Tim Duncan Misses Three’s Company, and His Knees Carry Spurs’ Burden

May 4th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Manu Ginobili caught a pass from Tony Parker and drilled an open three-pointer to give the Spurs their one lead of the night.

In any other year, the Suns would have emerged from the ensuing timeout deflated and scarred.

Instead, Jason Richardson knotted the score two possessions later with his own trey and the Suns did not trail again.

A Game One victory for San Antonio would have sapped the suspense from the series. Now, Phoenix has every right to believe it can turn the tide.

The Spurs like to keep everyone, including their head coach, guessing. Tim Duncan, it seems, wants to buy Gregg Popovich a warehouse full of cars.

He kept bricking free throws, and the Spurs kept blowing chances. Missing in action: a flurry of three bombs to spark the usual late rally and Duncan's non-chalant demeanor.

He has never flinched against the Suns. Monday night, he scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but failed to bring Phoenix to its knees.

His own became the difference.

Two teams have ousted Duncan from the playoffs, Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks and Kobe Bryant's ...

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