Sunday, February 17, 2013
Keeping Duncan healthy
By Tom Carpenter
Tim Duncan recently missed a four-game stretch due to ankle and knee sprains that he sustained in an ugly fall on Feb. 2, but he told reporters that his knee brace kept the damage from being far worse, according to Mike Monroe of the Express-News.
“From what I hear,” he said Friday, “it saved my (anterior cruciate ligament). Overall, it’s saved my career the last couple of years.”
The fact that the San Antonio Spurs felt it was safe to bring him back to game action on Wednesday, instead of holding him out until after the All-Star break, implies that he is fully healed and ready to roll for the remainder of the season.
Fantasy owners who have been riding his exceptionally hot play this season may want to consider moving the 36-year-old before your trade deadlines arrive, though. We can expect coach Gregg Popovich to hold Duncan out of some random games during the final months of the season, and, despite Duncan's ability to hold Father Time at bay, there remains an inherent risk that Duncan's body could give out.