Tim Duncan is looking to bring San Antonio their sixth NBA title in franchise history. But at the age of 40, has he hit the final wall of his career?
Duncan has struggled in two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and when you weigh the entirety of the 2016 playoffs, he has been inconsistent at best. He’s 12-for-24 on shots right at the basket. Defensively, he’s seldom blocking shots and does not always find himself on the floor in the moment of truth. Duncan’s role with the Spurs has diminished compared to his prime. We knew this would happen. He’s averaging 21.6 minutes per game .
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This time last year, Duncan was amazing when the Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers were battling in what would be a seven game series in the first round of the playoffs. He was one of the best players on the floor that consisted of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. He turned back the hands of time and performed at a high-level. Duncan averaged 17.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks and served as a mighty closer in several of those games. What can be a contributing factor for Duncan last season would be the rest that San Antonio usually gives their players through the regular season. With this, Duncan was rejuvenated and preserved for the playoffs and delivering the energy and production the team needed. This season, things have changed as the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge and the talent of Leonard soaring to new heights. Duncan has seen reduced minutes on the floor–the major minutes. With the Spurs expecting to make a deep run into the playoffs and a possible Western Conference Finals matchup with the Golden State Warriors, all hands need to be on deck. Duncan and the Spurs though have to get through a Thunder team looking to ruin their plans. There’s still time for Duncan to put his signature on this series. He’s at an age where just being able to play on an NBA level is noble.