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Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs on June 15, to become one of only 12 NBA players to win five titles. The Spurs defeated the Miami Heat, 104-87, in Game 5 to end the series. (Photo: Greg Nelson/SI)

The Celtics season just got a lot more challenging after it was announced that Rajon Rondo will be out after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Will GM Danny Ainge blow up the roster or let Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers figure out how to get by without their star point guard? (Greg Nelson/SI)

THOMSEN: Celtics must regroup without Rondo
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

The Celtics season just got a lot more challenging after it was announced that Rajon Rondo will be out after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Will GM Danny Ainge blow up the roster or let Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers figure out how to get by without their star point guard? (Greg Nelson/SI)
THOMSEN: Celtics must regroup without RondoGALLERY: Rare Photos of Rajon Rondo

Brandon Roy attempts a layup in traffic during a 2009 Blazers-Spurs playoff game. Roy, now a member of the Timberwolves, will reportedly undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss a couple weeks of action. (Greg Nelson/SI)

SI NBA BLOG: Brandon Roy in Photos

Brandon Roy attempts a layup in traffic during a 2009 Blazers-Spurs playoff game. Roy, now a member of the Timberwolves, will reportedly undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss a couple weeks of action. (Greg Nelson/SI)
SI NBA BLOG: Brandon Roy in Photos

Jo Jo White advances the ball against the defense of George Karl during a 1977 Celtics-Spurs game. Karl, who averaged 6.5 points in his five-year career, is now head coach of the Denver Nuggets. (Dick Raphael/SI)

GALLERY: When Coaches Were Players | Iconic Celtics Photos

Jo Jo White advances the ball against the defense of George Karl during a 1977 Celtics-Spurs game. Karl, who averaged 6.5 points in his five-year career, is now head coach of the Denver Nuggets. (Dick Raphael/SI)
GALLERY: When Coaches Were Players | Iconic Celtics Photos

Argentina’s Manu Ginobli drives to the basket against Kobe Bryant during yesterday’s USA-Argentina exhibition in Barcelona. The Americans, wearing the uniforms of the original 1992 Dream Team, won a close game, 86-80. (Manu Fernandez/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Olympic Exhibition - U.S. vs. Argentina

Argentina’s Manu Ginobli drives to the basket against Kobe Bryant during yesterday’s USA-Argentina exhibition in Barcelona. The Americans, wearing the uniforms of the original 1992 Dream Team, won a close game, 86-80. (Manu Fernandez/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Olympic Exhibition - U.S. vs. Argentina

Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)

HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Russell Westbrook stood out during his two years at UCLA, leading the Bruins to two Final Four appearances, and he’s standing out in the 2012 playoffs. The former Bruin poured in 23 points and added 12 assists as the Thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 108-103 victory over the Spurs on Monday. Oklahoma City can secure a trip to the Finals with a victory Wednesday night in front of its home crowd. (John W. McDonough/SI)
HUBBARD: Thunder show they are ready to win title

Kevin Durant leads a fast break during Thursday’s 102-82 romp of the Spurs. Oklahoma City snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak but the Spurs still lead 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 is Saturday. (Greg Nelson/SI)

JENKINS: The series everyone was waiting for is underway
GALLERY: The most dominant playoff runs ever

Kevin Durant leads a fast break during Thursday’s 102-82 romp of the Spurs. Oklahoma City snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak but the Spurs still lead 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Game 4 is Saturday. (Greg Nelson/SI)
JENKINS: The series everyone was waiting for is underwayGALLERY: The most dominant playoff runs ever

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim Duncan
McCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleading
AMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Kobe Bryant soars to hoop over Tim Duncan during Game 4 of the 2001 Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles. While the Lakers remain at home watching the playoffs, Duncan has his Spurs two wins away from a trip to the NBA Finals. (John W. McDonough/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Tim DuncanMcCALLUM: San Antonio’s boring label is misleadingAMICK: Duncan is guiding force for Spurs’ success

Tim Duncan strikes a pose during a 2003 SI photo shoot. Duncan’s Spurs have won 19 straight games and currently lead the Thunder 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals. (Michael O’Neill/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Tim Duncan
AMICK: Spurs chances rely on Duncan

Tim Duncan strikes a pose during a 2003 SI photo shoot. Duncan’s Spurs have won 19 straight games and currently lead the Thunder 1-0 in the Western Conference Finals. (Michael O’Neill/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Tim DuncanAMICK: Spurs chances rely on Duncan

San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli and Oklahoma City’s James Harden fight for a loose ball during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Ginobli scored 26 points to spark a second half rally as the Spurs prevailed, 101-98. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

HUBBARD: Spurs find their nasty streak in defeating Thunder
VIDEO: Steve Kerr on Spurs chances for another title

San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli and Oklahoma City’s James Harden fight for a loose ball during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday. Ginobli scored 26 points to spark a second half rally as the Spurs prevailed, 101-98. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HUBBARD: Spurs find their nasty streak in defeating ThunderVIDEO: Steve Kerr on Spurs chances for another title

Tim Duncan goes up for a layup during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday.  San Antonio rolled to a 105-88 victory and a 2-0 series lead. The two teams meet again on Saturday. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)

HUBBARD: Parker, Spurs too much for Clippers to handle

Tim Duncan goes up for a layup during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Thursday.  San Antonio rolled to a 105-88 victory and a 2-0 series lead. The two teams meet again on Saturday. (D. Clarke Evans/Getty Images)
HUBBARD: Parker, Spurs too much for Clippers to handle

This week’s Sports Illustrated features Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-9 junior from Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy who SI proclaims to be the best high school basketball player since LeBron James. There is also a second, regional cover featuring Spurs forward Tim Duncan, the least appreciated player of his generation. (Deanne Fitzmaurice - Parker; John McDonough/SI - Duncan)


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Mark Bryant accidentally steps on the face of John Stockton during a 1991 Blazers-Jazz playoff game. The Spurs have been stepping all over Utah in their first-round series, taking a 2-0 lead with a 113-83 victory on Wednesday. (John W. McDonough/SI) 

DOLLINGER: Spurs depth too much for Jazz to handle
GALLERY: John Stockton’s Hall of Fame Career

Mark Bryant accidentally steps on the face of John Stockton during a 1991 Blazers-Jazz playoff game. The Spurs have been stepping all over Utah in their first-round series, taking a 2-0 lead with a 113-83 victory on Wednesday. (John W. McDonough/SI) 
DOLLINGER: Spurs depth too much for Jazz to handleGALLERY: John Stockton’s Hall of Fame Career

Happy 36th birthday Tim Duncan. The Wake Forest grad has led his Spurs to the No. 1 seed in the West as he tries to capture his fifth NBA championship. (Michael O’Neill/SI)

LOWE: Spurs have matchup issues down low
VIDEO: How will race in West shake out?

Happy 36th birthday Tim Duncan. The Wake Forest grad has led his Spurs to the No. 1 seed in the West as he tries to capture his fifth NBA championship. (Michael O’Neill/SI)
LOWE: Spurs have matchup issues down lowVIDEO: How will race in West shake out?

Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett face off for what may be the final time tonight when the Celtics and Spurs meet in Boston. The two, who are both 35, will be free agents after this season and have remained mum on their future. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Garnett 
SI VAULT: Duncan adds to his legend (2.1.10)

Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett face off for what may be the final time tonight when the Celtics and Spurs meet in Boston. The two, who are both 35, will be free agents after this season and have remained mum on their future. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kevin Garnett SI VAULT: Duncan adds to his legend (2.1.10)