is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dunstan's Episcopal High School, and had a college career with the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, winning the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year, and John Wooden awards in his final year.
Considered one of the greatest power forwards of all time, he is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. Duncan graduated from college before entering the 1997 NBA draft as the number one pick.
And yet, as our esteemed colleague Paul Flannery pointed out, the only outcome in this game that would have really been worrisome is if the Warriors didn’t show up. It showed on Monday, with the team missing makeable jumpers early on (notably Kyle Korver) and then never showing much urgency to mount a comeback past the middle of the second quarter. The Warriors thoroughly waxed them, and they would have done the same even had the Cavaliers played a bit better.
Riding a four-game losing streak against the Cavaliers dating back to June, and after not just losing, but blowing a double-digit fourth quarter lead on Christmas Day, Golden State needed to beat them. But this isn’t the Cavaliers you’ll see in the playoffs (and presumably, the Finals).
Cleveland, on the end of a six-game road trip, missed shots early and never put up much of a fight as the game wore on.
After two Le Bron James free throws, the Cavaliers were within 14 points with a few minutes left in the second frame.
From the 7-0 run that opened the game to the 41-point second quarter that extended the lead past 30, there was never a doubt about the Golden State Warriors being in charge against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
In the two rivals’ second and final regular season game, the Warriors’ 126-91 win was thoroughly dominating in nearly every manner.
They’re both on pace to win their conference and it’s hard to see them not meeting in the Finals yet again for a third straight season.
The Warriors were already favorites, given Kevin Durant’s offseason addition, but nobody’s counting the Cavaliers out — and certainly not because of this game.
His play attracted the attention of several universities, despite having only picked up the game in ninth grade.
Given the weak level of basketball in the Virgin Islands, Odom was wary about Duncan at first, especially after first meeting him and thinking him to be inattentive; Duncan stared blankly at Odom for most of the conversation.
So big and tall, but he was awfully awkward at the time." He overcame this to become a standout for the St.