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Spurs to start Boris Diaw over Tiago Splitter in Game 3

Jun 10, 2014, 8:42 PM EDT

Chris Bosh, Tiago Splitter Chris Bosh, Tiago Splitter

Boris Diaw tipped the Western Conference finals in the Spurs’ favor, and he’s sparked them so far in the NBA Finals.

How much longer can San Antonio keep him out of the starting lineup?

About another 20 minutes.

Diaw lifts the Spurs’ offense through his passing. He’s a huge mismatch – able to pull bigger defenders to the 3-point arc and post-up smaller one. San Antonio is so much more threatening offensively with him on the court.

He just can’t guard LeBron James, and that showed in Game 2.

San Antonio should maximize the minutes Diaw and Kawhi Leonard play together against LeBron, so Leonard can guard LeBron and Diaw can play a fundamental offensive role. On the other end, Diaw can try to hide on Rashard Lewis.

The Spurs’ new starting lineup – Tony Parker, Danny Green, Leonard, Diaw and Tim Duncan – has played just a minute in the Finals, but it’s has a history of success.

Regular season/playoffs:

  • Minutes: 104/22
  • Offensive rating: 112.6/141.1
  • Defensive rating: 85.3/103.3
  • Net rating: +27.2/+37.7

Those numbers might come down to earth tonight, but this is the lineup – along with plenty of minutes with Manu Ginobili replacing Green – that gives the Spurs their best chance to win.

  1. JT - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    http://thefrontofficenews.com/v2/2014/06/10/got-them-right-where-we-want-them/

  2. antistratfordian - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Already a starting lineup change? Okay. Well good luck with that, SAS.

    • moneyz2 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      41 points first quarter sounds good enough for you?

      • antistratfordian - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Yeah, that’s not bad. Unfortunately they couldn’t sustain it. They’ll need it again in Game 4.

      • zerole00 - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:58 AM

        Wow, that’s quite the spin. I think any team, even the Heat, would be satisfied with 41 quarter points against the Heat.

  3. bucrightoff - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    50 points in 15 minutes sure doesn’t suck. Keep it up for the 150-90 win.

  4. finsfan71 - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Wow! Is all I can say.

  5. bucrightoff - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Kawhi Leonard appears to finally be awake. Lotta time left but the Spurs are getting anything they want right now.

  6. kb2408 - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Hey, where did anti go?! It’s awfully quiet in here tonight. Spurs in 5 or 6.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

      Same place your dumb a s s goes when the heat win. God, youre a hypocrite and an idiot.

  7. themagicfanguy - Jun 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Like they couldn’t sustain it in game one? Or when they gift wrapped game two to the heat and still barely lost? Lmao bandwagon loser.

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