Tim Duncan caught a pass with deep position in the paint and Mike Miller guarding him, and Duncan immediately attempted a hook shot and missed. Duncan turned his head to the right as if were making the first move in shaking it in frustration, and he’d certainly be justified. That was Duncan’s fifth miss in his first five shots.
But Duncan ran upcourt with his head turned to the right, never actually shaking it or showing any other sign of irritation.
The only thing Duncan shook off was his slow start on his way to his 145th playoff double-double in his 130th playoff win.
“I didn’t change anything, honestly,” Duncan told reporters after the game.
He never does.
In his regular-season career, Duncan has averaged 20.7 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes.
In his post-season career, Duncan has averaged 20.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes.
And in 37 minutes tonight, Duncan had 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Even at age 37, Duncan is maintaining his career levels. He’s now a cool 5-0 in Game 1s of the NBA Finals, and if he keeps up these numbers, the Spurs should be set.
He’s never lost a Finals series, and like everything else with him, why would that change now?
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.