Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) shoots against Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) during the second half of game four of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT

2013 NBA Finals: Tiago Splitter Removed From Spurs From Starting Lineup?


San Antonio Spurs big man Tiago Splitter had a woeful start in Game 4 of the NBA Finals which lead to a near immediate benching from head coach Greg Popovich. The poor play may have lead to a removal from the starting lineup for tonight’s Game 5, per the San Antonio Express:

Now there is speculation the Brazilian center may also cede his spot in the starting lineup for Sunday’s all-important Game 5 at the AT&T Center.

Yanked from Game 4 after just 47 seconds Thursday, Splitter played almost 14 minutes of a game he would forget if only he could. He can’t because his mind remains stuck in a continuous replay loop of embarrassing moments:

A turnover two seconds after the opening tip-off while trying to pass to Parker in the backcourt.

Twice having the ball stripped from his grasp in the low post by Dwyane Wade.

Getting two of his three shots blocked, once by Wade, another by Shane Battier and badly missing his third, a layup attempt.

Although Splitter is expected to draw heavy interest in the free agent market this Summer, it’s been a rough NBA Finals for the Brazilian as he’s averaging just 5 points and 3 rebounds in over 21 minutes.

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