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San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich left four Spurs starters at home for their nationally televised game against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. Forwards Tim Duncan, Danny Green and guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili stayed in San Antonio Those four players are four of the Spurs' top five scorers, averaging a combined 57.9 points a game. That's more than half of the 102.6 points a game the Spurs average. The Miami game was to be the Spurs' 12th game on the road this month and their fourth in five nights. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Popovich hinted at such a move Wednesday night after the Spurs' 110-89 victory at the Orlando Magic. "We're getting tired," Popovich said. "We've had a six-day trip and a 10-day trip. Usually you don’t have that in one month." Because of injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson, the Spurs were set to use a roster of nine players against the defending NBA champion Heat. It is a simi...
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Last night there were only two NBA games, both of which were televised on TNT, the first game of the double-header was the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. It was touted to be an entertaining game, although the common narrative is the Spurs are just a boring team, there was some fan fare [...]The post Gregg Popovich Made The Best Decision For HIS Team appeared first on The NBA Mistress.
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NBA Commissioner David Stern is irate that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich sat San Antonio's three stars for Thursday night's nationally televised game against the Heat.
Gregg Popovich said Saturday night he doesn't know if the San Antonio Spurs will appeal a $250,000 fine from the NBA for sending his star players home to rest instead of playing them against the Miami Heat.
Speaking publicly for the first time since NBA Commissioner David Stern handed down the stiff penalty Friday, the Spurs coach and team president said he was ''disappointed...
The NBA stood up and fined the San Antonio Spurs $250k for the stunt that head coach Greg Popovich pulled by withholding his primary stars from a nationally televised game.
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TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley conducted a quick sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before the start of the second quarter of Thursday night's NBA game against the Miami Heat.
Apparently Barkley was unaware that he was only allowed to ask two questions, so when Barkley attempted to ask a third question, Popovich had to politely inform...
Gregg Popovich will have nine active players.
When Gregg Popovich gives his best players a night off to rest, it's not uncommon for the San Antonio Spurs coach to get letters from upset fans.
This time, he's going to hear from an upset commissioner - even after Popovich's short-handed team nearly knocked off the Miami Heat.
Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left gave Miami the lead, LeBron James finished...
The San Antonio Spurs are a very good basketball team. They also happen to quite long in the tooth for NBA standards. Head coach Gregg Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to Texas rather than have them play in tonight’s nationally televised game against the defending champion, Miami Heat. [...]
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made a seemingly logical decision to sit four of his top players at the end of a six-game road trip to better prepare for a showdown with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The organization now has a lighter wallet because of it.
Despite NBA commissioner David Stern's controversial penalty, San Antonio's core will be well-rested Saturday night...
Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.
San Antonio's game notes still listed Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as probable starters, when it was already definite they'd be long gone before the Spurs tipped off in Miami.
But to what extent?
Many were still wrestling with that one Friday...
MIAMI (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs will be punished by the NBA for their decision to send four top players home and not make them available to play in Miami against the Heat on Thursday night.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green -- the core of the Spurs -- was in the team's best interest. The league...
The NBA has fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 as a result of coach Gregg Popovich sending the teams stars home for a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, on a commercial flight home instead of playing them against the Miami Heat. Popovich wanted his starters to rest before Saturday's home...
San Antonio is playing at Miami on Thursday night without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, who were sent home by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to rest.
Duncan, Parker and Green are starters. Ginobili is the team's top reserve.
Popovich says the decision was made when he saw the schedule, and that it had nothing to do with facing the Heat. Thursday's...
San Antonio Spurs (13-3) vs. Miami Heat (10-3)
Um, so this game got a lot less interesting.
I mean, it might be fun to watch because Charles Barkley is calling the game, but Gregg Popovich's decision to send Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili home to end this road trip for San Antonio takes a lot of the juice out of this game. This is not a 13-3 Spurs...