Tim Duncan.

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan held to first ever scoreless playoff game

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Tim Duncan has had one of the most successful careers in NBA history. The big man has won five rings, been named MVP twice, is a 15-time All-Star and has been selected to countless All-NBA teams.

However, there was still time for a first during game four of the San Antonio Spurs' Western Conference semi-finals series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

For the first time in his 19-year professional career, Duncan was held scoreless in a playoff game. That's right, after 248 games, the 40-year-old was unable to register a single point. 

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The forward played just 12 minutes of San Antonio's 111-97 loss as the Thunder levelled the series at 2-2. In that time, he failed to register a single field goal attempt, did not go to the free throw line, won three rebounds and committed four personal fouls as he finished with a plus/minus of -5.

In truth, it was not a memorable night for anyone in the famous black jersey as they saw their slender lead in the series disappear. Danny Green was also held to a scoreless night while San Antonio's bench failed to get anything going. 

20+ point games from Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and LaMarcus Aldridge were not enough as their supporting cast failed to provide them with adequate support. Oklahoma City are no pushovers and will harbour serious aspirations of reaching the Conference Finals as they know they are capable of winning in Texas. 

San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four


Duncan has certainly seen his productivity on the floor fall during recent seasons and his playoff performances this year have been far from game-winning as other players have stepped up. 

He has failed to register a single double-digit scoring night since the postseason began and his time on the hardwood diminished considerably during the previous two encounters at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

However, at his veteran age, Duncan's influence is not as much about his numbers on the stats sheet as the irreplaceable experience and know how he brings to the locker room. 

With the series finely balanced, the advantage is still with the five-time winners as they hold homecourt advantage and Duncan's experience will be vital to helping guys like Aldridge deal with the pressures of expectation. 

Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

The Spurs have one of the oldest and most experienced rosters in the NBA, but nerves can still play a huge part, especially in the highly pressurised environment of the playoffs.

But make no mistake about it, if Duncan was able to find his stroke, he is still capable of producing a 30-point outing when it really matters - you don't lose that ability overnight. 

After his career first, it would be a huge surprise to see that feat repeated any time soon. 

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