Remember Luis Scola?

That’s right, Luis Scola. As in, the one who never played. The one who never played for San Antonio. Never played for San Antonio, but repeatedly fills the box score on the other side of Texas, for the Rockets. For the Rockets, when their big man is struggling.

Such was the case in game 3, when Yao put up a whopping 7 points and 13 boards. But Scola has been busy not only in game 3, but the entire series.

  • Game 1: 19 pts, 8 boards, 7-9 FG
  • Game 2: 12 pts, 5 boards, 5-10 FG
  • Game 3: 19 pts, 9 boards, 8-15 FG

Granted, these aren’t huge numbers. These aren’t superstar numbers. These are support player numbers. Duncan’s sidekick Bonner, at his “peak” in game 2, managed a mere 11 pts and 7 boards on 3-9 FG. In that same game, Gooden brought 13 pts and 3 boards on 6-9 FGs, with 10 minutes 32 seconds less court time, and he made hustle plays.

So Batman, riddle me this: would we be better off having kept Scola and bringing him to our court, or do the support bigs we have possess the capabilites, but underperform night after night?

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.