Tim Duncan Should Sit Out All-Star Break

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With a NBA championship being the clear aim for this San Antonio Spurs team, Tim Duncan should sit out of All-Star break.

Recently, Duncan was injured against the Washington Wizards, when forward Martell Wesbster rolled up under Duncan’s leg as he was running down the court. Doctors diagnosed him with a rolled ankle and luckily, no structural damage were done to his knees.

Sitting atop the Western Conference at 39-12, there’s no reason for Timmy to put this additional game on his resume. His fatigue and basketball shape will be a huge factor if the Spurs want to contend in the heavy West for a NBA championship. And even if they make it through that, the Miami Heat or New York Knicks could be awaiting them.

Timmy is having his best season since 2009-10. In 43 games played, he is averaging 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a game. While it’s clear that Duncan isn’t that best player on the team anymore, he may hold more importance when it comes to a playoff run. With their lack of serious depth in the front court , it’ll be vital if TD could play serious minutes when facing off against a Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Clippers team.

With Duncan likely out, it’ll open up a chance for either Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry or Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol to join the rest of the Western Conference All-Stars in Houston, Texas.

After last year’s crushing victory in the Western Conference Finals against Kevin Durant and the  Thunder, it’s likely that they will be back for a rematch, but if Duncan is well rested and completely healthy, they’ll suffer the same fate as last time.

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