Boris Diaw out against Nets because of something he ate … I’m just gonna leave that riiiight here
Ohhhh buddy I hope you’re ready for this one. Following an impressive double-overtime, come-from-behind 125-118 win in Washington on Wednesday, the San Antonio Spurs are in Brooklyn on Thursday to take on the resurgent Brooklyn Nets in an attempt to win the first three games of the annual Rodeo Road Trip. But they’re going to have to do so without five of their top six scorers, leaving 67 points per game out on the table to be spread among the rest of the Half-Spurs.
There will be no Kawhi Leonard (hand), Manu Ginobili (hamstring), Tony Parker (back), Tim Duncan (37 years old and played 41 minutes on Wednesday so ‘rest’), and the newest addition to the injury report, Boris Diaw, who’s been ruled out due to food poisoning. What did Boris eat? What didn’t Boris eat? Either question is likely applicable.
This of course means that Splitter and Green — with three games and two games under their respective belts since returning from shoulder and hand injuries — will be the main attractions, alongside Marco Belinelli, Patty Mills and Co., in a roster configuration that looks closer to the Austin Toros than an NBA team. But the only two healthy remaining starters from the 2012-13 Finals team have offered a huge boost since their returns, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Green’s defense on Wall on Wednesday was fantastic and Splitter’s physicality under the basket was much-needed, especially when Duncan was disqualified. They’re going to have to be even bigger tonight, as the starting lineups have been released.
The Spurs will be starting Nando De Colo, Cory Joseph, Green, Belinelli and Splitter will match up with Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston, Paul Pierce, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett. Hmmmm, this might be a good time to create a drinking game. Be right back!