By now you know what happened before last night's Spurs-Heat clash... Spurs' Popovich sent the team's "Big 3" back to San Antonio plus Danny Green, Stern didn't like that, and vowed "substantial sanctions" coming towards the Spurs' way. That's it in a nutshell.
So now the fallout begins.
You can understand both sides. Stern knew it's was a national televised game, the Spurs only come to Miami once a year, and was worried the fans at last night's game were cheated out of seeing stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Moreover, Pop has been doing this many times in the past and this may have been the last straw for Stern which caused him to finally punish Popovich and the Spurs.
However, Popovich is the head coach and knows his players best. If the four players involved were banged up and needed rest, then he will do it. Furthermore, the Spurs had been in the midst of a six road game jaunt in nine days and the gr...