Warriors notes: With Splitter out, how will Jackson counter?

Warriors notes: With Splitter out, how will Jackson counter?
May 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Usually about 20 seconds before game time we know who the official starting lineup will be.
—Harrison Barnes

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs forward Tiago Splitter will miss Game 1 due to a sprained right ankle he suffered in Game 3 of the first round against the Lakers. Boris Diaw, who started 20 games during the regular season, will start in his place.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich Splitter would "definitely" return this series.

"I'm hoping he'll be back by Wednesday," Popovich said. "Most likely it would be the weekend would be my guess."

With Splitter sidelined, the Warriors are more apt to play with the smaller lineups they featured against Denver. If he had been in the lineup, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Golden State's small-ball opportunities would be limited.

It comes down to how the Warriors matchup defensively with who Popovich throws out there.

"If I can guard the four then I think we'll stick with it because we had so much success with it in Denver," rookie Harrison Barnes said, "but it's Tim Duncan then I don't think that's a recipe for success."

With Diaw (6-8, 235) in the lineup, Barnes (6-8, 210) wouldn't be up against a decisive mismatch if Jackson wanted to go small.

Jackson did not name a starting lineup in his pregame media session.

"I don't know, did they name starters yet?" Jackson said. "Because it makes a difference, I'm not trying to be a wise guy."

About an hour before game time, Barnes said the team still had yet to be informed who would start.

"Usually about 20 seconds before game time we know who the official starting lineup will be," Barnes said. "It's kind of just fun as players because you never know who is going to be out there with you."

Miami slow start worries Popovich

Popovich watched the first quarter of the Bulls-Heat game, but had to turn it off after the Heat fell behind 21-15.

"It took them a whole quarter to get that flow back defensively and offensively and it scared me. I turned it off," he said. "I figured if they can be a little rusty then we sure as hell probably will be."

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