On April 23, 1998, a 21-year-old Tim Duncan scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a win over the Phoenix Suns in his first playoff game.
More than sixteen years later, he’s still racking up double-doubles.
Duncan’s tip-in early in the third quarter of Game 2 against the Heat tonight gave him 157 career double-double – tying Magic Johnson’s career playoff record.
Considering the Spurs will have at least two more games against Miami, Duncan is a good bet to pass Johnson during these Finals. Especially considering the Heat’s difficulty containing big men.
Duncan has a double-doubles in 77 percent of his playoff games – though just 40 percent this year. (For the record, Johnson had a double-double in 83 percent of his playoff games, though the Lakers’ faster pace gave him more opportunities to accumulate stats).
Really, Duncan’s record comes down to three major factors:
1. The Spurs’ team success giving Duncan many postseason games
2. A playoff format that includes more games than ever
3. Duncan being one of the best interior players of all-time
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
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Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.