#Spurs Popovich resting Duncan tonight after playing Knicks Sunday. Diaw starting.
Pop's reason for lineup switch: Wanted to use Diaw and Kawhi on Melo throughout game & starting them at same time "screws up the minutes."
Glad to be staying in san antonio another year and get another chance at the title.
Tiago Splitter (ankle) out for Spurs tonight. Boris Diaw will start in his place in first appearance since back surgery to remove cyst.
Diaw probable for game 1; Splitter a game tome decision
San Antonio Express-News "A full participant in both of the Spurs’ lengthy practice sessions this week, Boris Diaw on Wednesday almost guaranteed he will be in uniform for Monday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the winner of the Denver-Golden State first-round series. The 6-foot-9 post player..." May 03
San Antonio Express-News "Looking resplendent in a suit and tie, Boris Diaw blended in with the beautiful people courtside at Staples Center during the final two games of the Spurs’ first-round playoff sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 31-year-old reserve forward hopes to slip into something a little more utilitarian..." May 01
Pop said Boris went through full practice, should be available to start the next round. Tiago "is going to take a little bit longer."
Inactives for Spurs: Boris Diaw and Tracy McGrady.
Spurs w/o Ginobili and Diaw tonight. Tony Parker: "We can't complain after what happened to Kobe."
San Antonio Express-News "Reserve forward Boris Diaw had surgery on Thursday to remove a synovial cyst from his lumbar spine, the Spurs announced Friday. He is expected to miss three to four weeks, a time frame that will likely force him to miss the first round of the playoffs. " April 13
San Antonio Express-News "Reserve forward Boris Diaw left Saturday’s home game against Atlanta with back spasms and will not return. Diaw played nine minutes in the first half before heading back to the locker room. He had two rebounds and three assists. No further details were provided." April 07