Tim Duncan: Tim Duncan Over Birdman

March 6, 2012 by staff 

Tim Duncan: Tim Duncan Over Birdman, Right up until just before tipoff of Sunday’s matchup between the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, Gregg Popovich wasn’t sure if Tim Duncan would be able to take the floor. See, Duncan had spent all day fighting off a stomach bug that, according to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, the Spurs coach (who is not a doctor, but has played one named Dr. Beardgood on TV) “wasn’t certain how to characterize” before the game.

“Timmy’s just sick,” he said before tipoff. “Flu, stomach poisoning. We’re going to see if he’s got any energy.”

Late in the first quarter, Nuggets big man Chris Andersen found out that yep, Duncan did have some energy on Sunday. What he didn’t have, unfortunately for “The Birdman,” were great depth perception, a real strong handle on how much space was between the ball and Andersen’s face, or any qualms about adding insult to injury. Observe, thanks to the Yahoo! Sports Minute:

Yipes. Credit Andersen for sticking with the play and contesting the shot, even after Duncan tried to put a “SPALDING” tattoo on his cheek to match the “FREE BIRD” tattoo on his throat. But the smack gave Duncan enough daylight to get past Birdman and attack the rim, where he finished the play with a flourish that sent both men crashing to the deck.

This could be the universe dishing out some slow-burning karmic retribution for Andersen slapping the ball off Rudy Fernandez’s face a couple of years back. A more likely answer, though, given the fact that Duncan had four dunks against Denver after notching just 11 in his previous 34 games, is that the Spurs star has contracted some sort of dunk flu. And if that’s not what happens, then excuse me, because I have a “Slam Dunk Ernest 2″ spec script that I have to write and pitch. I’ll see you after the jump.

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