The Spurs have lost 34-year old starting power forward Tim Duncan for at least the next two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Duncan has played in 69 games (all starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 28.3 minutes, 13.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 blocked shots per game. The Spurs limited Duncan’s minutes this year to keep him healty and productive and it worked until this week. The Spurs expect that 21-year old DeJuan Blair, 26-year old Tiago Splitter and 36-year old Antonio McDyess will step up with Duncan out of action. Blair has played in 69 games (63 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 21.7 minutes, 8.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.2 steals per game. He can handle getting more minutes going forward. Rookie center Tiago Splitter has played in 49 games (1 start) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 11.6 minutes, 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game. Splitter has been brought along slowly by the Spurs in his rookie year but he has a ton of potential so he should do fine with extended P.T. Antonio McDyess has played in 63 games (6 starts) for the Spurs so far this year and he is averaging 18.3 minutes, 5.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He has a lot left in the gas tank and he will likely respond well to getting a few extra minutes per night going forward.
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