Nov 5, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern speaks to the press prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Woj: Stern to impose sanctions on Spurs?

With a matchup against the top-seeded Memphis Grizzlies looming on Saturday, and a forthcoming matchup against Miami on the national television ledger, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided it would be favorable to rest Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker.

His decision, while controversial, does make intuitive sense: The Spurs are at the tail end of a six-game road trip, and their fourth game in five nights, making it difficult to compete against Miami on the road. The Heat, meanwhile, haven’t played since Saturday.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, NBA commissioner David Stern isn’t too happy.

The sanctions — be it a fine or suspension — are a result of what Sterns deems as a violation of league rules.

If these said sanctions were to happen, that probably means that the league notified the Spurs beforehand. (Right?)

I’m no NBA savant but I find it unlikely that Popovich is indeed breaking any rules by intentionally resting his players. Especially since, you know, he used the same tactic three times last season, twice before a nationally televised audience.

To wit, from Popovich himself:

“It’s the best thing for our team,” Popovich said. “Everybody has to make decisions about their schedule. We’ve done this before in hopes we’re making a wiser decision and not a macho decision. Perhaps it’ll give us an opportunity to stay on the floor with Memphis on Saturday night.

“Every team goes through tough months travelwise. You don’t bitch and moan about it. You deal with it the best way you can.”

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