Tiago Splitter scores 14 in start for Spurs (Mar 8 12:00 ET )
Tiago Splitter returned to the starting lineup on Saturday (sorry, Boris Diaw) and hit 5-of-9 shots for 14 points, six rebounds and a block in 18 minutes.
Boris Diaw moved from the starting lineup to the bench on Saturday and hit 3-of-5 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.
The Scoop:We've been getting a lot of questions about dropping decent players to pick up Diaw, and tonight's line is a reason why we've been reluctant to recommend doing so. Diaw came into this one hot and still put up some numbers, but the 22 minutes and move to the bench are both a concern. And as long as he plays for the league's best coach, things aren't likely to change.
Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday. Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in a wild first half, Boris Diaw added 16 and Kawhi Leonard had 11 for San Antonio, which has won five straight. Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami.
The Scoop:The Heat tend to give up stats to opposing big men, and Diaw's temporary promotion solidifies him as a nice spot-starter in fantasy leagues. Coach Gregg Popovich was typically coy about the last-second lineup change, telling reporters, "We're tricking the hell out of [the Heat]." The lineup should return to normal vs. Nikola Vucevic and the Magic on Saturday.
Boris Diaw hit 5-of-5 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in a start in Thursday's win over the Heat.
The Scoop:Diaw is now 12-of-12 from the field in his last two games, and if he continues to start over Tiago Splitter, should be a safe fantasy play for now. He's averaging 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3-pointers over his last three games.