Six of NBA's top 25 all-time leading scorers are active (Kobe, Dirk, KG, Pierce, Duncan, LeBron). We're in a strong era of the 68-yr league
Jimmy Butler said it best yesterday: "Stars play heavy minutes." Always have. MJ, Pippen, Zeke, Duncan as a youngster. Comes with the job.
Only in today's NBA are coaches criticized for playing their best players big minutes. Check out Jordan, Ewing, Stockton, Malone, Duncan.
Another fun Duncan fact: His 30.3 defensive rebound percentage is a career high. For comparison, Kareem was at 14.2 pct at 38.
Fun fact: Spurs finished third or better in defensive efficiency in each of Duncan's first 11 seasons, including five 1sts.
Duncan still ranking among the league's elite defenders, for the 18th year in a row.
Duncan's defensive numbers are just phenomenal so far. Fifth in def. rebound pct, seven in block pct. Seventh-lowest FG pct at rim... (1/2)
Tim Duncan was 1 block and 2 steals away from a 5x5 Saturday night: 7 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals (38 years.)
With 8 minutes left in the 2Q vs. the Nets, the Spurs had a play that took 7 passes before Duncan made an open mid-range jumper. Seven...
38-year-old Tim Duncan still doing new things: tonight his first game ever with 10 boards, 7 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals, & no turnovers.
No steals or blocks this half for Duncan though, so basically why are any of us paying any attention? (Current line: 7/10/7/3/4)
Triple double alert: Duncan has 7 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists.
Tim Duncan exits with 4:52 left in 3rd ... he's got 7 pts., 7 assists, 10 RB
Anything you can do Tim Duncan can do better.
Tim Duncan, defying his age: 6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 3 steals. And it’s only halftime.
Halftime: Spurs 51, Brooklyn 36. Parker with 14, Leonard with 13, Duncan with 6/7/5/3/4. Brooklyn shooting 34.1 percent.
Already just the sixth game of Duncan's career, including PS, with at least 5/5/5/3/4. There is 27 minutes left.
Duncan with his fifth assist, a little generous, but he got Leonard going down court for the layup, and 1. 6/7/5/3/4
Tim Duncan has 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals. We’re 18 minutes in.
But then Duncan bricks a wide open elbow J, so bench him I guess.
Shorted him a steal, my fault. So that's 6/6/4/3/4. Tim Duncan y'all.
Duncan picks up a couple of blocked shots, so that's 6/6/4/2/4 in 14 minutes.
Tim Duncan has four assists already. No one on the Nets has more than three.
Duncan snap pass to BAYNES for the dunk, that's four assists and the run is 10 unanswered.
That's in 10 minutes of playing time for Duncan, BTW.
Parker with 11/4, Duncan doing it all with 4/5/3/2/2
Spurs have opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run, and now lead 33-18. Duncan dominating inside.
Tim Duncan is still a terrific defensive player. Just stoned Mason Plumlee at the rim twice.
Seem to remember now a Duncan outlet that magically curved like 10 feet in the air before finding intended target. But that was good.
Duncan's more of a Favre when it comes to outlets. Generally excellent, but always a high chance it's going to end up very, very badly.
Duncan had pretty much no margin of error on that one. Perfect pass.
Maybe the best QB outlet I've seen Duncan throw in 2 plus years on the gig. Long, looping pass right over Teletovic to Leonard for the layup
Tim Duncan leads the NBA in touchdowns and it isn't even close.
Not sure why MIrza opens up guarding Tim Duncan. It will be a LONG night if that's the plan.
It says a lot about the Spurs that during starting lineup intros Tim Duncan is announced first and Boris Diaw is announced last night.
Tonight is battle of the comic book nerds: Duncan (The Punisher) vs Lopez (Batman). ....
The low-point of the Duncan-era Spurs probably was 2010-11 (the Grizzlies upset). ... And they won 61 games that year, most in the West.
Austin Daye up to 10 and 10. He's basically Tim Duncan.