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Tim Duncan is the quintessential professional and a class act.
The San Antonio Spurs benefited from Russell Westbrook's injury more than any other team, as the Oklahoma City Thunder proved to be far less dangerous without their star point guard.
The Thunder, who knocked the Spurs out in the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 postseason, are sitting on their couches at home watching the games just like the rest of us.
The injury to Westbrook created a magnificent opportunity for the Spurs' legendary foursome of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and head coach Gregg Popovich to win another ring.
In order to reach the NBA Finals, San Antonio has to win one more game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
An elimination at the hands of the Grizzlies would represent the second straight postseason in which the Spurs failed to represent the conference in the NBA Finals after being up 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals.
Is that something the basketball community wants added to one of the NBA's most consistent and successful stories ever?
Also, rooting against the Spurs means hoping that Duncan loses.
Considering Duncan's squeaky-clean history and the way he is revered as both a person and player, it is almost sacrilegious to cheer against him.
Duncan is the big man who keeps the Spurs' wheels moving, even if he just wrapped up the 16th regular season of his illustrious career.
The numbers Duncan posted this season per 36 minutes are nearly identical to what he posted back in 2003-04, according to Basketball-Reference.com, which is simply ridiculous.
How has Duncan managed to remain productive?
It's a multi-faceted answer, with the coaching of Popovich and the technical soundness of Duncan's game being the two primary reasons.
Duncan has not averaged more than 35 minutes per game over the course of a regular season since 2003-04, a change that Popovich deemed necessary in order to prolong his superstar's career.
Another aspect of the Spurs that makes them likable is the job GM R.C. Buford and the rest of their front office have done over the years.
Simply put, San Antonio's decision-makers know what it takes to win and what players will adequately fit into Popovich's system and locker room culture, as demonstrated by the development of Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green.
The Spurs' front office has been able to find value where others can't on a consistent basis, and sometimes it's nice to root for the best in the business.