San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was the acting head coach on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning IST) during Spurs' 104-103 win over the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets. Duncan scored his first victory as head coach as he took charge after Gregg Popovich missed the game due to 'personal reasons'.
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Tim Duncan’s first game as a Spurs player
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Tim Duncan’s first game as Spurs head coach pic.twitter.com/IFAwiLgzlN
Widely regarded as one of the best players in Spurs' history, Tim Duncan took the courtside position, much to the joy of the Spurs supporters. The Spurs vs Hornets game went down to the wire but the Hornets were eventually beaten by the narrowest of margins. Dejounte Murray scored 21 points in 28 minutes, while also adding five rebounds and six assists. DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes chipped in with 12 and 15 points respectively. Meanwhile, Terry Rozier and PJ Washington starred for the Hornets with a combined 39 points.
Tim Duncan addressed the media after the game stating he received massive help from fellow assistants Becky Hamon, Will Hardy and Mitch Johnson as he took the seat in the "big-boy chair", by his own admission.
"We had a 5-point lead and I'm thinking we're going to cruise until the end but we had to make it interesting." - Tim Duncan 🤣pic.twitter.com/S5Zxq2BiXW— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) March 4, 2020
While fans wondered if they could see Duncan leading a side sooner rather than later, Duncan shot down those opinions saying Gregg Popovich will be back and he will be happy to hand over the reins to him.
San Antonio Spurs are currently 11th in the Western Conference with a 26-34 (win-loss) record. Greg Popovich missed the game vs Hornets. However, it is not known whether he is expected to return to the bench for the Friday night (Saturday IST) game against Brooklyn Nets. Spurs have not provided any update at the time of writing.