San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, center, of France, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, left, and center Dwight Howard defend during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 91-86. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. – The San Antonio Spurs are all but conceding the Western Conference's No. 1 seed to Oklahoma City and instead choosing to rest up for the playoffs.
The team said point guard Tony Parker (sore neck), power forward Tim Duncan (sore knee) and small forward Kawhi Leonard (sore knee) will sit out Monday night against the Golden State Warriors. All three had played in San Antonio's 91-86 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.
The Spurs also will be without reserve guard Manu Ginobili, who has been out since straining his right hamstring March 29. He could return for the regular-season finale Wednesday against Minnesota.
San Antonio entered Monday a game behind the Thunder for the West's top spot. The teams split the season series but Oklahoma City holds the tiebreaker because of its better conference record.