San Antonio Spurs veteran big man Tim Duncan has missed the last three games with a knee injury, but the 39-year-old is set to return to the lineup against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
The Spurs didn’t miss a beat without Duncan in the fold, as they went 3-0 with two blowout victories. San Antonio beat the reeling Phoenix Suns by 33 points on Wednesday.
David West has been starting in Duncan’s spot, but the injury has also given Boban Marjanovic a chance to play more. Marjanovic, a 7’3 giant, has performed well in his limited action and has already become a cult hero of sorts in San Antonio.
Of course, the return of Duncan only makes the Spurs better. He has modest averages of nine points and eight rebounds per game on the season, but he’s had a huge impact on the league’s top-ranked defense. The veteran currently ranks first in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus.