Tony Parker expects San Antonio Spurs' starters to be rested vs. Golden State Warriors

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The San Antonio Spurs made history on Wednesday night as they eclipsed the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls to set a new record for home wins to start a season. 

Their 100-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans made it a perfect 38-0 at the AT&T Center for Gregg Popovich and his men, moving them one ahead of the tally accumulated by Michael Jordan and Co. during Chicago's glory years. 

However, given his post-game comments, it is clear to see the record means very little to the experienced coach, what really matters is ensuring his roster is suitably prepared for a playoff run.

The Spurs also have the chance to go unbeaten at home throughout the season but, once again, coach Pop will prioritise fitness over the chance to create regular season history. 

With two games remaining against the Western Conference's dominant force, the Golden State Warriors, most coaches would see it as a huge challenge to their unbeaten run while also offering the chance to dent the Dubs' chances of breaking the 1995-96 Bulls' 72-10 season.

But not the San Antonio Spurs and Popovich. Having been the head coach in Texas for the past 20 years, it should come as a surprise to nobody that his star plays are likely to be rested when they face the defending champions. 

According to Tony Parker, who has spent his whole NBA career under the tutelage of the 67-year-old, the starting players are likely to be rested in the two remaining showdowns.

"I think no one will play (against the Warriors)," Parker said on his French-language radio show, as translated by News 4 San Antonio. "To Pop, the most important thing is that the players are rested for the playoffs. As for first place, he does not care.

"The most important thing for him is to win the NBA title. The record at home or games against Golden State is not what interests him."

The tactic of resting players ahead of the playoffs is not something new. It has been a common occurrence for years in San Antonio and was on display again as they fell to their 12th defeat of the season against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the weekend. 

Kawhi Leonard was out of action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena due to his right quad injury, but LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Parker were all given an off night. 

The Spurs' policy has never hurt them in the past and it is likely to prove a big benefit come the postseason, once again. The Warriors are intent on breaking the record, so are unlikely to rest any of their big names in the coming weeks.

That's not to say the Bay Area franchise will run out of steam, but having won five rings, there are not many who can argue with Pop's methods. 

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