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Tim Duncan Suffers a Chest Contusion as the San Antonio Spurs Take Down the Memphis Grizzlies in Their Season Opener

The San Antonio Spurs kicked their season off in every way they wanted to except one.  Veteran and team leader Tim Duncan left the game early in the third quarter with a chest contusion and spasms from an inadvertent elbow from Memphis’ guard Tony Allen.  San Antonio would go on to win the game by a score of 101-94 on Wednesday night.

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For the rest of the team however, the opener showed much promise from the home team as Greg Popovich and company would put together a 30-7 run during the second quarter on their way to another win over the team they swept in the Western Conference Finals last season.  Offensively for the Spurs, they were about as efficient as a team as one can be as everyone on the roster but Aron Baynes (only played 1:59) would score in the game.  Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw led the team in score with 14 points but six different Spurs would score in double figures in the win.  Tony Parker would also have a nice game as he finished with 13 points and nine assists but would struggle shooting (4-14 from the field).

Looking forward, the Spurs will now travel to Los Angeles to take on the Kobe-less Lakers.  San Antonio will be without one of their stars as well as Tim Duncan is not expected to play in that contest.  Tip off for that game is set for Friday at 9:30 pm from the Staples Center and can be seen on ESPN.

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