With Manu Ginobili pushing close to Tim Duncan’s age of 37, their bodies aren’t going to let them run up and down the court all game with some of the faster paced teams. The Spurs, themselves, have increased their offensive tempo. With a potential of meeting the Phoenix Suns in the first round, the older guys will definitely need to be fresh.
This new looking Suns team still plays the way of the Steve Nash-Era Suns by pushing that ball up the floor and just trying to beat their opponents with their athleticism. I don’t think any of us want to see a tired Duncan trying to chase around the Morris Twins or Channing Frye around the the 3 point line all game.
Of course, fresh legs goes much further than the first round. Starting to rest the players now can help them last longer at a fresher level throughout the playoffs.