Depth helps 'old' Spurs thrive

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The Spurs are supposed to be old, right?

Weary and decrepit players aren't supposed to do what San Antonio just did. The Spurs have won six straight after Wednesday's 117-112 victory at Sacramento. Five of those wins have come in the last six days.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has maneuvered his team through the undefeated stretch while managing to give franchise stalwarts Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili a game off along the way.

That speaks to the team's depth, which has been bolstered by the recent acquisitions of Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills.

"It was a tough challenge for us, and down the stretch the experience showed," Popovich said after beating the Kings. "With this tough schedule we have to rest guys a little more. Our young kids have been able to play, and that has allowed us to not have to play Tony, Tim and Manu as much as we may have in the past."

Duncan likes what he sees as he looks up and down the roster.

"This is as deep as I've had a team here," he said. "We're using everybody possible and it's been great, especially with this condensed season. Different kind of format and obviously some of the marquee guys are a bit older.

"We have a lot of bodies being used. There are a lot of guys playing well, guys trying to find their way and the addition of new guys. We have all these different things happening at the same time, but we're still winning games, so it's great."

The Spurs (35-14) finally get some time to catch their breath with a two-day break before welcoming Indiana to San Antonio on Saturday night.

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