ALL EYES ON TINY TIM
Forgive us in the media for being fixated with Tim Duncan these past few days.
You see, he is the NBA Finals only super star and we often look for those type players to turn super human. He's been Tiny Tim the past two games and now we wait to see if he turns into Super Duncan.
It is quite possible. However, Duncan faces a very tough foe in the three headed monster of Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess. They've defended him better than anyone ever has in the playoffs and it is playing in Duncan's mind.
They aren't even double teaming him and Duncan faces two challenges. They are all three quicker than him and Ben and Rasheed have been able to push him further out than he likes. By the time Duncan drives to the paint help is there to alter just about every shot he takes.
Duncan enters Game 5 dazed and confused. If the Spurs are to regain control Duncan must be the man who rights their ship. The scary thing is he has done it before. Duncan enjoyed big Game 5s in winning Finals MVP trophies in 1999 against New York and in 2003 versus New Jersey.
He punished the Knicks with 31 points and nine rebounds and four years later in the same game he tallied 29 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and four assists.
Now we get to see if the Super Star takes over or if the team ball of the Pistons continues to dominate.