For injured big men Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw, the seven-day layoff between the Spurs’ sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs and the upcoming start of the second round provides ample time to get well.

For forward Tim Duncan, it represents a chance to recover from a physical series that took a toll on his 37-year-old body.

For guard Manu Ginobili, however, the extended break is not nearly as welcome.

“I kind of need to keep playing,” Ginobili said.

A question mark to start the postseason — Ginobili missed nine of the team’s final 10 regular-season games with a strained right hamstring — the 35-year-old sixth man averaged 11.3 points and 4.8 assists in less than 20 minutes per game against the Lakers.

“I felt useful,” Ginobili said. “And that’s something I really needed to feel.”

Ginobili was just beginning to find a groove when the Spurs closed out L.A. on Sunday. He and the Spurs must wait until Monday to begin a Western Conference semifinal series against either Golden State or Denver.

The long hiatus, made possible by the Spurs making such quick work of the Lakers, is not unprecedented.

After sweeping Utah to start the postseason last year, the Spurs experienced an equal layoff before beginning the second round against the L.A. Clippers. The result of that 2012 conference semifinal series — another sweep — gives the Spurs confidence they’ll return to the court Monday rust-free.

“I guess we responded well to that rest,” Ginobili said.

After the grind of a regular season in which more than one day off between games is considered a luxury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich almost doesn’t know what to do with a week-long break. He is eager to get a few good practices in but won’t schedule one every day (the Spurs took Wednesday off).

Popovich said it will be difficult to begin to put in a game plan for the second round until an opponent is finalized. Golden State leads Denver 3-2 in its first-round series, with a chance to close it out Thursday in Oakland, Calif.

“You can’t map the whole thing out because you don’t know who you play,” Popovich said.