Though the San Antonio Spurs may be closer to full strength and have the Western Conference's No. 2 seed, this is not how Gregg Popovich wanted his team to enter the playoffs.
Some may feel he's partly to blame.
With San Antonio still reeling from Stephen Jackson's sudden departure, Popovich plans to play everyone available - even possibly Manu Ginobili and newcomer Tracy McGrady - in the regular-season finale Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jackson being waived Friday by Popovich and Spurs management about a week before the playoffs left many players shocked. Tony Parker said at the time, "it's a hard one, but it's a big boss decision," and rumors have swirled that some teammates were unhappy with the move, especially so late in the season.
Though nagging injuries played a role, Popovich has received some criticism for throwing off continuity with his many lineup changes, often giving veterans like Parker and Tim Duncan nights off.
San Antonio (58-23) has l...