Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/4/13
Yeah, that's a sigh of relief you heard coming out of San Antonio this week. Tim Duncan is OK.And day-to-day.That's the official status for Duncan as the Spurs embark on their annual Rodeo Road Trip, a nine-game trek that covers most of February and coincides with the San Antonio Stock Show & Road inhabiting the AT&T Center.Just don't expect Duncan to be on the court with the Rodeo Road Trip opens Wednesday at Minnesota. At least that's the view of Duncan's teammates, who shared the floor with the 36-year-old All-Star at practice Monday."I'll be surprised if he does, just because the way our staff is," Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard said. "We like to make sure players are 100 percent. You never know with Tim. He loves the game and he might just suit up."Look for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to take a cautious approach with Duncan, considering his age and some nagging knee issues lately. Duncan had just returned against the Wizards after missing four games with a sore left knee.The first five games of the trip precede All-Star Weekend in Houston. Maybe Duncan takes those five games off. Or not. There's no use in trying to guess. "You can't be surprised of nothing that happens between Tim and Pop," Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson said. "Their relationship is something that none of us know about. They have a relationship like no other."I wouldn't be surprised. They do a great job of communicating. They've been together for so long. They know how each other feels, and Pop will make the right decision."The Spurs are 38-11 and leading the Western Conference. San Antonio is 16-9 on the road, and five of the teams on the Rodeo Road Trip have losing records. Still, the Spurs would rather have Duncan in the fold."We need him for our team to win," Leonard said. "We need the chemistry right now so we can have it in the playoffs."Duncan underwent an MRI exam Sunday that showed no structural damage to his left knee. The West reserve went down in the second quarter of Saturday's win over Washington, needing help to leave the court. Wizards forward Martell Webster fell into Duncan's knee during scramble for rebound. Duncan left the game with 3:54 left in the first half and didn't return. He was initially diagnosed with a sprained right ankle and sprained left knee.Though Duncan needed assistance at first, he did manage to walk under his own power to the locker room. That provided that first clue that the injury wasn't as serious as some originally feared. The injuries are now listed as a sore left knee and mild right ankle sprain."To reach our goal, we can't do it without him," Jackson said. "We know what we're dealing with now. We know how long we'll have to play without him."They're just not saying. Follow Art Garcia on Twitter: @ArtGarcia92
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker