With four NBA championship winners medals in his collection, Tim Duncan knows what it takes to go all the way with this San Antonio Spurs team, and the 36-year old has a great chance of adding a fifth title to his haul.
The veteran has played a major role in the Spurs’ stunning 18-game winning streak, averaging 17.7 points and nine rebounds in the play-offs alone. Another victory would take the team level with the LA Lakers’ record of 19 straight victories, from their 2001 season.
Despite storming their way into the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma Thunder, courtesy of a 4-0 series win against the LA Clippers, Duncan has made it clear that the Spurs have yet to achieve anything.
They will need to keep winning if they are to add a fifth NBA title to their previous successes, in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
While admitting there was a similar feeling to this team as to the other Spurs sides that Duncan has tasted success with, the powerful forward has called on his teammates to maintain their current level of performance, going into their Western Conference finals against Oklahoma.
“It feels a lot like some of the other championship teams. In saying that, we haven’t done anything yet”, Duncan said. “We’ve won two rounds. We haven’t done anything, so you can’t qualify, or classify, our team as anything other than that we’ve gotten this far.”
The signs are certainly positive for the Spurs, going into their final. They are the only team to average over 100 points per game in the play-offs, with the whole team playing major roles in the scoring and not leaving it to Duncan and Tony Parker.