With the Western Conference wrapped up, the San Antonio Spurs were not overly concerned with the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Yes, the Rockets swept the season series with San Antonio, but there is a bigger picture that Gregg Popovich and his group can see.
The Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills as Popovich elected to give them a break. Despite the absences, the Spurs were still able to put together a decent effort.
Even the Big Three saw limited minutes and did not play the fourth quarter. In his 29 minutes, Tim Duncan posted 12 points and nine rebounds. Tony Parker threw in 10 points in 25 minutes, and Manu Ginobili matched Parker’s 10 points in even less time.
It was clear that the game was supposed to be a tune-up game for the Spurs in which they could work on some things and stay in rhythm. The Spurs may have been better off sitting the Big Three as well since they looked more concerned with not doing too much rather than anything at all.
Regardless of the loss against the Rockets, the Spurs made the right move in giving the core group some rest for the future. The fact they have been swept by the Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder this season will be irrelevant once the playoffs start on Apr. 19. A new season will begin and the slate will have been wiped clean. Popovich will address the issues faced with the teams that have given the Spurs trouble and a rested, veteran team will position themselves for another championship.