After being introduced to some cheers and some boos in Dallas, 12 time All-Star Tim Duncan looked ready to represent the Spurs in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
With big men for the West starting such as Amar’e and Dirk, it would be tough for Duncan to get touches. Plus during pre-game interviews with some of the West guards, they all said they would like for Dirk to receive MVP honors.
So how did it go for Duncan? This is how it went down in Dallas for him.
In the first quarter, Tim Duncan lined up for the West team for the tip-off and won the tip over Dwight Howard. He grabbed a couple of rebounds and on one play, he got the step on Kevin Garnett but had his reverse lay-up blocked by Garnett. Duncan then took it outside of the paint and hit a jump shot for the West.
It was reported Duncan did not want to play heavy minutes in the game but did tell West coach George Karl he wanted to be out on the court when he went to a four point-guard look. Karl was reported to say he would play Duncan with four point-guards. Though it never happened in the game.
Duncan did not play much in the first quarter but at the end of the first quarter, Duncan had two points, two rebounds, shooting 1-3 from the floor.
Duncan started in the third quarter. He grabbed a rebound at the 10:37 point of the quarter and missed a jump shot. He then received a pass from Carmelo Anthony and Duncan got fouled on the reverse lay-up attempt. He made one of two foul shots.
In the end, the East defeated the West. The final score from Dallas was 141-139. Duncan ended the game with three points on 1-4 shooting, 1-2 from the free-throw line and four rebounds.
Though Duncan did not play much in the All-Star game, I am sure Spurs fans were OK with that seeing how they would prefer him to rest and not risk injury. I am sure Coach Pop felt the same way.
Overall, Duncan and DeJuan Blair represented the Spurs proudly in the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend. Blair with his monster performance in the Rookie/Sophomore game and Duncan’s performance tonight.
Now let’s hope for a Spurs resurgence in the second half of their season and a strong finish heading towards the 2010 NBA playoffs.
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