Coach Pop on Splitter defending Cousins: "Tiago historically has done a good job on him & he continued that tonight."
Splitter rejoined starting lineup in Sacramento in order to defend Cousins (who ultimately didn't play). We're seeing why tonight.
Splitter has made a couple of nice defensive plays against Cousins early. The Kigns are on a 9-2 run to trail 13-11
But the Kings are down 11-2. Splitter met Cuz at the rim for that block. 8:31 left in the first.
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Kings: McCallum, McLemore, Gay, Thompson, Cousins.
Pop says same starters tonight vs. The Kings. Parker, Green, Kawhi, Duncan and Splitter.
1Q: Spurs 24, Suns 13. SA defense holds PHX to 4/21 shooting w/ 3 turnovers. SA outscores PHX 14-4 in paint. Splitter 6 points. SA 48% FG
Manu finds Tiago through the middle of traffic for the layup and the Spurs have 14 points. PHX defense showing that 26th ranking post ASB.
Manu...that was sexy. Bullet no-look pass underneath to the uncovered Splitter.
And it's an 8-0 run for San Antonio to start the game. Splitter 4 points.
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Suns: Bledsoe, Knight, Tucker, Morris, Len.
All hands on deck tonight for Spurs, per Pop. Same starters as last night, including Splitter.
Splitter on bouncing back from slump: "Sometimes it's a head thing. It's something in your head, and you've got to take it out and wash it."
Splitter on his season to date: "I'm not playing my best. I know that. But I'm fighting through."
Parker on Splitter: "When Tiago looks like he did tonight, really engaged with a lot of energy, it makes a big difference."
Splitter only made 2 of 8 shots, but he had nine rebounds and three blocks. Played a big role.
Splitter was initially moved to the starting five to defend Cousins. Pop left him there even with Cousins sidelined.
1Q: Spurs 20, Kings 25. As starter, Splitter with 2 points, 7 boards & 2 blocks. Kawhi 7 points. SAC shoots 48%, SA 36%.
Haha, Splitter is killing it. Rebounds in a crowd, muscles in the layup and 1. Whatever the Brazilian Wheaties are, he ate some I guess.
OK ... Spurs seeming to find their footing. And now Splitter is actually THE difference. On both ends.
Splitter's actually making an impact defensively, which seems odd to say considering Kings shooting 99.9999999999%
Splitter tossing shots and rebounding like prime Russell.
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Kings: McCallum, McLemore, Gay, Landry, Thompson.
Is Tiago Splitter still on a minutes limit? Can’t think of another reason why he wouldn’t start.
Splitter read his scouting report. Closed out hard on Meyers there.
Tiago's had enough of layups, goes in with the dunk. Meanwhile, the Blazers have caught fire - 30 points in 1Q.
Parker still blah and lacks explosion, Splitter/bench thing weird, Spurs just can't string 2-3 near-peak games . But they're the Spurs...
Spurs' Frontcourt 2-man Net Rating lineups (10+ games) Duncan/Baynes +5.6 Duncan/Bonner +3.9 Duncan/Diaw +1.3 Duncan/Splitter -0.9
David Lee with the sneaky athleticism on that dunk over Splitter. Deceptive hops.
Leandro Barbosa helped up off the floor by fellow Brazilian Tiago Splitter.
Tiago Splitter - Tim Duncan pick and rolls tho...
For the record, I love Tiago. Hugely important and underrated contributor. But he can be such a cream puff around the basket.
3Q scoring leaders: Jordan 12 points, Paul/Crawford 9 each, Duncan/Splitter 7 each, Baynes 6 points.