Diaw will draw a rare start Monday versus the Magic, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. With Tim Duncan out again, the Spurs have opted to give Diaw a chance as a starter. They have gone with David West and Kyle Anderson Previously. In the three games Duncan has been out, Diaw has averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 0.3 steals in 17.6 minutes per game. He will likely see his workload increased a bit Monday in this rare start. It is unclear how long Duncan will remain out, so Diaw has an opportunity to earn more time in the short-term.
Diaw recorded 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 16 minutes during the Spurs' 112-83 win against the Mavericks on Sunday. Diaw scored 16 points in as many minutes on Sunday, and he continues to give the Spurs solid play off the bench. Over the last five games, Diaw is averaging 9.8 points (52.9 FG, 42.9 3Pt, 83.3 FT), three rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks in 18 minutes per appearance. He can fill up the stat sheet if given considerable playing time, but coach Gregg Popovich is unlikely to up the 12-year-veterans 19 minute per game load during the regular season unless their unbelievably deep front-court suffers a few injuries.
Diaw went off for a season-high 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals across 25 minutes in Saturday's 121-103 win over the Rockets. Diaw has been holding down a second-unit role throughout the season, but the 33-year-old has emerged as one of the team's top sources of offense over the last two weeks. He's reached double figures in the scoring column in five of the last seven games, averaging 11.9 points while shooting an impressive 63.2 percent from the field in that span.
Diaw tied his season high with 16 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT) and added three rebounds and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's 101-86 win over the Nuggets. Diaw reached double digits in the scoring column for the third time in his last four games, but he can't regularly count on hitting the 25-minute mark like he did Saturday. He saw some extra run with Tim Duncan sitting out for rest, but with Duncan set to return for Monday's game against the Timberwolves, expect Diaw's playing time to settle closer to 20 minutes.
Diaw collected a season-high 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four assists and three rebounds over 25 minutes in Saturday's 108-105 victory over the Celtics. The 13-year veteran has now received 25 minutes of playing time in two of the last three games, and posted double-digit scoring nights in each. Saturday, Diaw put up the most attempts he has all season (11), resulting in a season-high in scoring. Diaw's minutes are often in the teens, making it very difficult to count on any type of consistent production from him, but he has certainly proven capable of putting up a handful of performances similar to Saturday's several times each season.
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