By MATT BEARDMORE,
(AP) -- With Tim Duncan's career quickly approaching the finish line, the San Antonio Spurs may have acquired the right pieces for another championship run with their star center.
Coming off their longest summer break since 2000, the Spurs open their season Wednesday night, when they host a New Orleans Hornets team that's also looking to bounce back from a first-round playoff exit.
Duncan, a four-time NBA champion, begins his 13th season following a disappointing 2008-09, when San Antonio was eliminated by Dallas in five games. Duncan, slowed by tendonosis in his right quad toward the end of the season, averaged 19.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in that series as the Spurs failed to reach the Western Conference semifinals for the first time since 1999-2000.
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