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Tim Duncan blocks Amir Johnson, makes him look foolish with dribble (Video)

Tim Duncan Amir JohnsonTim Duncan had a great sequence in the third quarter of Monday’s San Antonio Spurs-Toronto Raptors game where he showed his array of skills by blocking an Amir Johnson shot and then making the Raptors forward look foolish on the dribble.

After blocking Johnson’s shot, Duncan brought the ball up the court and went between his legs to avoid a steal from Johnson, who in turn hit the deck. Duncan didn’t have his best offensive game — he went 4-of-15 for 9 points — but he did have 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the 112-99 win. Look at these handles:

This wasn’t quite as pretty as Duncan fooling DeAndre Jordan with the Dream Shake, but it was pretty sweet. His point guard skills also aren’t bad for a forward. I’d like to see him in a dribbling competition with Blake Griffin.

Video via Beyond the Buzzer; GIF via SB Nation

Tim Duncan faked DeAndre Jordan out of his jock with the Dream Shake and it was beautiful (Video)

Tim Duncan DeAndre JordanTim Duncan schooled young buck DeAndre Jordan by pulling the Dream Shake on him, and it was beautiful.

Duncan pulled the move on Jordan during the second quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers-San Antonio Spurs game on Monday night. He took a pass at the elbow and drove on Jordan to the basket. Duncan ball-faked towards the baseline, spun back and faked the shot, then did an up-and-under for the easy layup. Jordan actually recovered after falling for the ball fake, but he bit hard on the second fake to give Duncan the layup.

My goodness was that glorious.

Duncan had 17, 11 and 5 assists in the 115-92 loss. With smooth moves like that, it’s easy to see why he’s still a top player at 37 years old.

Tip via Arsen D.

Tim Duncan hits game-winner, becomes oldest player to record 20-20 game (Video)

Tim-Duncan-game-winnerTim Duncan, aka The Ageless Wonder, had himself quite the night on Monday as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Atlanta Hawks. For starters, Duncan hit the game-winning shot from the top of the key with just 0.04 seconds remaining. Everything the 37-year-old did prior to that clutch basket was even more impressive.

By scoring 23 points and grabbing 21 rebounds, Duncan became the oldest player in NBA history to record a 20-20 effort. The fact that he is still able to have such a major impact on games at age 37 is incredible.

“He did a great job,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Duncan after the game. “We were having a tough night in a lot of ways and he was superb.”

Duncan struggled through the first month of the season as he dealt with some minor injuries, but he seems to be back on track with three solid games in a row. Just when you think this is going to be the year age becomes too much for Timmy to overcome, he goes and puts the team on his back.

Tim Duncan a wreck in press conference after ‘haunting’ Game 7 loss (Video)

“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”

“Agony of defeat” is exactly what Tim Duncan embodied after Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Duncan missed a gimme basket and a follow-up shot with the San Antonio Spurs down 90-88 to the Miami Heat in the final minute of Game 7. It was the kind of basket that Shane Battier says Duncan makes eight out of 10 times. I say Duncan makes that shot 19 out of 20 times, yet this was the one he missed (video of the miss below).
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Duncan was so frustrated with himself over the misses that he slapped the floor in frustration on the defensive end. Then, after a timeout was called, he leaned over disappointed with himself and walked to the team’s bench with his head down.

As the Spurs fell further behind and lost 95-88, Duncan remained dejected knowing what he had given away.

“Game 7. Missing a layup to tie the game. Making a bad decision down the stretch. Just unable to stop Dwyane [Wade] and LeBron [James]. Probably for me, Game 7 is always going to haunt me,” Duncan admitted after the game.

Duncan looked visibly frustrated, saddened, and wholly disappointed as he spoke to the media. He kept rubbing his head and frequently looked down when giving answers.

Duncan was so close to winning his fifth championship, but he and the Spurs let it get away. It’s going to take a long, long time for Duncan to get over that.

Video of Duncan’s miss below:

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Tim Duncan curing Manu Ginobili’s baldness makes a phenomenal GIF

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Manu Ginobili had a nice game against the Miami Heat on Sunday night as his San Antonio Spurs took a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Ginobili scored 13 points in 30 minutes of play, but none of his baskets were as special as what Tim Duncan did for him at some point during the victory.

As you can see from the GIF above that Got ‘Em Coach put together, Duncan has cured Ginobili’s baldness with the swipe of a hand. One minute the bald spot on the back of his head was there and the next it was gone. It was truly a miracle. Duncan is more than just one of the best power forwards in NBA history. He’s a medicine man.

Between this and the amazing then and now Spurs GIF we showed you last week, there have been some fantastic GIFs scattered throughout the 2013 postseason.

Tim Duncan played with his kids at halftime of Game 5 (Video)

Tim Duncan kidsWhen you think of the San Antonio Spurs, you think of a team that is all business. You have Gregg Popovich who gives one-word answers during in-game interviews, and you have Tim Duncan, who rarely shows emotion on or off the court. But the Spurs apparently kept things loose enough for Duncan to have a chance to play with his kids at halftime of Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Spurs led 61-52 at the half.

Sure, it was Father’s Day, but that still was about the last thing I was expecting to see. I figure Pop is too busy chewing out his team at halftime to allow them a chance to socialize with their families. Heck, I was even surprised to see Kobe kissing his wife inside Staples Center, but I guess it’s a different story for these guys who bring their families to work.

Video via @cjzero

Tim Duncan reportedly hired private investigator to tail wife Amy

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Tim Duncan and his wife of nearly 12 years are getting a divorce, and it seems like the San Antonio Spurs star had concerns that Amy was cheating on him.

According to San Antonio Express-News columnist Buck Harvey, Duncan had concerns about his wife last fall and hired a private investigator to follow her. Harvey also says Amy moved out of the couple’s home about a month ago.

Harvey says Duncan was not surprised about the divorce and that he was planning to file for one after the two worked out a settlement. He reportedly was surprised at the timing of Amy’s decision to file.

As we noted in a previous post, Duncan requested to have the legal discovery portion of the case delayed until after the playoffs ended. The Spurs have reached the NBA Finals and their season won’t end for another few weeks.

Tim and Amy met at Wake Forest where he played basketball and she was a cheerleader. They married on July 21, 2001, and they have two children together.

H/T Black Sports Online