Bonner to start Game 5 for Spurs vs. Thunder

AT&T CENTER – Before it was revealed Matt Booner would start in place of Tiago Splitter, there was a mystery as to what that starting lineup change would look like at the AT&T Center.

Asked if he’ll use the same starters in Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said, “Probably not.”

Popovich wouldn’t reveal the mystery lineup heading into Game 5, only saying, “We’re trying to figure it out right now,” in thinking about who will start for San Antonio.

“We’ve thought about all the changes they could possibly make,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They can go small, they can go with another big there – with Boris (Diaw).”

“No matter who they throw,” continued Brooks, “they’re going to replace a very good player, with a very good player.”

As Brooks mentioned, heading into game five, most media have discussed the possibility of subbing Diaw of Tiago Splitter, or there’s even the option of putting Matt Bonner in the starting lineup, to force Thunder forward Serge Ibaka to leave the paint area.

On a side note, Brooks also mentioned guard Reggie Jackson is “good” and “fine,” when commenting on Jackson’s health status for Game 5, and Brooks even said Jackson would continue to start for the Thunder.

Sights & Sounds before Game 5 from the AT&T Center

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