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Spurs’ Boris Diaw out 3-4 weeks due to back surgery

Boris Diaw

San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw, of France, plays during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, April 1, 2013. The Grizzlies defeated the Spurs 92-90. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)


Gregg Popovich has shown he’d prefer not to play DeJuan Blair — Boris Diaw has taken over a lot of the minutes (22 a game) that went to Blair because the Diaw’s skill set is a better fit with what the Spurs want to do. Diaw only averages 5.8 points a game but he shot 53.8 percent from the floor and he’s a respectable shot from three (38 percent this season).

However, Popovich is going to have to rely on Blair — and likely more Matt Bonner to space the floor — early in the playoffs because Diaw will be out three to four weeks, the team announced.

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that forward Boris Diaw had a synovial cyst excised from his lumbar spine. The surgery was performed Thursday in San Antonio.

This is just an escalation of what the Spurs said two days ago, when they said he would be out 2-3 weeks to rest a back injury. Apparently he needed more than rest, but this is not that serious.

The Spurs are likely to face the Lakers or Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, and either way a switch of Blair for Diaw is not going to make a difference. If Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are healthy enough to play, the Spurs should have little trouble in the first round.