That is a huge break for the Spurs, this looked like it could have been much worse. I’d still expect Duncan to miss a few games — the Spurs will be cautious — but this could have been much, much worse.
8:00 am: It was scary — Washington’s Martell Webster drives baseline and Tim Duncan helps smother his shot, but when Webster lands he falls and as he does he rolls up Duncan’s leg. It looked like the kind of situation you see more with NFL offensive linemen.
Duncan went to the ground and stayed there, grabbing his left knee (the one already with a brace). He was eventually carried off the floor by Stephan Jackson and DeJuan Blair. Duncan did not return.
He has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and a sprained right ankle. He will be re-evaluated on Sunday and as of right now there is no timetable for his return. Players after the game said he would be fine, but that’s what teammates say. We’ll wait for the doctor’s word.
Duncan is averaging 17.5 points and 9.8 rebounds a game. He is having his best season in years and if he is out for any length of time the West-leading Spurs will miss him.
76ers on blocking anthem singer wearing ‘WE MATTER’ jersey: ‘We use our games to bring people together’
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”
This is a continuation of Carmelo Anthony‘s argument: The emphasis should be on action in communities and there’s no longer a place for gestures like Colin Kaepernick kneeling.
But this needn’t be an either/or discussion. Community-based action is obviously important (though don’t assign responsibility to NBA players to fix racism). Recognizing the width and depth of the problem is necessary – which is why symbols matter, too.
Take Street’s shirt at face value. “We matter.” “Black lives matter.” What’s so offensive about that? There is no implicit “more” attached.
Yet, the 76ers found it antithetical to their brand.
Is that what players were demonstrating on behalf of during the preseason? I’m sure that arena was much more united with a 76ers dancer singing the anthem than it would have been with Streeter spotlighted. But sometimes divisiveness is necessary to advance a cause.
If the 76ers don’t want Streeter using their platform to say “WE MATTER,” that’s their right. Not everyone has to support that choice, though.
Sevyn Streeter says 76ers prevented her from performing national anthem due to ‘WE MATTER’ jersey
Hunter belongs in the league. Though he must knock down shots far more reliably than he has, Hunter has potential as an outside shooter with complementary ball skills to provide value. Boston just had more NBA-caliber players than roster spots.
He’s far from a lock to succeed in the NBA, but I value Hunter about as much as Tony Snell – whom the Bulls just traded for an upgrade at backup point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. That they could so cheaply replace Snell makes that deal look even better.