Splitter didn't play tonight because Pop didn't want to play him. Kawhi sat the fourth because Pop wanted to ride with CoJo.
On Splitter: "I kept him out." OK then...
Pop just said it was his decision not to play Splitter - didn't give a reason why.
Tiago Splitter still a DNP at halftime...
Aron Baynes, not Tiago Splitter, will spell Duncan here in the 1Q.
Bonner starting again. Pop said pregame he doesn't feel Splitter has gotten into same rhythm as seasons past.
"I don't think Tiago's return to form yet," said Pop of the majority of the team getting healthy.
Unfortunately, it's becoming painfully evident Bret Michaels can't sing anymore. He has lost his fastball. And his splitter
Splitter's putback puts the Spurs back in front 66-65. 14-3 run here for the home team.
There's the lead, Splitter with a putback of Leonard miss.
Same lineups as previous game for Bucks and Spurs tonight. Spurs continue with Matt Bonner in lineup and Tiago Splitter off bench.
Splitter has had another forgettable game on offense, but he's chipped in big on the boards, with 11 rebounds.
Tiago finds Kawhi for the dunk, Kawhi has 16 points in 18 minutes. Kawhi 14 of SA 18 points in 2Q.
Vintage Splitter rim protection there. Strong, straight-up contest. They add up...
Bulls starters: Rose, Butler, Snell, Gibson, Gasol. Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter.
Spurs are big with Duncan & Splitter out there together & Gobert was one of the few bright spots in that first half (4 pts, 11 reb, 1 blk).
3Q: Spurs 66, Jazz 47. SA takes 3Q 23-20. Splitter 14 points, Kawhi 12, Duncan 11 points. Baynes 9 points.
Jazz are 3/4 in the paint to start the second half, Pop calls timeout as UTA cuts the Spurs’ lead to 14. Splitter has 14 points in 15 mins
Parker to Splitter in the paint. Spurs by 18, largest lead of the game.
Kawhi + Duncan + Splitter + Mills have 33 of the Spurs’ 43 first half points. UTA shot 2/14 from mid-range in 1st half.
Utah is on a 6-2 run, cut Spurs’ once 8-point lead down to 2. Earlier, Parker - Splitter - Duncan had a great passing sequence for a layup
Jazz down 14-8 as Gobert enters for Kanter...Rudy will be on Splitter/Favors on Duncan
Parker and Splitter score in the paint, SA is now 4/6 from the paint, lead 12-5.
Spurs starters: Duncan, Splitter, Leonard, Parker, Green
Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Jazz: Burke, Ingles, Hawyard, Favors, Kanter.
Pop says Tiago Splitter will start next to Tim Duncan again tonight. Indicated this will be more or less standard frontcourt going forward.
Spurs' front court minutes per game through 41 games: Duncan: 31.0 mins Diaw 26.0 Splitter: 19.9 Bonner: 16.6 Baynes: 15.3 Ayres: 9.5
Not a great turn of events for starting center Tiago Splitter, who just picked up his 5th foul with 3:32 left in the third quarter.
Splitter picks up his 5th foul. Baynes comes in for him.
That's a foul Splitter just can't commit with Portland in the bonus
Tiago Splitter, who never brutalizes anyone, just brutalized Meyers Leonard.
Meyers Leonard gets hit in the face by Tiago Splitter. Welcome back, Meyers.
Tiago inbounds the ball to Kawhi from 16 feet aand he drills the jumper. Kawhi with 4 of the Spurs' first 6 points.
Leonard's first bucket, just how you'd expect: 2 on 1 feed from Tiago Splitter.
Tiago posts and kicks out to Kawhi for three, it went out.
Spurs: Parker, Green, Some Guy Named K Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. POR: Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge, Kaman.
Now Manu with the assist to Tiago for the layup. Spurs by 8 with 1:47 left.
Make it a 9-0 run for the Spurs' bench. SA now leading 17-11. Manu 4 points, Tiago 3, Patty 2 points. SA bench is 3/3 from mid-range.