Spurs' Splitter will play in Game 2

Spurs' Splitter will play in Game 2
May 8, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Tiago Splitter averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 24.7 minutes per game for the Spurs this year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

San Antonio forward Tiago Splitter will be available for Game 2 against the Warriors, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich announced.

The Spurs' starting lineup will remain the same as it looked in Game 1, but Splitter's availability gives them a low-post option they didn't have in the series opener. Usually a starter, Splitter sprained his right ankle in Game 3 of the Spurs' first-round series against the Lakers and has not played since April 26.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before Game 1 that if Splitter were to play, it would limit the amount of small ball the team would play. In pregame, he said the Warriors would also field the same starting lineup as Game 1.

Splitter's activation doesn't figure to change that.

"It's basically the same way for us, we'll probably start the same way," Warriors center Andrew Bogut said. "Splitter is a key for them because he moves the ball so well. Gets a lot of easy buckets with Tony and Manu's penetration."

Pending a late change, these will be the starting lineups:

Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Andrew Bogut.

Spurs: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan.

 

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