Spurs forward Boris Diaw was a late scratch for Saturday’s game against the Cavaliers with bruised ribs. Not that it really mattered, since the Spurs led by as many 40 points on their way to a 126-96 win.
Diaw an 11-year veteran who’s off to a strong start with the 12-1 Spurs, suffered the injury after falling into the clan of photographers and TV camera operators on the baseline. The incident happened during Friday’s win over the Grizzlies.
Not surprisingly, always honest Spurs coach Gregg Popovich offered a strong opinion on the matter.
“As we’ve often said in the past, it’s an accident waiting to happen and it never seems to change,” Popovich told reporters in San Antonio. “We’re going to continue to moan and groan about it. We have many times. It’s a problem that needs to be taken care of because it’s going to make a big difference at some point.
“It’s sort of like you complain in the street about cars here and there, we need a stop sign. The stop sign doesn’t go up until a little kid gets killed. I have a feeling when one of the big boys breaks an ankle … then maybe something will get done.
“I think it should be addressed. Nobody can deny it’s a safety issue. And it takes away from the rhythm of a game. I don’t think it can be ignored.”
Diaw is averaging 11.1 points on 56 percent shooting for the Spurs, winners of 10 straight.
Meanwhile, Popovich offered some advice on how the Cavs, or any young team, can try to improve.
“To not skip steps,” he said. “Just concentrate on execution because in the end, that’s what wins. That steady, habitual play that forms through repetition and daily work, there’s no substitute for it.”