By Craig Kwasniewski
How the mighty have fallen.... The Spurs need a thrice-in-a-lifetime effort from Tony Parker just to beat a very average Timberwolves team. Look I'm not taking anything away from Parker's 50 and 10 last night at all. If anything it reinforces just how talented of a player he is as he joins MJ and Oscar Robertson as the only players to have 50 points and 10 assists in the same game.
But did anyone bother to see the boxscore? Take away Tim Duncan's typical numbers and you have a roster that the 1999 Clippers (who opened 0-19) could dominate. In double overtime the other three starters couldn't sniff double figures (a COMBINED six points!!!!)... which makes Parker's 10 assists even more impressive.
So the Spurs NEED dominant games from both Parker and Duncan just to stay afloat until Ginobili returns. That's a lot to ask for from Duncan, who normally coasts until All Star break and with a ton of miles on his body, will he have the energy for a playoff run? Mix in a very old Bruce Bowen and a very ancient Michael Finley and you have a Spurs team
that looks more like an eight seed rather than a championship contender.
So kudos to a brilliant game from Tony P, the Spurs needed it.