SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs will be without the injured Tiago Splitter for tonight’s NBA Western Conference semi-final clash with the Golden State Warriors here at AT&T Center.
Splitter remains out with an ankle injury, but coach Gregg Popovich is hoping to have the center back for Game 2 in the series on Wednesday night.
With Splitter out, Boris Diaw starts at center as the Spurs look to take advantage of being at home and win the series opener.
Tracy McGrady remains inactive in the playoffs.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard are the other starters for San Antonio tonight.
The Golden State Warriors starting team includes the shooting machine Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut.
Curry, who was very impressive in the first round against the Denver Nuggets, was red hot in the last game against the Spurs and the visitors are hoping the point guard can deliver similar things in this series.
“He has a gift that you can count on your hand how many people have,” Golden State coach Mark Jackson was quoted as saying.
“Everyone wants to be a shooter. And then you look at him, he looks like a baby. And he’s smiling and he never gets out of character and he’s a class act.
“I just think at the end of the day people see him and say, ‘Man, that’s how I want my son to be.'”
Golden State at San Antonio
When: Monday, May 6, 2013
Time: 9:30 PM ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Game Officials: #25 Tony Brothers, #24 Mike Callahan, #33 Zach Zarba
TNT Overtime: San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors Live