Even with his primary backup missing the last six quarters, the first two games of the Spurs-Jazz first-round playoff series have not required much of an increase in the workload for 36-year-old Spurs captain Tim Duncan.
After playing a career-low 28.3 minutes per game in 58 regular-season games, Duncan has played only 58 minutes and three seconds of two convincing wins. He produced double-doubles in both games, getting 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 106-91 Game 1 victory in which he played just over 31 minutes; 12 points and 13 rebounds in just under 27 minutes in a 116-85 blowout in Game 2.
Tiago Splitter was expected to assume a significant role behind Duncan against Utah's big, physical front line, but a bone bruise in his left wrist limited him to seven-plus minutes in the first half of Game 1.
Light load continues to keep Duncan fresh
San Antonio Express-News | May 4