Throwing this out there more as a question than that I have any particularly poignant observation to make. 4 Game Slide. 4 games without Tim Duncan. (and yeah this last one without D, P, and G) So what's the word hummngbird? What gives?
OK, OK--I know Timmeh is a 4 time Champ, a 3X NBA Finals MVP, a 2X league MVP, and 13X All-Star but still...it looked as though this year he maybe didn't mean QUITE as much to this team as in years gone by.Our offense has been run by Parker and Ginobili and our bench, though appearing at first glance to consist of a lot of scrubs, has stepped up in a big way. AS Hollinger's latest article on Supporting Casts reports--the Spurs 4-12 players consist of 2nd best in the league (beaten only by Denver who basically just has an entire team of supporting cast now)
For those with INSIDER:
Duncan has been producing fairly significantly below seasons past. And yes, his minutes have been cut as well but its clear that Duncan is no longer our first or second scoring option and in many games, he hasn't even been the 3rd or 4th. From last year, he is playing 3 min less per avg and scoring 4.6 less points. His other stats have marginally dipped. But I think even this is misleading. Because 4-5 pnts per the loss of 3 minutes doesn't really appear to be much of a dip in production but when you consider that in 19 games Timmeh has scored in single digits, the slowing down really becomes evident. In years gone by, if TD scored in single digits it was a true aberration. (Anecdotally, in 2005 and 2006 I was waiting tables at Champp's Sports Bar and Restaurant. During every Spurs game, if TD had a double double, everybody in the house would get a free Shiner Light and invariably, every Spurs game everybody got a free Shiner Light. ) So while Timmeh still definitely has it in him to have big games and to put up those double doubles (24 this year), it is no longer a constant. And there have been a handful of games where he just outright been a flop putting up numbers more consistent with a bench player playing 10 minutes than a a team captain.
So when Timmeh went down, yes San Antonio held their breath and feared the worst buuuut, at the same time there was some consensus that it wasn't completely disastrous. On PTR and 48MOH, the Spurs Donks seemed to think that we really weren't in serious trouble--that our team was so deep, that we didn't revolve around a Duncan offense anymore, that we could withstand--and certainly for 4-5 games, right? Well 4 games later and 4 L's later, it seems like maybe we were wrong.
TD anchors our defense. He gives us a post presence that we otherwise severely lack. Perhaps, his presence alone strikes fear into the hearts of our opponents. But how could it be this bad? How can we not even win one game without him?