Spurs are playing their 6th game in 9 nights. They won the first five. Game tonight is against Miami. Popovich opted to send Duncan, Parker, and Ginobli home. Figured the old men needed rest. He also sent Danny Green home, as he felt he has been playing too many minutes.
Stern is pissed off, as it affects the fan experience.... and promises punishment.
I think I'm siding with Popovich here.... Yeah, it would suck to have tickets to the game expecting to see two of the best teams play, only to learn that 4 of the starters from one team are going to sit it out.... but ultimately Popovich should be able to make decisions that he feels are best for the team. Hell, if his team trips up as some point, it's his ass on the line and Stern won't run to his rescue.
FYI, the second string for SA is leading the Heat 76-73 at the end of the third. Probably won't hold up but if it does.... Wow. It would be a humiliating loss for Miami.
Edit: Damn.... so close. It's still embarassing for Miami though. They had to play their core the majority of the game to squeak by a depleted Spurs team in Miami none the less.....