It happens, stars across all sports have their off nights. Some more than others, some less than others. Tim Duncan most certainly belongs in the latter category.
For the first time in his 19-year NBA career, Tim Duncan was held scoreless on Saturday when the Spurs faced the Houston Rockets in what was a 121-103 Spurs victory. This is pretty surprising, considering how long Duncan had gone with getting at least one point.
The future Hall of Famer’s scoreless game snapped a 1,359-game streak where he scored at least one point, and was the most consecutive games with a point to begin a career.
Duncan didn’t necessarily have a bad game, though. He took just three shots, and missed the Spurs’ previous three games against the Suns, Timberwolves, and Nuggets.
In fact, the last game he played in was on Christmas against the same Rockets team, where he had 13 points and 11 rebounds. It should also be noted that Duncan played just 13 minutes or so, as the Spurs ease him back into action as he recovers from a sore knee.
Despite the scoreless effort, I have a feeling this won’t exactly change how people feel about just how great Tim Duncan is, and has been for the sport. If anything, the record streak is a testament to his standing as one of the greatest players to ever set foot in the NBA.