The NBA playoff schedule makers must have taken into account the average age of the players on both the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks. Dallas and San Antonio aren’t the youngest teams in the league, so it’s too fitting that these two teams can catch their collective breath in between games.
Just analyze the way both Gregg Popovich and Rick Carlisle have managed the minutes of their star senior citizens this season. Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan don’t play 40 minutes per game and both Vince Carter and Manu Ginobili come off the bench.
The age factor, too, is one of the reasons people like TNT’s Charles Barkley don’t believe the Spurs will even make it to the Finals. Nowitzki, who has suffered from dead legs during back-to-back games this season, has admitted he’s been tired. That fatigue has been most evident in overtime games, which the Mavericks can’t seem to find a way to win.
Little youngsters like Stephen Curry and Blake Griffin can go 55 minutes in a double overtime game, win a dance-off at the after party and wake up the next day feeling fresh. Those kids don’t need rest, but the oldies but goodies in the Lone Star State have to love and appreciate the three days off between both Games 1 and 2 and Games 2 and 3.
The old guys get to just lean back on the rocking chair. Of course, all this extra rest will end after Game 3, so the reality of the crash course that is the playoffs will hit these grandpas even harder.