Pretty encouraging read. The Spurs may wish to spread the word of a declining Duncan, whispering half-truths on the toll age has extracted from him. But few in the league will fully believe, unless the Spurs' season ends somewhere short of another championship. Like a predator simply keeping its skills sharp, there have been flashes to let us know this great is not plodding on an empty tank. There were 28 points and 16 rebounds slapped on the Nuggets in a one-point victory; 16 points and 18 rebounds against Chicago in another win; and 19 points and 14 rebounds hung on Utah two nights later, another Spurs triumph. The scariest part of the regular season is the Spurs haven’t needed these performances with any regularity to put the league in their rearview mirror. They’ve prodded their giant from time to time, and at moments in most games, but they’ve not been required to do so with regularity to survive. Rather, they’ve often been allowed to render him a role player, and thrived despite this.