The Spurs have the best record in the league by six and a half games over anyone else, and being fortunate enough to have a healthy roster for the majority of the season is a big reason why. Monday night against the Warriors, however, that all changed, as the team finally suffered an injury to its biggest star.
After scoring inside in the first quarter, Tim Duncan came down on the foot of Golden State’s Ekpe Udoh, and appeared to sprain his left ankle. He remained down for over a minute holding it, before he limped off the floor and into the locker room with some assistance.
Spurs television analyst Sean Elliott reported (via Art Garcia) that Duncan will be out two weeks. If that timetable is correct, he would miss right around nine of his team’s remaining 12 regular season games, but would back in time for the start of the postseason.
Ironically enough, Duncan had started every game for San Antonio before the previous one Saturday against Charlotte. Head coach Gregg Popovich gave Duncan the night off, in order to get him some rest on the second night of a back-to-back.