Somehow, you always knew it would happen like this. One day, we’d wake up and Timothy Theodore Duncan would be gone. Without taking a bow. Without making a peep……..Just the way he played.
Duncan, 40, retired from basketball Monday, with a press release that didn’t even include a quote. After five championships and 19 years of quietly, professionally and methodically carving out a resume as one of the best power forwards of all time, what else was there to say? In addition, all of his 19 years were with the Spurs.
Duncan always did his talking between the lines, and when he walked off the floor, he left it all there.
He was a gentle giant who was also fierce, yet never had the ego or inclination to let anybody know about it. He was a forever portrait of class and competitiveness that will never be replicated.
The inevitable end, which the Spurs always knew was coming but could never predict, finally arrived……….Great career, Tim!!!
With an incredible 108-101comeback victory on the road Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors clawed their way out of the grave to force a Game 7. It was a game the Oklahoma City Thunder controlled until the Warriors slowly, relentlessly turned what looked like an inexorable tide. It was probably the best offensive performance of Klay Thompson’s life, maybe the best defensive performance of Andre Iguodala’s life, capped by a dagger from one Stephen Curry.
The Warriors are attempting to do what nine other NBA teams have done in the playoffs: come back from being down three games to one to win the series. The Houston Rockets were the last team to accomplish that feat in 2015 beating the Los Angeles Clippers.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Golden State Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green vowed that their record-setting team won’t go out meekly after their poor performances in Tuesday’s Game 4 played prominent roles in the Oklahoma City Thunder taking a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference finals.
This series has been a complete surprise to me. I knew that Oklahoma City was tough, but I didn’t believe they could manhandle the defending champions like they have in this series. What everyone is seeing is the two top guns for the Thunder (Durant and Westbrook) are playing at the top of their game and their teammates are following suit. In addition, the length and athleticism of the Thunder has really disrupted the Warriors. Now they face the daunting task of trying to rebound and win the series being down 3 games to 1. By the way, nine other teams in NBA history have accomplished that feat. Will Golden State be number 10? We will see!!
In looking at photos of great NBA stars of the past, I was amazed at some of the numbers put up by one Oscar Robertson, “the Big O”.
The Triple Double is kind of an elusive stat, given that it can be made up of any three of the five primary offensive statistics in basketball. But however you define it, there’s no question who owns the title as the greatest Triple Double machine ever: Oscar Robertson. And if you need proof, there’s this crazy record which will never be equaled, let alone broken: in 1961-62, The Big O actually averaged a Triple Double for the entire season. His stats that year: 30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 11.4 assists per game. Naturally, he also holds the career mark for Triple Doubles, with 181. We won’t see that again.