Tim Duncan started the NBA Finals in a big way. As the San Antonio Spurs walked out victorious in game 1, Duncan filled up the box score and added another big game to his impressive resume.
After dropping 20 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking three shots in game 1, Duncan struggled just as the other members of the big 3 in game 2. While Timmy did grab a respectable 11 rebounds, he scored just nine points on 3-13 shooting and watched the end of the game on the bench.
While the Heat have obviously made it a point of emphasis to limit San Antonio’s leaders, Duncan claims that he likes the looks he is getting and will make sure to knock them down in game 3, per Boston Herald:
“Obviously, they’re contested shots, but they’re the shots I feel I can make,”
“So whether it be them or me or whatever it may be, I’m going to get back in the gym tomorrow and hopefully come out with a better stroke,”
“But I’m getting the shots I want. I just have to knock them down.”
Duncan is a huge part of the Spurs offense, and even when he is not shooting he is an important distributor of the ball, especially at the elbow area. The Spurs will need Duncan to break out of this one-game slump and find his stroke in game 3 if San Antonio is to regain some momentum.