View Full Version : Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green will not play vs Miami Tonight

11-29-2012, 05:47 PM

It appears Gregg Popovich has done it again.

With the road miles piling up on his veteran team, the Spurs coach has dispatched four of his top five leading scorers home to San Antonio in advance of tonight’s nationally televised game against the Miami Heat.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green did not travel with the team after Wednesday night’s win in Orlando, instead heading back to South Texas this morning for an extra day of rest leading up to Saturday’s sure-to-be-rugged home game against Memphis.

The four were spotted on a Southwest flight making a pre-lunch escape from central Florida.

As a result, the Spurs – who were already without injured small forward Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson – get set to take on the defending NBA champions using a roster of nine players.

In retrospect, Popovich was probably hinting at the decision to come before Wednesday’s game in Orlando, when he admitted the most road-heavy November in team history was taking its toll on his players.

“We’re getting tired,” Popovich said. “We’ve had a six-day trip and a 10-day trip. Usually you don’t have that in one month.”

Tonight’s game will be the 12th road game of the month for the Spurs, who have been on their current six-game trip since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It is the Spurs’ fourth outing in five nights, and comes against a Miami team that hasn’t played since Saturday.

By choosing to dispatch his four top healthy scorers home – the Big Three plus Green combine to average 57.9 points per game – Popovich clearly sent the signal that he cares more about keeping his team fresh than about television ratings and winning streaks.

It is not the first time he has made that unpopular choice.

Popovich memorably held the entire Big Three and others out of three games last season: Once in a 137-97 loss at Portland in February, and in nationally televised victories over Phoenix and Golden State to close the regular season in April.

WTF is this ****

11-29-2012, 05:48 PM
Ummm, not watching that game. And **** you Pop, I need Duncan for fantasy purposes.

11-29-2012, 05:48 PM
well easy win for miami

11-29-2012, 05:48 PM
Heat should rest Lebron, Wade, Bosh and Ray Allen back as well as a message.:)

11-29-2012, 05:48 PM
Its called genius

I wonder if players play harder for Pop knowing he will repay them with added rest

11-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Game thread. :rolleyes:

11-29-2012, 05:49 PM
I have no problems with it, wish they played becuase i was looking foward to this game.

this has happened before, miami will just play down the opponent now, it will be an ugly game and a lot closer than it should be.

also, you dont need to make a thread about it JB :facepalm:

11-29-2012, 05:50 PM
lmao. troll. why you scurred though?

11-29-2012, 05:52 PM
This is going be the worst TNT Thursday double header of the season.

SA's bench vs Miami heat

no good match ups

11-29-2012, 05:55 PM
Use the GT for this discussion.