SAN ANTONIO - Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem has had to defend the likes of Roy Hibbert, and Joakim Noah during Miami's postseason run to the NBA Finals and now he finds himself guarding perhaps the greatest big man of this era in the NBA - San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.
Duncan has been having a solid postseason averaging 17.4 points, 1.7 blocks, 2.2 assists, 9.6 rebounds in 34 minutes per game in the playoffs and heading into the series against San Antonio, Haslem did some scouting on Duncan and discovered that the "Big Fundamental" has no weaknesses.
"I look at the film and I try to find ways to guard him and I really didn't find any weaknesses," said Haslem during the Miami shoot around today. "Once he settles down in that block, you really can't get him out of there. You got to just try to meet him early, and compete and keep him out of those sweet spots and contest everything."
And it didn't stop there.
Haslem was so detailed on what exactly Duncan does on the court that it left him in awe.
In game 1 of the 1985 Finals, Boston dismantles the Lakers 148-114 in the "Memorial Day Massacre." Kareem Abdul Jabbar finished the game with an embarrassing 12 points and 3 rebounds. He even apologized to his teammates afterwards. At the time, Kareem was the same age as Duncan now, 37 years old. Jabbar bounced back in game 2 of that Finals and finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds in a Lakers win. Hopefully, Timmy can do tonight what Jabbar did after his team got blown out in the previous game.