I really enjoy watching Boris Diaw play basketball and Bobo fans everywhere were treated to a season-high 35 minutes from the big Frenchman on Saturday night. Diaw finished with 14 points (6-for-7), 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and block.
Diaw reminds me of Robert Horry a little bit in the sense that he seems to kind of take it easy during the regular season but ups his game when it counts. Diaw is coming off of a 10-game stretch from February 25th to March 15th where Boris saw just 12 minutes a contest and averaged just three points per contest on 47% shooting. Towards the end of the 2006-07 season Horry had a 12-game stretch where he averaged 1.7 points on 20% shooting in 12 minutes a game.
Horry was good in those playoffs until he hip-checked Steve Nash into the scorers table, so let's just hope that Bobo avoids doing the same to Chris Paul. On to the plays. For non-Bobo-centric highlights check out Michael Erler's great recap.
Boris got it going early on for the Silver and Black, scoring six of the first eight points for the Spurs with some great post work against Harrison Barnes and a late-in-the-shot-clock jumper.
In particular, this move against Barnes makes me smile. Boris has a style all his own.
Early in the second half Boris again abuses Harrison Barnes and gets a couple of nice bounces. More smiles.
It will be interesting to see what the Warriors are going to do about the Boris problem. Barnes is clearly too small to check him, even while hounding Boris, Diaw is able to pretty easily muscle his way to a point-blank bucket.
I was surprised that Boris missed this bunny, but the ball took a fortunate bounce and Boris scores in a sea of blue.
Okay, Boris doesn't do much here, but that's a solid inbound bounce-pass, no?
Once Klay Thompson was switched onto LaMarcus this play was on. There's no way that Thompson can stop this and Boris finds Aldridge for an easy oop.