The San Antonio Spurs were without six players Friday night and lost their first back-to-back games of the season. Tim Duncan did suit up and he was remarkable.
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Duncan logged 34-minutes in the Spurs 102-98 loss at the Pepsi Center. With four of the starters missing the game for rest, Duncan did start and played really well despite the outcome. Being the professional that he is, it was business as usual for Duncan. The future Hall of Famer wasn’t crying foul because he needed to polish a few things – his jumper, his shot blocking – with the postseason right around the corner.
As he has done over the years Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave every starter except Duncan the night off following a loss at Golden State on Thursday. Duncan though looked good, he looked fresh. He stated post-game that it felt good getting back out there after only playing 19 minutes against the Warriors.
“Felt good to get some minutes, get some shots, get some touches,” said Duncan.
Duncan seemed in rare form and ready to go for the playoffs. The Spurs have clinched the second-seed in the Western Conference. They do have three games left on their schedule and a shot of NBA History with going undefeated at home in the regular season. They stand at 39-0 with their last meeting with the Warriors coming on Sunday.
The Spurs will be full strength against Golden State as Popovich stated everyone will be available.