The Big Fundamental was outstanding throughout his career. Regular season, playoffs and Finals he excelled. Nobody can match his dedication and sacrifices to win a title. He had a tough matchup against talented big men in his era. From Shaquille Oneal, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, and Pau Gasol or even Karl Malone. They had beaten each other in a series except Malone.
In 2011, the Spurs had to face the eight seed Memphis Grizzlies. With their own bigs of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. The Spurs lost the series in six games. Duncan didn’t really play bad. He had five double-doubles. Only the game four that not a close game where he just held to 6 points and 7 rebounds.
Zach Randolph was a beast in this series. He made Tim Duncan an average. Randolph averages,
The Memphis big man was an unstoppable force in the middle. It should already be done in Game Five if not for Gary Neal heroic three to force overtime. In-game six, the game is a close one. They are separated by a one-possession away to force a game seven at home. But the Memphis feed Randolph and nobody can stop him. Nobody with Duncan or Mcdyees can survive with Randolph.
The series was decided by a single-digit loss in five games except game four. Spurs lost in game one with Manu out to injury a broken elbow by just three points. Like in-game three just three points only. On which Richard Jefferson a none factor in playoffs.
This series was a battle of the bigs but the Memphis twin tower was the winner. Duncan was humiliated he ran out of gas. He can’t impose his will in the post. Duncan never made a 20 point game, his highest was 16 points twice.