Be sure to check out the first six parts.
The Best Boris Diaw passes of the playoffs.
Manu's best assists of the playoffs.
Tony Parker's best scoring plays vs. Dallas and Portland.
Yesterday I came across the fact that Tim Duncan was the only player in the league to finish the 2013-14 season with more blocks that fouls. In his 17th season. At 37 years of age. That's unreal. Not only that, he finished fifth in blocks per game for the season while playing less than 30 minutes a game.
There's not much left to say about The Ageless One. During the season I wrote an appreciation of Tim after the coaches stupidly left him off of the All-Star team that also includes a quick video mix of some of Tim's blocks. It's to the right in the must-reads (or above on a mobile device.) Also, if you missed it the first time around, here's proof that Tim Duncan is the most consistent player who ever played the game. I spent a lot of time on the consistency piece and if you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out. It's got lots of interesting graphs.
So here we go, the all-time leader in playoff blocks added to his lead during the championship run with 29 more. Here are the best of them. As always with Tim, you won't be seeing him flying through the air to swat a ball into the third row; he operates with precision and the desire to, you know, get possession of the ball.
Ex-Spur DeJuan Blair probably should have known better than to try to sneak one by the big fella, but he tries anyway and Tim routinely blocks Blair's attempt, gains control of the ball, turns and quickly gets the ball out to Tony.
Chris Bosh is pushing the ball in transition after Manu forced Wade to give it up. Tim's trailing and Bosh lets him go by before attacking into the meat of the lane but Duncan is able to recover and use his length and timing to end Bosh's drive.
Reggie Jackson decides to try his luck against Duncan, but Tim swats the ball, uses those good hands to grab the ball as it bounces off of the bottom of the backboard, and then turns and finds Kawhi to save the possession while he's falling out of bounds.
Here's Big Fun doing his best Ibaka impersonation for Ibaka. Duncan brings help from the weak side, and then actually jumps into the air to get the block on Serge. Of course, Tim then controls the ball and pushes it in transition. Tim's handles look good. #freeTimmy
This time Duncan doesn't jump to get the block. Damian Lillard makes his way into the paint, but Duncan is there to turn him away with those long arms. Excellent timing from Timmy.
Here's Timmy blocking all of the shots. I'm not sure if he got a piece of the Monta Ellis attempt, but he certainly affected it. Dalembert had a chance at a tip-in, but once he missed that Tim wasn't going to let him get another one up. Eventually Tim wins the ball and passes it over to Marco Belinelli to start the Spurs' next possession.
This play was also in the best Tony Parker scores piece before I decided to do this piece. So Tim does a great job of recovering to Robin Lopez after switching onto Batum after a pick-and-roll. Tim denies Lopez' attempt, knocking it into Ginobili's hands, and that's a great block, but what really makes it is that Tim then puts his head down and sprints the floor in a 16-point game to help his French buddy extend the lead to 18. It's the little things.
Stay tuned for Part Seven