He was used sparingly in the first round against the Dallas Mavericks logging just six minutes but on Tuesday night, Aron Baynes had his number called early and often as the second round of the playoffs kicked off for the San Antonio Spurs versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
Baynes came off the bench in the first quarter and quickly made an impact. He provided another big body for the Spurs as this series seems to be a better fit for Baynes with adding another big body against the Blazers front-line, trying to contain LaMarcus Aldridge.
Bench play is going to be key for the Spurs throughout the playoffs. Baynes performance in game one proved that he was going to give everything he could once he got into the game. Seeing just under 15 minutes, Baynes stat-line was pretty impressive (10 points, 7 rebounds) for a player that did not see much playing time this post season.
His play did not go overlooked by his teammates either.
Tim Duncan was asked about his play after their game one victory.
“He was awesome. He gave us some great minutes. He did a great job. (He) came in there (with his) big body, made some plays for us, made some shots, cleaned up the glass. He did everything he was asked to do. It was great.”
What this does for the San Antonio Spurs in adding another big body in the game is rest for both Splitter and Duncan so they will not have to play full minutes and try to hold down Aldridge, as we see, that will be a true test for these Spurs this series.