Tim Duncan at 40 years old gave it all he had in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semis. Now that the season is officially over, did we see his last game?
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All eyes are on not only on the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder, but still on San Antonio. The ‘Big 3’ came back for another title run. The many moves that were made at the start of the season to bring in LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, and mid-season moves to add Kevin Martin and Andre Miller were moves were made to win now.
Tim Duncan, the oldest out of the the trio at 40, simply had father-time creep up on him, and fast. For 19 years he has played better than anybody who’s ever worn the black-and-silver of the Spurs. As the Spurs were making a run in the 4th quarter on Thursday, Duncan was not going to sit, even if it were his last game. “He asked me if I wanted to play,” Duncan said. “And I told him I always want to play.”
Yet there was Duncan on a night when the young legs of the Thunder were running laps around the Spurs, looking like a man trying to push his body to will his team to a victory.
Vintage Duncan as he banked in short hook shots off the glass, fought for position and made tip-ins, did a right-to-left spin through the paint to drop in four-footer. His 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting was his second-highest total of the season.
But the ‘Big 3’ of Duncan,Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have teased time and thrived past their expiration date for years, winning four championships together.
After the horn sounded on Thursday, Duncan was seen gazing at the scoreboard where he was then greeted by the Thunder team as each gave the Hall of Famer a hug or a handshake knowing that it possibly was his last game of a great career.
As he put it in his post game, Duncan is not looking to make a decision right now.
“I’ll get to that after I get out of here and figure life out,” he said.