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, along with what obligation - if any - a coach has to the paying customer.
NBA Commissioner David Stern had no doubt, apologizing to fans Thursday night for the Spurs' ''unacceptable decision'' and promising ''substantial sanctions'' in a statement. But there were no further comments from the league, which offered no timetable for the penalties and refused to answer why Stern suddenly wanted to police something he wouldn't touch just two years ago.
The issue of resting healthy players has been debated before, though usually at the end of the season, not a month...