In their regular season opener, the San Antonio Spurs picked up where they left off of a Western Conference championship season with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. However, it wasn’t all positive for the Spurs on this night.
Injury update: Tim Duncan suffered a chest contusion and will not return to tonight’s game.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) October 31, 2013
San Antonio is notoriously cautious with their stars regarding playing time, so Duncan’s absence as a result of a chest contusion isn’t an automatic worry, but it isn’t encouraging, either. Before he exited, the legendary power forward/center had 3 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes, but after the injury occurred, it was seemingly not even a consideration to bring him back.
The Spurs did “lose” the 2nd half of play by a 14-point margin at the hands of Memphis, and that illustrates just how valuable the big man can be. However, the fact that the team itself released this bit of “news” in the middle of the game probably indicates a positive outlook. They would have no incentive to do so if they were overly worried, and when it comes to the greatest power forward to ever live (at least in one man’s opinion), caution usually prevails.