Tim Duncan expecting to play against Spurs on Saturday

2/1/13 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan has missed the past four games while battling a sore left knee. But on Thursday Tim Duncan expressed hope of helping his team on court Saturday when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the San Antonio Spurs at the Target Center.
“That’s my plan,” Tim Duncan said on Thursday. “I feel good. I probably could have played (Wednesday against the Charlotte bobcats). Probably best I didn’t, just give it a couple of extra days to get back to 100 percent.”
The San Antonio Spurs are in no rush to have Tim Duncan back. The team has managed to hold a 4-0 record in Tim Duncan’s absence. While Tim Duncan remains day-to-day,  Tiago Splitter and veteran Boris Diaw have been getting minutes in the frontcourt. The San Antonio Spurs have managed to maintain their moment, extending their winning-streak to nine games with a lopsided win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday.
“Just tried to be smart about it, especially at this time of the season,” said Tim Duncan. “We have a good little stretch here just to get healthy and get ready for the long run.”
Tim Duncan has said that the sore left knee is feeling considerably better and if he doesn’t experience a setback, the 15-year veteran could be playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.
The four-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan initially injured his knee in the San Antonio Spurs’ 90-85 win over Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 21. Although it was a new, minor injury, the team took precautionary steps in sitting out Tim Duncan for a couple of games.
“I just landed wrong, I landed weird,” said Tim Duncan. “I kind of jumped sideways to shoot a shot and I came down, my leg kind of twisted. It felt weird.”
The San Antonio Spurs are going strong at 37-11 this season, ranking No.1 in the West (with the best record in NBA). Due to their recent efficiency in performance, the team was able to take the risk on playing without their leader in rebounds and steals this season.
Tim Duncan had one of his bets campaigns this season, averaging 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. The 14-time All-Star Tim Duncan also had a double-double performance posting 24 points and 17 rebounds in his last game against the Philadelphia 76ers, before the knee injury.
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