Tiago Splitter to return to Spurs, maybe as early as Tuesday
The San Antonio big man has missed 19 games this season with tightness in his right calf.
Tiago Splitter of the San Antonio Spurs could return to the court as early as Tuesday against the Utah Jazz, according to Dan McCarney of Spurs Nation. Splitter has played a total of 10 minutes this season, missing 19 of the team’s 20 games with tightness in his right calf.
Splitter will see limited action in his return. Coach Gregg Popovich said Splitter will play, “quite short minutes.”
The Spurs have managed to start the season at 15-5 without the services of Splitter, but the big man’s return to the court bodes well for San Antonio. He was instrumental in the Spurs’ title run in 2014. Last season, Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 22 minutes per game for the NBA champion Spurs. He was a valuable rim-protector and morphed into a fantastic passer for one of the league’s most prolific offenses.
Aaron Baynes has picked up much of the slack in Splitter’s absence, averaging 7.2 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
Even so, Splitter’s return has the Spurs excited. “He’s a big part of us and what we did last year,” Kawhi Leonard told Spurs Nation. “He plays good defense, rebounds the ball and he can score well.”