Monday, April 1, 2013
Miami's retaliatory shot at Spurs?
By Nick Borges
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra rested LeBron James (right hamstring strain), Dwyane Wade (right ankle) and Mario Chalmers (sprained right ankle) on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs. ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh believes it was in response to what Gregg Popovich did in November by sending Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home before the game in Miami.
Spoelstra might give his stars more rest during the final two weeks of the regular season.
Tom HaberstrohWas this a payback?
"Let's be clear: The Heat will never admit to taking a retaliatory shot at the Spurs by sitting James and Wade, but the message was sent anyway. The Heat organization wasn't exactly thrilled that the Spurs sent their trio of stars Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, as well as Danny Green, home on a commercial flight before their Nov. 29 game. Fans in Miami paid good money to see a star-studded battle between the two powerhouses, but the Spurs had other plans. And the decision cost the Spurs $250,000 for the no-show. Was Sunday a counterpunch from Spoelstra and the Heat? 'I could see how you guys can draw that conclusion,' Spoelstra said before the game. 'But no.' ... But most of all, this was a statement game from Spoelstra. As the calendar flips to April, the 42-year-old coach continues to add to an already formidable résumé for Coach of the Year -- an award currently held by none other than Popovich."