For the first time in nearly two weeks, the Spurs on Saturday were given a day off from work.

Since returning from the rodeo road trip Feb. 24, the Spurs had been called to report to their team practice complex every day since Feb. 26 for a workout, but coach Gregg Popovich opted for a day off after the team’s 136-106 loss to the Trail Blazers on Friday.

Factoring into Popovich’s decision: The team’s annual Tux and Tennies gala, an important event for the organization’s “Silver and Black Give Back” charitable arm.

The gala was scheduled for the AT&T Center on Saturday night.

Popovich had taken advantage of his team’s longest homestand of the season to get in some consistent practice time at the team complex after a cram-packed schedule had afforded the Spurs little time for such through the first four months of the season.

The coach seemed surprised to learn his team had gone so long without a day off from practice or a morning shoot?around at the complex.

“We didn’t stay long all those days like training camp,” he said, “but it is a good opportunity to refresh some muscle memory stuff that gets lost in translation a little bit as you play so many games; review some things that got a little rusty, that’s for sure.”