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
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.