There was a scary moment on Saturday night during the game between the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs. Martell Webster fell into Tim Duncan’s knee during a rebound scrum in the second quarter. Let’s put it this way: the Spurs dodged a bullet. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports with the report.
Duncan left the game with a left knee sprain and a right ankle sprain. It could’ve been much, much worse. A sign that it wasn’t bad was that Duncan was seen walking under his own power after the game.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had been resting Duncan due to that sore left knee. Now he will likely be even more cautious about Duncan after what happened. There’s probably even a chance Popovich will advise Duncan to sit out the all-star game. Duncan was chosen as a reserve a little more than a week ago.
While Duncan has had a renaissance this season (if we can call it that since he’s been incredibly consistent throughout his career), the Spurs have been red hot even without Duncan playing. The Spurs are 38-11, the best record in the league, and have won 10 games in a row. So maybe it could be a good thing for Popovich to rest Duncan and get him more fresh for the postseason.
The Spurs are still good without Duncan but it’s likely that they can win the championship without him. San Antonio has enough good players but Duncan is the anchor of the revived San Antonio defense. The Spurs have only allowed 95.7 points per game (good for sixth in the league) and are fourth in defensive rating (points per possession allowed). So they definitely need Duncan for the postseason.
Tim Duncan is averaging 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He’s also third in the league in blocks with 2.70 swats per contest.