LOS ANGELES – Recovering from his recent Achilles tendon surgery, Kobe Bryant arrived at the Los Angeles Lakers locker room on a golf cart Friday night. Some three hours later, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter needed to use the same golf cart to leave the visiting locker room.
Splitter left the Spurs’ 120-89 Game 3 victory over the Lakers in the third quarter with a left ankle sprain. X-rays were negative and he left the Staples Center on crutches. While Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford said they were uncertain how long Splitter would be out, the San Antonio Express-News reported he could be sidelined seven to 10 days. The Spurs have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven, first-round series and can close out the Lakers on Sunday.
"We will see what happens and how bad it swells," Buford said. "He was in a lot of pain."
Popovich said he was uncertain who will start in Splitter's place for Game 4. Splitter averaged a career-high 10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds in 24.6Read More »from Spurs push Lakers to brink, but lose Tiago Splitter to sprained ankle