Blake Griffin sent great tweet about Tim Duncan and Father Time

Tim Duncan SpursOn Thursday night, 38-year-old Tim Duncan looked like the same Tim Duncan that has led the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA championships since 1999. He scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a Game 1 win over the Miami Heat. That stat line is similar to the one Duncan averaged while winning four rings from 1999-2007.

Simply put, Duncan’s level of play at his age is remarkable. Most players with his physical stature and body of work would have been long retired by now. Blake Griffin summed all that up with a perfect tweet.

In many instances, Duncan is playing against opponents that could easily be his children. His overall numbers have dropped a bit since the Spurs won their last championship in 2007, but Duncan’s play in the postseason this year has reminded us that he is far from finished.

Only 25 players in NBA history have won five or more championships. Many of them are role players that were lucky enough to play alongside legends like Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Kobe Bryant. Should the Spurs go on to beat the Heat, Duncan has every right to be remembered as a legend himself.

Dwyane Wade executes perfect Dream Shake on Tim Duncan (Video)

Dwyane Wade Dream ShakeLook, it’s pretty simple: If you execute a Dream Shake to perfection during an NBA game, you will end up on LBS. And Dwyane Wade just faked Tim Duncan out perfectly with an awesome Dream Shake early in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday for the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs.

Do a Dream Shake that well and you definitely get recognized by us. Do it on a national stage like that, and you’re just a goddamn American hero.

Duncan should know better, too; he’s done the Dream Shake as well as anyone else in the past.

Tim Duncan happy Heat won, wants to beat them in rematch

Tim Duncan SpursThe San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of their Western Conference finals series 112-107 in overtime to reach the finals for the second straight year. And, like last year, their opponent in the NBA Finals will be the Miami Heat.

Though the Heat have now reached four straight Finals and won two in a row, Tim Duncan is not scared of them. In fact, he’s happy Miami repeated as Eastern Conference champions because he feels the Spurs owe them one.

“We were ready last year, we just couldn’t get over that hump,” Duncan said after Game 6 Saturday. “We’re happy to be back this year. We’re happy to have another opportunity at it. We’re happy that it’s the Heat again. We’ve got that bad taste in our mouths still, so hopefully we’ll be ready to take it this time.”

The Spurs really had the series in hand last year and should have closed it out in six games. They were unable to, and after the Heat came back to win Game 6, they went on to win Game 7 and the series.

Will San Antonio get revenge this time? They’re currently favored to win the series. They look like the better overall team and they’ve looked like the best team in the league throughout the postseason. I think they’re going to win it, and I think Duncan will retire afterwards. Who knows? Maybe Popovich will follow him off to the sunset.

Tim Duncan kicked in nuts by Russell Westbrook, tells referee (Video)

Tim Duncan kicked nutsLeave it to Tim Duncan to get kicked in the nuts and go tell on Russell Westbrook afterwards.

Russ went driving to the basket early in the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s 117-89 loss to San Antonio in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night and launched himself airborne. As he was in the air, he kicked up his right leg and ended up delivering a Liu Kang special to Duncan’s manly region.

As Russ lined up to shoot free throws, Duncan could be seen and heard complaining to one of the officials that Westbrook kicked him in the nuts, which should have resulted in a foul call. Russ got the benefit of the doubt on that one, though Duncan’s team got the win. And Duncan also gets to go home to this, so he kind of has everyone beat right now. Of course, that could explain exactly why he was so upset about the nut shot.

Video via @cjzero

Tim Duncan’s new girlfriend Vanessa Macias has him dressing sharper?

Tim Duncan girlfriend Vanessa Macias

Timmy Duncan is the same old steady, fundamentally-sound productive machine for the San Antonio Spurs on the court despite being 38 years old. Off the court, though, his game has undergone noticeable changes.

Duncan filed for divorce from his wife, Amy, last year around March. The story didn’t become public until May, and we learned in a report that Duncan was worried about his wife cheating on him and even hired a private investigator to tail her.
Tim Duncan girlfriend Vanessa Macias
The sad part about the story is that the two have two children together. The good part is that Tim has rebounded just fine. Actually, better than fine; Timmy is killing it.

Posts started popping up late last year saying that Duncan was dating Vanessa Macias (seen at top and at right), a former contestant on CBS’ “The Amazing Race.” This gossip item has since been confirmed, and Macias has not exactly been hiding the relationship. She’s currently in Portland cheering on the Spurs in their series with the Blazers. And she’s also slipped in some gems over Twitter, such as this:

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Gregg Popovich stonewalls Tony Parker, Tim Duncan with Spurs up nearly 30

Apparently no lead is large or satisfying enough when you’re Gregg Popovich.

The San Antonio Spurs just crushed the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday and were up by nearly 30 points early in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan exited the game a minute into the fourth with his team up by 28 and got a standing ovation from the fans, but he got no such reaction from Pop, who was still busy coaching as if it were a nail-biter.

A few minutes earlier in the game, the same thing happened with Tony Parker. Parker came out with 1:56 left in the third and the Spurs up 89-65, and Pop just stonewalled him, too:

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Gregg Popovich Tim Duncan

Hey Pop, why so serious?

At least Pop loosened up after the game was over. Maybe he was too busy thinking about how tough Portland will be in the next round.

Image via Steve Noah

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