Boris Diaw has been dubbed as many things in his career for his play, with his recent play lately against the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love, you can add defensive stopper to that list……wait a minute, what?
Diaw will not turn heads for his speed or lack thereof but with what he can do as a big man on the floor for the San Antonio Spurs. You don't see many big men that know what their role is on the floor. Diaw in fact, does just that. He does not go out and do anything out of the ordinary. He puts a stamp on any game, he does things in games that do not show up in the boxscore. this is what makes him a consummate player.
What Diaw has been doing is putting his body on defenders, and it has caused those to be uncomfortable. Against Dirk Nowitzki and recently Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Diaw has done about as good of a job that you could ask against two of the leagues premier power forwards.
The Dallas Mavericks have lost six in a row when coming to San Antonio, and the fingers of Mavericks fans can be pointed to their star player in Dirk Nowitzki. Diaw has pretty much owned Nowitzki in previous meetings. Last season Nowitzki averaged in four games 13 points and shot just under 42-percent a game. During the two games this season, the scoring is up (16.5 points) and percentage right at 42-percent.
San Antonio players, as we know, will not take full credit for what they do but will always state that it is a team effort. But, what Diaw does against defenders that are obviously better scorers and can usually create shots on their own is he uses his body, wingspan to his ability. Well, the Mavericks have not scored more than 91 points in the past six meetings at the AT&T Center.
The Minnesota Timberwolves came into town this past Sunday, and Kevin Love was on their tracker from tip-off all the way through four quarters of the game. San Antonio won the game convincingly 104 to 86 and a huge part will have to go to the bodies that was 'thrown' at the Wolves superstar. Boris Diaw started off the game on Love and made it his goal into not letting Love get going and torch them as he done just a month ago when he [Love] scored 42 points on 8-of-9 shooting from three. In that fourth quarter which was prompted with a Spurs come from behind victory, Diaw was on Love that entire fourth and made a huge difference.
Diaw this past Sunday helped held Love to just 3-for-14 shooting from the floor and just two three point attempts. Timberwolves Head Coah Rick Aldeman told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune that physical play was key.
“They were very physical with Kevin Love everywhere he moved,” Adelman said. “We have to figure out a way to help him out a little bit, see if we can’t have an answer for that. They’ve played together a long time. They know exactly what they’re doing out there. They went out, were aggressive and took us out of the game.”
You do not have to be the fastest or the flashiest of players to make a name for yourself. Diaw has continued to prove that this season thus far. He also is having the best season of his career dating back to the 2010-2011 season.