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08:42 AM ET 03.15 | On the upside, Tim Duncan authored one of his most productive offensive games of the season, but he found himself in an unlikely spot with 8.7 seconds remaining in what became a 92-91 Spurs win over Dallas. Sitting on the bench, helpless to do anything but watch as Dallas' Vince Carter launched a potential game-winner at the buzzer. Opting for a smaller, quicker defender, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich replaced Duncan with Boris Diaw, with the Mavericks down by one. "It's always tough to sit in that position," Duncan said. "It is what it is. He's got a game plan, a system in those times to go smaller. If they go smaller or have a shooter in there, he likes to put someone a little more mobile in. You've got to respect it."

San Antonio Express-News

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March 15, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Timmy is still getting it done! Mr. Consistent!

Yup - He went off on your Mav's yesterday - Don't know why Carter had the ball in his hands for the last 3 pt shot being down just 1 point when Dirk was obviously on fire - He should have driven and kicked to Dirk... Good game played by both teams...

March 15, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Why Are You Even Talking About The Play, Bro?

March 15, 2013  09:51 AM ET

How is this guy still as productive as he is at 36?!

I like him a LOT more now than when he was in his prime. You can really appreciate all the hard work he puts into his game and maintaining a slender weight.

March 15, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Oh, and he is LOYAL to his team!

*cough Ray Allen

March 15, 2013  10:24 AM ET

What did you expect out of the classiest guy in the NBA ????

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March 15, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Yup - He went off on your Mav's yesterday - Don't know why Carter had the ball in his hands for the last 3 pt shot being down just 1 point when Dirk was obviously on fire - He should have driven and kicked to Dirk... Good game played by both teams...

Obviously Carlisle is a BIG Carter fan. And this isn't the first time that VC has taken the last shot this season either. Foolish play. With 8 secs to go, the best play is a fadaway 3 with zero ball passing, especially when they just needed a 2?
Even if they wanted to take a 3, wtf is Dirk doing there watching the ball?

Carlisle's gotta go.

March 15, 2013  10:31 AM ET

I must admit, when TD came out of college, I did not think he would amount to much. Boy oh boy was I wrong. I was also wrong about Jason Kidd's career. Congrats to both for proving me wrong. Should be a good sign for Anthony Davis' future.

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March 15, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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I must admit, when TD came out of college, I did not think he would amount to much. Boy oh boy was I wrong. I was also wrong about Jason Kidd's career. Congrats to both for proving me wrong. Should be a good sign for Anthony Davis' future.

Living in North Carolina since 1957, I watched a lot of Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.....I knew his sophomore year he was something special.........When he chose to stay his senior year is when I was most impressed with him....

March 15, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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I must admit, when TD came out of college, I did not think he would amount to much. Boy oh boy was I wrong. I was also wrong about Jason Kidd's career. Congrats to both for proving me wrong. Should be a good sign for Anthony Davis' future.

Living in North Carolina since 1957, I watched a lot of Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.....I knew his sophomore year he was something special.........When he chose to stay his senior year is when I was most impressed with him....

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March 15, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Living in North Carolina since 1957, I watched a lot of Tim Duncan at Wake Forest.....I knew his sophomore year he was something special.........When he chose to stay his senior year is when I was most impressed with him....

Yeah, I should have seen it. He just didn't have that "sizzle", just like now in the NBA. He just gets the job done and at the end of the night he had 20+ pts and 10+ rebs, and you would say "when did he do that?". Didn't get to see many of his games in college either. ACC Tourney and March Madness was about it back then.

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March 15, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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6 of 16 is on fire?

Lol - Tough crowd - Ok let me be more specific for ya - He was 3 of 5 in the 4th quarter for 9 points but had just made a shot in the last minute to get them back within 1 point...

March 15, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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... Carlisle's gotta go.

Award for dumbest comment of the day... right here!

 
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