We are down to the final few games of the NBA regular season, and with that comes some players sitting to rest before the playoffs or just sitting to let injuries heal. The San Antonio Spurs will be without Boris Diaw for Wednesday’s game due to back spasms that flared up on Saturday. Diaw may not be scoring a ton of points, but he does bring a veteran leadership to the court.
Diaw is averaging less than six points a game this season after averaging over nine a game coming into the year. I’m sure that Diaw likes being in San Antonio because of fellow French native Tony Parker, and that probably allows those two to have a connection unlike many teammates can have. The Diaw injury should be a non-issue by the time the playoffs begin in two weeks, but it is something that needs to watched carefully.
Diaw comes off the bench most of the time, and playing the center position allows Tim Duncan to sit for a few minutes at least. Diaw has shown in the past that he can score in bunches. While he doesn’t have to do that with this San Antonio team, there will be a point sometime in the playoffs where the Spurs need a big scoring night from him. It may not be right away, but it will happen. The Spurs should probably just let Diaw rest for the final few regular season games entirely to get those back spasms under control and have him at 100% when the playoffs begin. San Antonio could end up being a team that makes a run at a NBA title, but they need everyone healthy to do it.