Just saw the box score from last night, turns out Danny Green & Tiago Splitter also got the night off - deserved. Will re-watch game later.
No Parker, Duncan, Leonard, Ginobli, Green or Splitter for the Spurs
Green and Splitter are active and in uniform. Meaning they could play in some sort of emergency. Appears no plans to do so absent that.
If Green, Splitter don't play at some point tonight, that's basically 7 of the top 8 players. Yet, up 12 early in 2nd
Recapping: Spurs left five of their best players back in SA. Danny Green and Tiago Splitter combine for zero 1Q minutes. Spurs lead 25-21.
5:52 left in the 4Q, Spurs lead 85-84. Blazers with the 15-11 scoring edge. Splitter's got 14 points, 5 boards and 2 dimes in 24 mins.
Anderon - Splitter PnR, Splitter missed the hook, but then got the board anf made the further attempt.
BAYNES has been good in his stead, but there's just no duplicating Splitter's D and pick-and-rolls like that. Great catch, attack to draw FT
Manu + Splitter vs. Kaman. Get ready for Pick-and-roll-apalooza.
Mass sub coming in for Spurs: Manu, Daye, Marco, Splitter, Bonner
Green/Splitter/Duncan with 20 of Spurs' 28 points in 3Q. Aldridge had 14 of Portland's 25 in the 3Q.
Splitter (10 points) joins Green (17 points) and Duncan (16 points) in double-digits scoring for SA.
Mmmmm, sexy bounce pass from Ginobili. Inch-perfect through a crowd to Splitter cutting rimward, and he's fouled.
Do we count that as a putback dunk for Splitter? That looked like a putback dunk.
The Spurs forced a traveling violation on defense and it looked like Pop was yelling at Splitter or Beli for not rotating.
Pop throws in Belinelli, Ginobili, Daye, Bonner and Splitter in the five minute mark. A full lineup change.
Pop coming with mass sub: Manu, Bonner, Splitter, Daye, Marco
Dead possession, so Pop brings back Manu and Tiago.
Tiago Splitter re-enters the game.
Splitter draws his 5th foul of the game, Diaw and Manu re-enter for Joseph/Splitter.
Cory, Marco, Tiago, Duncan, Green to start the second overtime for the Spurs.
Diaw checks back in for Splitter. Marco, Green, Manu, Duncan also on the floor.
Tiago only has 4/4, but he's had a big impact on this comeback.
Manu once more. Now he finds Tiago off the roll. 3 point game.
4:49 left in 3Q, Pop's bringing in a Splitter/Diaw frontcourt. Conley gives Memphis the 17 point lead.
Manu to Diaw, Diaw Tiago contested made layup. Spurs cut Grizzlies lead to 6 again. SA shooting 33%, MEM 69%.
Tiago Splitter is about to check in.
List of Spurs players who missed double-digit games last year: Parker, Ginobili, Leonard, Green, Splitter. This is nothing new.
Blazers beat Spurs 108-95 to move to 19-6. Spurs (17-8) played without Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and Splitter. Aldridge with 23 and 14.
Mass absences in Portland: Duncan (rest), Ginobili (back), Parker (hamstring), Splitter ("calf rehabilitation"), Mills (shoulder) all out.
Ginobili's out with a low back contusion - took a hit vs. Nuggets in 2Q. Splitter for right calf rehabilitation.
Spurs announce Duncan (rest), Manu Ginobili (back), Patty Mills (shoulder), Tony Parker (hamstring) & Tiago Splitter (calf) all out tonight
Duncan-Splitter high-low perfection. Duncan saw Tiago had Afflalo on him, quickly passed to Splitter for the easy two points.
The Duncan-Splitter passing has returned seconds into the game. Splitter to the line.
Spurs will start: Cory Joseph, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter
Splitter makes2 free throws, it's a 2 possession game with 6:30 left.
A great play in transition from Danny Green, who sprinted back to swat Lin, doesn't help as Splitter commits an offensive foul.
Splitter returns, this time for Diaw.
Worth noting: With guys coming back, Spurs' rotations have been wonky. Parker playing in 5-min bursts, Splitter sitting a whole half, etc.
Wesley Johnson is now 3/3 from three and the Lakers as a team are 10/15. Tiago to the line, pretty consistent.
Couldn't run an offense through Tiago, but his ability to make that extra pass in the paint is a nice little bonus to his game.
Tiago and Duncan just a made a possession that looked like a goner turn into something productive with the cutting and passing.