After their first legit victory over the Mavs (beating them with Dirk) the Spurs mopped the floor with the Bobcats and then the Warriors came to town on Monday. Things were going well in the first quarter until Timmy goes down with a sprained left ankle.
The Spurs cruised for most of the game but had to hold off a late run by the Warriors.
So now I’m worried. Not about Timmy’s ankle but about Tiago.
Can Tiago hang with top big men in this league? Can he contribute on offense? Can he keep Zach Randolph from getting all the damn rebounds? Will he show us what made him the best big man in Europe?
I don’t think I’m asking for too much, but he has to do some of this. Granted, no one really keeps Zach Randolph from getting a bunch of rebounds.Lets start tonight in Denver. Tiago will have to deal with his countryman NENE. ’6″10, strong and athletic and a tough matchup even for Timmy. Then Friday against Portland who beat the crap out of the Spurs not to long ago. Tiago’s match-up? LaMarcus Aldridge. The dude is a stud. He has a complete game, inside outside, on the glass you name it. They also come to town Monday. Then Memphis Saturday night. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Two outstanding rebounders. If Tiago really comes alive in these games, it will go a long way towards a deep playoff run.
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Written by Jon Lopez