The San Antonio Spurs‘ Tim Duncan is one player who’s as tough as they look.
At age 36, he can still overcome what looks to be a serious injury.
Duncan appears to be OK despite a scary moment Saturday night in what initially appeared to be a serious left knee injury when he was hit from behind by Washington Wizards‘ Martell Webster. He’s listed day-to-day and should return to the lineup soon.
But it can’t surprise anybody that this happens in a rough sport and leagues like the NBA. Webster, like others in his league, are among the best conditioned athletes in the world. He can endure just about everything. Occasionally, there’s going to be that freak moment. The fewer times he winds up on the floor, the better.
When a player falls into another while his feet are planted, it can turn into a serious injury. Fortunately for the Spurs, it didn’t turn out that way.
In his 15th NBA season, Duncan can still pack a punch while averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. But his career averages are 20.2 points and 11.2 boards, an outing so Duncan’s numbers are down, as are his minutes per game by about six minutes.
Duncan has had a couple of games below double-digits, which is very uncharacteristic of what he’s normally capable of producing. But the Spurs, at 38-11, have had enough pieces, especially in the starting lineup, to get the job done.
But there’s no Tim Duncan replica sitting out in the wings. That’s why the Spurs’ future remains bright, as long as Duncan’s health is excellent.