Originally Posted by Horatio33
He hasn't done it because he thinks the heat will thrash the Spurs. He's done it because the Spurs have had two long road trips with a four games in five nights stretch.
Pop is one of the most competitive guys in the league, but he is also a realist. Why tire out his guys for a regular season game?
Simple. They are getting paid millions to compete.
This isn't like Phil resting Jordan in the 4th quarter when he has played every minute while under the flu. Players are expected to condition themselves to compete back to back to back games during the regular course of the season.
If some stars can play injured, there should be no reason why these starters can't go out and compete against the best team in the league.
The Spurs have proven they are not true competitors.