Spurs’ Tim Duncan Getting Too Much Rest?
While waiting for Memphis and the L.A. Clippers to finish their first-round slap fight, the Spurs have held two spirited intrasquad scrimmages — complete with hired-gun officiating crews — but zero games.
“It’s been interesting,” (Tim) Duncan said. “We’ve practiced hard, trying to keep our rhythm as much as possible. A little weird at this point in the season, but we’re excited to get the next series started. We hope (the wait) comes to an end soon.”
In terms of health, there is no player on the Spurs’ roster who has benefited more from the extended between-rounds break than Duncan. The numbers, not to mention common sense, show that a fresher Duncan is a better Duncan.
Yet even when it comes to the Spurs’ oldest player, there is still such a thing as too much rest.
Throughout his career, Duncan has considered himself a “rhythm player.
Knock him from his groove, he says, and it takes him a while to rediscover it. It’s a reason Duncan often bristles at coach Gregg Popovich’s attempts to sit him at various points in the regular season.
“I can lose it pretty quickly,” Duncan said.