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Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2011 4:30 pm
Tim Duncan reportedly out 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury. 
Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

Update (Tuesday)

The San Antonio Spurs informed the media on Tuesday that an MRI on Tim Duncan's left ankle confirmed the sprain, but that the team has not yet set an official timetable for his recovery. Duncan will miss at least the next three games, however, as he will not travel on the team's upcoming road trips which includes games at the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies reported that the Spurs said Duncan's ankle sprain was between "grade one and grade two" and that the Spurs plan to release an official timeline later this week. The diagnosis is relatively good news, because a grade three sprain is really bad. Still: anything worse than a grade one sprain will keep a player sidelined for multiple weeks. 

Original Post: Tim Duncan is reportedly out 2-3 weeks according to Sean Elliot of the Spurs' broadcast network via Art Garcia of after spraining his ankle against the Warriors in the Spurs' win Monday night. This wasn't via an official release, but does sound in line with what you would expect given there being no reason to rush Duncan back prematurely.

The timing isn't all that terrible for the Spurs, who have been resting Duncan on and off for the past few weeks with such a considerable lead in the Western Conference playoff race. But he'll have to try and recover in time to get back for the playoffs, and then the concern of course is getting back into a rhythm with him. Luckily the Spurs are likely to face either the Grizzlies or Rockets in the first round, two teams they have considerable matchup advantages over (though the Grizzlies could be probelematic). All things considered, this one could have been a lot worse, but it's also yet another disturbing sign as the Spurs come off one of their most successful regular seasons in team history with significant concerns about their ability to reach the Finals. 

In the meantime, DeJuan Blair will get even more time, and this means the Spurs will be trotting out the most hilarious frontcourt tandem, ever: DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner, otherwise known as "Please Score On Us In The Paint At Your Own Discretion." It's like a trance band, only with an unhealthy love of Pitt basketball and sandwiches. 

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 4:13 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Here's an interesting bit of coincidence and trivia.  At the end of the 2005 season, Tim Duncan sprained his right ankle and was out 24 days. The Spurs became the 2005 NBA Champions.  It's 2011 and Tim Duncan has sprained his left ankle. Here's hoping history repeats itself!

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:32 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Bynum is only a game or two from tripping over a shoelace and being done for the season.  Your Lakers are only 1-2 against the Spurs this season, so obviously if they are should dominate the Spurs they are not doing a good job of it.   I don't even know if the Lakers can get past Dallas, so before you take on the Spurs challenge, try to make it through the first couple rounds, and then proclaim them Champions. 

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:07 pm

fixing duncan

who knows a way to reach the san antonio treatment staff?  i know a guy that can fix duncan's ankle in half the time....reply to me thru this post.  thanks.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:59 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Go Portland
Go Oden
Go Sam Bowie

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Darn, I hate the Spurs (although I like Duncan).  Now he's going to be nice and fresh for the playoffs.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:04 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Dodger Brad,
Who are the Celtics gonna pound teams inside with besdies Garnett? Kristic? Big Baby? lol. Try and see through your ignorance man. Size is an advantage, but it isn't everything. 

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:58 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

DUncan is pumped. Three week vacation, back in time for the playoffs. Whats the problem?

Hopefully the Grizz aren't too "probelematic" for the Spurs.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:19 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Sorry to see Duncan go down but the timing couldn't be betetr for the Blazers who have them twice in the next week or so. I feel bad for Duncan but not for the Spurs. The Blazers have been dealing with major injuries for the past couple of seasons. Either way, they beat them with Duncan bad, and now they will beat him without him.

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:38 pm

Duncan (ankle) out next 3 games, possibly weeks

Splitter??  Guy has one good game, and he is the anwser?  good luck with that, lol.  Splitter.  LOL

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: Duncan out 2-3 weeks with sprained ankle

DUDE, wake up and take off your myopic goggles.  I know you are a Spurs fan, but dont be blinded by your love for your team.  The Spurs dont have the size to compete with the Lakers even with Duncan as the Spurs have been the lakers bitch the last 2 years. As for having fewer 30 years olds, thats true, but their 30 year olds are hardened NBA veterans with rings.   Up Tempo? yeah so?  Lakers can play up tempo too.  can the Spurs pound you inside mercilessly like the Lakers and Celtics can?  nope.  bottom line, Youre not stopping Bynum, Gasol, and Odom, and i havent even metioned the best closer in the game.  Sorry to tell ya buddy, the Spurs have nothing for the Lakers.

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