Tim Duncan Still Stands San Antonio Spurs’ Test of Time

November 15th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
A regular season date against the hapless Indiana Pacers might not send Spurs fans rushing to the AT&T Center box office to snatch up tickets, but opening night several weeks ago mattered. If NBA labor strike yields the expected work stoppage, it might prove to be Tim Duncan's last.

The Big Fundamental, as Shaquille O'Neal once dubbed him, allows San Antonio followers to take those supposed guaranteed victories for granted. Maybe, for once, they can realize that not all rare gifts last a lifetime. How many deplorable lottery teams wish they had won the league's draft jackpot in 1997, instead of when Kwame Brown or Michael Olowokandi shook David Stern's hand first?

The 8-1 Spurs can still lean on Duncan to carry them through the toughest stretches of tight games and to anchor the defense in blowouts. Saturday and Sunday nights offer the best picture of how and why change and consistency now intersect.

Doug Collins' miserable Philadelphia 76ers endured a 116-93 bloody beating that the coach says could have been a 60-point defeat "if Gregg Popovich wanted." The Spurs suffocated the isolation-happy Sixers i ...

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