Ariza was a surprise DNP-CD on Monday because Monty Williams wanted to get playing time for Al-Farouq Aminu and Lance Thomas .. Al Harrington says he will try to play through a torn meniscus, but whether that is realistic or not has yet to be established by team doctors .. Tony Allen remains without a timetable for his return from a severe facial laceration .. We'll have to see how Byron Scott divvies up the guard minutes on Tuesday, with Anthony Parker expected to return from a bruised sternum.

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