San Antonio not just a one-man show

The Spurs are at their best when Tim Duncan is getting his talented supporting cast involved.

Updated: June 2, 2003, 11:38 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The difficulty in guarding Tim Duncan in this year's NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets beginning this Wednesday, is that by the time the double or triple team has taken effect, some other Spur who hasn't won back to back MVP trophies will probably already be leading San Antonio in scoring and the game is over.

''Tim's become really quite the master of understanding how he's being played, whether people are just allowing him to go one-on-one or whether it's the other extreme like when we played Phoenix, where before the ball even gets there he is already aggressively double- teamed,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is quoted in the Miami Herald. "It was key for us because we go through him all the time. For him to trust and involve his teammates was really a big deal. I simply feel he is making great decisions between being aggressive himself and making sure he involves everyone else when it's appropriate.''

In fact, if Tim Duncan is leading the San Antonio Spurs in scoring, chances are the New Jersey Nets are actually winning the game.