Tim Duncan is expected to miss two weeks of action for the San Antonio Spurs due to an injury suffered in the first half of the Spurs' win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday, reports the San Antonio Express-News. The prognosis is a severe sprain, as X-rays on Duncan's ankle came back negative.
The Spurs have three weeks left in the regular season before commencing the team's run to a fifth NBA championship of the Duncan era. San Antonio won championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007, and have the league's best record at 57-13. San Antonio needs five combined win or Los Angeles Lakers losses to clinch the No. 1 seed.
The Spurs have been remarkably healthy this season. San Antonio's five opening starters -- Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson and DeJuan Blair -- have missed a combined five games. Antonio McDyess recently supplanted Blair in the starting lineup; McDyess has sat just six times this season.
Parker was supposed to miss four weeks of action with a calf injury, but returned after just two games on the shelf, and the Spurs didn't miss a beat. It seems unlikely Duncan will bounce back quite as quickly, or that with the No. 1 seed seemingly sewn up the Spurs will be so eager to rush the nearly 35-year-old back.
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