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.
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.