When it rains it pours.
The San Antonio Spurs have been hit hard by the injury bug at the worst possible time of the season. From Tony Parker's myriad of injuries, Manu Ginobili's hamstring, to Kawhi Leonard's knee issues, the Spurs are limping into the playoffs which begin in a few days.
And as if that wasn't enough, Boris Diaw (who suffered back spasms recently) underwent surgery on his lower back to remove a cyst from his spine and will be out 3-4 weeks which means he'll miss the entire first round of the playoffs if not more.
Aside from the loss of Diaw, this means forward DeJuan Blair will likely be seeing heavy minutes in the remaining regular season games and in the postseason until Diaw returns.
The loss of Diaw will hurt the Spurs.
Diaw is an excellent passer and playmaker from the post, can hit the occasional three-pointer, and play in the paint. Not only that, the Spurs lose a big man to throw at bigger teams headed to the postseason such as the Lakers, Thunder and Grizzlies. Also, the Spurs lose some punch off their bench which already seen the loss of Ginobili for an extended period of time. Now with this injury to Diaw, and with Blair likely to see a bulk of the action, it furthers weakens the bench.
This season, Diaw is averaging 5.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.8 minutes per game for San Antonio.
What do you think Spurs fans? With the loss of Diaw for a while and the team hurting as the playoffs near, do you still think this team will win a title?
At the begining of the season, Spurs had a small chance at a title and stars had to line up for them. Now they do not have a chance at all Evidently the Spurs FO feels the same, as they have waived Stephen Jackson. Does anyone kno what happen?
@PopKat you really think they have no chance at all? wow.
Unless the Spurs have a scoring Big like Eddie Curry in mind I think the Spurs FO has thrown in the towel. They just can't get it done with the current front line. Duncan needs help. Now if Splitter can average 10 and 10 or better on the road in the playoffs, they have a chance.
Bonner and Blair must also play well on the road in the playoff to have a chance. Historiclly speaking Bonner, Blair and Splitter are solid performers in the reguar season and that's it. Come playoff time Bonner, Blair and Splitter are missing in action.
As someone mentioned, Spurs Guards and Fowards can play with anyone especially when they had Jackson.
.Please take note of Spurs winning formula. If Spurs are hitting 3's, greater than 35%, greater than 75% from the free thow line and greater than 46% from the field, Spurs win. Because Spurs have less rebounds to rebound. Spurs cannot out rebound OKC or Memphis.