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Boris Diaw to replace Tiago Splitter in Spurs starting lineup in Game 3

Boris Diaw to replace Tiago Splitter in Spurs starting lineup in Game 3

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Boris Diaw is replacing Tiago Splitter in the starting lineup.
Boris Diaw is replacing Tiago Splitter in the starting lineup. (USATSI)

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The San Antonio Spurs will start Boris Diaw in the frontcourt instead of Tiago Splitter in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. This was discussed as a possible adjustment before the series began and again approaching Game 2, as Diaw was plus-30 in the opening game. At this point, though, it's a mild surprise.

Diaw doesn't offer the same rim protection as Splitter, but he does make San Antonio a more versatile team. His passing and three-point shooting help the Spurs' guards, and he is able to hold his own on defense. Splitter was limited to just 19 minutes in Game 2.

Game 3 starts at 9 p.m. ET.

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