The Scoop:This is standard preseason Popovich, and Duncan is simply being given the night off. Kawhi has already been ruled out for the rest of preseason, Splitter is recovering from a calf injury and remains without a return date, and Mills will be out until at least January. Duncan was able to make it though 74 games last season while averaging 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game over 29 minutes of action, and it's a marvel he can be this effective this late in his career. He's worth a fourth-round selection in standard leagues.
The Scoop:Only Patty Mills has a serious injury and there is nothing wrong with Tim Duncan, as far as we know. He's found the fountain of youth so far and played 34.0 minutes per game in two preseason outings.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points with seven rebounds, one assist and five turnovers against Fenerbahce Ulker on Saturday.
The Scoop:He put up a double-double in the opener on Wednesday and has played 34.0 minutes per game in the two contests. Coach Gregg Popovich has no qualms about playing Duncan big minutes now, but that will change.