Despite a 26-point victory over the Suns on Saturday, the No. 2 seed in the West, the Spurs were fined $25K by the NBA for resting three nominally available players in the contest, including DeMar DeRozan, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.
In a press release, the league noted that it was penalizing San Antonio for sitting DeRozan, starting center Jakob Poeltl and key reserve guard Patty Mills during “the same road game.” Orsborn notes that San Antonio sat Mills and point guard Dejounte Murray against the Cavaliers last month without a similar financial ding from the league.
Given the impressive nature of the victory and recent outcry over an unusually packed scheduled, the league’s punitive decision here is interesting. The Spurs beat a healthy Phoenix team. The Suns’ All-Star back court of Chris Paul and Devin Booker scored a combined 21 points on 9-of-28 shooting from the field.