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Last year when the Spurs were up 3 games to 2 there was talk that if they won the title, Tim Duncan might retire. The Spurs had struggled to get to the game advantage over LeBron James and the Heat. Then when the Heat came back to win Game 6 in San Antonio the Spurs fans dream of another title died. What also died was the talk by others of Duncan retiring. He was not about to go out that way.
This year is totally different. Despite the strength of the Western Conference, the Spurs won home court advantage. When the Heat won game 2 last Sunday on the Spurs’ court things looked bad. Many felt that had James been cramp free in game 1 the series would have been 2-0 for the Heat. But the Spurs did something that no one could have expected. They went to Miami and won both games.
In the history of the finals no team had come back from a 3-1 deficit. The Heat not only failed to come back, they were blown out in the 3rd straight game 2 of which were on their home court.
So with the Spurs win, will Duncan retire? I don’t think so. Their wins in the last 3 games came easily due to the ball movement and team play of the Spurs on both ends of the floor. In his 2nd season Kawhi Leonard frustrated James with his defense and the other Big Two played very very small. They stood around like manikins in a dress shop. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has done a great job keeping the older players including Ducan rested.
Even at 39 by next season, I think Duncan will come back. If he does, the Spurs will be a hard out in the playoffs. Even if he retires, the Spurs will be good because they play real team ball.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think.
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