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Spurs notebook: Barry, Finley out again Saturday night

Web Posted: 11/12/2005 12:47 AM CST

Johnny Ludden
Express-News Staff Writer
BOSTON — The Spurs hope to have Brent Barry and Michael Finley back for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the two guards, who have both missed the past two games, won't play tonight in Washington.

Barry has been sidelined since hurting his back Monday in Chicago. Finley, who rode an exercise bike during Friday morning's shootaround, was a late scratch from the lineup Wednesday in Charlotte after his groin tightened.

"With a groin, if you come back too quick, you're really in trouble," Popovich said, "We don't think it was a very serious pull or anything, just a tweak."

Still, any time Finley misses just means it will take him that much longer to get adjusted to his new teammates.

"Mike's really pretty devastated right now," Popovich said. "After only five games he has to sit there. He was in the rotation and playing, so it's really tough for him."

Looking good: Melvin Sanders, who signed with the Spurs on Wednesday, picked up the first points of his NBA career on a pair of free throws with 6:07 left in the third quarter.

But it was Sanders' defense that most pleased Popovich. The rookie teamed with Bruce Bowen and Manu Ginobili to help limit Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce to a total of 30 points.

"I thought they did as good a job as you can do on two great players," Popovich said.

Sanders' teammates also were happy to see him contribute. He finished with six points and two rebounds in 19 minutes.

"I thought he did great tonight," Tony Parker said. "He's been working hard every day at practice, so it's good to see him do well."

Faces in the crowd: The New England Patriots were well represented at the Garden on Friday night. Tom Brady, Corey Dillon, Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork and Jarvis Green all attended the game. Boston Bruins legend Cam Neely and comedian Denis Leary also were in the stands.
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