Duncan sidelined with ankle injury
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – The San Antonio Spurs will be without star forward Tim Duncan for one-to-three weeks.
Duncan, the league’s MVP in each of the last two seasons, suffered a sprained left ankle in the first quarter of Monday’s 88-80 loss to Memphis when he came down awkwardly on a jumper. He was forced to leave the contest after scoring 10 points in the game’s first seven minutes and did not return.
He was re-examined Tuesday at which time it was determined to be a grade two sprain.
Duncan led the Spurs to a league-best 60-22 record and their third straight Midwest Division title last season. He is the first player to win back-to-back MVP awards since Michael Jordan accomplished the feat in 1991 and 1992.
Duncan was originally selected by the Spurs with the first pick overall in the 1997 NBA Draft.
After Duncan was injured, head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected after he was arguing calls and inadvertently bumped an official while voicing his displeasure during a timeout. Popovich was suspended by the league on Tuesday for one game.
The Spurs host Miami on Tuesday night.SAN