Duncan and Parker play bit parts as West beats East
TOYOTA CENTER — Technically, a couple of Spurs played in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. I say technically, because were it not for a two-handed dunk in the second half, you would barely have known Tim Duncan took part. Duncan played just eight minutes in the Western Conference’s 143-138 win over the East as Chris Paul took home the game’s MVP award. Coach Pop didn’t even get a technical foul.
Tony Parker fared better on the night, though his 13-point, five assist performance didn’t make the same waves on a national level as his production in the regular season has. Parker’s only real highlight came when he dribbled through Chris Bosh’s legs on a drive to the basket, only to have Bosh shove him out of bounds.
Despite the season Duncan is having, there’s the very real possibility that this could be his last All-Star game. It didn’t seem to be a case of Duncan making the most of it while it lasts, though, at least on the court. He played the game’s second lowest minute total at 8:03, bested only by the East’s Kevin Garnett, who logged just 6:26 of playing time.
In that time, Dunan managed to brick three jump shots and throw down the previously-mentioned dunk, converting on one of Paul’s 15 assists. Even though he’s been co-MVP of the All-Star Game once, we all know this isn’t his type of game. Or any grounded big man’s, for that matter.
All-Star Weekend wraps up with the Spurs well-represented, though unspectacular, throughout the weekend. Matt Bonner was the closest of all those to making major waves, but came up just short in Saturday night’s 3-Point Contest. There’s really one key takeaway from the weekend in Houston: no one got hurt. And that’s the most important thing.