|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 1, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
LeBron James, and his hit man Dwyane Wade along with Mario Chalmers sat out Sunday night's 88-86 victory against the San Antonio Spurs. Popovich sent Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and forward Danny Green home on a commercial flight before playing the Heat on Nov. 19. The Spurs' received a $250,000 fine from the league office for the move. The Heat covered their asses by saying Lebron has a hamstring issue. They said Wade banged up his ankle against Chicago, but he played against the Hornets Friday night. Was this a response by the Heat, and should the league question them? The league shouldn't, and they set a bad standard by hitting the Spurs with a $250,00 fine. What the Heat did wasn't wrong, and what the Spurs did wasn't wrong. Maybe it is, but the league shouldn't have disciplined the Spurs to begin with.
"I could see how you guys can draw that conclusion, but no," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game.
Popovich pretended to be stunned by the news.
"What kind of s--- is that?" the Spurs coach said after stepping a few feet backward in mock astonishment. "Are you kidding me? Who would think of something like that? That's below the belt. There's no place for that."
Doc was also asked about this.
“I’ve got a feeling it will come up, probably loudly,” Rivers said. “But I don’t know what you’re supposed to do as a coach. From the fans’ standpoint, they pay to see the players play and I get that. And from the league’s standpoint, they want to protect that. And from a coaching standpoint, you want to do what’s best for your team. It’s just a tough one.” .
The league made a mistake using the Spurs as an example. Now teams can just say a guy is hurt, instead of being honest. In reality the Heat could be hurt, but I think they would have played if the streak was still alive. So in my book these guys are resting instead of being injured, they could have played tonight. They had nothing to play for, they have the number one seed in the East locked up, and even the number one seed in the entire league more than likely in hand. The league can't fine the Heat this time, they have their excesses or alibi squared away.