The San Antonio Spurs swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round but it wasn't without its cost. In Game 3 of the series, Tiago Splitter injured his left ankle late in the game and is out indefinitely.
Splitter was having a great series versus the Lakers' Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol defensively. He was playing tough in the paint, pushing Howard and Gasol out of their comfort spot while averaging 5 points, 2.3 assists, and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes per game.
Now that the Spurs will be off the court for about one week as they wait for their opponent in round two, Splitter can use the time to recover and it already seems he is on the fast-track to recovery. He recently took to Twitter to give fans an update on his injury and it is good news Spurs fans.
Having a healthy Splitter will be key in the second round and beyond. Whether it be the Warriors or Nuggets, both teams will have size for the Spurs to contend with. From Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee to Andrew Bogut, San Antonio will need Splitter back for help in the paint for Tim Duncan.
Also, with Splitter on the court, it will relieve Duncan from defensive and offensive pressure. In addition, give TD some much needed in-game rest for those tough games.
With all the injuries suffered by the Lakers, Splitter was hardly missed. Yeah, he will be needed in the next round. If it will be the Warriors, the Spurs should watch out for Curry. If the Nuggets, consider their big men. It's good T-Mac suited up and experience first hand the team;s system. With added vacation, Diaw maybe read for the next round..Let's hope both T-Mac ad Diaw will see action in the next round up to the nba championship. GO SPURS GO!
Please Pop, play Bayens just a LITTLE more. Golden State's Front Court is not that great, and even worse without David Lee. Bogut had a once in a lifetime game yesterday, and he isn't even that good. Duncan, Splitter, a little more of Baynes would be too much for Golden's State front court to handle. Not to mention some Diaw too.