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How bad is Tim Duncan's injury?

In Wednesday's season opening win over the Grizzlies, Tim Duncan left the game in the 3rd quarter after a collision near the basket, causing him to immediately leave the game and not return. Was he just being careful, or is it a serious injury?

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The biggest question after last night's win is: just how badly is Tim Duncan hurt?

Tim Duncan doubled over 1:10 into the 3rd quarter of last night's win over Memphis after he took an elbow to his right-upper chest from a driving Tony Allen. He went to the locker room and did not return, and a chest contusion was reported. After the game Pop had this to say about the injury:

"(Tim) will get checked out tomorrow, but he had spasms in his shoulder, his neck, and it looks like his chest is bruised. He caught an elbow; so it kind of affected everything from his chest up through his neck, somehow or other."


This could be nothing more than a minor chest contusion, and maybe the Spurs are just being extra cautious with their veteran big-man, but there is a rumor going around that Tim sustained a broken rib. If the spasms clear up and the MRI is negative, Tim could be back sometime during their West Coast trip that starts in LA tomorrow. If a rib is broken we can expect the Spurs to ease Duncan back to the lineup. Rib fractures usually take 4-6 weeks to heal.

We'll update you as soon as there is anything official.

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