Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 6/15/13
Boris Diaw didn't play a single minute in the San Antonio Spurs' 113-77 victory in Game 3. He was the only Spur that didn't leave the bench.   His first action in Game 4 came with 3:15 remaining in the second quarter. Miami held a 45-38 lead. The Heat retained possession on a jump ball and Diaw drew Dwyane Wade on the perimeter. Wade skirted by Diaw on a quasi pick-and-roll with Chris Bosh, who barely made contact on the screen, and found him for an easy lay up.   On the ensuing possession, Tim Duncan lofted a contested 19-footer and Diaw tussled for offensive rebounding possession, forcing Wade to throw an errant elbow. The referees called the foul and Diaw made both free throws on a broken possession.   Following a botched reverse lay up from Norris Cole, Diaw ran the length of the floor and situated himself in the left corner. Tony Parker received a screen from Duncan on the left wing, Bosh and Ray Allen planted themselves in the paint to deter the penetration, and Parker fired a pass to Diaw in the corner. Instead of forgoing the open 3-pointer, his usual shooting protocol, Diaw launched a 3-pointer that landed in the net gracefully. It was a rare occurrence; Diaw has only made 11 corner 3-pointers all season, per NBA.com.   He wasn't done. With about 1:35 remaining, and the Heat having successfully blocked off the Spurs' first and second options, Diaw set a bruising screen on the unsuspecting Cole, freeing Parker for an acrobatic right-handed lay-up finish.   Wait, there's more.   Cole drove into the teeth of the Spurs defense, this time with around 17 seconds left in the first half. Kawhi Leonard got his huge hands on the shot, and the ball caromed right to Diaw. Diaw quickly initiated a two-on-one fastbreak with Danny Green, and two passes later the Spurs had another easy bucket.   In just three minutes and 15 seconds, the Spurs erased a nine-point lead to enter the half knotted at 49 points a piece. Diaw finished with nine points (3 of 6 shooting) and three boards in 11 minutes. San Antonio lost but Duncan admired Diaw's aggression.    "Boris played well," Duncan said. "He moved the ball well. He's kind of a pass-first guy. But he did a great job of attacking once he caught the ball in the pick-and-rolls, getting into the middle, made some good passes, made a couple of shots for us. The time he was in there he made a difference. So we'll see the adjustments we make. We'll watch film and make some adjustments for the next game and come out and see what happens."   Being a Spurs rotation player isn't always the most desirable position. Gregg Popovich can eradicate you from the rotation completely one night and trust you with high-leverage minutes the following game. It's a precarious position to be in for some players, and it's difficult to be positive in those instances. Diaw didn't complain, and he capitalized on his opportunity. That's all you can do.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chargers would welcome Joey Bosa if he signed contract

Falcons rookie Keanu Neal needs surgery on knee

Jerry Jones unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's dispensary visit

Texas Tech using fake Twitter accounts to track players

Nike creates custom Air Jordan shoes in tribute to Craig Sager

Browns wanted ‘second-round pick and then some’ for Gordon

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker