It has been a season of speculation whether this might be Tim Duncan’s final season in Silver & Black. After posting 27 points and seven rebounds on 12-of-20 shooting in the San Antonio Spurs’ 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their first-round series, he sent the record straight.
The Big Fundamental hinted to ESPN’s Marc Stein that he has “a couple” more playoff runs in him following Sunday’s game.
Reassuring to hear Tim Duncan say he has only "a couple more" playoff runs in him. Would seemingly suggest this is not his last then. Right?
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 20, 2014
“A couple” means more than one of course. One can assume that Duncan means at least two full playoff runs, but when you are nearing the end of your career the number of seasons you’ll play is never a sure thing.
Earlier this season Duncan said he’s taking it “game by game” when he was asked if he will honor his contract for next season.
Duncan is averaging 15.1 points per game and under 30 minutes per game at 29.4. Despite being five days from turning 38-years-old, Duncan’s physical capabilities have hardly diminished.
One day Duncan will hang it up, but he won’t want any attention. Spurs fans know the Hall of Famer for being quiet and that is how he is expected to bow out. He won’t give anyone the chance to honor him and there probably won’t be a farewell tour.
But as long as Duncan can continue to perform at a high level like he did on Sunday, Spurs fans won’t have to worry about No. 21 hanging it up for a little while longer.