Spurs lose second straight triple-OT game (Dec 20 12:00 ET )
Tim Duncan logged 43 minutes in the Spurs' second straight triple-overtime loss on Friday, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in the 129-119 thriller.
The Scoop:"It's different every night [with the injuries], so it keeps them out of rhythm and we are wearing some guys down," coach Gregg Popovich said. "Timmy [Duncan] is a big worry in that respect and so is Manu [Ginobili]." Duncan played 43 minutes on Saturday, while Ginobili played close to 30, so it is very likely that they will be held out. Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes would benefit the most in Duncan's absence, while Marco Belinelli and Danny Green would soak up Ginobili's minutes. Stay tuned.
The Scoop:We saw this coming from a mile away, as Duncan and Ginobili played heavy minutes in their last two triple-overtime games. Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes will pick up the slack for Duncan, while Danny Green and Marco Belinelli will see a boost in minutes due to Ginobili's absence.
The Scoop:Baynes is a solid rebounder, but he doesn't get many opportunities when the Spurs are healthy. However, the Spurs are fresh off a triple-overtime loss on Friday, so Baynes could be poised for big minutes against Dallas. He is worth a look in daily leagues.
Tim Duncan played 48 minutes against the Grizzlies during a triple-overtime loss on Wednesday, scoring 23 points with 16 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.
The Scoop:Yeah, he's probably not playing on Friday against Portland. Duncan actually hit a buzzer-beater to send this game to triple-OT, but he missed 10 of his 15 free throws -- tied his most misses in a game in his career (happened four other times). Again, his fantasy owners should plan on him sitting out one if not both back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.